I do not mean may I rant. I mean is it possible? Apparently, it is.

I understand that today was a pretty big change around here but I don't understand why it is going poorly. I am only intermittently able to post, reply, post pictures or even access the site. I get a lot of timeouts waiting for the site to load. That just really reflects poorly on the people in charge.

Like most of you, I frequent a bunch of websites. Those websites redesign their...uh...websites from time to time and usually with little fanfare. One day you visit a place and it looks different. It may take you a little while to get the hang of it but it basically works. That never happens here. Oh, I'm sure I'll get the hang of the new layout quickly enough and I'm not at all sure about the side scrolling comments, but that isn't what I'm talking about.

I've been here as long as io9, so about 5 years. In that time we have had three or four redesigns and every single time the site gets utterly borked for at least a day or two. Often longer. I know there is a difference between a small group of beta testers and the whole community but shouldn't they have worked that out when Jalopnik went live? All I'm saying is, other sites seem to make these changes with far less fuss and I don't understand why it always goes so poorly here. Hopefully it will get straightened away fairly quickly and won't be such an issue with the next, inevitable, redesign.