I love tons of stuff about the new site, but I'm finding it impossible to "skim" the home page comments or the forum topic info.... I know different folks have different styles, but I like to just scroll through solid text until I find stuff that interests me.
The graphics, comment boxes, etc. are real pretty, but sorting through it just to get to the nuggets of useful info is going to wear me out, I'm already hesitating to flip through page after page of comments.
Honestly, a bare bones approach like ZH uses works for me... the comments are often awful there, but the format makes it easy to scroll right past, and it shows the poster name so I know who I'm reading the comment from.
So if I had a vote, I'd vote for nice graphics in the forum selection area, but once you get to the actual comments and replies text make it as content-dense and graphics light as possible.
Just my .02