I, for one, find the thread fascinating. You all have so much more insight and understanding of this situation than we do. We had NO IDEA that WP could be so intractable. This is not the first time that a unilateral change to our theme has caused chaos with our "business as usual". We never minded these unannounced changes too much, as we were always able to quickly work around them.
Not everyone, of course, will post on a thread like this. They don't want to take the "time" or the "chance". I have seen many people stating they have moved (or are in the process of moving) their blogs to similar themes. So they are spending their weekend working on moving their sites and adapting to their new themes. What many of those people seem to be overlooking is that WP seems intent on instituting this feature on all the different themes they possibly can.
I would think the majority of people like us here are the type of people that would like to see the company come to reason-- to think that, through cogent discussion and explanation we could at least achieve an "Opt Out" button or a "toggle" that allows those of us that want to the opportunity to turn this "feature" off-- the ability to do so.
We have received many emails from alarmed readers asking us why we decided to change the "feel" of our homepage... With many others also complaining that our site (now with 800+ posts) is taking an unbearably long time to load. I have had contact with readers from as far away as Asia and the Ukraine on this issue. None of my contact has been positive.
It boggles my mind that 1) Such a drastic change would be instituted without the courtesy of any warning 2) Said change would not come with an "Off Button" so people could preserve their site's integrity.
Given the fact that many of you much more seasoned WP users and moderators don't see this "feature" changing... Noting that the company rarely reverses such a decision... We have decided to do the only thing we can. We are moving... But only to WP.org... Where we can design our site as we see fit.
It's really a shame too because we liked it here. And I would like to make it clear that we have spent many hundreds of dollars over the last couple of years with WP. We have all but two of their paid services. Still, this is far from the first corporation to disappoint me. I'm sure it won't be the last.