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*sigh* Had this pointed out to me - as of now, I've disabled automatic payments on all my LJ accounts, because I am not paying for a service they've decided to make even less usable.

Originally posted by moerlin at As of tomorrow, no more subject lines in comments on LJ
I was gonna update this with much happier stuff, but for the past week I've just been so enraged with LJ's asshattery that I've had it to here.

In case you didn't know, on 12/12 they first announced sneakily on the Russian journal of LJ's design guy that with new changes being implemented tomorrow, there will be no more subject lines in comments and that this change was "non-negotiable" (good round-up and translation here). I'm sure you all realize that this will basically make fandom and RP communities unusable. LJ's staff, however, doesn't give a shit. At least 18 pages of 100% negative feedback didn't sway them.

They've backpedaled some and will make keeping comment subject lines optional in some S2 styles, but the default (that 99% of communities are running right now) will decidedly be subject-less! Not to mention that their new and frankly, fucking ugly design will take forever to load and make the site a pain to use on mobile browsers.

And oh, it looks like they might be taking away the drop-down menu to select icons as well, so you'll have to load all your icons as pictures to select them. Lovely. (I will beta-test tonight to see if this is actually true.)

Really, I don't know why I'm surprised. LJ is always fucking with the parts of the site that actually work and breaking them, so this is just another instance of that. Because seriously, who are subject lines hurting by just being there? (And no, it can't be a matter of server strain, considering the new "graphic" interface will definitely be using up more resources - so much fun when there's DDoS attacks!)
As far as I know, they've never once listened to their customers, so those thousands of comments already posted probably won't do shit. I've left a message expressing my concerns about the new comment pages here anyway; so if you want to do that too, go for it! If anything, it helps with the rage. ;)

FYI: Dreamwidth is feeling Christmasy has reacted to LJ's bullshit and has open account creation (no invite codes needed) for the rest of the week. Might be a good idea to get your back-up or new home, whatever the case may be, up and running now.

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spoofmaster
Dec. 20th, 2011 11:31 pm (UTC)
The frustrating thing is that there are actually things that could stand to be improved - it would be really nice, for instance, if you could choose which of your icons would remain active whenever an icon add-on expired rather than having LJ choose automatically, since that would allow the correct icons to remain active without having to delete the others and make it a pain in the butt if/when you want to go back to having the add-on.

But no - let's not take any user suggestions, or even run proposals past focus groups. Let's just redesign things that already work perfectly well and tell the users that they're just going to have to live with the new designs even if they hate them.

Going without subject lines would be a real pain in a lot of RPs I'm in, especially meme play, but we could learn to work around it even if the solution would be less elegant than what's there now. The thing is, given the designer's attitude toward the userbase, it's obvious that this is not going to end with subject lines. From his responses to comments on his little announcement on his personal journal (those he hasn't just deleted, of course), it's clear that he has only contempt for any and all users who don't absolutely love his designs. If this is the guy in charge of LJ's design and this is the attitude his employers allow him to express in his designs and in his responses to the complaints of paying customers, it's pretty obvious that things are only going to get worse from here.
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