After some lengthy research and offline testing, I'm zoning in on a navigation system that remains simple, yet supports flexibility.
Click the thumbnail for a view of how it looks on a iPad in "portrait" orientation:
While there's much about the aesthetics of a left-side navigation to like, the reality is that modern users (especially mobile) are accustomed to
This example shows the full secondary menu as how it would look on the "Top Tier" pages "above" the actual discussion board. Once inside the
discussion board, it goes away to leave the simple six-item main menu.
And the "more" drop-down works when you click it (no hovers in the new ATS).
There may be some tweaks and location color coding of the main menu, but unless we see an overwhelming backlash... this is the one I like best.
Oh... and it does a neat sticky trick when you scroll.
(disclaimer: not yet tested on all browsers and mobile devices)
Only seeking comments on the User Interface and layout at this point. The primary colors of the text and background are still being
compared on a range of devices for possible changes.