Because the old skin was designed for a previous version of vBulletin we made a new one instead of trying to port over the older/dated look. There are probably quite a few bugs to iron out but we want to get switched over ASAP because the old skin was causing issues on the new version of the software.
I hear you on the "old regulars" there were some guys doing some great things a while back. I will say that I have been much more active on other forums than this one in the past (yarisworld) though I am curious to see if the new look sparks new found interest.
I still lurk quite a bit (even as a member)
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