The Reasons why this update isn’t as terrible as the tumblr user
base is making it to be.
Here are a few points to the common comments I’ve seen:
THEY AREN’T LISTENING
They are listening, that is what this entire
update is about, and the old format was BREAKING their website- Mobile users
know this very well. It would sometimes break on the regular browser as well.
IT’S HARD TO KNOW WHO POSTED WHAT
I am wondering how this is the case? If anything
it makes it easier to know who the owner of each post is. Their name is with
the text they posted instead of a line which can get VERY long.
Have you seen twitter? A lot of people use that
and the sequence of things is very confusing between retweets as the stuff, and
yet I am sure a number of people here at least browse twitter.
IT’S HARD TO READ
The posts no longer get so long that the OP’s
post gets condensed to the point of each letter being on a single line.
The posts go from top to bottom as it has in the
past, the design is just a little different. Think of it as a chat layout.
THIS IS AN OUTDATED FORMAT/TUMBLR LOST ITS UNIQUENESS AND
Again, how is this outdated when it is a
commonplace social media format?
You can still recognize it is very much Tumblr,
you see the icons and their unique little reblog symbol?
IT TAKES UP MORE SPACE
Initially yes, this is the case it will take up
more space on the initial reblogs, but, if you see my first point in ‘It’s hard
to read’ you will understand why this isn’t the case after several reblogs, it
will end up taking less space unless you are a religious trimmer- this is very
IT WASN’T NEEDED THE CODE WAS FINE
Look to the first section, first point. It was
needed, their website wasn’t able to handle certain reblog lengths because of
the code and it was breaking things for its users. This solution should hopefully prevent that,
it is still in its infancy so I will not say that it will not break. But it is
an update that makes sense to the complaints that their customers were making.
Look, I understand it is hard to get used to for some- I
have been telling people to look at it like you are in a group chat with
multiple people posting as that helped me. I was initially confused but once
the concept is grasped it is fairly easy to get used to. This is a big change,
and people generally do not like huge changes that they have to do a major
adaption to. This could have been implemented better to ease us into it, but
that was just poor planning, not poor coding.
I actually *like* the new update because reading super long reblog-chains was a pain in the ass when I had to keep scrolling up and down to figure out who was saying what (and half the time I still got it all mixed up anyway) – but there’s definitely some bugs that will hopefully get sorted out over the next few days.
I agree with the OP.. Think of it as a chat, it’s so much easier to read and understand now, I don’t get why everybody is upset with everything constantly x_x .
I personally agree as well, I like the organization and makes it much easier to follow who said what. Do very much understand why others do not like it though. Could use a bit of twinking and will take time to get used to but overall I like it.
This is just my two copper on it:
It’s hard for me to read it and figure out where someone’s words start and another ends. While the old format wasn’t very helpful to that either, I could use an add-on to differentiate the color s to see where everyone was. This makes things long and hard for me to keep up with and while I do enjoy seeing people replying to stuff, it’s hard for me to tell who is replying and who actually just reblogged it without comment.
It feels busy, . It’s so busy and noisy that my eyes have a hard time figuring out what is going on and eventually I do get it after maybe a few seconds, but overall, it just makes people with reading difficulties or visual impairments like myself or focus problems a little more miserable while trying to get through content.
Ok but about this point:
They are listening, that is what this entire update is about, and the old format was BREAKING their website- Mobile users know this very well. It would sometimes break on the regular browser as well.
And this point:
It was needed, their website wasn’t able to handle certain reblog lengths because of the code and it was breaking things for its users. This solution should hopefully prevent that, it is still in its infancy so I will not say that it will not break.
That wasn’t the actual problem. What was probably happening is that the number of elements that had to be rendered on mobile was exceeding the limited memory as mobile device has and causing the OS to terminate the tumblr mobile app. Replacing <blockquote> with <div> isn’t going to fix this. Not to mention that now it’s loading everyone’s icon with every comment.
Have you seen twitter? A lot of people use that and the sequence of things is very confusing between retweets as the stuff, and yet I am sure a number of people here at least browse twitter.
Yes I have seen twitter, and this format is terrible there too. Twitter is actually even worse because of the fact that replies were shoehorned into the platform years after launch, and because you have the 120 character limit.
The posts no longer get so long that the OP’s post gets condensed to the point of each letter being on a single line.
And the entire post is now longer by the added space from the new comment format times the number of comments. We had a solution for this, it was called trimming posts.