Speaking of the new skin...are there any updates and/or estimates on when it will be done?
I don't know, the original path was to completely restructure the forum and make it more like a site, but it turns out that SMF's templating system is horrible and completely unintuitive. Right now I'm trying different solutions and I guess in worst case I'll have to fall back to just changing the color schemes a là the old forums, though I don't really see the point in spending weeks skinning something that's going to end up looking just as bad except in a different shade of blue.
So yeah, no definite answer yet. I guess 2-6 weeks depending on what's the most viable way.