It continues to kind of boggle my mind. Nobody likes Kinja: it’s hugely buggy, broken most of the time, fails to deliver even what you’d think would be very basic commenting tools. Editors quit their jobs at Gawker Media and say “Thank god I’ll never have to deal with Kinja again!”
Let’s look at whatever out-of-the-box system Jez was using in 2008. You could sort responses chronologically, you could sort them by popularity, you could sort by most recent posts, you could choose the way you viewed things. You could also DM other users if you wanted to say something off the record. That was SEVEN YEARS AGO. Nothing we’ve seen since has even approached that level of user-friendliness.
They gave us “banners”. They said BANNERS ARE SO IMPORTANT, GUYS, YOU WANTED BANNERS AND WE GAVE THEM TO YOU!
We were like “banners what now? We asked for DMs?”
Next upgrade they eliminated banners. Or made them so tiny you couldn’t see them.
They unveiled Kinja 1.0 with NO MODERATORS, and we all had to watch as bestiality porn and pokemon lists took over our favorite forums.
Next was Kinja 2.0, with SOME MODERATORS, BUT ONLY ON SUB-FORA and we got endless rape gifs on the mainpage, where the staff finally had to stage their own rebellion
Given all the peeks lately at the corporate culture here, I’m curious as to what folks think about how such an amazingly flawed product could be allowed to limp along aimlessly for so long. Is this a case of no underling being willing to say “Um, hey, this is terrible”? The Emperor remaining forever clothed despite all indications to the contrary? Denton’s baby must never be questioned?
Curious as to your thoughts...