@supernovia, this whole exercise is probably just a smokescreen. Why are you asking for feedback, let alone specific feedback? Is there going to be a major revision of the stats page? I could understand looking for feedback on the new reader, but that is after the implementation of a code change. This is different. WP has gotten ample feedback about the new stats page. Some improvements were even made as a result (visitor bar in graph, world map brought back), but people still used the old stats page because it was objectively a better means of getting information about our blogs. We all had to adapt to continue using the old code, book marking it and such.
Now, with no warning, that has been killed off. The only acknowledgement we users have gotten from WP was to kill off a bunch of threads and start a sticky one so we can give feedback. Unless a change to the new stats page is coming, this is all just obfuscation. Feedback is worthless unless change implementation is imminent.
So, the question is, what is afoot? Is a revision to the new stats page coming? If not, why was the old one killed off? Do you understand that not addressing this issue, with specificity and directness is only going to anger and drive people away? When I have made hyperbolic statements regarding the nature of WP's conduct and methods, I was trying to draw attention to this very issue. Not explaining why things are happening is very upsetting to people and this on top of upsetting them for needlessly and brutishly exchanging an effective tool for one of inferior quality. This does not make WP look good at all.
That being, said, I will play the feedback game too, in the vain hope that something will change.
Pros for old stat page (compared to the new stats page, there are no cons):
1. Clean, elegant and efficient layout. It is pleasant to look at, uses the space on the screen well.
2. Has fairly intuitive structure. The information is laid out in a way that makes sense. It also makes it easy to check the summaries for each category.
3. Has easy links to the summaries for each category. This is especially helpful when looking at the weekly/monthly/yearly overall summary of the blog, as well as how many hits individual pages have gotten etc.
4. The old stats page made it easy to check the all-time stats for individual pages and who many hits per country etc.
New stats page cons (there are no pros):
1. Presumably designed for mobile devices, the layout and appearance of page is jarring. It does not look right but it is also straining.
2. The information on it, especially the daily use graph, is harder to read, inelegant, and unattractive. While the return of the visitor bars to the graph was essential, it also cluttered an already compressed landscape.
3. It uses the space in a browser poorly, needlessly jamming information into a confined area and leaving a significant amount of empty space closing in on the sides.
4. There are no links to summaries.
5. It is slower in loading.
I am sure I could come up with more but that ought to be enough.
A few other thoughts:
1. For the record I would add, when I do check my stats on my Samsung Galaxy, I think the old stats page looks better even then. The wider layout looks much better than the compressed, "mobile" version.
2. While I am adding to the record, I would add that the old editing system was much, much better than the newer one as well.
3. I suspect that the majority of serious bloggers compose their work on desktops or laptops, not on tablets. It is infuriating to force us to use mobile formats in this case.
4. Please understand that people are angry at being forced to regress. It is not particularly progressive of a company to insist people use newer but retrograde quality code. It is even worse when it is done without humility or explanation.
5. @supernovia, I know that this is not your doing. You may even, personally prefer the old stuff too, but defending it is not what you have been tasked to do.
6. Lastly, I reiterate the obligation WP has to explaining to what is going on:
A. Why kill the old stats page at this time.
B. Is a major revision of the new one afoot?
C. If not, why even ask for feedback, other than to get us to vent and
D. Why not let users select the format of the stats page, editor and
reader in the settings?
Failure to answer these questions reflects very, very badly on WP.
Thanks for reading this all the way to the end. Merry Christmas.