I am undecided. I'm not against the concept, and some of the functionality seems interesting, but the sudden disappearance of my widgets has really taken me aback. I'm stuck thinking how I can squash all that information into a footer, and for my super groups that's going to be a serious pain in the ass.
You already know my answer to this. Honestly, I don't care one bit if it looks like crap, because as we've learned in the past, we will adjust. But the privacy issue is a bit PITA. They already have technology in place so you can restrict sharing of deviations on Facebook, etc. They should be able to make it so that they are only restricted to your Watchers. Much like the Scraps function works.
Also, the whole ideas that journals, news and art will be listed under the same number on your home page as "deviations" is just bullshit. They tried the same thing when they lumped all of the message center items into one number with v7. And that went over like a lead balloon and caused them to (thankfully) implement the splinter option. Anyhow, the deviation number used to mean something, now it won't. But at least it explains why the numbers have been so off and wonky lately.
I don't like it at all, Karen. It's icky. Journals now seem more impersonal, and the "News" page is all white and disorganized. I dislike losing the Journal page itself, which could be customized and have other widgets on it. There's other stuff that I've already complained about, and I don't want to complain anymore.
I'd prefer that you'd at least have a choice about whether your journals are public or if they just go to your watchers. The deviation galleries are cluttered enough already without having nonstop memes cluttering the Newest part of the front page. What would also be nice is if they just made a separate thing for journals or used the same fav system as the News used to.