Ok, I haven't seen any threads about this subject, so here goes:
No matter if the new layout is pretty, awfull, good, bad, I'm not arguing on that (well not here anyway).
When we hover the mouse on Community, then click Forums, it opens a pretty and neat webpage with the forum layout on the left and some recent postings in the center. This one.
Now lets say I wanted to go straight to my inbox or my forum profile/settings. I need to open any thread (in the center) or forum section (on the left), wait a bit to load, and only then I can see my user bar (with the Notifications, My Profile and Settings links).
Wouldn't be better, for performance and usability issues, to have that user bar in the start page? Or to go to the Forums Main Page when we click in Forums under the Community top menu?
Just my 2 cents.