|Quoting Phoenix9 (Reply 112):|
With all due respect to developers and their hard work, DM messed up big time trying to make this site "better". I don't know why they chose to stick a finger in hornet's nest when the previous version of the site had so many bugs and issue to begin with.
I hope there is a lesson learned from here.
There is no negative lesson being experienced here. Indeed there are some bugs which have been reported above, and they will be addressed. But the general functionality of the site is stable and most areas of the site work as they should.
Profile edits, album photos, national flags and the appeal queue are all important aspects to users, and will be addressed.
You are only seeing one portion of the new release. It also includes extensive
re-working of the administrative side of the site, vastly improving the tools and functionality available to the crew. Some of these these have been on our wish-list for quite a long time and this release tackled a lot of them.
For example - when the moderators move a thread from one forum to another - the system has never generated emails to the thread-starter, until this week. The moderators had to manually compose emails making note of the old & new URL's etc. We made good progress in getting this done consistently in the last year, but the system will now ensure better customer service by handling the task every time.
And another example is that emails will now be automatically generated when thread-titles are changed.
Yet another example is that post deletion notices now place moderator comments at the top, more prominently, so the basic reason for a deletion does not get lost in paragraphs of text. Users requested this change.
Just a few months ago we added the ability for moderators to edit posts - which has reduced the number of post deletions because we have been able to save user's content by removing a sentence or two instead of the entire post.
At the same time we increased the edit-time from 30 minutes to 60 minutes for users to edit their own posts, which also reduced overall post deletions.
When you include the things added a few months ago and the significant changes implemented last week (even if they aren't readily obvious to you) it is a major step forward in providing better customer service to users.
A little more than a year ago a release was implemented which caused extensive problems. Different people were involved then. By contrast, this latest release is a very positive step forward for the site. The number of bugs is relatively small given the huge scope of what was included in this release.
[Edited 2010-02-01 00:04:48]