"The apps most often follow the web updates, but not always." Fair enough, seems like it will proliferate then.
"The gradient you are seeing is the placeholder before an image is loaded.", hmm, not convinced this was the case, the images I am talking about were up to several days old, using VDSL and a reasonable speed, Win 7 with a Chrome browser, clean cache. However I cannot reproduce this now, suspect a refresh was missing somewhere as scrolling can reproduce it still, fixed in dev?
"To try testing this, I opened the photography tag page" I tried to reproduce this the following day without success, fixed in dev?
I would like to say that I do not like how the reader presents my photos, it was better for me, and a number of others by the looks of it, before the change. Notably single portrait photos are still very poorly represented in my opinion. And so to the crux of the matter, I would appear to have the choice of embracing the new reader and carrying on, or changing to another platform. Why should I not do the latter?