>> I may not have a 4 digit id, but I have a 5 digit one. Please listen to the voices of experience here.
4 or 5 does not matter. What matters is that there is a core group of contributors ("Audience") that does not like what they see.
Something just does not feel right with the new site ... too much white space, specially on large screen iMac / 4K type monitors. The white space is distracting, the scrolling is tedious, the fact that I cannot see comment summaries is a problem - these comments often have hidden gems which add to the experience as a reader.
I'm not saying design for Lynx or Amiga ... design for the user. I wish they had put in some analytics which they could share .... "0.01% of our users browse on Lynx ... 0.0001% of the users who browse on Lynx contribute" type justifications. Right now, it seems like a design team that never really used the site, which was not a part of the community went out and wordpressed / huffpo'ed the site. (saw this comment on another thread and loved it...)