i think the new icons are, as our british members might say, "twice too cute". imo, they are barely better than the five placeholder checkboxthingies that were there, and aren't likely to help people much unless/until they're told what they do. here are my suggestions, fwiw: "Simple Search" - delete it. there's a "Search" link millimeters above it. "Log Out" - delete it. why would anybody need or want to log out anyway? if you think it might be needed, make it available in the User CP page or something, perhaps. "Open Buddy List" - most VBB sites (cf. AVS Forum, MBWorld.org, 6SpeedOnline, etc.) show you your buddy list when you go to your "User CP". otherwise, there's no UI to get to them (aside from in PM). since buddy lists really can only be used for PMing, it's (IMO) a not-terribly-useful thing to give such prized real estate. that leaves the two items that really add value to the site (again, IMO). put them up there as text (in the same spot is fine) like the text links you have under the logo. "View New Posts" and "Mark All Forums Read". my two drachmas doody.