Appreciate the effort to, "improve" things, but . . . I prefer the previous format, by comparison.
First, I do not appreciate the allocation by priority of "most popular" discussions--for me, the chronological listing of topics/posts is more favorable, more likely to highlight a thread of interest than the "most popular" designation.
Next . . . the herky-jerky start is still with us . . . must scroll past unchanging images of shoes and stuff, including repetitive verbiage, to get to the discussion topics . . . a time-consuming and frustrating process, ever present whenever one wishes to scan the website.
I know money makes the world go 'round, and advertising revenue remains vital . . . a delicate balance exists between flacking a product, and becoming so obtrusive the target market for the advertising abandons the presentation and walks away . . .
Don't mean to be overly critical; again, I appreciate the effort. However, I find the new look more cumbersome and inconvenient than the old one, and . . . no "faster," by any means.
Maybe it's just ME; operator error, ignorance, and/or incompetence. I thank the website management for their effort at improvement, regardless.