Concept Art using MS Paint: Top portion of front page
Where the thunder means "hot" which will be based internally on comments/minute rather than overall comment count.
I used an old-fashioned layout of the sections being put to the side of the body. The profile stuff will be placed on the topmost right corner.
The "trending now" thing will be placed like a breaking news bar right on top of the headlines.
And it will rid of the translucent front images of articles.
Besides, minimalism isnt Windows exclusive anymore.