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Why, LJ?

Why? Why why why why? Why take away the ONE THING that made you better than other community sites?

I. Don't. Get. It.

Edit: And you know the really SHITTY thing? They only made the announcement on a Russian language community, a couple of weeks ago. The latest news post, from 12/14, makes mention of "changes to comments coming soon!" with no details. It's like they knew they were going to have to sneak it by the user base. Feh.

The change: taking away subject lines from comments. Which is vital for users like fic memes. It makes them impossible to read or track. Disaster for fandom, and you all know I don't use that word lightly.

Son of edit: Looking to leave feedback? This seems to be the best place.

This entry is also posted at http://owlmoose.dreamwidth.org/564810.html. There are currently comment count unavailable comments on DW.

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penrynsdreams
Dec. 21st, 2011 06:34 am (UTC)
What did they do?
owlmoose
Dec. 21st, 2011 06:43 am (UTC)
No more subject lines on comments, no more parent links on comments. Some themes still support them (I have a box for it here), but not on the default. It's pretty much a disaster for any community that mostly operates within comment threads.
owlmoose
Dec. 21st, 2011 06:59 am (UTC)
Subject line?
Testing something out.
owlmoose
Dec. 21st, 2011 06:59 am (UTC)
Re: Subject line?
Okay, yeah. So at least in this site scheme, we can still do comments subjects. But I'm a permanent user, so my experience is not typical.

Which means that it is NOT something inherent in the code, they've just yoinked away another perk from free users. Which also really, really sucks.

Edited at 2011-12-21 07:00 am (UTC)
penrynsdreams
Dec. 21st, 2011 08:40 am (UTC)
hmmm
I'm not a completely free user, I have the ads (so I could do a poll once :P), but I still have the subject line too. Which, yeah, still sucks for people who don't want to pay or have ads.

Were you one of the people who talked about how Google and Facebook and the like don't see their users as their customers?
owlmoose
Dec. 21st, 2011 08:46 am (UTC)
Re: hmmm
Interesting. Might be a phased rollout based on schemes?

Yes, I posted about that awhile back, around I think the Delicious fail. I've heard it claimed that LJ doesn't like the comment-based communities because people don't load new pages as often, hence don't see as many ads. It's as good a conspiracy theory as any.
first_seventhe
Dec. 21st, 2011 06:48 am (UTC)
Like every current DOINK Chocobo Races entry. :/
owlmoose
Dec. 21st, 2011 06:49 am (UTC)
Yeah. :( I'm really sorry. Is there some way you can import the comments to the DW comm so at least people could have them over there?
first_seventhe
Dec. 21st, 2011 07:09 am (UTC)
I want to do that with both the DOINK comm and the kiss battle. I'm afraid to import it directly, though, and, like, overwrite stuff. Maybe we can make mirror communities so that the comment threads, at least, are kept and organized.
heyheyrenay
Dec. 21st, 2011 08:06 am (UTC)
Or we could decamp entirely! CAN THAT BE AN OPTION...?
first_seventhe
Dec. 21st, 2011 06:16 pm (UTC)
I'd be interested in discussing it!!
regann
Dec. 21st, 2011 01:05 pm (UTC)
I just changed my default icon to this one because it's IMPOSSIBLE for me to use the icon selector thing without total fail. And I really want to make my anger known via icon.

I hate this, seriously, and frankly my fics aren't getting read on LJ anyway. I'm really ready to just post to AO3 and keep my personal stuff to DW. I already do all my posting from there anyway.
regann
Dec. 21st, 2011 01:05 pm (UTC)
NOT TO MENTION YOU ACTUALLY HAVE TO REFRESH TO SEE YOUR COMMENT APPEAR. WTG, LJ.
owlmoose
Dec. 21st, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
They disabled Preview as well, which... why? If I could see a logical reason for any of these changes, maybe I'd understand, but not a single one makes any sense to me.
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