I'm going to try and remember everything that's new and improved on CoasterBuzz.
Club members: You may have to logout then back in if you're seeing ads.
Most forum functions should be generally faster.
New profile options, including the other major IM clients, hide signatures, keep your details private, and best of all, set your time zone. My junk even compensates for daylight savings if you live in a place where it's used.
Private messages. You can send messages right through the site, and read them here on the site.
E-mail. No more e-mail addresses displayed in profiles. If you want to send e-mail, you can do it through a form on the site, linked from the user's profile.
Posts by people... links can be found in profiles and from your "my account area." See what you've been posting.
The favorites and e-mail notifications are back, as is the search, which is a little zippier than it used to be.
Pinned topics: Important stuff stays at the top of the topic list.
Private forums are now really private. There's still a moderator forum for us to talk about you behind your back, you just can't see it. :)
Monster data caching. In simple terms, it means that there's less database activity when you read the forums, so stuff appears faster.
A point warning system. Get three points and you're out until the points expire. Don't be naughty!
I'm sure there's other stuff too, and if I think of it, I'll edit here.
Just a minor bug... In the new profile feature for viewing others' posts, when one chooses a display option beyond 'show posts from Last Week', the results list your own post(s) instead of ones for the requested user.
The forum stats is a nice touch, and the Private Message feature should come in handy.
I have to agree with Lord Gonchar about the signature lines though, it does seem to split the page a little more then it needs too.
But besides that I really like the new version.
EDIT: Actually after looking around at a few more topics the only time the signature line comes out very thick and across the whole post is in this topic. *** Edited 11/13/2003 5:57:58 AM UTC by CoasterDude316***
The stats may not actually be right. The truth is that it's hard to simulate hundreds of simultaneous users in testing (not hard, but time consuming and I'm lazy), so while it's kind of neat, it might very well be kind of wrong.
Wow, there's only 14 people on the site now, i've never seen that before. Very Nice Jeff, I like. Glad my ca$h is going to something good around here;). j/k. Keep it up, and I'll send another $20 next year!