This is one of the more helpful threads about this new change.
It wasn't buggy in the user experience, but it was in its operation.
Which probably says it all, unless I have misinterpreted it.
The previous magazine/thumbnail way of viewing topics was perfectly acceptable to the majority of readers and it was not buggy at our end. But it was behind the scenes? So instead of fixing it - it gets deleted? That is in no way a user-friendly way to deal with something.
Secondly, as everyone repeatedly says, scrolling down is visually less attractive than scanning. This really is a solution to a non-existent problem that has been made by developers and not for users. There is a big difference there. I used to work in the health service and one day we came out with the radical idea of building our services so that they suited the patients rather than the doctors.
Thirdly, given the interest in a single interface, which matters not a hoot to me, did anyone consider putting the reader into the magazine topics format instead? I don't mind scrolling down the blogs I regularly read - it just does not work for trying to select new and interesting ones. Simple.
Fourthly, I have a regular core of commentors, but random hits are now down.
Fifthly, it really is patronising to tell people to get used to change. I changed from Blogger to WordPress, I didn't tell myself everytime I wrote a blog with different software that I needed to get used to it. What part of 'people do not like this change' is so hard to accept?
Sixthly, I don't see what Twitter (which I loathe), FB (which I chucked and dislike the new timeline) and Tumblr (which I haven't used I do have a life) has to do with blogging. They are NOT the same at all. They are very different ways of communicating with people. Blogging is entirely different. If you think they are the same, that may explain a lot.
Seventhly, it takes longer to scroll down and wait for the page to load 'Wait there's more' than it did to scan and flick pages on the previous topics. This is totally about scanning and time, scrolling does not enable scanning.
Statements about hardly anyone using Topics as was can't be true or else otherwise, why would people be moaning? Many people don't use the forums, I only started because of this. Probably a lot of people think complaining won't help. They may well be right.
You may be looking at specific stats on how well Reader is used. Given that there is no choice, it's either that or nothing now.
'Oh look, it's really popular, people are using it so therefore are happy with it.'
What else are they going to do?
'shape the future of the Reader' - clearly that means you have no intention of reverting to the Topics previous format.
It's a shame. It was one of the better WordPress features where you totally outclassed Blogger.
You have now made it much harder for us all to get passing hits/readers, and it will take more effort to go out and find new blogs and new readers.
People who run the system don't always know best.
Sorry for the long reply. I should really make it a blog post, with which ....