Incremental Design Update
There had been a few things that were bothering me about the site since the launch of the redesign.
The main one was the fact that the Fixed Comments™ were hidden until you scrolled. To eliminate this problem, I've moved the "On Topic" sidebar into the content area and removed the related links. I'd still like to give the article metadata a little extra attention but I'll leave that until some other time. Now the comments box will always be visible (in fixed mode, sorry Internet Explorer users. You'll have to wait until IE7 or switch to Firefox). This is truer to the original implementation and I'd say a more usable option.
The next step was having Light Mode enable the remaining two columns. As a result, it's slowly becoming my preferred mode and I'm tempted to make it the default mode for the site. I'll certainly leave the contrast microwidget in place as I still like the functionality it offers. We'll see how that goes.
Finally, I've turned comment preview on by default. Start typing and you'll see the comment preview appear. Clicking the preview button will return you to the preview area if you've scrolled elsewhere.
That's it for now. There's still a bunch of little things I'd like to tweak but as they say, "There's only so many hours in a day."