This new format does feel rather clunky.
I have not ventured off into the chat site yet so can't comment on that aspect.
The forum does not feel that smooth to navigate, it's nice to have some emojies for likes although limited . It's also nice to be able to change your font colour. This kinda makes me feel more like an Admin user rather than a member who has come for some escapism.
Like most new things, it takes a while to get used to change. I would love to know what others think of the new format and any hints and tips you've discovered whilst using it.