Pink. It's such a pleasant color. Personally not my favorite, but when I see it, it brings to mind things like lollipops and pink lemonade and elephants on parade. In short, something I associate with "happy".
However, the little pink box at the top of the main journal's page is anything but pleasant. It's letting me, and everyone else, know that the journals section will change on July 21st. Oh, don't worry, it says. You can still write journals. And access your journals. Just the journal tab at the top of the page will be going away.
And then provides a link to "read more about it here".
Well, one would think, what more is there to read about? The Team just let me know about the changes; they don't sound so bad. Just no more journal tab... what's so bad about that? So most would ignore the link and carry on with their CM business as usual, while quietly in the background a clock is ticking down to the 21st, when said changes will be implemented.
Here's the thing- that little box is misleading. Sure, they tell you there will be some changes, and tell you about the least among them. Then give you a link that most of us would ignore, because we trust that if our vaunted Team says it's no big deal, then it's really going to be alright. So technically they're not doing anything WRONG... they're just not giving you the entire truth behind these "changes".
Essentially, they're removing the Recent Journals, the Popular Journals, and the Mom's Marketplace. We can still access OUR journals, and see our friends' journals, and write new journals. But the new journals we write will only be seen by our friends, unless we join one or more of the Big Groups (The Lounge, Newcomers, The Cafe [all CM sponsored, by the way]) to post and promote our journals. So basically we have to join groups with a lot of members in order to feature our journals and to seek out new journals. Unless all we're interested is reading our friends' journals, that is. If that's all you want out of journals, then this change will not really effect you. The rest of us, however, you use the journals section regularly, well... we're screwed.
The Team is saying that using the groups is the same as using the journals section. That we're basically doing the same thing when we write in our groups and when we write in journals. And that (and this is rich) "having two different venues for the same kind of writing is confusing for new and old members alike".
Yeah. I'm so glad that I now know the difference, because I've been confused for the past 4+ years I've been a member. And gee, so have all of you, apparently. Did you know?
This is basically cutting the journals off a the knees, and herding all of us into CM sponsored groups. That's where the money is. CM is claiming that this is "best" for us and the site, but somehow I think that what it's really best for is their bottom line. Oh, and of course, there's always The Stir. CM's payed bloggers. We can still read that, and comment. Neat, right?
You can read about the changes here. That link will take you right to the thread that outlines the plan. And at the end of it, the Team wants you to give them some feedback. And many of us have, to no avail. Although the Team claims to want to hear from us, somehow I think that's something they have to say in order to pretend to placate us, because the outcry in opposing these changes has been loud, and yet... fallen on deaf ears. The changes are apparently going forth anyway, regardless of what we might want.
What do you think of these changes?