I have also visited the modern look and found it somewhat similar to what we see in other forum-based sites. While the modern layout splits the space into two columns, eating up certain area in stating author's name and member level, I guess this would be helpful in showcasing all the titles and badges earned by a member with his/her each contribution in forum.
I am sorry to differ from the feedback shared by members so far, but the blue colored strip after each and every response is distracting my eyes. Blue looks good as the background for main navigation links of the site. But the density of color is so much for the forum that I am finding it difficult to focus on the text submitted as responses. I welcome new updates in the forum, but this one issue is something I will need a lot of time to adjust with. Well, I just thought to inform you about the same.
It would have been better if the blue strip had a lighter color tone, or the color that it had in classic layout, that is, #c3c3c3.
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