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Shoeman - Great question. Probably ~not~. With neighbors from every continent, 2010 is one of those rare years when religious calendars and traditional faith observance coincide. NYC suspends alternate-side-of-the-street parking regulations for Easter and Passover, schools are closed and families go on Spring break.
With a long list of bells and whistles combined with the streamlining ten forums to four, my hunch is that this release was overly ambitious. Scheduling rollout at this point in time was a serious oversight. That's prime time for Murphy's Law, "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong."
How Mr. Murphy died:
One dark evening (in the U.S.), Mr. Murphy's car ran out of gas. As he hitchhiked to a gas station, while facing traffic and wearing white, he was struck from behind by a British tourist who was driving on the wrong side of the road.
I'm not seeing the benefit of consolidating down to four forums.
As it was, you could only find the three most recent responses to a topic over ten forums... this just makes it much worse. Now you can only find the three most recent responses to four forums!
Another issue I have is that the most recent response to a post is now at the bottom of all responses forcing you to scroll down... used to be that the most recent was on top.
Marriott... rethink this before implementing! And a focus group might not be a bad idea.
My hope stems not from personal communications with Marriott itself but historical evidence: mistakes can be made and unmade.
My belief is that if enough of us are able to articulate the problems we are having during our Insider time, then the folks at HQ will take action.
The current Insiders is not working as well as the older one did--we'll need to have changes made so we can get back to the interactive forums that we all used and enjoyed.
My experiences since the changes took hold have been less satisfactory and more frustrating.
The "old" way was brutally slow for page loads; causing me to abandon ship many times. But at least when aboard I could follow a forum or two and learn and share. Now it is just as slow and too difficult to follow so if I don't leave due to slow response then I ditch because of navigation issues. Does the Marriott really want our feedback content?