I love the quotation :-).
I have finally spotted the tiny blue arrows in the corner of each section heading which drop down to the menus that I've been looking for -yeah. And even better, I have belatedly discovered that I can click anywhere in that bar, I don't have to aim for the tiny blue arrow. So apart from still thinking that the drop down menu should have a link to the forum (as you suggest) I am growing to like the new layout. I am, however, still slightly amazed that people designing a web site for users with a profile that suggests many will not have the sharpest eyesight would not just put a large blue arrow in the middle of the bar, that way, people will see it and won't waste time trying to line the cursor up with a small blue dot before realising that they don't need to. Or maybe that's just me :-/
Yes - there are enough truly complicated 'things' out there; why make the simple tricky? J x