First, thanks to the whole team for the great improvements to the site. I also greatly appreciate the moderators' fantastically fast response to reported problem posts, etc.
I saw my problem mentioned earlier by someone else using a Macintosh: The quick reply always has words in it. Since one has to delete the words before posting a reply, the reply is not so quick after all, so I never use it any more.
Also, moving the Macintosh mouse over the reputation dots turns up nothing at all. Admittedly, I don't consider this to be an important matter, but I thought you should know.
Finally, when adding a smiley to a post, the smiley seems to turn up in various locations farther along on the page, often not at the end of the last sentence, like before. Then it has to be moved into position. (Naturally, now that I am reporting it, it is behaving perfectly right now!