Yeah, it seems like Hubpages is going through some growing pains these days, with the overall web design formats for sure. I think they are trying to experiment with a newer look overall, and just hope they get it right quick and soon, because many of us have invested quite some time into writing our hubs, and it would be an extreme injustice for them to just drop the ball on us like that, you know.
Lets hope and pray that they aren't making a grave mistake, and are only doing these updates to improve our overall standing on the web as a whole, and for good reason. I guess the best thing to do would be to be patient with them, so that they can get it right. I think they're also working on changing the overall format of the hubpages profile section as well, who knows with the web today, maybe they had no other alternative but to adapt to the growing changes on the web entirely.