How to make NEW hduk look like OLD HDUK
Ok, first thing, please read the entire post before commenting, I'll try to cover everything I need to!
Ok, start at the beginning, the NEW COLOUR SCHEME. You're stuck with it until the Admin decides to change it. I agree, it is too bright, there's too much white, but there are NO SETTINGS YOU CAN CHANGE to alter this. Sorry. You're stuck.
Now to the layout. The OLD front page is now the "HOT" tab at the top. It displays in pretty much the same way as the old front page used to, there's a picture, the headline and the details of the deal. There's also the "Go To deal" button. You all know how to use this, right?
To filter the FRONT PAGE DEALS, use the GRAY BAR at the top of the page, the one with the most subheadings on it.
So thats the front page. Now, to get the old forums back in a format you'll be familiar with, first click the "NEW" tab, then change the view options to "TEXT ONLY". That will make it look like a normal forum. But its still all jumbled up. To filter by different forums, select the subheadings in the SECOND gray bar at the top og the page. So, to get to the OLD "HOT DEALS" forum, click "NEW", "TEXT ONLY", "DEALS", and you'll be in the new equivalent of the old forum. To change forums, pick a different subheading on the lower of the two gray bars.
Now the annoying thing is, if you went back to the front page, it would keep all your settings, and it wouldn't LOOK like the front page anymore. Which is annoying, and something I hope the mods will sort out.
I don't know what the "Discussed" tab is, so I ignore it. :)
Anyway, I hope this helps some people out. It would be a shame to lose all the GREAT people on HDUK. I'm sure the ADMIN is doing everything he can to make the site work as it should. Let me know if this guide is any help, and if I should include anythinge else!