Greatly Improved Format
As far as I'm concerned, they have improved the new format on the site so much that it no longer is so bright that it is unpleasant to look at.
The soft green on the sides, and the overall softened white color of the message area is a big improvement over the initial roll-out of the new format. It shows they are listening when we make comments.
I hope Floota checks in, since she also found the extreme brightness "off-putting".