I love the SL UI and its bazillions of useful features. Tons of them are available in the standard viewer with no debug menu. Many others are not really things LL originally deemed necessary for customers, but (as far as I remember) are advanced capabilities allowed us due to a bit of hand-forcing by a partial-godmode viewer hack. Lately it feels like a chill breeze is freshening the air, however, and although I hope I'm wrong it may become a bitter wind that sweeps away much of the functionality I am accustomed to.
What I'm noticing, as well as smallish changes, is a kind of preparatory language that reminds us that debug functions may be removed at any time, and also a celebration of liberating simplification as though the useful complexity contained within the UI as a whole is akin to shackles. Maybe I'm wrong. Hope so. It's easy to be a bit paranoid when it's the very landscape of one's interaction and has pathways worn deep into the muscle memory. Any change is like rearranging the furniture in a blind man's house - might outwardly make sense yet the blind man is going to spend hours banging his shins whilst trying to adapt (as in changes to the pie menu).
Machinima side note: it was very nice when it was easy to change window size accurately for machinima; that went away ages ago in favour of a less accessible-and-wrongly-sized Preferences option. I did the trial-and-error thing to find the correct sizes (and in any case I started shooting in larger windows than the original menu allowed for), then used Sizer to set up the window size every time (rather than spending time fiddling with it over and over).
posted by - 11:24 AM