Maybe others have noticed this as well, but Scott Alexander is now cautiously optimistic about the NYT situation, and has put some recent articles back up on the website.
Also from nostalgebraist's summary:
Meanwhile, the change which the essay does argue for – towards more legibility – feels only tangentially relevant to the problem. Yes, designs that are easier to understand are often easier to customize.
For voting systems, I think the key insight is instead: Designs that are easier to understand are easier to trust.