I love the new look! It is very clean and visually easy on the eyes. Well done!
It seems like people either love it or hate it...
It's worth mentioning that if you want the old look back -- because it's easier on your eyes, or because you hate the new theme, or because of plain old nostalgia -- you can enter your Profile, click on the "look and layout preferences" link, and select the "Vintage-BG" theme.
Many, many thanks. I'd never thought to check if this were possible. I've actually switched to a neutral look, because I didn't love the old design either. The only thing that could be better is if I could create my own little design.
I'm not sure if feedback is wanted, but in case it is - has a less colorful style been considered or proposed? With the new look, reading white text on colors that are leaping dramatically from one shade to the other was straining my eyes. With the old, I just felt the whole "covered in brown" look was a bit too much. More neutral, reader friendly colors can be worked in without losing the antique look. For example, the borders and headings can be done in browns and deep reds, while the boxes around individual posts can be done in a much more neutral, easier to read parchment color. With a deep brown default text, this would definitely maintain a steampunk look, but also a clean and readable look.
Just a suggestion. If you like, I'll gladly put together a few examples of what I mean and present them to the appropriate persons. If suggestions are not wanted, I'll leave it alone.