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Opinions Are Like Bung Holes. We All Have One, And They All Stink! 
Apr. 5, 2013 10:14 am 
Updated: Apr. 9, 2013 1:29 pm
I dislike the new format in which the AR website displays. It feels clunky and looks clunky. The changes don't seem to be anything but cosmetic modifications that do not help the user experience at all. In fact, it has made it temporarily more difficult to use AR for certain things. For instance, getting to my blog to write a new post was very easy. Mouse over the "My Allrecipes" button and a menu appears and you select blog. Now the "My Allrecipes" button is hidden under my user name. Certainly that is not an insurmountable difficulty, but it is a change that didn't make my experience any better.

Call me a stodgy old fogey, but change for the sake of change is counter productive. Why not make changes that add to the experience instead of just changing the experience? How about making the social aspects of AR stronger by allowing users to decide if they want other users to be able to message them? What about better editors for blogging, to allow easier insertion of inline photographs? Why not code a change that would allow users to search other user's recipe boxes? There is so much that could be changed that would be beneficial to the community and to the popularity and profitability of AR, but they choose to make cosmetic changes that don't benefit anyone. It makes me wonder if the bureaucrats in the Federal Government are moonlighting for AR. "Just make yourself busy! They won't fire us if they think we're actually doing something!"

For all that I dislike the changes, I still appreciate the Allrecipes team and all of the users that make this place a great hangout. I am thankful for them and look forward to trading recipes and ideas for a long time.
Apr. 5, 2013 11:54 am
You sir, are a stodgy old fogey. Oh wait, I was looking in the mirror.....
Apr. 5, 2013 1:25 pm
Just got on today and have seen the changes. I have lived with lots of the changes around here but this coloring stinks! I'm afraid I must agree with you, Doc.
Apr. 5, 2013 1:42 pm
THe golden pavers of Mendham meet the murky swamps of the Pine Barrens! We is both fogies!
Apr. 5, 2013 1:44 pm
I've read that other like the changes. Not really sure why, but there you have it.
Apr. 5, 2013 2:16 pm
Hmmm... I guess I don't come here a whole lot, but it looks the same to me??? Is it because I'm suing Firefox, or on a Mac? I'm not noticing the difference.
Apr. 5, 2013 2:17 pm
Ok, I'm not suing Firefox, I seem to be USING Firefox :-/
Apr. 5, 2013 3:26 pm
I'm on Firefox ATM and I don't see the new format now. I did earlier though!
Apr. 5, 2013 4:02 pm
It comes and goes,not I don't have it.I'm one of thee ones that don't mind the color.Am I still allowed to play?
Apr. 5, 2013 4:06 pm
No changes here, Doc! I'm using IE10.
Apr. 5, 2013 4:26 pm
Perfectly well put and I agree. Many on here have been asking for USEFUL updates to the site forever, in fact I believe there is a blog post on here that contains everyone's "wish list of useful AR features" and yet all that ever gets done is cosmetic changes. It's the main reason I never renewed my paying membership.
Apr. 5, 2013 4:59 pm
The changes JUST happened to me and I have not had a chance to look around. However like you doc change for change sake is to me what is the point.
Apr. 5, 2013 7:32 pm
I usually am not a fan of the changes but so far this time I like it. You can get to things more directly. No need to click on the buzz and then recipe buzz. Get straight there. Same thing with recipe box. Get to it in one click without having to click on see entire recipe box. I think it is much cleaner looking too. Doesn't matter much. They will change it again before we know it!
Apr. 6, 2013 1:29 pm
I had the changes last night, today I'm back to the old way. I wasn't sure what I thought about it - I, too, dislike change just to change things.
Apr. 7, 2013 6:05 am
It looks as though the membership is split on the new changes.
Apr. 7, 2013 6:21 am
Okay help me here. Doc I see what you mean getting to our own blogs is no as easy. Also am I blind or what? I can't seem to find the list of blogs I subscribe to? Any one else got that going on?
Apr. 7, 2013 3:42 pm
I'll check the next time the new format pops up for me.
Apr. 7, 2013 7:12 pm
Joey Joan! To find the list of blogs you follow click on your user name which you will see on the right side of the ugly, grey, klunky bar under the AllRecipes logo. Then click on MyAllrecipes at the top of the menu. From there it is in the place you would normally find it!
Apr. 9, 2013 1:29 pm
I am back to the old format so I will look when I once again get the new look.
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