sounds great... couple of things

1. this update will not effect the 2 yr running c9 DB that currently exists and user access to it (like we have now) ?

2. the Slashdot effect:  say what you like about it - but it is plain and simple - consistant and uncluttered.  Hopefully the coffeehouse will remain uncluttered by extra announcements, media clips, ajax frills etc

edit - although it would be great to let us choose to run c9 gadgets on the right -empty- side so long as we can make our own - and or use yours (like the current featured box)