I see there has been another little re-design of the forum, moving the sidebar over to the left and adding a long line of social network sharing buttons. When you add that to the space taken up on the right-hand side with the collection of smilies (unnecessary in my opinion), it has made the actual usable forum column even narrower. The box we type in is getting smaller and smaller widthways every time there is an overhaul. I would say that it now takes up only approximately 50% of the total width of my laptop screen. That seems like an awful lot of wasted space.
Just as a personal comment, I much preferred the sidebar when it was over to the right. It seemed much less intrusive and yet easier to use.
Thanks for all your hard work on the site though.