Now having had some fun, I know you want specific input.
Randy nailed it right on. I have been a AVS user for over 10 years, finally signed up in 2004 as a member, and have always used the Retro skin. This place has been a home inside a home.
It is very difficult to adapt after using the Retro skin that long. I know you have mentioned the stats on users of the Retro skin. I wonder how many "core" members
used it and if the majority using the default skin, were guests who did not really know or care to change from the default?....
Using the black skin here, was at first okay, yet the white on black text tends to not allow me to read as long right now. Once a thread is read of course it does not stay "bold," though the color yellow used
seems to remain the same, making it harder to distinguish it from a new thread that is bold in the title. Yes I can see the difference , yet not as easy at first glance vs the old Retro skin.
The default has more than enough white in it for my tastes, yet with only two choices I will have to spend more time with both.