First off, thanks again for the smooth transition. It's like buttah now.
I think overall the forum looks good. The only suggestion I have is to add some more cell padding so the text doesn't butt up against the edges of boxes and graphics. That would open things up and make it a little easier on the eyes. But it's not a deal-breaker by any stretch. My 2 cents.
I don't think the appearance is a big deal. Once you're used to a new forum, it fades to the background.
That said, I think some more padding is a great suggestion for improving usability and readability. More white space (not just around posts but in the user-info sidebar as well) would reduce a sense of clutter and complexity that I get from the current layout, as well as feeling less cramped (even though in reality it would use up MORE space, I realize).
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