Yep, a bit of adjustment and everyone will be used to it. Allow me to use the example of (drum roll) NeoGAF's Off Topic section. Pretty much the equivalent to the Main Room. Thousands of active users at any given moment, and the entire first page has turned over in the past half hour:

If they can manage it, we can. If people really hate sifting, make use of thread subscriptions and bookmark this. Also make use of the search query I posted in the OP to see the latest activity.