Since the "Why I'm no longer using Chowhound much anymore" thread is closed, I'll start a new one.
I've loved this site for five years, but more and more often now I visit the site and can't be bothered to open a topic.
The new format *looks* good, but for regular users it sucks. It's too hard to find just the posts you haven't read, especially in long threads. There are too many repetitive thread topics, perhaps because there are more casual users attracted by the jazzier format. It's too hard to follow the postings by the regular posters, so the sense of community is disappearing.
My prediction: in six months Chowhound as we've known it will be gone, replaced by a generic food discussion board. Sad. Really sad. You destroyed the village in order to save it.