People cried that New Flickr was a disaster when they first saw it, but then they got used to it. The owners of Lomography shouldn't let their fear of losing people prevent them from making a few much needed upgrades to the site.
People said “New Flickr” as if it were a disaster on the scale of New Coke. But after letting it settle in for a few days, it didn’t look so bad to most of us. We didn’t lose any features, but we gained a strong new layout that showcased our photos well.
Maybe it is time for a new Lomography. Lomography’s problem isn’t the layout as much as it is a lack of decent features supporting the site. For example, that you can’t reverse a like has long driven me crazy. Sometimes I am just clicking through a file when I “like” a dog. Once done it cannot be undone. And if the purpose of the likes is to help people get a clue as to which photos attract the most interest from people, the present system does not help.
Likewise (no pun intended) not being able to delete comments can be maddening. Some sites handle this by giving you a period of grace in which you can revise or delete the comments — say fifteen minutes. Then it goes in stone. Why not here?
I’d like to see my photos against a black background, personally, so why not go Flickr one better by giving people a choice over the color background they have. Come to think of it, middle gray would be wonderful. Photos seem to float in middle gray.
Finally, Lomography is well overdue for increased server capacity. Have you spent hours going through a few albums? The problem is the computer hosting lomography.com. Please put some money into that please, lomography.com gods.
Perhaps you have some ideas of your own. Please share them! And if you agree that Lomography needs at least a few tweaks to better the service, like this blog!