All things considered, a pretty large update! I've got more to talk about, but check back past the break for that.
As I've stressed before, time and again, this site exists for the community, so if you've got some ideas, post them below, and let us hear about it!
On the business side of things, I'm working on drafting a "longer-term" plan, hopefully ready to present something this week, or early next week, which lays down a specific "here's what we are going to do" plan, and then let you guys think it over, poke it with a stick, then call me an idiot, and have me do it again; as far as running a site, its been a pretty successful model thus far :-)
Expect one or two more "meta" posts in the next few days, and until then, let me know your thoughts below
Congrats, folks, and especially you, NCommander. This is a meaningful improvement to a site that just keeps getting better and better. I've just clicked into action the BadA55 theme too, and I find for my own taste that it's an improvement. Adding Unicode support is a huge step in the right direction.
My only remaining wish (other than calling it Soycode, even unofficially; let's leave Slash in the dust!) is to bring about meaningful small-screen support. I read sites like this one mostly on my phablet (Samsung Note 3) or tablet (Nexus 7). It's pretty lousy on both, and that makes it hard to read and contribute.
Pipedot.org works really well on small screens, but it's got a tiny community of readers. And Slashdot addressed the issue by implementing Beta. This is an opportunity for Soylentnews to hit the sweet spot: decent-sized and growing community and good usability on small screens. In the meantime I disable slashboxes entirely, which helps, and I am a regular reader of soylitenews.org too, whose Avantslash system does a nice job of modifying the site for a smaller screen. But still, try it yourself and then see if you can dedicate a dev or two to the effort necessary to make the site work well on a small screen. Given how many of us are probably on tablets and phones now, consider it an effort to make all of us readers contribute more easily.
Otherwise, congrats - this place is getting better and better.
I agree about the BadA55 theme; it's easier on the eyes, and more suited to the namesake of the site. Plus, everything's better when the color of a Kerbal!