I removed that from my post because when I went to the home page I saw "remove this ad" - it costs $1 a month so I just paid for it. And there's a 99 cents for 3 months promotion.
We could've, yes, but that just seems to me like wasted energy. Maybe its because I've been webmaster and administrator of several websites and boards before so I understand this all better, but really the only way to try out or explain this kind of thing is to try it. From what it looks like to me, it's just a click of a button to go back to the old style. That'd be like us having a vote every time we change the banner and color scheme.
Regardless of any past occurrences, in this case it feels like to me that Shayne was directly responding to the posts about a need for change and perhaps went about doing it as a surprise with good intentions. Y'all then reacted angrily and it just seems a little unnecessary since it's really not the hugest change. It may look like it initially, but it's really not.