First, I'm seconding a couple of things. There should be a comment box.
And please don't have huge pictures for static material at the top of the home page. There's a lot to be said for tabs with words on them at the top. I realize three lines for a menu is fairly standard these days, but it still leaves me feeling as though the site is a puzzle which has to be solved.In the spirit of experimentation, I tried out the numbers on the strip under the comment space. Being able to change font size and line spacing probably has its uses, but the one thing that isn't offered is the ability to get back to the standard comment proportions. I'd have done that if I could.I read Notes from an Apocalypse <a href="https://www.lesserwrong.com/posts/iuNSrBoX2W5qHCAAo/notes-from-an-apocalypse">, which I think is a fair test of reading long form on the site.I'm fine with the font with the serifs, but I found myself really wanting some indication of what site I was on. A little color, a border, something. This place is less distinctive than a mainstream news site.I couldn't get the submit link to work-- that is, I entered the link and the title and hit submit, and nothing happened.
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.