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UI Change
I know they said this change is permanent, but surely when they hear how much we're complaining someone will find a way to change things back.
Title text: I know they said this change is permanent, but surely when they hear how much we're complaining someone will find a way to change things back.

Explanation

Ambox notice.png This explanation may be incomplete or incorrect: First draft.

When websites and apps are updated, menu functions are often shifted around either to make space for new features, or simply to make the app feel tidier. Whether or not these changes are good in the long term, users often complain because all the workflows they're familiar with have been changed, and often the software never tells you where buttons and other options have been moved to.

And, just as young people like to complain about petty changes to websites, old people complain about the way their body starts to break down as they age. Muscle weakness makes tasks like opening doors and jars more difficult, the senses such as sight and hearing deteriorate, and mental processes such as memory and rationalization can become slower and less reliable. These have a far bigger impact on one's day-to-day ability to do tasks than a simple UI change.

When big websites make unpopular changes, users sometimes start petition to have them reverted - for example, 1.7 million Facebook users joined "Petition Against the New Facebook". Of course, they didn't get their way, and nowadays few will even remember the old Facebook layout. As for aging, well, there's no-one you could even try petitioning[citation needed].

Transcript

[Cueball is doing something on his phone]

Cueball: Ugh, I hate when apps make arbitrary changes to their UI.

Cueball: Stuff I do all the time just got harder for no reason!

Off-Screen Voice: Man.

Off-Screen Voice: You are not gonna like getting old.



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