The news one is a bit of a misnomer, as any news gets reported in the boozer or the sports or footie forums anyway really. It's more of an 'issues' forum, if you see what I mean, with debates on abortion or right to life or whether it's worth dying for a cause (just a couple of recent ones that spring to mind today).
Oh, I was going to raise this at some point but given that it sort of follows on from my above point I'll dump it in here for the time being - did anything ever come from the 'RAWK debates' idea? I started a thread a while ago and people seemed interested in it, but Bob K hoiked it off at the time as apparently it was under discussion amongst the staff. If such a thing were to get off the ground in whatever guise, perhaps the 'News' forum would be its most natural home?
Oh, and as for the changes. Yes, I'm used to them now (obviously). Still wouldn't go as far as to say they're an improvement, though. While they have certain advantages, they can still be a bit of a ball-ache to navigate (and yes, I'm aware of the 'unread posts' feature, but it's not simply a matter of that) just in terms of extra clicks if nothing else. Think I'd probably change my original vote of 'no' to 'no change' - not that I don't notice improvements/changes, just that I feel they're balanced out by the aspects of it that have changed for the worse.