Whatever happens, if WW is getting close to providing a "nostalgic feel" it is dead. You see, every once in a while you see a 70s car, and you go like "uh- remember when we used to drive in that?" and everyone nods and suddenly laughs, agreeing on how uncomfortable and bad it was compared to "modern" cars. But everyone will have a positive "nostalgic feel" about having seen it. But drive it again? No thanks.
So this thread alone should raise serious concerns at WW. The least thing WW should become is a museum consisting just of archived threads.
I like the simplistic design for other reasons. It puts the focus on the content, and on the content alone. Which is good and useful and a clear differentiator. And it loads fast.