I agree completely and have consistently favored "Score strength", though I may continue to informally refer to the thing itself as the score thermometer. We could use some upvotes on this, though God knows what might prevail against the [...] of [...].
You're right: I guess a reported bug may be viewed as a feature request – for a feature that used to work and should be working now. Is it? [...] Yes, good. But they didn't change "Move strength" to "Score strength". Why not, @sakamvari ? Why not, @lexulous ? Does anybody actually think "Move strength" is superior, or are you just being negligent and inattentive?
@roymccoy You were recently peeved because there's now a simple arrow in the chat boxes instead of an 'enter chat' message, or something along those lines.
Thank you for beginning your latest snide denigration with a straw man so blatant that you discredit yourself without my having to say a word (though of course I will, since I always have such a good time here). The "arrow" you refer to is the send icon, whose function is less immediately clear than "Send" was previously, but icons vs. text buttons wasn't the issue on this. It was rather the rank inconsistency of the text-entry fields in the three panes: nothing, Type a word here (without ellipsis), and Scribble [cringe] notes here… (with ellipsis). I appropriately proposed that these be made properly consistent. If the word "reply" is a problem, they could then be Type chat here, Type a word here and Type notes here, respectively. In any event I wasn't simply peeved, but offered a concrete and sensible suggestion that should have been immediately accepted and implemented. There should generally be more action and more flexibility. Would anyone have minded Type chat here, Type a word here and Type notes here? I doubt that very much. I also very much doubt that anyone would mind the return of the (functioning) permanent green arrow or the gold star. Etc.
You seem to get annoyed by the most trivial things.
That's what sloppy people always say in defense of their inattention to detail. I've heard it before, always from slobs.
Not sure how serious you are anyway but just try and chill out and enjoy the game.
How about I don't tell you what to do and you don't tell me what to do. Deal?
The basic gameplay is working fine
That depends on how you define "fine". In any event there are serious problems with the gameplay, whatever you blithely say. The arrows don't work. The transient arrow is ridiculous (and there's still been no defense of it). "There are [...] people who can't place tiles." These are serious impediments involving basic gameplay.
and the old version ain't coming back.
Look again: it's still there, and thank God for this at least in regard to game analysis (PLEASE RESTORE WORD ROLLOVER IMMEDIATELY IF THE CURRENT PROGRAMMER KNOWS OR CAN FIND OUT HOW TO DO IT, THANK YOU LEXULOUS).
There are more serious issues that need addressing i.e. people who can't place tiles, people not receiving email notifications, people who can't chat and so on. And then there are a few extra legit bugs that need sorting out.
Do tell. I haven't been like you and pooh-poohed any of these. The glass is half-full and half-empty, that's indisputable. You have your marvelous opinion, great. Mine is that Lexulous's first priority in making the new version should have been to recreate the old one, and then jump in with the bright ideas. As it is, they've got something that's buggy by your own admission, perhaps irremediably so though let's hope not. And yet, as I've said before, it's been presented as a definitive release rather than a beta version, and we have to learn to like it. I like some of the things about it, but it should have remained principally in beta and still be in progress, rather than be out there with the attitude, accepted by you, that this is the way it is and the way it's going to be, so there.
Since you've occasioned such a digression here, I'll repeat my second suggestion (the first one already having been implemented):
[W]hen we type a word that turns out to be acceptable in the Dictionary tab, we often want to see its definition (whether it exists or not, as it often doesn't). The Define button is nice, but why should we have to mouse to it? Why shouldn't the return key give us the definition (or indication of its lack) when the Define button is active? One would think this also should be a piece of cake and immediately implementable.
@roymccoy do have to agree with you about one thing. I never see the blank at the end of the game until I have used up all the other letters. A discreet outline would be great or maybe the tile could be different color from other tiles to stand out on the rack
I too would prefer that the arrows worked, but that's a separate consideration and may be dealt with elsewhere. Whatever your preference and whatever you think about preferences, the topic of this thread is "Why the Black Arrow Is Ugly" and the matter has not been resolved by your comments. I have yet to be provided with any indication that the green arrow with its black outline ever presented a problem to anyone, or that for some reason it could not be restored in the current version. I fully appreciate that people have other concerns, and I share many of these.
@roymccoy It seems the good folks at Lexulous have inadvertently created a new game. The heck with your opponent. Just find words with 100% strength.
I strongly remembered this comment as I was playing tonight. You nailed it: a new game and you're just looking for the big one. I had DEEIOSST, which looked like a likely bingo and there were various spots with room where I could start with just about any of those letters. Yet I couldn't bingo. Ordinarily I would have just played five or six letters and moved on, but this time I knew a bingo was available because the percentages indicated the possibility of a 75-point word. So I hassled with the rack for longer than I care to confess, finding two places where a 75-pointer was possible and trying everything I could imagine at these spots. But finally I had to give up and play the shorter word for far fewer points. When I checked the rack at https://www.wordplays.com/anagram-solver/deeiosst, it turned out there was no 8-letter bingo and the only 7-letter one was ISOETES, "sole extant genus of the order Isoetales". As I wrote to my friend and longtime opponent, I'll be beating myself up over this one for weeks, lol.
I note the upvotes for @Dan-Mitchell's suggestion that "Word Strength" be changed to "Score Strength" and that other players share his view. Nobody is defending "Word Strength", so I propose the change be made immediately, thanks.
Stop trying to modify the useless new version. Give us back the Lex we want to play against. Or at least change your slogan. Lex is no longer the fun word game you love to play. I keep trying to adjust, but really, when Lex makes my life harder than it needs to be, I'm ready to give up. Plus, I pay for Pro and get ads upon opening and booted off all the time. Can't even comprehend that someone has be paid to make such a mess of a beautiful thing...