Welcome back!I'm back after a few year break. I starting cubing May of 2008, and stopped sometime early 2014.
I've got three questions. First, are there any major regulation changes over the last few years? And second, I'm still using an old as **** "Godly GuHong" I got modded by a member here ages ago. What's the newest hotness when it comes to hardware? Interested in pretty much all puzzles. Lastly, any new forum rules I should watch out for?
Probably the main change would be the fact that you can use stickerless puzzles now, but other than the addition of skewb as an event (which you might remember if you stopped in early 2014), there haven't been too many important regulation changes.
Puzzles wise, MoYu, QiYi and YuXin + their sub-brands are probably dominating the market for most puzzles, apart from 2x2, and 3x3s are now a matter of preference, rather than there being a be all, end all cube. The main puzzles that are used are: 2x2: Dayan, 3x3: matter of preference, 4x4: Moyu Aosu/YuXin, 5x5: YuXin, 6x6: MoYu Aoshi/ YuXin red, 7x7: MoYu cubic AoFu, Pyraminx: MoYu, Skewb: Moyu/Qiyi, Clock: Rubik's, megaminx: DaYan/modded Shengshou/the new X-Man megaminx, square-1: QiYi and I think that most people use an F2 for feet. Basically, there are now a load more options for cubes and many come down to a matter of preference, if you watch reviews on YouTube, you should be able to get an idea of if they are what you're looking for.
Apart from the new forum design, nothing has really changed, apart from the numerous world records. Oh yeah, people also got good at pronouncing cube names...
Sorry for the long post .