This is all I'm going to say...
The reason why this discussion is kind of swirling around with no real end result is because the issue at hand is simply not that big of a deal. There was a criticism made about the site, which is fine, and a lot of people have thrown ideas about how to "fix" or improve the problem. But as we can see, there's no good solution or suggestions. The reason why is because the site is already really really good. You guys are struggling to find ways to improve something that is already pretty darn good. Mouser has spent lots of time and thought to make the website interface really nice. Unless you guys intend on doing a complete overhaul, there aren't that many HUGE issues to fix.
The forum interface is the best I've ever seen. Given the amount of content here, it's organized in a pretty good way. Even the seldom visited blog is a really nice, unique type of blog interface. it links to actual forum posts, but features them in a cool way. The search on the site is unbelievably well done.
So that's why it's so hard trying to improve the site. The criticism, even if valid, is a little overblown. It's not a big enough deal to get all worked up about it on either end. In my opinion, at best, you could improve the site with a couple of minor tweaks here and there. One of my suggestions which got implemented very quickly, was to have a way to increase the box where you write posts. So mouser put that +/- button there. Very minor.
So this is a situation of if it ain't broke, don't try to fix it. i never liked that saying, but it applies in this case. I'm all for improving the site, but I'm noticing people struggling with actual good suggestions that don't involve completely overhauling the whole site. People, it's already a really awesome site and design. Can't we just enjoy it? Can't we just thank all the people who have worked on it so hard? I come here every day and I'm always thankful for how well everything is laid out here. Sure, I can nitpick...lord knows I can...but to create this much bad blood over something that's already better than just about everything else out there? I don't know. it's just a little too overblown.