I really appreciate the openness with which you all address the issues with the forum, features, etc. Other places might simply make changes with little or no explanation, which frustrates users. Knowing a little about what is going on behind the scenes really helps one feel a part of the community.
Thanks. The truth is that there are a lot of people working to make the forum as welcoming to our very diverse community as possible. Not everything we do turns out to be a great idea, and some things are simply not doable - unless we had one of those Tony Stark armor designing computers, which we don't - but we do our best to make both the community and the software as welcoming and easy to use as possible.
Incidentally, on the way (imminently) is sticky navigation, which means that you won't have to scroll uuuuupppppppp, and downnnnnnnnn, in order to navigate around the site. This was something that was virtually unheard of in 2002, but in 2015, it's a convenience that is both feasible, and somewhat expected, of modern websites