i have to say, after a good few hours, my visual training is still telling me that there is far too much horizontal stuff. the eye has to search the page much more intensively for the content that is relevant (the post) and seperate it from the content which is a lot less relevant (the user info) than the standard way. the bars drew the eye to the post, letting you actively decide if you want to see the member's post count etc, whereas now you have to conciously ignore it.
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