The old site had ads, the old site was... old. As discourse says so nicely, what in computing hasn't changed for 13 years?
Only forums... they are out of date, and for the effort these guys have put in I think that they deserve a knighthood. I'm not saying that you don't have to be extremely happy with it, but at least have some respect for what they are doing. They are really changing what forums are about... They are innovating and reinventing an old rusty feature of the web.
I give you this link - http://www.discourse.org/about/
And @codinghorror or @sam or anyone else on the discourse team, I commend you on creating something like this. I can say that I most certainly would not have ben able too. I would go as far as to say, in computing terms, you guys are like Usain Bolt... nobody can catch you, nobody can stop you!
And finally I would like to thank @geek for implementing this site, for having the guts to say, change is what we need, and choosing discourse. Haters will hate, but I think that this was one of the best decisions for HTG.
Many to you all