I really, sincerely, with all my heart - hope that -that- box - isn't the final "front page". I remember better web sites in the mid-1990s that looked better.
If it is - it will only serve to make the Arduino site a "laughing stock" of the web.
I hope they didn't pay that web designer, because they got hosed for their money.
On my system - running Firefox 3.6, Ubuntu 9.10 (22" widescreen LCD @ 1680x1050) - I see a box that barely takes up not even a fourth of the page, grey all around, and the box -scrolls-! WTF?!
They say the new design is supposed to occur on the keynote @3-4pm on Sunday - at which point the new site/layout/blog will be shown/announced.
They better have all their ducks in a row, they better not lose one single message from this forum, they better have a proper migration and backup strategy (and fallback plan) - so if anything goes wrong, they can revert the site.
Do they? Does anybody know? If they are doing radical changes...
I say all of this from the perspective of someone who is currently employed by a local Phoenix, AZ web application development company; when we migrate a client from an old site to a new site, we have a multi-step, multi-part process we go through to ensure a successful migration; we back up all client data, we test the heck outta everything on our dev system, we migrate the changes and such to a "staging" area for client approval (I have yet to see that here!), and once approved for correctness, it is moved into "production". Everything is backed up along the way (dev is kept sane via SVN, staging is backed up before a migration from dev, and production is backed up before a migration from staging).
If this isn't done right (and I've seen it happen to other forums - anybody remember the changes to Slashdot or Fark?) - you end up losing members, sometimes in droves...
Good luck with the migration?