Remember the good old days a week ago when the WordPress browsing pages worked correctly and it was easy to find the blogs you were subscribed to? Remember when you could just scroll down and the feeds would keep coming? It was so easy to see what others had posted.
Remember when the Comments Notification worked the same on your site and on the WP main page? It looked the same, worked the same, and didn’t freak out? Wasn’t it helpful? I kind of liked it when they added this feature. I didn’t have to go to my dashboard to view responses to comments I’d made. They’d come along with the notifications. Now it only works correctly on my site. It looks like they may have fixed it, but I still don’t trust the thing.
Remember when images from posts weren’t smeared into unrecognizable goo on the main page? That was nice too. Now they look like crap. What is that thing? A picture of Santa Claus or Justin Bieber? I have no fricken idea.
Remember when the main page didn’t look like some designers idea of a web 2.0 paradigm shift into a reality populated by pastel oblivion? I still haven’t figured out where this whole “let’s make everything flat and simple” concept came from.
Sometimes change is good. This one I don’t particularly care for. Obviously, however, it’s here to stay. Did WordPress perform a usability study on this new look and feel before they pushed the go button on it? I’m sure they did. They must have consulted hundreds of people and compiled usability studies and surveys before deciding to go this route. Will it attract new users? Will existing users come to like it? I have no idea. It doesn’t really matter.
If you don’t like it, wait a few months and it will probably change again.