Well, positives are, if they have taken the time to change the layout, its unlikely they will be closing the boards, which means we can all continue to chew the proverbial fat a little longer!
I couldn't give 2 hoots regarding the star system, did any of us ever really use it?
Regarding posts disappearing, thats annoying! and if Yahoo should ensure that is avoided at all costs. Whats the point in taking the time to construct a point for one of their IT geeks to remove it! (no offence or harm is ain at IT geeks), they are and exceptionally useful group of people when they're not discussing world of warcraft or quantum phyiscs. I digress, as per!
I don't like it, looks more amateur-like to me and feels like they've put in acres of advertising space. But I'm a miserable sod, I don't like change unless I instigate it! Looks like they've just brought the style into line with the slightly different news article format.
I suspect the boards will be quieter for a few days while we adjust to it, then we'll forget it's ever been different.