My current go-to is a Breedlove Acoustic/Electric 12-string; play it at church all the time. My play-at-homes are an Alvarez Jumbo 12-string, an Ovation Custom Legend and a couple of Gibsons. My advice: don't go cheap, get the best you can afford. Also, check out the instrument in person; don't order a $200 guitar online, you will likely be disappointed.
The feel I get for the change is that it was done to make the forum play more nicely with 'mobile devices'. If that's true, it's a good thing for those with mobile devices. That said, I'm old. My cell phone is a phone. It can take pictures. It can't surf the internet, that's what my home computer is for. I don't see a need to be connected with the whole world at all times and in all places. That's just me; your mileage may vary.