Well, that’s what we have to keep bringing to mind. That, and the fact that (as I understand it) this move makes the SDMB financially viable again, at least for some period of time.
I hate a lot about this new interface (yes, even after trying out the different Themes, changing the font size, etc.). It feels as though it takes me three times as long to read the same amount of material, and I miss features such as mouse-over.
My biggest complaint is the way the page “jumps” when scrolling down (due to a new post having appeared? I don’t even know why that happens). I grit my teeth at the time it takes to get back to where I was before.
But: no 502/504, and the Board may be here for years to come because of the change. So those are the things to concentrate on.
ETA: Kudos to the OP for creating a thread title that forms a (partial) sentence with the name of the sub-forum!