One aspect of the newst site design that continues to seem counterproductive is the new way the COTMs and other OTMs are "announced" and linked buried under a single sticky header.
This seems wrong both in terms of what newbies to the HC Board see when they go to the board, and because these items are actually active topics, unlike the other "stickies" which are static.
As a user, I find that, not seeing these announcement stickies, I lose track of the status of COTM and dish of the month nomination, voting etc - the board is so active that the actual threads can fall off the page.
Second, I think this change actually disccourages new participants from becoming more active participants and makes the OTM threads what amounts to a hidden, insider activity. The sticky invited people to participate in the theads - the current approach where the nomination, voting and announcement threads have to be actively looked for or seen whizzing by in the feed of currently active topics will not invite anybody.
So I think we need to go back to the earlier approach where these threads get their own stickies while active.