Our main goals for the redesign were.
Get people to read older content. We did this by:
Fixing the archives.
Fixing the sidebar, adding recent entries.
Adding related and random articles to the bottom of every post (although the related aren’t filled in yet.
Get more people to use the forums:
Removed the comments and opted a more prominent link to the article threads.
Added recent threads along side the recent entries in the sidebar.
Make the content more readable.
changed the fonts and column width.
lowered the contrast a tad.
added working print functionality. (note you don’t actually have to go to the print link to get a good print, just try it
We also tried to make it more aesthetically pleasing
Modern was the chosen motif. (you got it)
Sans serif for browsing, serif for print
Tried to keep the typography real tight.
Thanks for the feed back. We’re going to keep working on the site (no website is every really finished is it?) and hopefully we’ll get some more cowbell in there for you.