Re: Another bug?
At least we have replies now, and seemingly by the designers?
The problem is one of natural scanning.
I could zip down the old webpage, and my eyes would pick out anything there in seconds. I'd often open 5-10 articles within a quick scan and then read those at my leisure.
Now, it just doesn't do that any more. It's not just "the change", my eyes don't work on this site like they used to and still do on other sites.
The fact that the colours are all the same blends it into one mass. There's nothing to highlight headlines but slightly larger text. And the first page of text used to be nothing more than the most read (or most interesting, or whatever) headlines with a thumbnail. Now it's a huge damn image. I get literally three article headlines on the first page without scrolling now. It used to be 12, plus the featured. I'm running on 1920 x 1080, by the way. It's hard to imagine that it's a huge percentile running higher res displays than that. But 2/3rds of my screen are plain white while I do that, and I can't see a thing.
I don't use the top-bar at all. It's worthless. I click to read an article, direct to the content. I have literally JUST seen what people mean by the dropdown, because I would never use it. Inside the articles, yeah, fairly similar, but it's now wall-of-text-like because of the colouration (? I'm not sure).
The top-bar was always there. Now it's moved and changed. For what purpose?
The featured articles were always there. Now they're four times as large and as wide as the screen. For what purpose?
The logo was always there. Now it's jumped down under an advert (presumably the driver for this design).
There's gaps between all these layers, that weren't there before, so it's shoving content further off the page for no reason.
The surrounding was grey before, now it's white, which is a complaint many have.
There's nothing stopping the black headlines being blue like before, the background being grey like before, the gaps disappearing, the featured articles going back how they were etc. But then you are basically on the old design again.
Hence I don't see quite what you've gained except vitriol.