I really love the new layout, too. It's a lot more intuitive, and I think it will inspire more conversation on topics maybe we hadn't thought to discuss as often in the past. Not to mention, it gives me more to read while at work /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif
From being on (and moderating) other boards, these are a few things that we have received as suggestions. They might not all apply here but they are suggestions.
1 - Have a Quick Reply box at the bottom of a thread so people don't have to go right into the reply screen to post.
2 - Have an icon that shows if you have responded to a post or not.
3 - Have the ability to change fonts in posts (colours, sizes, bold, italics, etc)
4 - This is something that I actually noticed here but I often get stopped by the 60 seconds between posts rule. Is there a way to change that to a shorter time limit or make it a character limit instead (like 5 character minimum or something). I tend to flip quickly through posts and reply and have often gotten that error having to wait and refresh for my post to go through.
That was just a few things I have seen. Not sure if any of them are possible here or not.