I know it is part of the human condition to resist change. I'm trying to get past that to objectively assess the new forum. But I'm having difficulties.
The new forum seems primarily focused on Questions and Answers. This was not a widely used aspect of the old forum. It was more used for discussions. Even when a discussion started with a question, it was usually a interactive dialog. You can't even post in the new forum withing selecting "Ask A Question". And the answers now, by default, are all jumbled up. You don't get the dialog now, just whatever has been "voted" to the top, free of context. Formatting seems to have disappeared. Paragraphs have merged together. I don't know if that applies to new posts or not, because there is no preview. Sure, the old forum's preview was broken, but it worked one time in ten at least.
Things, by default, are all mashed together. If you select the menu at the top, it selects across all groups. Not just Alexa, but also mobile. This makes all of those features, shown so prominently, useless. Similarly, I have to make a few clicks after browsing to the site to filter out everything but the one forum I'm interested in.
It's very pretty. And maybe that's why someone in marketing chose it. But I think the format and feature set will stifle discussion. Was that the aim?
PS: Couldn't submit this. "Topics are required for this question". But no list of topics is given. "gripe" was not one of them.