Old forums were VASTLY superior in every single possible way. I cannot state that enough, I find not one single thing about these forums better than the old ones. Hell they are even slower.
That said I tossed in the style changes and run it through Chrome. It basically looks almost nothing like what they designed, and it's a lot better than what Turbine came up with and it's still horribad honestly.
With the community made style changes it is SOOOOO much better than what Turbine came up with.
Honestly that is sad, sad, sad.
Just look at the posting and that will tell you everything. Prior to the forum upgrade you often had to go to 5 or 6 pages deep in the General area to find posts that weren't made that day and they showed a lot more posts per page that this forum does.
So yeah traffic alone shows what's going on really.