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I know there's always a knee-jerk reaction to any changes that lj makes, but aside from being sorry that I'm not seeing things in my own personal style that I created, I'm not hating this.

What do you all think?

(ETA: To toggle back and forth between new and old design, go to your Friends page, then at the top, there should be a link to "Switch to the new". It's also mentioned here.)

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avecvu
Oct. 31st, 2012 08:29 pm (UTC)
hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate

It hurts my eyes and gives me a headache and infinity scroll is the WORST. I spend 99% of my LJ time on my friends page, furthermore. I don't give even one damn about what my LJ looks like to anybody else (especially since my LJ is locked so I assume that basically everybody is viewing my journal on their own friends page) , so my customized style is for ease of reading for me.

If LJ makes this change mandatory I am switching to Dreamwidth and I will not look back. My paid account expires this month too, and I've turned off auto-renew. PLUS they are apparently giving the heave-ho to paid accounts ENTIRELY come spring, which... I don't know what to do with that information. I also don't know what that would mean for permanent account holders such as yourself.

In short, I am ready to jump ship.
sharya
Oct. 31st, 2012 08:37 pm (UTC)
Yes, I would like the ability to adjust the style in which I'm reading - that was one of the great things about lj. I don't find the style they chose to be terrible though, but hopefully customization will follow.

Regarding the "news" though, this was where I saw the original reference made to the "rumors", and then I saw this more recent comment.
avecvu
Oct. 31st, 2012 08:57 pm (UTC)
Hmm, ok. I hadn't seen the follow-up.

The style doesn't even work properly for me if I don't have my browser maximized — and by maximized, I mean full screen — because their page is fixed-with. I have to scroll to the right in order to read entries in the new friends page. It's not the worst thing about the layout for me, but it's annoying nonetheless.

The friends page style is a dealbreaker for me, though. I haven't had to deal with most of the annoying changes that LJ has implemented over the past couple of years because my style (Generator!) has masked them. So yeah, if they don't make this optional I'm switching to Dreamwidth.
sharya
Oct. 31st, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
Don't worry - I suspect they're going to come up with something. There was enough feedback to prompt a response, so I'm just waiting for that. It'll probably take a few days.
avecvu
Oct. 31st, 2012 09:20 pm (UTC)
I feel like 99% of LJ's announcements are met with hate hate hate and more hate, and they rarely if ever do anything to fix it, so I am not especially optimistic.

Also, I set it up so that there are image placeholders and not full-sized images on my friends page... but ever since they unveiled this, pictures have been showing up. It's frustrating because I have some prolific friends who post LOTS of pictures, and they don't play well with the ancient computers at work.

Image placeholders are working on the NEW friends page, but the new friends page ALSO does not play well with the ancient computers at work.

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