I was also hoping for an actual chat embed that others have suggested in the past. Chris notified me that we could use this http://tlk.io/css-tricks but I’d still rather it be in the forums instead of visiting two sites.
In general: not sure if I like it better or not. Big changes always take some time to get used to, but what I’m most impressed about is how fast this was all done.
Two things: I backed the Kickstarter project but not sure what login credentials to use for The Lodge. And second, it’s not that clear anymore which threads in the forum have new posts. I realize it mentions the number of new posts, but it used to stand out more which threads were updated since my last visit. Wouldn’t call that a bug, just a different design approach.