davidcook: (asylum)
davidcook ([personal profile] davidcook) wrote2012-06-02 12:18 am

LJ Scrapbook migration ...

So apparently my photos have been migrated from the old LJ Scrapbook to the new photo-hosting service. Except none of my albums have a preview image now, so I have to go in and manually update all 43 albums (plus sub-albums, presumably).
And 10 images had problems, but it can't show me those images because ... you guessed it, they've moved everything off Scrapbook. Do they really expect me to notice which 10 of 900 images are missing ? (errr, and 9 of them were untitled, so that isn't going to help either :) )
And how on earth did 10 images get "corrupted" when I know I uploaded perfectly good images (some time in the last 8 years or so ... ) ?
This is why I mostly use Flickr now, or just share photos straight from my phone through Twitter, which is far easier than messing around with LJ these days ...

Edit: And tags (not that I used them much) were also lost. Possibly comments and descriptions too ? Not sure, I didn't use those much either :)
And the sub-galleries are now at the top level ... Really, LJ ? The best you can do ?
(and the albums say "No preview", but they call it "Add as cover" when you're viewing an image. And you can't add it as a cover from the gallery view, you have to click down to the image.

In summary: They've foisted a new system on us which to user[1] doesn't appear to have any advantages over the old one, and has many disadvantages, and the disadvantages get worse the more you used the features of the old system. Well executed, LJ.

[1] I'm sure there were sound technical reasons to do it, but they really needed to pay more attention to how people would use it, and how the migration process would work (hint: losing information that users have entered should never be an option).
pulchritude: (5)

[personal profile] pulchritude 2012-06-01 04:19 pm (UTC)(link)
Well...that's the way the changes LJ implements seem to work, isn't it. :P
kalypso: (Arthur whimper)

[personal profile] kalypso 2012-06-01 07:34 pm (UTC)(link)
According to the official statement, the loss of tags is a temporary feature and it is intended that they will return.

It doesn't explain whether I should expect the return of all the photos which have disappeared (some albums have been recreated with no pictures inside them) or whether there is any plan to put the ones that have been assigned to the wrong albums (come to think of it, that may be what's happened to some of the missing ones, but with more than 1,500 it may take a while to locate them) back where they're supposed to be.

Also, they seem to have decided to display newest photos first, whereas in some albums I have good reasons for arranging them in the original order.

On the plus side, the photos missing from Scrapbook do still seem to exist in the posts for which they were uploaded... so far.

I'll use flickr if I absolutely have to - I've tried it recently for photos I want to share with family - but I find it very unwieldy.