Yeah, I've also had trouble with these advertisements. I honestly thought I was the only one (my computer has a tendency to load some things glitchy), but the ads are huge, and I can't collapse them or click anything which they obscure. I think that the side bar with the News should have been kept. It was a great website feature that (in my opinion) defined the layout of this website. I'm all for change, but this latest update is just embarrassing.
I don't mean to just criticize, especially as I've taken a course in web design and know how difficult it can be, but I care a heck of a lot about this site and I hate to see it in such a condition.
EDIT: On a more positive note, the updates to the Strike Back comment box are very convenient, and I like the Related Articles underneath the main article that is being read.
Last edited by MisoGenie; 06-22-2012 at 10:27 AM..