I am wondering why this website was changed from its former simple and easy-to-use format (which it has used quite successfully for two decades from what I understand) to its new java-heavy one. This seems to have been a trend for a lot of websites over the past decade for some reason, and it has made them all the worse, AFAIC; i.e. user non-friendly. But the heavy and complex new java design of this site is even worse than the changes I have seen at other sites over the years because this one doesn’t even allow page-saving for offline reading, as I sometimes do when I come across valuable and interesting information anywhere online (and it’s a shame because straightdope has always been a valuable resource for this reason). Also, depending on what machine/browser you are using or how fast your connection is, certain features are almost impossible to use, or at the very least a nightmare. And, unlike Reddit and Gmail, you don’t even have the option of choosing a “go back to old format” button.
I’m curious as to what the reason was for the decision to make the change. Everything seemed pretty fine the last time I came across the site during its old design about a year ago. My suspicion would be that it was done primarily to cater specifically to i-phones and their software, and that the old format did not quite do that satisfactorily. Am I correct?