We are getting busier. There has been some constructive criticism that the site content is a little too unstructured, and specific content a bit hard to find.
The new landing page has quick access to all the site categories, so if you only want to access #hifi (and who wouldn't?) you can get there easily. It's also an easier transistion to the Discourse board software for users more familiar with traditional platforms.
But it also retains the Latest topics list that we know and love.
Pissing and moaning about the changes is compulsory.