Upon discovering the switch to Huddler, my initial reaction was to immediately remember the negative impact that Huddler change had on Home Theater Forum. To this day, I still don't like visiting HTF.
However, after exchanging a few private messages with David, I decided to try (as best I could) to take an unbiased approach toward how things had changed here at AVS Forum. I was somewhat rude to David in my private messages, yet David responded with patience and friendliness. The same patience that he's managed to display in most of his messages here in the public forum. David's demeanor is the biggest reason I decided to give AVS Forum a "second chance" these last several days.
My current opinion: The changes to the forum are not as dramatic or negative as the Huddle change impact on HTF. In fact, when you take the time to really just use the forum, the Huddler folks have managed to replicate the feel of the previous AVS Forum to a fair degree. There is a level of comfortable familiarity to be found, once I opened my eyes and mind to seeing it.
Bottom line: I'm getting around and posting to the forum just fine. Sure, I still miss the look and feel of the previous layout. But the "pain" of the change is growing less and less. The new layout is starting to be the familiar one.
David, Please accept my apologies for my rude messages and public outcries. I applaud you for your patience during this whole thing. It is quite obvious that you truly do care about the members here.