I do not like it since your must rate a hub before moving on. I usually just like to hop around and selectively read the hubs that catch my attention.
sort by best latest
This might be good, I just spent the last few minutes exploring hubs. So it might give older quality hubs a new lease on life. However, If less people are hopping in this horribly claustrophobic hopper scores may be less accurate.
I had not done any Hub Hopping in several days so was not aware of the change. However, there are some people who would vote a hub down just because of the author. At least this way they have to read it.
I agree, I enjoy finding new hubbers that way and commenting, but I believe this was done to keep people from targeting hubbers they don't like and giving unfair negative feedback.
I agree with you on the skipping. If people are forced to read through things that don't interest them, it will prevent people from hopping enough to ensure quality hubs.
You actually can skip hubs by pressing the back arrow.