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.