As I type this, you still have a sponsorship badge, so you cant be that pissed. You can't say he ignored the majority of the community until you see the figures from his end. Remember your only seeing forum opinion. A hell of a lot more factors into it. In reply to Wikia, #23:
I've been in the beta for the new site for months, submitted multiple emails on my opinions of the matter. I have no doubt that what i said was taken into consideration. Do you really think they are going to change the layout just to suit you personally, or maybe they are looking to best server their massive user base?
you keep saying "we" like everyone was on your side. Clearly they were not or we wouldn't be in this position. In reply to Wikia, #59:
Have you ever designed a website? On your own? Whilst holding down a full time job, a relationship and trying to have a real life? Maybe you should try before deciding that every programmer make multiples of a site to make it "easier" on the lazy ass half a world away who has nothing more to do than criticize insignificant things on the net.
There was a poll taken by a Site Admin that had a thread to support the poll for feedback and discussion. It was quite clear how the majority of the community felt. However, within a couple of days, RT asked the Site Admin to take the poll down.
Here's a screen cap I took shortly before it was closed.
As you can see, more veteran (3+ years) users participated in the poll than lesser veterans and rookies combined. More seasoned veterans simply didn't like the poll than the total number of veterans that participated in the poll. Regardless, it was quite clear that the majority of the regular and seasoned veterans were less than happy with the new layout (the one we tested but did not get).
Because our voice was not heard. When one of the Site Mods tried to find out the public opinion, Ben pulled rank and told him to drop it.
Ben. Ignored. The Community.
There is a LARGE outlash right now and there are plenty of people who are pissed. Less so that are perfectly fine with the new layout.
As for "insisting over and over again that other people know what you want and you have to take it no matter what"
Were we given the option to use the old layout? No. Was this one the same as the preview? No. Telling the community to shut up and because of his x amount of years as a developer he knows better than we do (just ask Miles for confirmation on THAT bit of behavior from Ben) is what I'm speaking about.
I'm not telling you to GTFO. I'm telling you to not be suck a dick towards someone who is obviously putting a lot of time and effort into developing something that is used by literally millions (and a bit)of people around the world, all who have different opinions on ow they think this site should be run