BWF Award: Letterdash = #fail
UPDATE 27 July: We have received a response from Alistair Fairweather: Social Media Manager for 20fourlabs, the media24 business unit responsible for 24.com blogs/Letterdash. Please read his response in the comments section below the article.
In the next of our occasional BlaBla Blogs’ Bad Week For Awards, we present this weeks’ award to Letterdash, the new incarnation of the blogs24.com public blogging platform launched on Monday.
To say that the public rollout of the new look, new features and new blog posting and commenting system was a success would be like saying that my man-breasts would successfully be confused with a Wonderbra models’ more well-rounded assets.
We’ve seen the new system referred to as Litterdish, Shitterdash, Slapdash, Lettershit and Lettercrap, amongst others. A number of bloggers started a competition to see who could come up with the best button response to the new messagewhich now appears above every comment box: “No bad language or hate speech please”. Comments and post archives have disappeared from some accounts, and the interface sounds as if it is a nightmare to use in order to format text and images.
The introduction of banner ads into each users’ sidebar has also not been all that popular. All-in-all, the fallout and comment from bloggers using the site has been almost universally critical, harsh and, in some cases, downright ugly to watch. Bloggers, it seems are leaving in droves.
As a non-blogs24.com/Letterdash user, I have been an outsider to the irritations many users have been experiencing. The worst impact on my life has been a struggle to post comments on some of the blogs that I (used to) frequent.
Some may wonder why I therefore feel qualified to nominate and award Letterdash with our BWF Award? Truth is, I am probably not all that qualified to do so. But some of the sites’ users surely are:
Hutton Is Only The Lonely: We are not BETA TESTERS. I am now seriously getting PISSED OFF. Blogging is supposed to be fun ….not a punishment. Having spent at least 2 hours today just to get logged in and double that in trying to visit blogs, then having to create a blog in order to post I feel enough is enough.
My appeal is simply this: Instead of telling good bloggers to piss off if they do not like it or try to fix the unfixable ….. REVERT to the old blogs untill you have ironed out the bugs. We are not BETA TESTERS
Madmom: …in the hope that there aren’t these huge gaps in the presentation on the blogs. I’m not sure why I bothered – I’m just not ‘feeling’ it here at the moment. Snipes, jibes, the persistent gremlins etc just make things unpleasant. Even Belinda has pushed off and has a new friend in her place. Fluck, this really sucks and if it doesn’t get sorted and if I do remain here, the snippets will not be presented again.
Blowg: Ok, look, I need to get this off my chest – if I don’t, I may just explode!!! I AM SO SICK of seeing that ad on LetterDash with the old lady…you know, the one that appears on the right when you log in! Sheesh!
Snippets: This is so sad: Blogger Friends and Boggers that I never got to meet yet, are leaving in droves. My Fan and Blog Roll Lists keep on getting smaller. Ragger left me just because he felt like it but the others, and the Luscious One tomorrow, are voting with their proverbial feet….
Within days the traffic on 24.com, agge Lettertrash, no…I mean LETTERDASH appears to be down by a third. …That is huge…Losses like that could bankrupt a company…and why would advertisers want to be involved with an advertising space that is losing viewers or traffic? It seems that somewhere in this debate and the supportive arguements the little factor best known internationally and in all the best circles as ‘BEST PRACTICE’ became lost; was overlooked…
I have not even tried to post in this new environment yet – I find it all a little too different for me. Think it will end my blogging career for a while at least.
With all that in mind, (and besides that fact that it’s my Award, so I can damn well give it to whoever I want!) it is clear to me that Letterdash are the deserved recipients of this weeks’ BlaBla Blogs’ Bad Week For Award!