So I woke up and found the new design (I was on vacation yesterday) and also found that the mods had decided that “everyone has had their say” already and that the discussion is closed. Never mind the pointlessness of having a closed sticky to announce that things are as they are and there’s nothing to be done about it. Closing a discussion thread that fast seems a bit overeager to exercise mod-power to me.
Since I haven’t had my say, now I gotta start a whole new thread about the same thing, but I do want to say that the thread count is a make or break piece of functionality for some people who primarily use this forum to help others. Lately about 90 percent of my posts are simply to try to help to bring others up to speed with the basics of learning Blender, rather than to ask questions or to talk about works in progress or discuss functionality or whatever. Somebody’s got to go through and answer tedious newbie questions so that somebody else doesn’t have to. For this reason I don’t want to spend a lot of time reading support posts that have already been answered, in order to ensure that everybody’s questions at least get looked over once. AndyD posted the same thing:
I often visit the support forums and will seek out questions with zero response to see if I can help. I’m not likely to drag my mouse over every last reply to read the post report.
Sorry to be negative, but this is about as major a functionality issue as is likely to crop up in a heavily trafficked support forum. Personally, I never complained about the VBulletin or Elysiun design and I don’t plan to complain (or rave) about this one, because I don’t care much about the forum design. I care about the content and the usefulness and without these post counts that’s taken a huge dive with me (and by extension with the people whose questions I would be trying to answer).
This is my five cents. If this isn’t changed, then there will be a drop in how many newbie questions that people like me will be able to look at and answer, which means an overall drop in the usefulness of this site. So, this is an earnest request to please put the post counts back in the headers.