Improved theme (beta!)
I've been pretty actively working on this for a couple of days already. It's not a wholesale redesign of the site, but rather an incremental improvement in style and most importantly usability.
Most of the changes are in the header which now features a centered main menu whose items stay highlited when you are within a section they represent. This helps let users know at which major part of the site they currently are. Even if you are watching a forum topic (not just a forum index), the "forums" item will be highlighted. And same goes for blogs, articles, polls and screenshots.
To allow for this I've had to make some URL changes, so now all forum topics have a /topic/ in the URL (blogs have /blog/ and articles have /article/) in order to allow differentiating between sections.
We also now got a neat search box built right into the header removing the need for a separate space taking box in the left sidebar.
Some have said that they'd like to see some more color on the site so I emphasized light blue on forum topics, as you can see. I think it looks a bit more encouraging.
Not all improvements are about the theme. For example, we've been publishing articles for quite a bit now, but never had a specific "articles" section for it. They were all listed on homepage only. Now we have a dedicated page for listing articles.
I've published this theme live not because I've done 100% of what I wanted with it, but because it is usable enough (already better than the old one) to be live, and because I could use some feedback from you regarding some of other changes I am considering.
I am thinking about moving the content of the bottom bar above into that blue bar of the header. In addition I am thinking about moving the "Need help? Ask here!" button from homepage to that blue bar as well so that it is visible sitewide. The fate of the secondary menu (one with that "contribute" link) is up in the air as well..
I am also going to add an about page which concisely describes what the site is for and what a visitor can do with it. I've already got the concept written down.
I hope you like these improvements. I welcome whatever opinions and suggestions you may have, especially regarding further improvements.
As I said time and again, Nuxified.org will be the best Free Software support site around, not because of size, not because of "look how many ads we've sold", not because of running the best and latest proprietary software, but by being a classy, easy to use and different alternative to the big players in this field! We're here to help people and each other use Free Software, with style.
EDIT: When I say "Free Software support sites" I don't mean all Free Software sites. I rather have some specific "competitors" in mind and wish to make this one a worthy alternative. Anyway, hopefully these improvements help.