Many people have problems with "change", to any greater or lesser extent. The resistance to change seems to be an integral part of our basic human nature. We become comfortable with our routines, and develop a sense of security around certain elements of those routines - as they provide us with security in an-otherwise unsecure and unpredictable world around us.
Some people find certain types of changes more disturbing than others.
In my case, I am very "brand-loyal" regarding certain products I purchase on a regular basis, and have become accustomed to those products having always been available. So, for instance, when the company which manufactures my favorite cologne, or brand of toothpaste, or sneakers, suddenly discontinues that product, it upsets my "routine" and I probably become more affected by it than I should -- and it takes me a while to find a replacement.
All of us who have been regular members on various websites have witnessed significant changes like this at one time or another. And The Geek's point about the source of hate mail is very telling - because it comes from the same people every time - those who have trouble with this particular type of change.
Now, I may have missed it because I was very busy last week with work and not around all that much - but perhaps there could have been an announcement or some other type of notification advising everybody that the board is about to change and will have a new look - and describe those elements which will be different.
In any case - we really need to keep in mind the amount of time and effort The Geek and the Mods put in here to write all those helpful articles, answer our questions and offer assistance in times of need, and keep this site fresh and new on a daily basis.
We will all get used to the slight changes - until next time.
I do have one question though:
I noticed the HTG Favicon on my bookmarks menu in Firefox has changed from the smiling Geek, to a black box with the letters "HTG". I don't understand how or why this happened, and would be interested to learn the answer.