I find it extremely annoying having tabs on the main page for news. What is the criteria that makes something "hot"?
When I read news, the first page I want to see is NEWS not "what is hot". It damn sure isn't comments! Because there aren't any anymore thanks to this layout from hell.
Second, when i click on the "new stuff" tab which I assumed was the newest stories, they are not necessarily even the newest. They can be posted at any time.
Third, when I find a story I want to read on the "New stuff" finish it and go back. guess what?!?! We are back on the "Hot Stuff" page again!
This is really lame and a cheap way to get more clicks and I think it is under this site to do this crap to its members.
Fourth, you have no indication of any comments without opening the story. So, you have to shlepp open the story, see that no one has commented then back up your browser, then click on the New Stuff again and pick another dead as a dooornail topic.
You guys are killing this site with this illogical, cumbersome clickfest.
You can put all the fancy graphics on it you want, and spice it up however, but people are not going to put up with this crap, there are too many decent sites out there to play this game.