Yo, DM, you gotta change the ban settings so that banned people can't post.
Anyway, methinks some people missed the big ol' pinned thread in Hell.
Last night DM upgraded the board. The company that wrote the board software issued a major upgrade (we're talking whole version number here, 2.3.6 to 3.0) a few weeks ago, so a lot of stuff is different (that is, new and hopefully improved).
The default skin (the files that make up the "look" of the board) is of the same style as before (unless you were using the really old reddish-pinkish skin), just retooled by the skin maker to be compatible with the new version of the board. (Hint: If you're seeing a mostly-blue skin -- derided by some as being Rangers-like -- look way down at the bottom of the page for a set of two dropdown boxes, one should say "IP.Board" and the other should say "English (USA)". Change "IP.Board" to "NJDevs_Original".)
There's a few things that are disabled right now (searches, profiles, etc.) because the site is so darn popular.
The server has been getting increasingly stressed lately, and the upgrade hasn't helped matters.
In short, there is no "going back to the way it was". Welcome to the new NJDevs.com.