The OP's name back in the collapsed view - thanks very much for that - makes a huge difference to the usefulness of the forum for me.
em_dee_aitch: Simon -
A few things I have noted (not sure if they are mentioned below, as I have made no attempt to read all comments):
1. In individual threads, post times are now just stated in GMT rather than the more relativistic and simple to read "5 hours ago" or "37 minutes ago," etc. Of course I have no objection to an absolute time stamp being included, BUT you really need to have the "hours/minutes ago" feature added back on.
2. This was an issue in the old system that has become WORSE in the new system: Your right hand column ad content frequently floats over both menus (such as the rollover/popup forum menu) and inline gallery content, such as when you expand a photo in a thread for larger viewing. Since these are static ads there is no way to dismiss them and it ruins viewing of the content.
3. OP's name is no longer mentioned in forum summary view, which is bad. This needs to be added back.
4. Previously viewed threads need to register as different color.
> 'the topic is more important than who posted it'> if everyone wants the username back, we'll put it back.
In technical forums like these there are posters who consistently provide accurate and valuable information. At the other extreme there is the forum 'noise'. Also after a while you learn who is a specialist on a specific topic. For me the name of the OP is of considerable relevance, so yes please put it back.