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NOTICE: Navigation strip

Rant time! Today's victim, the LJ Navigation strip!

Let me just say right up front that I hate this stupid fucking thing. It's unsightly, it's way bigger than a "small helpful tool" ever need be, it fucks up customized layouts, and it isn't really that helpful. I don't know who livejournal is talkin' to, but whoever is leading them to believe that "9 out of 10 livejournal users that prefer" the Nav-strip needs to be silenced pronto, because it is a lie. I sure as hell didn't get a chance to put my vote in.

I don't know anyone that likes it. I don't know anyone that even uses it (... I don't think?). I don't know anyone whose livejournal experience has been even slightly improved by the presence of the Nav-strip, and I definitely don't know anyone that can remember how to turn the damn thing off after it's been force-fed down our throats by some programmer kid who is really proud of this useless little widget and just wants EVERYONE to at least SEE it, because said kid knows it'll just be shut off by anyone with half a brain.

Seriously, and this is going to sound needlessly harsh and I'll probably regret it later, but if you don't know how to navigate your own livejournal, maybe you shouldn't have one. I don't think it's too much to ask for people to learn how to use a site. It's not complicated. There is a FAQ if you get confused, and I think it's always a good practice to read the FAQ and know what you're getting into before you start anyway.

Seriously, no one needs a "tool" to direct them to update their journal, read their friends list, or watch a community. We already have links for that. It's redundant (ESPECIALLY since the inception of the "My LJ" tab), it's a waste of pixel space, and it's perpetuating the New Dumb generation of people that are unable to tell their wristwatch from a tuba.

It is unacceptable, and invasive. The thing that really pisses me off about all this? Even when you find out how to turn the sucker off, and do so... it still shows up on every journal, community, what have you that hasn't been updated in awhile, the mod is gone but the community is still active, if and when you click on it. Unlike the Sponsored accounts, where if you're a paid customer you don't have to see the ads while signed in... even if you are signed in, even if you have manually selected that you never want to see the navigation strip ever again, it will appear on every journal, community, or feed that hasn't manually shut it off. This irritates me beyond belief. If you were to say you wanted it, it would be on everything... so the few who do enjoy the nav-strip are happy. The rest of us, who do not want this service have to deal with it, even after we have selected not to. That, my friends, is supremely uncool.

What this means for you, or any members of the communities I moderate:

NOTICE: The navigation strip option has been, and will always be, turned off on my journal and every single community that I am mod for. This will never change. Do not talk to me about it.

My goodness, this sounds like despotism! What brought all this on?

Quite simply, me searching for communities and noticing that it was everywhere even though I requested never to see it again. Realizing that it was all over my own communities, even though I never opted to have it there, and still had to disable it on every. single. comm. I felt I needed to get this off my chest.

If you would like to discuss the Nav-strip with me, if you are angered by any of this, etc... now is your chance to discuss it. After this post, the navigation strip is going to be relegated to the "Dead to Me" board, and I (hopefully) shall not have need to speak of it henceforth.

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Aug. 4th, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC)
I just hate it too. That's all I've got on that subject.
Aug. 4th, 2006 08:45 pm (UTC)
I'm wearing flame-retardant clothing...
omg. You responded so quick I was SURE you were gonna be all, "STFU U DUMB H0R, I LIKE IT!"

*whew* I'm glad you agree. :)
Aug. 4th, 2006 08:48 pm (UTC)
I hate it too and I've disabled it on my sites.
Aug. 5th, 2006 02:37 pm (UTC)
I really think it's awful that we didn't have a choice about it going up. It was just suddenly, BAM.... there, on EVERYTHING.
Aug. 4th, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
word. WORD. Wordy von Wordenstein of the Castle Wordylvania! Worddy McWordaghan of the clan Wordleigh!
Aug. 5th, 2006 02:46 am (UTC)
Oh lord, I officially really, really, really love you. Omg.

Aug. 5th, 2006 02:58 am (UTC)
Word to your mother :)
Aug. 4th, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
here, here! totally agree. totally.
Aug. 4th, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC)
I actually quite enjoy it. I rarely notice it, actually. Generally the only time I do notice is when it's not there - which then informs me that I'm not logged in (and am therefore missing some of my friends' entries). I like that it allows me to quickly return to my friends' page if I've wandered around onto another journal that isn't associated with mine. I like that I can go directly to the page to post a new entry rather than having to go to my profile first and then futzing with the menu bar that always ends up highlighting something else entirely right as I click on it. I like that I can quickly and easily filter out communities on my friends' page on days when certain communities are full of long-winded entries that I'm not entirely interested in. And, as it's much smaller than the "LiveJournal" banner that appears on all pages outside of individual journals (it's at the top of this page now, I see), I don't feel as though it gets in the way at all.

But we're all entitled to our opinion. I'm sorry such a small element of this site has caused such a large disturbance in your life.
Aug. 7th, 2006 01:01 am (UTC)
I can understand what you're saying, but I still think it's fundamentally flawed . Out of curiousity, do you use IE or Firefox?

I just use my back button to return, and I also use a client to post about half of my entries. With getting to the journal page, that's never been a problem with the highlighting for me... and anyway, you could change it back to a different view screen where it won't highlight, and all options are laid out for you. Continuing on this train, for me, whenever I add a community I immediately put it on a filter. So all of the benefits you described are something that I don't use, and don't want to see. Especially since a lot of my friends and communities have custom layouts, which don't interact well.

The main problem I have with this thing... the reason I think it's awful. It just bugs me when after I selected not to see it, I still have to see it. You know? And I'm paying for my livejournal, and they still are not abiding by my preferences.
Aug. 5th, 2006 07:07 am (UTC)
I hate the Navigation Strip, therefore, I agree. :)
Aug. 7th, 2006 12:42 am (UTC)
Hear hear!
Aug. 5th, 2006 10:46 am (UTC)
Oh, thank God for you. I'd been entirely too lazy to find out how to turn the damn thing off, but it is just SO POINTLESS, and now I can finally get rid of it.

*joins in the hate*
Aug. 7th, 2006 12:42 am (UTC)
You are very, very welcome.
Aug. 5th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, so THAT'S how you get rid of that silly thing. Thank you!

I'm sort of indifferent to it in general but I'm just as glad to reclaim some of my browser's real-estate. Bah.
Aug. 7th, 2006 12:40 am (UTC)
You are most assuredly welcome. :)
Aug. 5th, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
I have to admit I dislike that thing as well. It is not useful, rather annoying.
Aug. 7th, 2006 12:41 am (UTC)
Agreed. *nod*
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