I'm having serious issues with this latest version of Kinja. I've given it a shot but it's not working for me at all. Specifically I have issues with not being able to easily look up the comments of people I follow. There is not enough time in the day to read all the stuff on Gawker Media that I used to read, Private View is still too unwieldy even though I trimmed my followings list, and some days I only have time to read a couple people's comments and that's it. And then I get so caught up in rooting out their comments that I can't spend time ruminating on the actual article, plus it takes twice as much time as it used to even though I'm only skimming. It's really irritating. And this matters because the mainpages were the first thing I gave up in the interest of time and I'm about to call it a day on the rest. I don't think I'm the only one.
But I get why it's set up the way it is, so I'm not without some suggestions:
1) On our kinja blog index page, switch the "articles posted" (one of the options for the main section) over to the "comments recced" sidebar. Seriously, does anyone care which comments were recced by other people? I don't even know why that's there. Put the titles of the posts authored by blogowner in that spot and then put their comments in the place vacated. The old style, where we could skim part of the body of the comment, not that links business we have the option to use now.
2) Give us the ability to filter our Following tab (in Private View) at will. By names of the commenters we're following I guess; that's the only thing I can see working.
3) Someone write me a script that will allow me to auto-rec comments from one particular commenter at a a time so I can use my Recommendations page as a filter. (Again, I do not see the point of this tab's function.) Last resort please, I'm not into blindly starring people, but I'll take what I can get. I take my recs seriously, but lately I've been feeling bad that I haven't had time to rec at all so the function of this ability, while initially useful, has gone up in flames.