(Note: I typed this in the old editor, too.)
Let’s talk about your new stats screen for a bit. I put up a one-sentence post a few hours ago to confirm that other people feel the same way I do, and it’s amassed eighteen comments and twenty likes in that time, so I’m pretty sure I’m not on my own here. I’ve been actively blogging on your site for about a year and a half, although I’ve had the account for several years longer than that, and I spend a lot of time obsessing about my stats. An unhealthy amount of time, in fact.
You recently changed your stats page, and by a number of indications you seem to be interested in user feedback on it. However, using your feedback form really didn’t give me a chance to explain what I actually dislike about it. It could be that you’re not actually interested, but I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt.
Here’s the thing, guys: your new stats page sucks. It sucks a lot. And it doesn’t have to. Let’s talk details. Here’s what I see, on my laptop, when I open the old Stats page:
Now, notice a few things: first, daily viewers and page views for several weeks of blogging. Today’s numbers specifically, and some all-time and best numbers. I can get specific data about any day on the list simply with a mouseover. All this without clicking or scrolling. The stuff underneath is in two columns, so once I scroll down I’m going to see a lot more data.
Here’s what I see in your new, “upgraded” version:
Nothing. Literally no useful data at all.
Okay, that’s not completely fair, because that big advert thing is there and I can get rid of it. Okay, let’s get rid of it:
Right from the jump, guys, you cannot possibly believe this is an upgrade. Now, I actually do like that I can see Likes and Comments now. That’s a good thing! But that’s ten days of data, and there’s no way to make it show me more, and I can’t see views and visitors at the same time, the “Summary” view is entirely gone, and all my records are missing. There is now no way to get all-time data on my blog. There’s no way to get daily data that’s older than ten days. That’s not an improvement, and you’re lying if you pretend that it is.
Look at all the wasted space on this screen:
That. Is. Insane. No school of design anywhere authorizes this much wastage of my screen. Here’s the exact same data on the old version:
You cannot seriously suggest that the “upgraded” version is better. This is as close to objectively wrong a suggestion as I can imagine. It’s not better. It’s huge and wastes enormous amounts of space and makes me waste time with clicking and scrolling around the screen. And you’ve actually removed things like my search terms! (Granted: I shoulda opened up the “Yesterday” view on the search terms. It’s usually more useful than that.)
A moment of praise: I do appreciate seeing who my new followers are and when they subscribed, which is information that’s available but harder to find in the old version. But that doesn’t come close to overcoming this abomination:
Who the hell decided making the countries view this much worse was a good idea, and why wasn’t that person immediately fired or demoted to emptying trash cans? In what world is that low-contrast nonsense better than this?:
You’ve made this worse. It’s beyond question. It’s indefensible. That light green nonsense is impossible to tell from the background, and anyone with eyes who looks at it knows it, which makes me think that you’re doing it on purpose. You’ve removed the countries information despite having plenty of room for it. There is no longer any way to get geographic data from more than a year ago. Do you guys have any idea how often I look at the “Since February 25, 2012″ screen? Often enough that I didn’t have to look at that screenshot to remember the date. And in your “upgraded” version all that information is gone. I’m normally all about corporate conspiracy theories, guys, but “intentionally screwed their users’ ability to monitor their stats for absolutely no reason” is a really crappy-sounding conspiracy theory.
Keep the Likes and the Comments bar graphs. Keep the followers data. But fix the rest of this nonsense, and by “fix” I mean “go directly back to the way it was”. This is bush-league, crap design and you have to know it.