Hi Leslee – Glad you liked the bear! It may or may not be a long-term resident up there. As for the sidebar, I’ve changed the link font style to resemble what the old theme had (differentiation by size rather than boldness), and I suppose in time I’ll decide to darken the background color to resemble Modern, too! I like this pale green myself, but I think it strikes a lot of other people as generic or corporate – reactions to colors can be very visceral. something darker might well help to minimize the distraction issue some people are having, too. I’ll keep thinking about it.
You’re the first to mention a discomfort with the unbordered left margin. I’m having a hard time empathizing with that one.
Thanks a lot for sharing your reactions.