I have a few suggestions:
1: Display post count instead of the respect when viewing topics. If possible, remove the respect fully in the coming days, or find a workaround of it, because, it's already massively abused...It's gonna get real bad soon once everyone gets used to the V2.
2: Is it possible to revert to the old posts per page number, of 20 posts per page, rather then 50 posts per page as it was now? I'm fine it stays this way, but just asking, it would be nicer. And it take sa while to scroll through pages.
3: Announcements forum? Where. Also, if possible, move "The Network" above GTA V section, or make a separate "announcements" sub-forum above the V section, so everyone can be up to date with frequent changes that are going to be now.
I agree with your first point. Respect or like tend to be used to respect or like someone with the same opinion as yours. It doesn't really increase respectful posts. I can also see trolls massively abuse the system just to appear more legit. I can live with the feature though because it could have been worse, a disrespect or unlike button.
Your second point is a good idea as an option. I find it easier to browse the threads now on a tablet or phone.
I like the new lay-out. The previous lay-out just look rather outdated to my taste. I have no issues reading the quotes either. The text is also more visible on my iPod without being forced to zoom in all the time. And even if I do zoom in it as not blurry. Not sure why it is for some (read one comment in the thread about this).
One thing I do dislike is how it is harder to use spoiler tags. I know how to use it but the way it is now is an extra barrier for some forum members. If you can immediately see the option more people will actually use it if it is needed.