The old side bar was just there, worked with or without JS enabled. At a glance I'd see stuff I might or might not be interested in.Red button on the top right [Inclined Arrow]
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Yet another great forum screwed up by changing the layout simply because they haven't recently changed the layout.
Edit : ok, it's kinda there down the bottom of each page, tucked away out of sight where people stop reading and move elsewhere - but it's showing "latest posts" rather than latest threads (hmm, no ^I to get italics anymore? ) which would be a lot more useful, especially if there was more of them. Off to the side where it is commonly scanned and perhaps up to 20 items would help some of us find our way round without having to resort to massive amounts of mouse clicks!