this is just my opinion ...
like i said before, the old one is classy ..
I know its from jforum with minor changes in colors.. and i have seen people / forums that modified jforum drastically and made it look awful ..
on the old one .. the colors are very pleasant and every thing is clean looking ..
and also the wide page look is more appealing..
on the new one .. the dark brown is too dark ... especially : the "wooden" look and the buttons and the lettering on the buttons with "yellow" is a bit gaudy .. sorry ..
the font on the buttons too small .. am not blind .. but bigger font will make it more 'easier' to find things..
not using the whole screen is a minus.. why waste the available real estate..
on larger discussions and lengthy conversations its nice to use the entire space ..
above all javaranch is a 'technology' forum .. no one here is coming for a 'fancier' website / buttons .. you know what i mean ..
again ..sorry if i offended, but that's just my 2 cents.. people can agree or disagree or agree to disagree...