I understand as a team, you want to keep the app looking up to date, and clean, without any clutter, but updates like these are often unneeded. Little details changing constantly are jarring for users. By trying to 'Tidy up' you've made the layout more cluttered, and the whole experience a lot less smooth.
Here are some general thoughts on some recent changes that I've seen from many users, only explained a bit more in hopes the team will be understanding of the outside POV:
- Keep reactions menu to a minimum. The new one isn't convenient, it's distracting and adds more content to the page which isn't necessary. Adds no actual new function, and with it's placement, it's hard to tell what message you're reacting to if it's one of multiple in a block.
- Add back the separation bar between messages. It breaks up the page, and makes it easier to tell messages and users apart. It now fells very clunky, and disorganized in comparison. Regular discord now feels like compact discord. Harder to read for many users as well.
- Get rid of message highlighting on scroll over. This is another feature that could be a nice option, but adds no actual functionality, and is another reading obstacle for some. It has no purpose other than highlighting a specific message, which is distracting, and again, adds something unnecessary to the page.
- Add an option to disable the ACTIVE NOW bar in the Friends tab. It takes up a pretty large portion of the screen, and many users don't care to see it. It adds more unneeded content to another page.
- The New Messages tag seems to be a pretty big complaint from a lot of users as well, although not as much as these other features. It's both less visible, yet more distracting at the same time. Not terrible, but needs adjusted.
So in general, this update added a lot of things that were unnecessary and take up extra space, or take away things that were needed to break up the space. The nicest thing about Discord's UI was it's balance between being minimal, functional, and clean. Adding visual features with no use- like large scroll over reaction menus and highlighting- take away that clean, smooth feel. If it doesn't serve a purpose that hasn't already been implemented, or requested a million times over, than it probably isn't needed. And if it does serve a purpose, but not one that is necessary and wanted by a majority of users, than give an option to disable it from the beginning. 90% of the user complaints and feedback about the UI changes could be resolved by doing simply that.
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