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Gmail's new label system. Or: Google have given up being usable. 
2nd-Jul-2009 11:29 pm
pissed off
I am an unashamed indiscriminate Gmail user: I use it for everything, including all emails to do with work and college where I set up auto-forwarding as much as possible. I even have separate gmail addresses for each character (though at the moment, they're set to autoforward to a non-gmail email address, through which I screen all my non-important type emails). I do this because I rely on two things for my email experience:

1. having the search function readily on hand and available so I can find all informatino that's ever passed through my email address that I've forgotten or lost or neglected to write down.

2. The labels, with add a layer of organisation so I can find all emails pertaining to a particular part of my life instantly and quickly and view them with snippets in the Gmail inbox. I use it in conjunction with Better Gmail, because that nests comments. By game with my RP accounts, but for example, my personal Gmail account uses 57 labels, which are all nested under 7 top-level categories. I like this, I might go so far as to say I need it.

Because now Gmail have messed everything up by disabling the nested comment option (or making it incompatible with the Better Gmail script) and at the same time moved the labels over to the left side to make my layout unweildy and ugly. And suddenly I have two apparently random labels showing, and one click brings a long unnested list of all 57 labels, which is almost impossible to read. I can't pick one thing out of a long list, and having a few large categories is useless to me.

Suddenly the feature I relied on most of all has been rendered useless, and of course there's no option to switch back to the useable option. I can't even go elsewhere, because I'd lose the email I already have archived. So it's lose either way for me, really, and that's one of the reasons I'm in a foul mood.

Anyway, I'm going to bed. I just wanted to poke RPers/people interested in my writing to go over here and memify me.
2nd-Jul-2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
It mystifies me sometimes how so many people fail to see just how revolutionary tags are, by comparison with folders, in terms of information management. But then I have to let them off the hook when even developers fail to realize what they have in their own hands.

First delicious (still my model for brilliant use of tags) nearly screws everything up with their recent upgrade (fortunately, they corrected their mistake) and now it looks like Google may have ruined something that didn't need fixing. I'm still holding out hope that they'll listen to feedback and return the labels to how they were, but... why?

Why, why, WHY can't they just leave things alone sometimes?

Edited at 2009-07-02 23:19 (UTC)
3rd-Jul-2009 06:39 am (UTC)
I am also finding this irritating. Hope they fix it.
7th-Jul-2009 12:36 am (UTC)
Welll, this is kinda why I just use private email with a client, so my data and experience aren't utterly at the whim of anyone else. New version sucks? No problem; I don't have to use it.

But I doubt Google will leave UI wrecked for long. Sometimes they try things and backtrack. Hey, it's a beta; they warned you.
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