Like I've been promising ever since we (Sunny, J-Dog, and I) bought I-A-B from Demand Media now Leaf, a redesign was in the works, and what you're seeing right now is stage one of several stages of improvement.
Things are a little easier on the eyes, and everything is built on custom architecture created by Sunny, from scratch. (Major props to Sunny for this entire rebuild, from top to bottom.) The other new thing is how articles will be ranked. All articles (staff and submitted) will be given a combination of points based off the submission, user likes, and user comments. It's not a complicated algorithm, but there'll be a notated page that explains how you accumulate points.
Next thing on the docket is to flesh out the aforementioned points registered users will acquire as they read, submitted, comment, or a combination of any of those -- this number absorbs and replaces the old number which only recorded accepted submissions and comments. I also want to flesh out user profiles -- there are some of you who have lifetime charter status coming and I haven't forgotten about that.
That's it. Short and sweet. Leave your feedback, good and bad, in the thread.