Matter of preference
I just can't imagine modifying my code just because some stupid jerk mailed the management that he didn't like the layout of the page. I care about my code and more about who gets to use it and for what purpose. And a porn coder (nice name you invented :)) is bound to be in such situations.. I wouldn't like that..
unfamiliarity - first obstacle
I am so familiar with the old layout that at first sight I thought freshmeat.net has been compromised. Anyway, the new layout looks good, I guess it would be sometime before I become familiar.