I suppose it's understandable, to say the very least, that WP developers look to wordpress.com for cues. But that absurdly introduced admin bar is not an option, no: it's by default hung out on the outside for logged in admin users - oh by the way, I can't easily find where to shut it down: strike two - and it's styled in a way that perhaps pleases the developers, but it's in my face and therefor likely to irritate me.
Which it does. Obviously.
Search? Again a search form? What, afraid that people can't find the search form that practically every theme already has? Or is it such a vital feature that even those who chose not to have it must stare at its ugly mug nonetheless?
Also, I totally do not care for presumptively snazzy but totally insignificant (non-quantified) aggregate "statistics" graphics on the outside, and several of the functions chosen by the developers to put it in that admin bar are ridiculously arbitrary. So there's one-click access to menu management from the front-end, but no one-click access to spam comments? Pulleez.
It's an abomination, and it must go.
And "innovations" should, more than anything, be optional - not switched in and on by default.
Sorry guys, this is a seriously bad case of a nice try without asking.
I have no idea what else 3.1 does compared to 3.0.5 (forgive me but I don't have time to plow through the release note, what with that irritating "Upgrade now!" message that I can't switch off either) but all that baggage has not been worth the immense hassle of checking on compatible plugins. And of course, finding some that force a back-gration to 3.0.5 again. At least I won't have to look at my site looking like it wants to be wordpress.com anymore.