I appreciate the feedback - but it’s hardly rushing into anything. The current design has essentially been unchanged for more than 10 years.
There are some good reasons behind this redesign. For one thing, it lets you quickly see more articles on a single page, and get to a comment section without scrolling down. I think this will tend to keep older comment threads alive a bit longer, instead of everyone moving to the top thread as soon as it’s posted.
It also means you can see at a glance which threads are the most active.
And there’s a very good pragmatic reason to redesign too — Google has been rating “blog-like” sites lower in their search results, and it’s going to get even worse in the future. They favor sites that have “magazine” or “newspaper” style front pages, instead of a blog-style long scrolling list of full posts. This is just the way it is; and I can’t ignore it when LGF starts slipping down off the first page of Google results.
Another factor: I’m personally getting tired of the current look. It’s been a long time since I made a real change in the design, and it seems pretty stale and old-school to me now — cluttered and not very clean, and not very easy to get to the important stuff quickly.