New layout is absolutely terrible.
Our team launched the latest Zendesk "upgrade" last Friday morning that moved the reply box to the bottom of the screen - this was a horrible design choice and completely unintuitive. You don't start a document at the bottom of the screen - you start at the top. The reverse sorting is another horrible idea up there with when Zendesk removed the ability to sort by subject. I have to go the the Subject line to edit the entry, then to the bottom of the screen to type and then I often have to scroll up if it's a long entry in the ticket itself and then back to the bottom again (I'm aware of the "Jump to Latest" button but it's right next to the bottom text box anyway - so back down again). Who tests this stuff??
Is there an option to choose top/bottom for the message box and an option for the oldest/newest sorting?
JJ here, Group Product Manager at Zendesk,
In regards to the feedback of the reply box now being at the bottom instead of the top of the interface, and the order of conversation messages reversed - we hear you, appreciate you being transparent on how you feel about Agent Workspace, and our product development teams are working on it.
We'd love to hear more about this feedback live. Please join us on Thursday, October 13th at 11 AM CST for our PM Roundtable on Agent Workspace. Chat with us on what is and isn’t working with recent UI changes, your product experiences, and share your feedback directly with the product team.
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Yep, you're not alone. There's been a lot of posts about this, but unfortunately there's no official message from Zendesk, except on one where they both post that it was fixed and that anyone still complaining needs to post a new feedback post about it. *sigh*.
First here, where it was marked completed, despite the comments that this wasn't accurate, and then it was locked: https://support.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/4409217488794-Agent-Workspace-Open-at-top-of-latest-comment
Again here: https://support.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/4408860670106-Customize-Agent-Workspace
And here: https://support.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/4727172601370-New-Agent-Workspace-and-impact-on-readability-and-health-posture-neck-issues-
and here: https://support.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/4846694912026-Four-Key-Changes-that-Need-to-be-Reverted-Back
and finally here: https://support.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/4409222724122-Agent-Workspace-Issues
A Zendesk employee posted that "all the issues fixed", but then in the thread, when people pointed out that nothing has changed, the employee asked people to make new tickets about the very same problems instead.
I appreciate the references and I am concerned there are so many - all with no resolution. Hopefully they won't actually enforce the "upgrade" requirement for the new interface and we can continue using the current view with the reply box on top and the correct sorting. If they do enforce the update, we may need to look elsewhere because they don't seem to be addressing the issue at all based on the links you provided.
Regarding the auto-upgrade process, see product manager John Aniano's comment here (as well as his followup comments later in the thread): About automatically upgrading. I'd recommend clicking the Follow button on that article to get further updates - as John says, there is work in progress and an intent to do more to ensure that Agent Workspace is a better experience for everyone. (And thanks for adding those links, CJ)
I've been such a huge fan of ZenDesk for years. It's always done exactly what I wanted. Things were easy to use and just made sense. This change throws so much of that away. I have no idea what these changes are trying to accomplish, but it's just made things much harder to use.
I have to agree with OP. The new layout may work with Slack type chat sessions, but not in Zendesk tickets. The problem increases when using Zendesk with small laptop. If there is long message you can only see the end of it, which was much better before the update when you could see the beginning of the message.
At least change the system the way that you can use the old layout if new one doesn't suite your working methods.
This comments order change should not be forced on the end users and should be customizable
Agree with OP
I guess until they get tired of hearing every day over and over how terrible this change is by their customers they will have to continually see the negative comments on all the various posts about the same issue.
Agreed with everyone the new UI is totally upside down. If this does not get fixed soon i can see from the posts here a lot of us are on our way to something else.
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