While there are some QOL changes that are appreciated (i.e. being able to see the exact time at which an individual message was sent), there are some problems as well. The hover menu for reactions is REALLY intrusive for what it is, using reactions is rare for most users anyway! The previous version was much more discreet. Highlighting messages, while less intrusive, is still distracting and doesn't really add anything.
The separation lines being gone is a bummer as well. They helped A LOT with visibility and readability.
While I understand that there are probably some people who will enjoy this update regardless, why not make it togglable ? Like adding another mode between normal mode and compact mode if you want to get rid of the lines ? Or simply an option to deactivate the reaction hover menu ?
I understand wanting to put out something new to keep the flame intact, but please let us have some kind of freedom over how we use Discord. The previous version was already very good and worked well, why try to fix something that wasn't broken ?
I hope Discord staff will listen.