@pinguilde - yes I did.
@ingridcc - I do actually agree with you. The whole thing is a pain, but that said, WordPress.com change things all the time, it's what they do. And one can either get used to it or leave. (One day I will come to the end of my tether and probably leave, but at the moment I'm in the process of getting used to this current change.)
There's an old (but still valid) post on Lorelle's blog that pretty much sums up WordPress.com and what they do:
And here's the relevant quote from it that I'm referring to (with my emphasis in italics):
"WordPress.com is the premiere WordPress site, acting as a beta tester for new features coming out for the self-hosted, full version of WordPress."
In other words, as I've said many times in these forums - and only the forum volunteers who've more experience than me take any notice of it - we're all guinea pigs here: unpaid testers.