One small thing that I think would be worth doing would be to put the "View New Posts" button into a text link on the same nav bar as the "X new messages" and search. It takes up an awful lot of space, and I use it a heck of a lot more than "View your posts."
At one point some time ago I visited the forum when you were playing with layouts and you had the chat stay static with the top banner. I thought that was really cool - I've never used the stuff in the banner enough for scrolling up to bother me except for the chat; I think that the chat is really the only thing (IMO) that's really worth making static.
One other thing is that I think that with the alternating background colors for posts in a thread, the new white foreground on the darker background is actually kind of confusing. I don't know what anyone else thinks of it, but I would really prefer it if the posts alternated white and gray/tan/whatever, rather than white and white-on-gray.
Lastly, any chance that the "View first unread post" graphic could be made just a little
bit bigger? It's always been a little small and hard to get at, but with the new spacing I think that if it were just a few pixels bigger it would be easier to click.
It still bothers me that the "Last Post" field doesn't show who the last post in a thread was made by (more meaningful to me than a date and time), but that's as it's always been. I just hope you can reconsider it at some point
I also miss the avatar reflection. I thought that made the avatars a little more elegant