That said, I feel like it would be weird at this point if it was redesigned in a more user friendly fashion given it's looked the same for so long. Or would it even be user friendly at that point as the only people that really use the site are probably already familiar with it? (I'm not sure why I said that as if a redesign was even a remote possibility....)
After all, browsers from 1997 probably don't understand modern HTML5 or CSS (or a very simple version of CSS.)
They're pretty much all similar now. Menu at top, menu at left side, hostile scrolling. If they really mess things up, the menu stays on screen as the thing you actually wanted scrolls... more
Where they show the page and then you have to scroll like 1 or 2 clicks on the mouse wheel for the login / top menu to appear.
I understand they like the clean look when you land on the page but it's annoying to use.