That's pretty much the same thing I heard when the format changed in 2004. Several folks were sending me emails saying that if I cared about karting at all I would put the old forum back and leave it alone, and they were pretty graphic about what I should do with the new (2004) one.
All I really do is provide the place and try to keep it clean, it's the visitors and users that make the site what it is, and provide the content, and sometimes entertainment.
It's going to take a while to get used to it. I'm getting used to it, however I've been staring at it something like 18 to 20 hours a day for nearly a couple of weeks now, which I guess gives me a head start.
It's natural to be resistant to any kind of change, but in this case it couldn't be helped.
One thing I will say, after a few of my rookie mistakes in the beginning, everything is starting to get rock solid with the new forum software, database server, and php. (knock on wood)
Anyway, there's a few of my thoughts about it.