People will always squawk and whine about changes.
It was a mistake for webmasterworld to even ask peoples' opinions.
I've been a member of many forums, and every time there is a change, a bunch of people complain.
Webmasterworld - just change it...do the right thing...hire user experience and graphic design professionals...and people will eventually discard their sentimental biases and adopt your better interface.
A better interface can reduce page load time and improve overall bandwidth usage...reducing server loads and costing the company less money in the long run. AJAX!
Put away your stone age tools and join the rest of the modern world.