Ryan Bloom - Jan 31 07:13 am (EST)
Why is the field to enter text so small now? Why would I constantly want to see my dashboard in the background while I type? It can be very distracting having to see animated gifs at the bottom of my screen loop constantly while trying to concentrate on writing something. Why are all of the options hidden behind a hundred tiny little buttons just so you can fulfill some weird goal to have everything all on one screen at the same time? Why should that be important? You can say I just need time “to learn it”, but the last one was clear and readable and everything made sense immediately without having to figure out “oh, I need to hover over the tweet icon for 1.5 seconds for this dialog window but I can’t click it because that turns off tweeting this post and very little about the page actually communicates that, I just have to infer it through trial and error”. Why is that better than forwarding to a separate enclosed page where I can concentrate? It’s like trying to write a paper in a noisy living room versus going to the nice, quiet, secluded study. Did you ever consider that? I really hate this internet fad of trying to put all functions on the same page - it’s like flexing for the crowd; it looks cool but ultimately doesn’t accomplish anything useful. Because let me tell you something: having to load in to the dashboard every time I click to edit a post from my main Tumblr page is absolutely, indefensibly ridiculous. I want to correct a typo or edit some wording and I have to sit there while 75mb-150mb of completely unrelated images loads in the background. THAT’S smart design, right? (No, it’s not.)
I was really enjoying using Tumblr as a universal scratch pad where I could dump text and have easy access to it across all computers that are connected to the internet, but it feels absolutely stupid doing that on this new design, where the text window is SO SMALL. Nothing about this feels like an improvement in any way shape or form, it just feels like a bunch of coders patting themselves on the back for making all of this dynamic HTML. This is not what I want, and the sooner you change it back (or change it to something that makes more sense) the better.
Tess (Tumblr Support) Jan 31 08:54 pm (EST)
Thanks for sending us your feedback on post forms. We really appreciate the time you took to write it out so clearly, and we’ll share your impressions with the rest of our team.
Please let me know if there’s anything else I can help you with.
I’m still not entirely sure anything I said had any meaning to anyone that matters over there, but at least they’re putting up a reasonable facsimile of caring.