Thanks for the change Will. While I am an old codger and am not yet comfortable with the new site, I am appreciating the site more every day. It was a great change.It's apples and oranges, but it's a good question.
First of all, we attempted to NetFlix ourselves about six years ago when we jumped from $34.95 to $49.95. That Netflixed a few people.
As for whether the changes will be better in the long run, draw more people, etc. .... that remains to be seen. Some don't like change and won't take the time to learn the changes. It happens.
But the site also contains many options that many people have been requesting for YEARS. They are too numerous to mention, but they include hot threads bumping to the top, the ability to view the boards in linear format (instead of click to open each post), THE ABILITY TO PUT OTHER POSTERS ON AN IGNORE LIST, etc. These features have been brought up over and over ... so those people are happy about the changes.
You can post your own polls -- actual polls, instead of just asking "Poll: who thinks ... " and reading the responses. You can see when other posters joined (so you'll know if they're brand-new posters or not), and you can see how many times they have posted.
You can now comment on articles. The recruiting database now has embedded videos for players, and external links to articles, Scout/Rivals/ESPN profiles for players. Sure, Horne's got to enter that stuff in the database, but the capability's there, and if properly utilized, can be an incredible resource.
TSL also now has the capability to add many new features and functions that were previously impossible to do. What you see before you is not the be-all and end-all; in the coming weeks, months, and years, TSL's capabilities and features will continue to grow and expand. The old site was basically unchanged since 2005 .... the new site will change and grow in many, many ways over time.
Heck, the more I use the boards, the more I like them. There's some neat capabilities here. And one thing I've noticed is that the one-line, drive-by, crap posts have been greatly reduced. As I'm typing this, it's half time of the Duke-UVA basketball game, and THERE IS NOT ONE "CHATTY" COMMENT ABOUT THE GAME ON OUR BASKETBALL BOARD. In the old format, the front page of our basketball board would be filled with crap posts about Duke-UVa by now ... instead, it's filled with discussion about Virginia Tech basketball. I had been told that a vBulletin board would raise the quality of the discussion, and yes, it's early ... but it already appears to have done so.