I'm going to suffer for posting this, but we're probably not going to get the
/recent page back. It's been stated by the Team since the dawn of the display name dropdown (whatever we're going to call it these days) that the page was going to be removed eventually, and was only retained as a measure of "safety blanket" while the changes were being pushed. Even the announcement on the blog post noted that the page will be removed.
If you click on your reputation number in the top, it will provide you that breakdown just as before - no mousing over required at all. It highlights the most recent changes since your last view. And like with the old page, just to the right, you'll see your new responses and revisions, just like on
/recent. No comment on favorites, but there are some feature requests for improving that section more, and I agree with them.
Conceptually, this process may feel like more work, but on average it actually represents equal or even less clicks than the old page. It's just on the other side of your name than where the envelope was.
The landing page on
/recent was an aggregation of the 5 most recent reputation changes and the 5 most recent responses, within the period of time since you last checked it. So if you checked it recently and went to check again just to see the changes of the day, it'd be blank. Or if there were more than 5 events, you'll need to expand it again. You'd have to change the timespan first, then possibly have to go into the reputation and response tabs in order to get a better readout than the collected page. Maybe also go to revisions and favorites.
In the new system, clicking your reputation immediately brings you to your reputation breakdown, and highlights and expands your "changes since last visit" rather than simply hiding everything else. Then it only takes one click to check out your responses, which are likewise highlighted rather than scoped down. In the case of reputation as well, the default expanded timeline is a full week, rather than just "since last visit", if there are no new events. Less timestamps and trimmed (this is the key point here) collective pages to deal with, which only gets better if you've been away for a long period of time.
As such, when your goal is a detailed breakdown of multiple events (and if you are consistent in using these pages, thus ensuring the highlighting matches your recent views), the profile page often is faster by cutting out the trimmed landing page. As noted in the comments below, this is largely susceptible to the level of activity you expect. If your activity made the trimmed summary sufficient for all purposes, it consequently does take at least an additional click. It's up to the user whether or not the dropdown's recent reputation overview and the global inbox's quick notice make up for this situation.