since I know you are an advanced user, I wonder what's the reasoning behind the suggestion?
I am guessing you think newbies might miss important information, in that case I would say don't know for sure, possible.
Reasons for change:
- people were not reading it anyway, got questions that were answered by that text for years
- I like the sleek look of it all melding together, page with content pops out from the flat background
- less contrast, increases the importance and readability of the whole picture does not scream at the user, looks simpler to use