🎇New Person Page is Here to Stay🎇
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To me this is a typical example of someone designing or using code that they think is just great but in fact becomes so confusing for the end user, and was no need for a change. Why change a format that is not broken, I have spent countless hours on this site sharing my knowledge but I have been doing little or no work since we are forced to use a confusing changed format... If it's not broke, don't fix it! The new code could (and should) have been designed with the same format as not to confuse people
But it WAS on the verge of breaking because the code on which it was based was becoming out of date and no longer supported. Better to move to a new version NOW rather than go months/years with nothing or with losing our work because the website was so broken it could not function.
There are some great new features. I'm sorry that so many are not willing to see that aspect.1
The new details page of Family Search is terrible. Please give the option to go back. The new version is so spread out it is hard to follow at a glance. Newer is not necessarily better. If it isn't broke, don't fix it. My husband, the ward family history person, feels the same.3
I have had to retype this several times to keep to 'beloved grandmother,' and I am sure I have failed. But the new FamilySearch pages have gone from easily navigable and usable to nearly an incomprehensible mess. And I am saying this as a trained network engineer who worked on a webpage for my senior project.
Cute has become a priority over functionality, and too much of that has been stuffed in one space. How nice that FamilySearch wants me to know about the history of my family names, and at what dates certain things happened to my ancestor, but couldn't the webpage designer have been kind enough to do this under a tab?
As it is, the new FamilySearch pages are similar to an aging dowager's over-stuffed Victorian parlor. Almost all functionality has been lost on the FamilySearch pages with very few actual improvements to be had. And any actual improvements are pretty much lost in all the gimmickry.
As an example in the English language, we read from left to right. If too much-written clutter is put in, this disrupts that pattern. So whatever knowledge the designers want to convey is lost in the word salad. The new page has a lot of these sorts of broken-up word groups. All of this mess should be put under individual tabs, rather than forced down a viewer's throat in the hopes that the viewer will understand what is being tossed out there.
I now spend very little time on FamilySearch, whereas before I was very productive. And from reading the comments, I am not alone.3
@ElidaHorn, the fluff pieces ("name meaning" et alia) are "stuffed under a tab": that's the About page, for which the best use (in my not-so-humble opinion) is to ignore its existence. Go to the Details tab instead; you'll find that nearly everything is exactly where it has been since 2018, except with the addition of some very handy new features -- including the ability to re-arrange the left-hand column to your preference.
No, the new "look" isn't perfect -- there's way too much whitespace in places, and there are extra clicks involved in some things -- but there are reasons for all of the decisions underlying the changes. (Internationalization apparently accounts for some of the excess whitespace, for example.)4
The new tree and person pages are awkward. Please keep the old style. It will be very hard to use.0
I have been doing Genealogy almost every Sunday for over 30 years. I have been a Ward Consultant for at least 10, and am now the Stake Temple/Family History Leader. I want to go on record saying I absolutely HATE the new format. Despite my experience I am now unable to correct family associations. That was never a the case with the 'old' format. For a while we had a choice of which style to have; it seems they have removed that toggle. Please put it back. This is supposed to be enjoyable, not frustrating!1
@JeffreyFrederich, the method for correcting family associations hasn't changed. Some of the buttons or links may have moved a little, but they're all still there, and it all works the same way as before.3