Adding separate comment so this'll be seen -- you should probably take a look at some of the comments over on SSC (another one). (Helps mitigate the selection bias that only people who were already willing to navigate the interface here will comment here!)
Also, the site is now somehow even slower than it was a few days ago.
Seriously, this new site is *way* less usable than the old one. If you scrapped all this and went back to the old design it would be a substantial improvement. Which is probably not what you should do, because the old design has some real problems too -- no way to skip around the archives or skip to the end of things or look up posts based on date, for instance. But I'm not sure this version has those either?
What I want, I guess, is something that resembles a blog or message board (in terms of navigability and searchability) as far as things like main posts and user history pages go but resembles Reddit as far as comment threads on an individual post go. Whereas the old site resembled Reddit in both. This new site seems to have copied over the "resembles Reddit in both" while also adding lots of junk that's slowed everything down and made everything more confusing.
I thought that instead of everyone having to create a separate post for their first impressions, it would be more convenient to create a single post for this discussion. I'll post my own here soon.