I use compact mode. It's much more uncomfortable now to see who's said who without the dividing lines between message groups, even with the spacing between message groups changed. The spacing between messages of the same group is entirely too small, and makes it even harder to tell message groups apart. And someone else said it, the fact that the username is now repeated on every message instead of only on the first message makes it even harder.
The highlight-on-hover and the emoji picker are distracting at best, an eyesore at worst, and completely useless 99% of the time. I don't need an always-there quickbar for something I do once every eight hours.
Whatever you did to the font is also making it hard to read.
The only good thing from this UI update is the new "New message" red line, but it's true that having the "new" marker all the way to the right when all the stuff you really want to read is on the left is just backwards.
Make the changes toggleable.
There was no reason to steamroll Compact mode with what feels like ultra-compact. Plus, the highlight-on-hover and the emoji picker go contrary to what people who use compact want: we want simplicity and readability, not bells and whistles and distractions and emojis. IRC was hard to read/follow and Discord's compact mode fixed that, and that's not the case anymore. Please just roll back.
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