I dislike it so far as well. I use large fonts and you can't see half the page info 'cause of it, and the contrast is horribly low, and if you have gamma set correctly, it's (the text is) completely washed out looking, other than the graphic background.
However, they still haven't added custom avatars, and it's only been a few hours, so I'm hopeful it will get better. And hope you housing nuts, like Vinney, get your own forum, like you should have.
I'm probably going to spend part of the night trying to setup a custom CSS for the site to fix some of the problems, though I doubt I will put much effort into it, and just quit using it if they don't fix some of the things themselves.