I went on vacation and came back to a lot of changes. I just want to come to the site, make my usual stops and do my usual thing. That is all I EVER want to do. I don't want to train my brain here on tech skills to ward off dementia or any form of dysfunction. I just want to DO MY USUAL thing. I want to be able to navigate the site without inventing or using a sextant or a compass or to learn computer programming or do WHATEVER it takes to keep current. If constant tech learning is the cure, I prefer disease. I love to learn, but I DO NOT want to learn how to use the web site over and over and over again.
I don't know which is true, I don't bother with learning tech stuff or I have no aptitude for it, or my brain just repulses from it. I think it is a combination of all three. I just booked a room in different cities, studied quickly and did a good job of finding a good room, in the right location on short notice, for a good price, BUT give me 2 minutes with a device, and I can feel like throwing it against a wall and stomping on it. I am at that point right now with this site.
I come to this web site because it WAS pretty and friendly and calm. Now I have boxes popping up at me and bells dinging.I don't know where the people are gathering or what is going on. New emoticons are in Shout but I cannot use them and I cannot post in the information box to tell them anything.
I think more attention needs to be put in maintaining the site and no changes should be made UNLESS they are absolutely necessary and almost guaranteed to produce more members. Happier members mean more members.
I know of another famous site. I don't remember any changes for several years and it is the biggest site on the web. A theme in the USA is to build a better mousetrap. The Rolls Royce nor the Mercedez changed much for years. They got it right and kept it right. The Japanese cars got laughed at and are now copied. They were ahead of their time. Some things will stand the test of time. You CANNOT build brand recognition or product loyalty while making constant change. This site is so good that changes, usually make it worse.
I want this web site to be a safe harbor. When I sail off, I come back drained and weary. I DO want to recognize the place and KNOW that I am back on terra firma.