Yeah, this thread is a relic of the "before-times", when we were all hankering for them to shake things up and go in a new direction. And they did just that, and, so far, it has totally worked. There is still some content that I don't care for, but the fact that this past week's dud of a UPF was an exception, not the rule, is a sign of how much things have already improved. The first time they tried that idea it worked beautifully. Mario Party Party was amazing, and the quality and quantity of QLs has risen. The podcast has been a ton of fun, as well; Brad's made a very easy transition to hosting, and it's freed up Jeff to bring his natural humour in a less formulaic way. Dan's content has been entertaining, and Jason's presence has freed Drew up a lot on live streams. Drew is also becoming more comfortable with podcasting, and as mentioned elsewhere, he and Dan make a great odd couple QL duo. Vinny and Alex are kicking ass in NY, and I'm sure will continue to do so. Patrick is doing what he does, churning out interesting articles about strange games and the like, so no change there.
I was one of the skeptics, one of the naysayers, and you can go to page two of this thread to find proof of that. But I still believed in this site and in the people who made it special, and while I am delighted that I've been enjoying their content so much again, I can't say I'm surprised that they got things back on track. They needed this.