limbo - 10:15 pm on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)
"new visitors might come here and think the content is as outdated as the design."
This is a very good point and one I was about to make. Ask anyone relatively new to the web, lets say last 3/4 years, to view WebmasterWorld (not its current member base) and see what they say.
I think they'd probably see a burgeoning dinosaur. An old dusty relic from another era. And sadly, how wrong they'd be. They'd miss the content, the character and the quality - for one reason. The design is old fashioned, and to be rather blunt, clumsy.
The colours, the UI, the logo, the iconography, the typography, the layout - it all needs review. Rational, objective review. I also agree that absolutely nothing should change unless there's a damn good reason to. I suggest a strategic review of the site basics - site mapping, wire-framing and user interaction - a ground up restructuring of all pages.
Lets think of the children.