I liked the journal up top just because that way the submission rules were right there and easily seen. I also miss the the old SitBack slideshow that had lines followed by colored versions, but that's just me. I'll follow with the consensus.
I also really liked the SitBack, though a few people complained about it being a major memory hog. I was using Mozilla Firefox on a relatively powerful gaming rig, so I didn't notice any slow-down. However, when I got a cheapie $180 Netbook, and then tried to view the front page, the lag was intolerable. The sit-back would frequently crash my Internet browser if opened in multiple tabs. I had to switch to Google Chrome just to update the club efficiently.
While editing the front page, or updating the blog, the sit-back feature would also glitch up and overlap the work area.
However, I didn't actually, how to put it, 'pull the plug' on the sit-back feature. The supergroup status for the #color-me-club expired, and it was removed automatically (only showing the 'featured' folder).