One of the first front page stories that stayed at the top of the Propeller “Most Popular Stories” was titled, “Propeller.com new layout Sucks!!!“. If you click on the link to it, you get this:
Fair enough. It was inflammatory and while it may have been a sounding board for disgruntled users, it did not offer a lot of value to the site. Soon after, an article titled “Propeller. Fail.” was posted and has been the top story on the front page of the site for some time. Not a lot of value again other than as a eulogy for the original story that was removed, but still, the point was made. At the time of this article, it has 227 comments.
The question must now be asked: 2 days, several complaints, several poor reviews, and a disgruntled user-base that is expressing itself by keeping these stories at the top — what does Propeller do now?
Should they say “OOPS, nevermind!” and put the old version back up? Should they just weather the storm that always seems to come when something warm and familiar is changed? Should they defend their position that this new format is better?
Should they re-market themselves, allowing those who don’t like the new version to leave while pushing for a newer brand of Propeller users?
I hope they do not select the last option. This is a site that I have enjoyed and defended over the last few months and I would hate to see all of that effort go to waste. Here is a screenshot of the current front page as well as a screenshot of last night’s front page.
Above is now. Below is last night’s.
There really isn’t anything else to say about it. The people have spoken loud and clear.
It really could just take some getting used to, but I already miss the old, clunky version.