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03 December 2012 @ 10:16 pm
Uniformity is Key  
I group my icons according to fandom, along with a large group tagged "cats" and another tagged "random". It's made it very easy in the past to find, for example, my cricket icon - just scroll to the R-icons and there it would be - Random Cricket (oh if only the Aussie Test team could find form so easily!)

Back when LJ made a change to the way your icon list would display, when posting comments on others' journals, I thought it was pretty cool being able to search through my icon thumbnails for the one I wanted. Then LJ did something that made my icons display in chronological order, and that was a bit not good to quote Dr Watson. Enough people complained that LJ had to put it back to alphabetic, but that's when something really strange seemed to happen. Random groups of my icons would be in alphabetic, then that group would be followed by another group in alphabetic order; it was downright weird. I raised the issue in the help room but no-one seemed able to help.

And then I noticed that the randomness wasn't actually random at all. Not only was LJ sorting my icons alphabetically but it was giving preference to capitalised letters, so icons labelled "Sherlock trafalgar square" were appearing in the list ahead of "cats dancing" while Pros were in a group of their own, separated by cats and random from "pros". Poor form, LJ, poor form indeed.

I've just spent fifteen minutes going back through all of my icons and making sure that the first letter is capitalised, just so they'll all display the way they used to. Once again Pros Bed is snuggled up against Pros Bats for the other side and Pros Bodie Pout, just where it belongs. Hopefully LJ won't decide to change it up again any time soon.

*heh* Switched to the new version of the posting window to check that my icons were all in the right places, but then my mood icon wouldn't display. One step forward, LJ, about fiftyseven steps back.
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMO] GAH! (C&H)draycevixen on December 3rd, 2012 01:38 pm (UTC)

Ah yes, the new improved *coughing fit* posting window. It's pretty cackhanded and then it not displaying the mood theme is just bonus irritation.
miwahni: Pros Bang bangmiwahni on December 4th, 2012 10:19 am (UTC)
The mood theme no-show was what killed it for me, for sure. *shakes fist at LJ*
Merlin Pendragon: ébénisterie - ciseau à boismrlnpndrgn on December 3rd, 2012 02:10 pm (UTC)
It could be worse : some of mine have an accent on the first letter (not capitalized)...

And where does sorting algorithm put accented letters? At the end.
miwahni: MFU My Fandom Poutsmiwahni on December 4th, 2012 10:20 am (UTC)
Oh dear... that's not very useful!
Merlin Pendragon: Pont de Québecmrlnpndrgn on December 4th, 2012 01:00 pm (UTC)
that's not very useful!

I worked with computers for nearly 40 years so I know why it is this way... Has to do with the code (ASCII) assigned to each character by the computer. All the non-english ones are at the end ;-/
byslantedlight: BD When Love (enednoviel)byslantedlight on December 3rd, 2012 02:14 pm (UTC)
Very odd - my icons have always displayed in chronological order of adding, so I was thrilled to not only be able to see images of them to make choosing one easier, but to have them newly alphabetised! I really like the new windows, I've been using them for a while now... *g*
miwahni: Pros Ani sighmiwahni on December 4th, 2012 10:23 am (UTC)
I liked being able to see my icons, too, right up until LJ did whatever it was they did that put them all out of their rightful order. I know it didn't affect everybody; you obviously were one of the lucky ones. And then when LJ put them back into alphabetical order it took me a while to realise why they actually weren't where they should be... they never used to differentiate between a capital and a lower case letter when sorting. *sigh*.
The lack of mood theme though is what kills the new posting window, for me.
byslantedlight: BD bed temptation  (norfolkdumpling)byslantedlight on December 4th, 2012 10:49 am (UTC)
I suppose the trouble is that everyone has different kinds of icon orders that they want - I've seen other people unhappy that their icons don't display chronologically any more, so... It took me a whilst to realise that the capital/lower case letters were being differentiated, but beside the fact that html and other computer languages won't discount "the" and "a" and so on when alphabetising anyway, which has completely destroyed alphabetisation across the entire internet if you're trying to find something, cos people can't be bothered dealing with it themselves, to me it's just another glitch (and I figure that if I'd been consistent myself in naming my icons it wouldn't have been a problem...)

I think the mood theme thing is just a glitch though - I've been using the new posting window as I said, and have used my mood theme successfully a couple of times (actually I always used to forget it before, but I find the drop-down menu easier to see/remember in the new window). Anyway - I notice it doesn't seem to be working for me at the moment, but things often glitch around a little when there's been a new release, and then settle down again...
miwahni: Pros Christmasmiwahni on December 4th, 2012 11:02 am (UTC)
(and I figure that if I'd been consistent myself in naming my icons it wouldn't have been a problem...)
Yes, hence the title of this post *g*. I'm going to have to ensure in future that I remember to capitalise!
I hope you're right, and the mood theme gets fixed.
gillyp: TS - So Screwedgillyp on December 5th, 2012 02:59 pm (UTC)
I once tried to rationalise my icons. ::shakes head:: That went well.
miwahni: JB Decisions Rock paper scissorsmiwahni on December 5th, 2012 08:41 pm (UTC)
Rationalise as in explain why you have each icon, or as in cut down on your numbers? 'Cos yeah, that could end in tears.