Removal of CSS/JS customizability is removal of basic low-level functionality for wiki users. It also breaks existing styles. Finally, it is an example of the staff needlessly controlling and branding wikis in places where admin decisions have sufficed. Regardless of what you think of the new features themselves, I hope we can agree that barring us from customizing them is a negative trend.
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A FANDOM staff member has provided the following statement as to why CSS/JS customizability is being disallowed.
|“||As part of the redesign we also announced that we will no longer be allowing most forms of CSS and JS customization to the headers. This includes adding fourth and fifth level sub-menus to Wiki Navigation. Some wikis out there have these customizations, and a point of feedback we heard when we showed these changes to the Community Council was that some admins felt that these fourth and fifth levels were essential to their navigational structure. We've opted to disallow this type of customization not only to ensure design consistency across Fandom but also because of the simple fact that it's a bad design practice and hinders the user experience.||„|
|~ Brandon Rhea on Thread:1247796|
However, the CSS/JS customization blocking does not only block out fourth and fifth levels from the navigation bar. It prevents any possible change to the wiki and article headers, which includes article names and edit buttons.
While I'm also sure FANDOM has put a lot of UX research into the new placements and styling of these elements, it should ultimately be up to the community of a particular wiki to decide how to present them in line with their individualized style. Indiscriminately blocking CSS/JS is a problem, and I worry this line of thinking won't be limited to this one navigational instance.
We can't customize new features, and this is a problem.