You had asked what people meant by it being "bloated". Here's some of the things I'd like to point out on the index alone (home).
Here's where a lot of padding is located. It's quite useless and I'd rather see more of the forum vertically than have all of this padding everywhere.Click to enlarge
Here's a quick adjustment of the AGS Games section only. How it could be improved to better fit on everyone's screens without scrolling a ton.Click to enlarge
That's one thing I've always noticed about your websites is that you add a lot of padding around everything. I'm not saying I don't like your websites, I definitely do. I just know you could tone down on the padding quite a bit. I might have gone to the extreme, but I wouldn't add much more than 2 pixels on each of these boards.
If you want, I could also show an edit from within a thread as well. I also don't like the new large avatars, mainly because there is a TON of useless space whenever you have someone like AGA with all his:
Adventure Game Aficionado
Then his Post count. Then his quote. Then where he's willing to help people. Then his social connections. All of which take up their own row.
Like this post: http://www.bigbluecup.com/yabb/index.php?topic=45853.msg615529#msg615529
With the current Voting system and such, and all that padding, I can only see the top line in Domino's next post. I don't believe my resolution is overly small for a laptop either, being 1600x900.
Edit: I've noticed that once you click on these images above, it then makes the image full size in the post? Odd.