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Old and New WordPress Editor Screenshots

Referencing my dislike for the “new wordpress experience” which I wrote about here.  I hate it, by the way.  What do you think?

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New WordPress

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old wordpress

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Does Anyone Prefer the “Improved Posting Experience?”

I thought I was alone, but that just shows how presumption can make fools of us all.  I noticed today that Renard Moreau over at Renard Moreau Presents has been pondering the same notion:  is their anyone who thinks that the New WordPress Editor is actually an “improved posting experience?”  It’s certainly not simpler–I despise when options are hidden behind menus–give me the whole smorgasbord right where I can stick my fork in it, please.  I’ve also had a heck of a time getting used to the new-for-the-sake-of-being-new method of scheduling posts to be published later, or saving as drafts.  I’m sure I’ll get used to it eventually, by why?

What is the fascination tech geeks have with making something simple and good into something needlessly opaque and convoluted?  It reminds me of a few wildly popular authors I know who, since they’re now cash cows, have transformed from writers of taut, efficient barn burners into evil geniuses popping out ponderous thousand-page 3-book series monsters.  I’m thinking of Firefox, the slick little browser that could has been force fed functions like caged goose that it is now a ponderous, frequently crashing monolith–or Windows 8, which managed to take the most intuitive piece of mainstream software in the history of geekery and turn it into something dark, utterly impenetrable, and totally divorced from the very elements that made it so wonderfully simple to use.  I still can’t spend five minutes on my daughters Win8 machine without wanting to cry.

So, what’s the verdict.  Anyone else have strong opinions?  Thoughts?