(Also granted, I'm a huge fan of stark and simple.)
I'm reading the complaints and while some of the issues (the bio customization) aren't ones that relate to me since I don't put anything in there but text, the rest seem to be talking about a profile page that is nothing like the one I'm looking at.
I am also all over those tiny arrows that close and open up sections; that pleases.
Controversy at lj_design here and here, and featured on Fandom Wank here.
If you have no idea what I'm talking about, check your profile for the new layout.
ETA: niqaeli reminded me of this: Kat's Page, please squint. This, two failed frame experiments, a period of black background/white text and thinking it was a brilliant idea to make a single image a background and imbed an imagemap on it is why my webpage is exactly three colors plus simple images. Those were dark times, people.
...seriously. I created that background myself. I leave it there when I get flights of fancy with css to remind me of the dark side.