posted on Sep, 9 2013 @ 02:33 PM
I like the new theme. Very very clean, easy to read, nice design.
The emoticons however make me feel like a moron for using them. There is no 'cool' factor to them at all. The previous
had a sense of intelligence and grin or sarcasm. New ones don't.
Now they just look like they were made for small children. They aren't particularly cute they are just kind of inane. I realize they may seem like
they 'match' with the current 'large and clean' design (a paradigm of its own) but IMO emoticons are their own separate world, because they are not
about the 'template it is all within' but more about 'the actual communication of the members.'
The template is ATS's; the communication is mine, to the degree possible, if you see what I mean. I suspect for some people who aren't fond of the new
design that the emoticon change is a big part of it.
The prior emoticons had at least a few that often "mirrored my feelings." The new set has none that could convey the adult and sometimes slightly
subtle "emotional information" that I wish to convey. So I must cease using them altogether or, if it's an option (I don't see it here), force the
system to not render them as emoticons.
I hope they will reconsider that part of the new design.
edit: I see the roll-eyes emoticon has vanished entirely. Maybe it's just me, but the loopy smile, slightly wicked over-grin, lol and roll-eyes are
emoticons I find I seem to need a lot when talking about subjects like politics, aliens, psychic powers and the end of the world...
edit on 9-9-2013 by RedCairo because: realized the : @@ : vanished