I mean, I'm not saying I despise it. Not as much as I've learned to despise Rape-Public-CONs at this point. But the new format is really working my nerves so far.
Seems to me, it wasn't broke and didn't need fixing! Feels like that ought to be a political metaphor, somehow.
When I first realized that the blog had migrated, late this afternoon, I tried to post a comment. And tried and tried and tried. Finally managed to post one... over seven hours later. One big problem? I was repeatedly informed that I didn't "have access to that content". NOT cool.
At this point, at least as far as I can tell, spell check isn't working... at all. Attempts to use it resulted in an annoying feedback loop of some kind.
Then, attempting to post a comment led to much the same feedback loop, which eventually informed me that my "comment couldn't be posted, please wait 1 minute before trying again". And again. And again. And again. (At least the unhelpful message changed over time - this was when I began to be informed that apparently I didn't have access to this content.)
After a number of unsuccessful attempts at posting (I'd go away for a while, come back, try again, no luck) it appeared that all access to formatting, much less spell-checking, had disappeared. Happily, that ugly comment didn't post, and when I tried again, the formatting was back. But the comment still wouldn't post.
Another thing. Is it just a problem with my account, or has the ability to post links in comments been trashed for the entire MaddowBlog? Does anyone have any sense of whether that unwelcome "improvement" will be permanent, or will that functionality eventually be restored as fine touches are put in place?
We don't seem to have access to anything corresponding to the feedback "exclamation points" anymore. Does this mean that we can no longer put the more annoying authors on "ignore" status??!!! That was one of the best features of the blog!! Does this mean that now we're going to have to sift through troll-trash to get to the worthwhile content? Did someone actually think this would be an improvement?
I say the new format is unimpressive at best, and certainly not worthy of the content Benen et al generate and the spirited discussions that content has inspired up till now. Bleah. This. New. Format. Sucks.
Hasn't life been aggravating enough of late? Feel free to add any gripes you have in comments (or compliments, for that matter, if you really think the new format deserves any).
R.I.P. MaddowBlog - much like America, it was great while it lasted...
It will all end very badly, Gus.
- John Kennedy Toole: "A Confederacy of Dunces"