I'm genesis from MSForums.org - I've never been to this site before but I must say that it looks very good.
Peter, as far as your concern for getting more members - Google!!! Make sure google can read and index each and every thread and page on the site and you'll see a major improvement. I'm saying this assuming that may or may not have excellent ranking with google....
Rest of you guys, we Microsoft users aren't evil and the merge has happened already. From what I can see the veterans here are a bit tight about changes and Microsoft products whereas Rick from MSforums is displaying patience that actually made me wana post.
So chill, give it a little time and you'll be alright. I've been through enough forums to know exactly how your side works.