I wanted to post this in the new beta site, but apparently it's having trouble posting a slightly longer message so I'll post it here and the wonderful @kriss will pass it along to the appropriate people (maybe, she can do what she wants ;) ).
My initial impressions of the new site are promising*. I asterisk that because my immediate impression was a forlorn feel for those legacy features that were quintessential RT community side such as the forums, journals, and photo albums that probably won't make it in the final site.
Obviously, these still may be added, but the more I thought on it, maybe it'll be okay without them. Seeing the forum activity in the Oxford Comma Cafe, while we started out as a place to have long, thoughtful conversations, we have moved more to shorter (but still thoughtful) posts. The chat function within the group can still serve that purpose. This is the same with journals. Before, the community would have longer form posts but have evolved to shorter updates for the most part. There are still some are very diligent in their posting of long journal posts. The Twitter-esque version of the RT community site will likely be better served to the community at large and not my particular nostalgia. Furthermore, there doesn't seem to be anything stopping me from making a long post anyway :). [See, that's what we call irony]
Overall, I think the new site will be a good step forward to bringing the community at large back here. A lot of the changes in the new site, while initially a big departure from how things used to be, will likely better serve how things are actually done today vs 5 years ago.
I for one, welcome our new site overlords!