I can't figure out the way that the forums are sorting search results now. It seems to maybe be prioritizing mentions of the word in the OP, but other than that, there seems to be no easily categorized sorting, especially
For example, looking up the discussion in the GnT steam thread talking about a lunar lander game gives 7 results from around 2008 before even mentioning it. And ego searching my name results in mostly games I played in CF where the players were listed in the OP, and where I was mentioned for the longest time in the copy and pasted GnT's ME thread OP, but even then the times for those aren't consistent: the first result is from a game in 2012, and then the mass effect threads go march, april, January!, feburary, june 2012, etc. And it didn't actually display any of the posts I was looking for, where I was trying to figure out which steam games I gave away to see which ones I used.
Also, while using big avatars may or may not be prettier, it does make it harder to sort through the search results quickly compared the old way of having the avatars the same size as for thread listings. And not just because it has significantly fewer results per page.
And the number of returned results seems really inconsistent. Before these changes, it always topped off at 2 pages of results. Searching for my name resulted in 6 pages, 'lunar' was 7 pages, and searching for 'search' had at least 10 pages before I got bored clicking next