I really just don’t like how this looks, especially on a dark skin. Looked around through the ACP but couldn’t find a relevant setting. The “unread” filter at the top of the index seemed satisfactory; now the forum just looks empty to people who have been keeping up to date. It’s also aesthetically unpleasing having pinned topics grayed out at the top of the index/categories.
The most frustrating part of being a Discourse user is going through with an update to find that the only change is a random developer preference that you didn’t want/can’t disable.