Mods and admins get a bit more use out of the black bar area - it's not going anywhere. We'ev also economized the top area of the screen as much as possible. If you have specific points of improvement you'd like to offer we're listening but I can't see it getting any smaller. It's all vital info up there.
[Edit] Seems like this post of mine doesn't show up in 'My Content'.
Might take a good couple of minutes. I'm pretty sure it's not instantaneous.
You're right, it's showing up in My Content now.
Here are some suggestions with mockups:
Blue bar instead of a black bar seems more fitting to me.
I'm not really noticing the rating/stars at the moment, I think centring it makes it stand out more. Also saves some vertical space.
I also seem to be having a bug under Firefox 8.0 and 9.0.1, the menu has an additional black line when compared to Chrome.
Also, the favicon of the website is set to the Invision Power icon.
Hope that this helps and is worth trying out.
[Edit] Clicking on images no longer opens the overlay thingy it seems.