if you mean notifications you can disable them. The traditional "new!" thing next to threads is still there.
I don't know really, I can't find the button to get new posts. there is the one where I can view new topics in different sections on the drop-down list(and new in topics that I've already posted in), but nothing just generally new. It's alright though, because I usually just pay attention to only some areas on this forum.
the newer layout is pretty nice now, I just dislike the gradient on those bars at the top of stuff
But, why can't I move on to the NEXT page at the bottom of a thread (or get back to the forum index if I so desire). As it is now a reader needs to scroll all the way back to the top and select either their "next" page or the page # they want.
I think the new forum look looks like a forum, which slightly makes me very neutral about this. Also here's what the Battlefield section of the forum would look like if it contrasted orange and blue more. Instead of using a very light grey text (Sat:0% Lum:~87%) there'd be a dull light blue text (Hue:240°, Sat:75% Lum:75%)
Air entered and exited my mouth a little faster than normal upon seeing this.