The lack of color feels 'cold', which may not be conducive to feeling welcomed/comfortable.
While I know there will always be 3 camps in any kind of aesthetic (love, DGAF, hate), & any group as large as ours (thousands) will be well represented in each category (so it's generally pointless to declare), since there has only been negative feedback about the current aesthetic? OMFG I LOVE IT!!! It's cool, clean, refreshing, streamlined, & sexy as hell. I log in and it's just ... Bliss.
Shrug. It may well change on May1st. Until then, I'm just going to enjoy it.
Whether by design or accident the aesthetic tends to reverse every update. Sometimes my eyes bleed, other times I'm really digging the current atmosphere. Either way, though? I'm not here for the pretty. I'm here for the content. Which is what the backbone of these updates are always about; adapting to changing circumstances to keep the site itself top shelf. Which it always is. But only because of the massive overhauls, upgrades, & ongoing tech support that keeps everything purring. I'm a visual artist. I care waaaay too much about the aesthetic, & know it. That said? Given the choice between a garishly painted Maserati & a sleekly silver Yugo? Maserati up! :sneaky: