Might as well get this one started.
Things I don't like about the new site:
* The fonts in the thread list are too large. This means that I can't see more than 10-15 threads per screen, and I am working at a pretty high resolution.
* Building on the previous obvservation, there's a lot of wasted space on each page. The site has a sort of kiddy feel to it.
* Use of newer web technology means the page loads noticably slower than simpler websites (like, in 1 second instead of 0.5 seconds).
* I really wish those responsible had gone with a simple, customizable software like Invision or PHPBB. These interfaces are feature-rich and very familiar to many web users.
The new software has the feel of a feature-driven, or "one-way" type website. Chowhound is not a feature-driven website. It has a few published features but it is not a blog. It is a community forum. The new software feels like it marginalizes the community aspect (by making it more awkward to navigate) while pushing the user toward feature content. For example, the site only takes up 75% of the width of my screen (sitting in a centered column), and of that space, perhaps 25% is used by an ad for the "Tale of Two Chowhounds" feature. It would be nice to see the discussion boards without having features pushed so hard.