I use discord on a daily basis. It makes it much easier to get in touch with my friends while I am using the computer because it is right there in another window. So obviously, if this app which I use daily makes a major UI change, I am going to have something to say about it, whether it is good or bad. In this case of course, it's bad. I will list my main contentions here; I will try to keep it as concise as possible.
Message Separation - There used to be a thin line that separated each person talking in a channel, groupchat, or dm. It spaced the messages out and made them easier to read, and I can say now that they were actually reducing a lot of strain on my eyes when looking back on the old format and comparing it to scrolling through my dms with this new one. With the amount of screen time that we use in the modern age, any feature on any application that reduces stress to the eyes is a must-have. You would think that Discord would understand this because dark mode is the default viewing mode for the app, but apparently not. They are making a big mistake by changing their comfortable, easy to read UI to one that is the exact opposite of those qualities.
Emoji pop-up thing - Why, just why. It is comically large, and a real distraction to the eye when scrolling through messages. This feature also contributes to the chat being harder to read, because when you scroll over a message, and the thing pops up, your eyes is naturally going to be drawn to the movement of the object that just appeared on the other side of your screen and not what you were previously looking for. The three dots that used to appear over each message were not obstructive, while still being easy to click, and non-distracting.
Emoji color master control - I just noticed this feature, and to be honest I'm not sure how this worked before, cause when I did send an emoji I would just send a yellow one. Was this part of the new update? Please let me know in the comments. Either way, this feature just seems cheap and it is pretty clunky, and there is still not an option to change the color of individual emojis like there is in imessage. You think that discord would try to have similar features to other leading programs like that, but apparently they don't think that having a competitively good UI is necessary. Very poor decision on their part.
I honestly can't believe that I spent as much time as I did writing this, because it is probably for nothing, but it certainly can't hurt to at least attempt to have my point heard. Discord needs to revert all of the changes that they have made in this recent UI update. Hopefully the developers will see what I and everyone else has posted on here and take that into consideration when making future changes to the platform.
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