I think because it is being so slow (although it is being pretty quick for me at the moment but it is 2am) we are not able to flick through as we usually would.
Personally i dont see that there that much different to the old one.
you click on the post, you press reply, you can use the things at the top to go back. i also love the bit at the bottom where you can skip directly to another section without having to go home first and then through the section.
Personally i think this one is better, it is much easier to read the posts on a white backgroud rather than blue writing on a blue background.
security wise, it was always going to be a public forum, at least now we have private messaging, we can change our username, and we can edit our post so if we accidemtily put somwthing on there that we didnt want to we can change it. You might notice there is also a block function and a quick way to contact the m0ds. Apart from makind it a private site (which you will still get weirdos loging into) i really dont know what else they could do
so we lost the smilies, now we have fancy writing and colours. and as for the extra members, i would say it has something to do with the fact that we are in the main huggies site now and it is probably the total members of the site and not just the forum members anymore.
I really hope you guys give this a chance, it hasnt even been up for 24 hours yet so everything isnt going to be perfect, and im sure as it speeds up and we all help each other around the site we will all get used to it and enjoy it as much as the other one