@andrewb: So the site redesign broke notifications? I haven't noticed any change, but I suppose I didn't get many notifications before the site redesign anyway.
All I know is that before the site redesign, my level of interaction with other users was often a result of me being alerted to their content and me posting to either their own wall or mine. With that functionality depreciated, the fallback would have been the notifications from them posting new blogs/lists/whatever. The only notifications I receive are for direct replies and PMs. Anything else only works on occasion and is promptly re-broken for extended periods. I'd point to Yummy directly for confirmation on that point. I'm on Giant Bomb more than daily and I used to catch his work frequently as a result, but the steps I have to go through to see his content has hindered my participation with his and others works.
I gathered a number of followers myself as a result of my participation with the forums and my own written pieces and lists, but I can't remember the last time I got a new follower and that is probably for good reason.
Yeah, I miss the old system for Following. Actually felt more like a community.