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21 December 2011 @ 07:54 pm
about this idiotic comments thing that LJ decided to fix when it wasn't broken.  
So, today I wake up, I go on a community where there was the default page (you know white background, blue stripes next to your userpic) and there was an idiotic new comment style box. Which: lacks subject line, has a method of choosing your userpics that is totally insane (WHERE IS THE DROP DOWN BOX?!), has a link feature that is totally not needed and lacks the spellcheck and preview option.

I try to post a comment. It doesn't work. I read that it doesn't work for custom comment pages yet, so I'm currently using the style?mine options and at least I can comment as usual. But this thing is seriously making me want to strangle whoever is in charge of this stuff at LJ. Because: taking out the preview option means that if you want to check a comment where it has html you can't and if you botch it, good luck to you editing it all over, the subject line being gone means that all communities/comment fic/kink memes are a mess (and if I ever write comment fic here it'll be an ever WORSE mess), also there's apparently crap about how they don't expand properly anymore but I haven't seen that yet. This entire thing fucks with how someone uses the service a LOT - not to mention that for me that new box doesn't work anyway, which means that the moment it's valid also for custom comment pages I won't be able to comment anywhere unless they fix it/whatever is wrong with it. Mostly, I'm just wanting to headdesk at the fact that LJ is AGAIN changing shit without feeling what the userbase has to say and after they make things wrong, apparently their PA answers 'well, WE like the new comment style so shut the hell up and keep it'. Basically, unless you post fic in your journal, you can't do anything else fandom-related because all comms and especially comment fic RELY on subject lines. Or the preview option. And mostly, the freaking drop-down box for choosing userpics - I have 250 of them, I DON'T want to LOOK at all of them before picking one.

I seriously hope that this ends like the Facebook fail thing where after EVERYONE complained they went back on it and made it optional. But if it doesn't... well, I don't see myself moving to Dreamwidth anytime soon - yet, even if it's tempting - (tho I have an account there - janie_tangerine still if anyone wants to add), but for anything like comment fic/prompts/five acts posts etc. etc. I'll just link to an entry done over there. I can't be arsed with not distinguishing what is what when it's about comment fic. This isn't the kind of change you get adjusted to - this just totally fucks up with the way LJ can be used for fandom purposes, and tbh the reason I LIKE LJ over ANY other social network was that the comment system wasn't a clusterfuck as in facebook and/or tumblr (the fsm save me from that - I'll never understand how it works). Like, LJ, kudos on fucking with the ONE thing that wasn't broken. Really.

I'll now go trying to finish Christmas cards and my Yuletide fic. Sigh. Seriously, what is this even.
feeling: irritatedirritated
Switchblade Sisterswitchbladesis on December 21st, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Guess who was going to start a commentfic meme in a week and a half?

(I still am, but it was just another thing to worry about when figuring out a layout).

The preview thing is especially annoying, though. I can edit my comments, but I know it's annoying to recieve two (or, okay, three) notifications for the same comment when all I'm trying to do is fix some html or spell something correctly.
the female ghost of tom joad: assbut!!!!!janie_tangerine on December 21st, 2011 07:02 pm (UTC)
... HAHA good luck. And choose a nice layout. ;)

I'm pissed that they took EVERY good feature out of the box. The preview is annoying, but apart from the subject line, the worst is choosing the userpic. I mean, they can't really expect me to load 250 icons each time I want to comment, right? It's a waste of bandwidth and time, I can't even.
Switchblade Sister: alpacaswitchbladesis on December 21st, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC)
I don't have that many icons, but I do a lot of lj'ing on my phone (where the whole setup is such a nightmare, it almost makes me want to use the mobile site), or over a slow connection. So I guess I'll get to choose one red x, another red x, or a third red x....

Not only that, but I tried to change my icon today at a comm that was using the new comment system, and it didn't even work.

The 5000+ comments in the lj release section is a good read, though... maybe they might figure out that someone is angry over this?
the female ghost of tom joad: DONE PROFESSIONALLYjanie_tangerine on December 21st, 2011 07:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah I tried to go from my phone too but it's just insane. Either you stick with default or good luck really.

I tried to post at the news page and it didn't let me either change the icon or post the comment at all :/ not only it sucks, it's not even implemented right. I don't even.

Yeah last time it happened it was during the Facebook Fail of Last Year, and they DID take it partially back. Let's hope that at least they give us the option to opt out after seeing the backslash...
Pan: P&R- frustrationpann_cake on December 21st, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
Urg, this is so stupid! I didn't even realize at first because my own comment page looks the same, but I've been going around to other comms and stuff and it's just SO ANNOYING AND UNNECESSARY.

I really hope they change it back. It just makes things so much more difficult. And you know, I was planning on hosting a comment-fic-a-thon soon, but now WTF. :(((
the female ghost of tom joad: ARE YOU SERIOUS?janie_tangerine on December 21st, 2011 07:19 pm (UTC)
I've seen it on a couple comms and it looked ATROCIOUS. I tried to comment on the LJ news site and lol of COURSE it won't even post the comment, never mind the user pics or the subject line. They need to give us the option to go back to the old system, especially if they mean to implement this stupid change on custom pages too...

Also if you host the comment ficathon on -your- LJ it should be okay, custom comment pages are still using the old comment box. I guess you should avoid the default page though, which I realize is crappy for comment fic memes, but better a custom readable one than the clusterfuck that the new default is..
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the female ghost of tom joad: asoif >> otpjanie_tangerine on December 21st, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! ;)

I know? The first moment I was like 'where the hell is the subject line', then I went like WHERE THE HELL IS EVERYTHING ELSE and then it wouldn't post anyway so I switched to style?mine and that was it. And yeah, recustomizing comment pages for the moment would probably be a good idea... *kicks LJ*
cassiopeia7: AlecDA: DO NOT WANT!cassiopeia7 on December 21st, 2011 11:12 pm (UTC)
And mostly, the freaking drop-down box for choosing userpics - I have 250 of them, I DON'T want to LOOK at all of them before picking one.

Yup. Getting my first taste of that trainwreck now. :( I have maybe half the userpics that you do, and it's STILL a pain in the ass to scroll through 'em all, so I definitely feel your pain. And they're not even in alpha order any more -- how the hell am I supposed to FIND anything now? Stupid LJ!
the female ghost of tom joad: confusionjanie_tangerine on December 21st, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC)
Lol well with me it didn't even BEGIN to load, but... the fact that they're not alphabetized just makes it freaking DIFFICULT. Seriously, WHAT was the problem with the drop-down box? Apart from the subject line that might be the worst part of it...
Sister Peter Marie: Liv OMG!fioredelmale on December 22nd, 2011 01:03 pm (UTC)
Read this: http://sf-drama.livejournal.com/3311572.html

I signed up @ DreamWidth, in the mean time >:-(