I’ve been sort of digging into what this forum software is like and there are a lot of things that are potentially likeable but they’re mired behind some annoying ‘suggestive’ pop-ups that continue to tell me what I should do, how my topic is similar to something else, or just showing me some irrelevant nonsense that I would rather not deal with.
Now if you go into readability that is also, at least in the current state, poor. I am not sure if this is more of a functionality test than visual right now but all of the font sizes, colors, and handling is nearly the same so all text seems to blend together (see http://usabilitygeek.com/typography-matters-better-visibility/ for some helpful guidelines).
If you take some of this into consideration and make a few seemingly minor changes I think your overall functionality and usability will increase exponentially and you won’t get so much harsh feedback from people who don’t like it but simply can’t explain why appropriately.
…also, some of your category choices are confusing and the category display in general is very boringly linear. You’ve resurrected dead forums and even split them off (WTB/Trade forums for example). You’ve removed meaningful forum sections that encourage people to share and be creative, like the Crime & Punishment section, and the display for categories shares the same problems I mentioned above about typography.
One final gripe: The recruiting forum. I would like to see a tag that would allow us to see at a glance if it is a corporation, alliance, coalition or individual pilot looking. Tags in general would be nice as they’re the new “in” with forums and very useful.
I hope you find the feedback useful and seriously consider what I’ve brought forward. Have a good night, CCP!