I am not a fan of the new site, but it's not like their going to change it back to something everyone liked and worked. It will take some getting used to. Just make sure you get you signature up, that will help. And like Firix said "They may yet re-enable custom avatars."
I've got to agree that I'm not a fan of the new site. Pretty upset about losing our post counts, our names changing, and this thread being "Archived". Also, we really need the Captain's Database back. It was such a useful tool (when it worked of course).
I think that is gone for good, they never updated it, all your characters were RA. Also they took it off the website and you had to know the address to access it. I believe this is something they wanted to get rid of, but so many users used it that if they had gotten rid of it people would have been crying for its return.
Now with the new website, I am going to guess people will start asking for the database, then Cryptic or Brandon will come out and say something like this +/- "With the transfer to the new site the Captains database was lost, damage or something so we can't use it and don't have the man power/well/desire to recreate it."