So here are the changes
Oh dumb me, I didn't know to look at their blog to see what is going on. Someone else posted this link in case you wonder what happened!
I pretty much agree with most of the folks posting on the blog that don't like this new emphasis on more mandatory translation. I don't see how poorly translating sentences on uninteresting topics unrelated to prior lessons can show we have "mastered" a language skill, and does nothing for developing listening skills.
And they are hot on the blog today. If you try to say anything positive about the changes they are voting your comment down. I am wondering how they will keep the top translators motivated to stay at it. If not they will have a continuous stream of new people working their way up and then leaving.