We're considering various page layout options. Stay tuned.
I think that is welcome news to some of us. I also Like Miller's analysis. As a professional he can comment on what works for many not just what we, as individuals, prefer.
One of the main considerations is that I believe most of us come here for content
; that is, not because we expect a glitzy 'sell' on something. The ideas are what is persuasive. That said, it is also a site with mis of text and image, so some of the 'dark on white' comments may not fully apply.
I for one found the older (very similar) version restful for my 63 (soon 64!) year old eyes. The dark background really improves images and allows the 'updates' etc to stand out. Thegreen bar really jars now.
In the end, I suggest it is the usabilityy features as much as aesthetic that drive our preferences here.
Anyway, as usually, Michael, you have taken a deliberate and thoughtful approach, rather than rushing anything. The same likely holds for considering these comments, except
you WILL be giving more weight to the 'mature' resoponses, yes?