LJ have done just that - functionality that many, many people told them was needed. I can only assume their developers are too stupid to be able to fix their code before the roll out.
As someone pointed out, Gmail's changes were annoying to some people, but they didn't change the basic functionality. Removing subject headers from comments and removing the parent/thread links is a nightmare.
They say they're working on a skin to bring this functionality back for those who want it, which means they haven't changed the back end. So why, oh why, did they do this without a backup plan?
All they would have had to do was put the new release up in beta, with a warning it was going out to all on such and such a date and if you wanted it to stay the old way after that date, tick so and so option on the settings. Then everyone would have been happier.
Don't even get me started on the icon thing. It's sparkly and pretty, but totally impractical unless the whole system from server to PC is working perfectly. If they have another DDoS no one is going to be able to do anything, not even a little comment.
I have made my discontent known on the release thread and in the feedback form.
*bangs head on table* Are they really that stupid?!!
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