Thanks for clarifying. I do plan to enlarge that F logo. I am literally using a very crude version of it. You might recognize it as the old forum's "favicon" and even among favicons, it is the smallest kind (only a single 16x16 layer).
I also agree that getting from a topic to another category or subcategory can be cumbersome. I like the "related topics" list at the bottom, but many times, I want to just go to another part of the forums. I am still getting used to the jump menu in the bottom right corner, and it isn't intuitive for me.
Are you saying you want that top strip to disappear altogether when you are reading the topic?