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14 December 2006 @ 11:21 am
This dratter new update journal page  
OK, is there anyone else here who is, like me, getting more and more annoyed by LJ's recent trend of imposing changes for the sake of change without either
a) seeing if people want things to change
b) offering an option to remain on the version they like of something

This is not Myspace. This is not Vox. This is LJ, and a lot of us are here because we like LJ, not because we want it to cloan into Vox or Myspace - if we wanted Vox or MySpace then that's where we would be!

Contrary to popular belief, most of the people I bump into on LJ at 30-50 year olds who have minds that they can use. We're not a bunch of mindless teenagers who need things to be constantly changed or to be nannied.

Is there anything we, as permanent members, can do to change the recent prevalent "like it or lump it" attitude that LJ and six-apart seem to be taking to making unasked for changes?
 
 
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kittygopounce: game onkittygopounce on December 14th, 2006 12:51 pm (UTC)
I just want to remind all commenters that it won't achieve anything for us to get worked up and aggressive about the changes. artela raises a valid question for equally valid debate and comment - what can we do, pro-actively and in a way that will be more productive that deleting our journals for six days starting from the 15th would be, to effect a change in the way that LJ seem to be applying structural and functional changes at large without much notification or warning.




Personally, I don't mind the changes made to the update journal page. I actually used it today without too much trouble, or even realising it was a serious change. I would have liked perhaps a news post on the main LJ page to explain it, or even some sort of blurb to explain new functions or change if I hovered my mouse over something ... to make the transition to the new layout and functions easier - but maybe this is more difficult than I imagine it would be.

artela, you've said changes plural - have I missed other changes that are as significant as the change to the update journal page, or are you including smaller changes as well and perhaps suggesting that making such a big change without warning is an indicator for how future large changes will be implemented without so much as a nod or notification to the end users?
Artelaartela on December 14th, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC)
It seems to be a creeping sickness with LJ since the take over by six apart... the previous changes that have annoyed have not tended to be as major as this one though.
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Dr. Mama Rockstar: corn.starkyld on December 14th, 2006 01:02 pm (UTC)
I am likewise annoyed.
prince on December 14th, 2006 01:06 pm (UTC)
Contrary to popular belief, most of the people I bump into on LJ at 30-50 year olds who have minds that they can use. We're not a bunch of mindless teenagers who need things to be constantly changed or to be nannied.

http://www.livejournal.com/stats/latest.bml begs to differ.

Also, what changes are you talking about? Has something new happened recently that I missed?
Schneelockeschnee on December 14th, 2006 01:27 pm (UTC)
She did say "most of the people I bump into", not "most LJ users", though...
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not: ACHTUNG ACHTUNGtgies on December 14th, 2006 01:07 pm (UTC)
As a mindless teenager who also dislikes the look of the new interface, I'm terribly offended by your remarks and will probably go cut myself and then write bad free verse about the whole experience posthaste.

I could probably slap together a Firefox user chrome hack/Greasemonkey script to restore the old look -- here's hoping I can dig up a copy of the old look for reference! It'll probably be in the code repositories, come to think of it, so no worries.

Also, shouldn't the staff be doing less "HAY GUYS WEB 2.0 :D :DDDD :DDDD" and more FIXING THE DATABASE ERRORS AND SUCH PEOPLE ARE GETTING CONSTANTLY? I have a feeling that SixApart are about to learn a sobering lesson about the use of mod_perl (or indeed Perl in general) for such large-scale projects.
Emmaemmavescence on December 14th, 2006 01:25 pm (UTC)
There were a lot of bugfixes just today, including the database errors you refer to.
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Casey K: broke internetcasey on December 14th, 2006 01:07 pm (UTC)
I'm just going to say that other than being almost overwhelmingly bright, I like the new update page and have heard positive things from a number of people within my group of friends-- I'm saying this so that there is some awareness that there are people who like it as well.
prince on December 14th, 2006 01:10 pm (UTC)
Ah. I just saw your subject. I don't use the update journal page. I only post via Semagic. I've only ever posted via Semagic. I guess I don't notice that kind of stuff. Anyways, have fun with your deleting and protests ;)
Curly Fry and the Tator Tots: FFXII- City of Hopejaebird on December 14th, 2006 01:40 pm (UTC)
I update via that too. I like it (I used to use an older version)
I haven't updated it in awhile though. It works fine as it is. :D
I had no clue as to what anyone was talking about, I actually had to go take a look. Not that it helped, I don't know what it looked like before.
I wonder if the MYLJ bit changed at all.
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V: Umi - Trembling In My Heartgalyndean on December 14th, 2006 01:13 pm (UTC)
*goes to look at the new update page*

Hey, that's pretty cool. While it would have been nice for them to have given us a heads up (which they may have, I haven't scrolled down my flist yet), it's not really changing anything. So the layout changed a bit? I can't see anything that was there before that isn't there now.

A little less white would be nice, but eh, that's just asthetics. But being able to choose the journal at the top of the page instead of writing an entry and then forgetting to change it before I post? Priceless.
V: Marcus - Live For The Onegalyndean on December 14th, 2006 01:18 pm (UTC)
Yep, it was posted in lj_releases yesterday.
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henninghenningz on December 14th, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC)
Although I'm one of those 30-50 year olds the changes in the update journal page don't bother me at all since I'm using the Deepest Sender add-on for Firefox. But I must admit that fixing all those database errors would be much more productive than design changes...
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nottgies on December 14th, 2006 01:30 pm (UTC)
In Firefox 2.0, there was a problem with the page thinking you weren't logged in when you were using the "remember password" feature of that browser. That's fixed.

Weird, how'd that work? Isn't "remember password" supposed to be totally invisible to the remote server? I thought it just filled out forms.

And, um, you know, they could have fixed those things without making the update page look like Web 2.0 threw up.
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ZJRwinterknight on December 14th, 2006 01:22 pm (UTC)
I'm just tired of all the fecking errors. I count 8-10 errors a day at minimum, less than when LJ had a staff of 6 and, when some drives went down, the new drives had to be driven to the main 'office' by an LJ user with a motorcycle and time to spare. Srsly. LJ is now my least reliable networking site.
Abe Hassanburr86 on December 14th, 2006 01:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, back when LJ had a staff of six, people couldn't even get the site to load reliably, let alone get error messages. ;P

In all seriousness, though, it's something we're actively working on fixing; it's taking a longer time because things are way more complex now than they were when LJ had a staff of six (due to the need for the site to grow to be able to support the increased volume it's gotten over the past five years), but it's not forgotten and it's not being ignored.
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Z: blackadder | queeniezwaan on December 14th, 2006 01:24 pm (UTC)
I don't think there's much we can do but give them feedback saying what we dislike and what we'd rather have.

They could go about this better, though. One gets the impression that they make these changes based on the preferences of a very small group of people, rather than considering how the userbase will react as a whole. I'd like them to have opt-in pre-release interfaces/features that users can test out and give feedback about before they get shoved as the default option sitewide. I think that would make everything seem much more transparent and we might actually get things that come out being more userfriendly and/or eyefriendly.

As for the update page, I like it better than that horrible navstrip they lumped us with. Things are in weird places, though, and it needs work still, but it has potential.

I am getting a bit sick of all this shiny spangly (pointless) Web 2.0 stuff these days, though.
Schneelockeschnee on December 14th, 2006 01:39 pm (UTC)

One gets the impression that they make these changes based on the preferences of a very small group of people, rather than considering how the userbase will react as a whole.

A classic case of second version syndrome, I'd say - the only people who make their opinion known are those who don't like the first (or, more generally, earlier) version, so the changes made tend to satisfy their wants/needs only without taking into account what the silent majority who - one assumes - likes the first/earlier version wants or needs.

I'd like them to have opt-in pre-release interfaces/features that users can test out and give feedback about before they get shoved as the default option sitewide. I think that would make everything seem much more transparent and we might actually get things that come out being more userfriendly and/or eyefriendly.

Word. The possibility to opt out for those who don't want a new feature after it's made the default would be nice, too - just like the introduction of the XColibur and later Horizon skins didn't mean that people couldn't use Dystopia anymore (I still use that one), the introduction of new features shouldn't mean that people shouldn't be able to disable them, either. :)

prince on December 14th, 2006 01:29 pm (UTC)
wait... i get it now...
i just looked at your icon again.

you're doing an impression of debbie downer, right? what do i win?
Artelaartela on December 14th, 2006 02:39 pm (UTC)
Re: wait... i get it now...
What on earth are you on about?
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...scarlete on December 14th, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
I don't mind the changes, though I would appreciate more fixes and less.. "glitter" for a while.
Z: swan | floatyzwaan on December 14th, 2006 01:39 pm (UTC)
I think that is the best way anyone's put it so far :)
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Schneelockeschnee on December 14th, 2006 01:46 pm (UTC)
OK, I was actually about to say that the new update page isn't so bad (a little different, maybe, and not an obvious improvement, and thus a bit annoying while you get used to it), but... what POSSESSED the LJ folks to use a PROPORTIONAL font for the main text area‽
King Ratgkr on December 14th, 2006 02:02 pm (UTC)
I worked for a big ecommerce site for over 5 years. One of the nice things we could do was to actually design out pages with usability in mind. That's one of the nice things that LJ has done since they got bought by SixApart; they've been taking usability into account rather than just hacking together crap. ANd of course, every change is accompanied by someone whining about how it's becoming myspace. Have you looked at Myspace? This ain't even close to the annoying that is Myspace.
Artelaartela on December 14th, 2006 02:48 pm (UTC)
I also work in IT - and one of the things I've learned in 20 years of IT is you don't go foisting changes on your customers unless they want them, have asked for them, and have had a chance to try them out to see if they like them!
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