We're trying to figure this out ourselves to. Slowing but surely stripping the fun away from GaG. I also hate this new notification set up. Every little thing that happens, 40 notifications which 35 of them have nothing to do with me. It's worse than Facebook.
I've been on a crusade for a long time to stop the frequent and apparently random changes the staff keep making to the site. I've seen no vehicle for collecting user feedback. It seems they have a owner knows best attitude. It's infuriating. Even more infuriating is the absence of any info on what changes they made, why, and how to use them. It's the strangest major site I've ever seen.
1. No down-vote button. 2. The private option which is so people can post an opinion that only they and the asker can see. 3. Questions close automatically now if there has been no new opinions in 48 hours. 4. Questions close now as soon as you select MHA. 5. You can only have 4 questions open at a time so to ask another question you have to close one. 6. Most people can only ask 4 questsion in 24 hours. 7. You can not select MHA until 24 hours after the question was asked. 8. To disavow a question you have to now wait 48 hours.
The private opinions are supposed to be between the asker and the answerer... I guess they'll have their value though not to me. I'm indifferent. The downvote button has gone but there are ideas to put it back with a different name (disagree was the leader shortly before the poll from the admin team was closed). So that one may come back with a different name :D
GaG has underwent some controversial changes in the past few months. The most controversial ones of all are 1) the dislike/downvote button being gone, and 2) questions being "automatically closed" to new opinion posts after 48 hours of inactivity
I am the type of person that doesn't mind a change-up and donesn't mind changes and tweaks... and haven't complained at all about most of the changes GaG has made.
However, the downvote button removal I dislike, and the one I absolutely LOATHE is the automatic closing of questions! @GirlsAskGuys already knows about my usually tolerant and support of tweaks and changes and are very well aware about my dismay about the two above changes.