Hey thanks for the kind words. There aren’t a ton of great reading resources yet for the transitions. I think we’re actually figuring it all out as we speak. Easy to get it to animate. Hard to get it to animate nicely, particularly getting the lauded 60fps on cheap hardware, and we don’t want it to animate at all if it’s going to be janky.
Well, certainly these changes shouldn’t be driving a worse experience — their entire goal is to improve the experience. It’s not one of those trade-off situations like when blogs incorporate ads knowing it’s a worse experience but needing to balance monetization with user experience. We’re just doing this to make the situation better.