"I think the new navigation system will be handy esp. for newcomers."
this is a big goal of the change -- make things less cryptic for newbies. its fun having a goofy site, perhaps, once you know it; but this doesnt do much for the casual viewer.
on this note, we do understand how this will all be quite a shock to the old school (and way old school) sitoans, but bear with us. we hope to get it all shored up and reach a happy medium between old school and new.