It makes ZERO sense. The side by side opinions were one of the best changes the site has ever made. What the heck? Why would they do that? No seriously, I'd really like to hear some logical explanation what would be the benefit.
I mean the amount of issues the change caused is pretty rediculous. Pretty much excluvisvely worse in a lot of areas in my opinion, I find it very difficult to really find any interesting questions and feel there are way too many categories now, and if you want to see someones comment from the live feed, when you click it will only take you to the entire question thread, which is annoying. Also when i have updates in my "opinion" section, why is it not automatically the first one on the list, i have a ton of notifications in there so i just have left them, when i get a new one i have to search and try to find it
They did it to deter new users, and get rid of old users, to help control the G@G population. This is the worst thing since Win8 and Modern UI. God I hope they go back to side by side, not because it's fair, it's just easier and less hectic/cluttered. The new look is god ugly and inefficient.
The side by side was slightly better, but now no matter what you do, you build up new tabs by the dozens. Suppose that's a bug which needs to be repaired! After 3 opinions and 2 comments I had 6 tabs open aaaaaaaaaah :-(
Actually it took me a while to get used to the side by side system, but now that I had... it's gone! People complained for so long, yet why change it now? I guess it's because of the amount of ads on the right side? I don't care about those advertised trending questions and topics tbh, and now you have to scroll an awful lot to read just a couple of replies.
The tabs thing is also cumbersome and another reason not to access the site from my phone.