I was in the minority in that I didn't find the original updated layout all that offensive.
That said, these changes are welcome improvements, definitely moving in the right direction. Easier on the peeps and the breakup of forums with borders gives some much needed contrast.
I do prefer the overall look and layout design of the new site compared to the old v2, it just needs a bit more refinement. I've no doubt you will get it right, although as has been said, it will never please everyone.