dont worry "whos online" will be back. PMs are still here , Instead of having an inbox you have to click on "my profile" to check them or you can set in your profile to have your PMs emailed to you. Avatars will be back so will "code buttons" so you can post in different colors.
We will be switching to a new server this week also. This host pissed me off so I got a better one, more on that later