Can we return to the old UI? Or at least something similar.
I work for WeAreBuild.com. I was at a dinner party at UI design guru Jacob Nielsen's (Useit.com) place the other day I asked him to take a brief look at Soulseek's new UI vs its old.
He said the new one seemed to be a redesign just for the sake of redesigning. That similar features were scattered around different areas of the screen for no apparent reason - main navbar buttons, middle tabs and lower tabs. It's often like that in design, he went on to say, that the first thing that pops into your head is often the realest and most intuitive. Often, not always. But in Soulseek's case, yes. Good UI design should allow you to use the UI straight away, not trying to figure out how to use it (1).
Personally I've spent up to 30 minutes trying to figure out how to do stuff that were so dead easy with the old UI.
Sorry for the constructive criticism. I do hope it can help improve Soulseek though.