At the moment they will be turned off by it because they are not used to the new design but if they did manage to stick around for a short while they may change their opinions like I did. It's a great design really.
Complex is not really the word to describe the new forum, there is a lot more features available but its not complex at all, in fact the post tools are simpler in my opinion. The "dull greyish blue color" is the forums main color that has been part of the forums for the 12 years before the change, just a minor change in that its not a patterned background.
The forum is not slow to me at all, I have managed to go through topics replying with ease over the last few hours, I have not had much issues yet (other than the occasional 502 and 522 errors).
Finally, the old forum may have seemed fine to you but behind the scenes it wasn't all great. The Admin CP had deteriorated, the servers crashed when there were lots of members online and there were a lot of bugs, particularly the last few months. Enjoy the forums as it is now, the admins worked hard on it and you should respect that
1. I've tried for hours to get used to it. It sucks. Just because you have gotten used to it doesn't mean others will, or even should.
2. The color on the old forum was much better, and much more varied. When you quote someone now, you can barely tell the posts apart. Everything is the virtually the same color. Not to mention some of the changes. I can't even use my old avatar now.
3. Other users have reported it to be slow as well. Perhaps it's for certain people but on my end, it's not as fast as the old forum.
4. Well, I don't enjoy it. And I will not respect it, because the change was unnecessary. Hard work on something should not gain respect if the end result is crap.
I'm sorry, I'm normally not so vicious with my opinions and don't go off into diatribes, but this forum change, to be blunt, just pissed me off.
I have less motivation to come here now. And it's a shame, because I love this forum. And whether you like me or not is irrelevant. It's that I, as a long time fan of GTA, should be able to come here and discuss it. By having this forum change and basically telling people to like or shut up, you're pushing people away.
I'm probably still going to come here just for news and to talk, but I'm not happy with this change at all.