"While we can't promise any specific release date, we do feel that enough progress has been made that completion sometime this year is more likely than not. The only major skeletal systems left are the Bell Shop and the moderation system."
Will the site launch with a Bell Shop? Don't worry about the rest, I'm sure we'll all promise to behave for a little bit if the moderation system isn't available at launch.
As for the avatars, love the Lunar Horizon and updated Landscape avatar background! It will cool to have some of the new NH characters as avatars too!
obviously the most excited about our new dreidel friends
An issue I've had with ACC wrt readability would be how wide the posts are & text size. Zooming in helps some until the page no longer fits the screen and I have to scroll horizontally to read text (this is a screenshot w/ a 22" monitor). Personally speaking, my disabilities make this an issue in the way that I have to shift my visual attention. This makes it especially difficult for me to process threads with heavier text.
If a font size feature is possible, it might be advisable to separate settings for board text, navigation text, etc. My impairment has to do with visual processing but not my vision, actually, so the simultaneous increase of navigation font size might make the UI feel a bit clumsy for me. On the other hand, I know people who might prefer board text to be smaller and narrow without making the UI tiny. Overall, for people with vision impairments in addition to myriad processing styles, customization on this front would be especially inclusive.
Of course, wide posts have allowed for things like unique markup art and minimizing vertical page stretching. So I guess there's a lot to consider in how old threads might translate to a new board layout, the ability to alter font size, or even just more intuitively-scaled magnification.
That's understandable. If it does come up, an alt text box could be something to consider. I know that's been recently implemented on Twitter, and images with alt text will have a little symbol that says ALT in a corner.