While I'm a big fan of minimalism generally, there comes a point where something can be smoothed out to the point of losing anything that makes it unique. I find that the current approach to the Midnight is one such example. Even doing away with replies isn't something that would turn me off, although I don't agree with making dialogue harder. But the lack of _any_ customization (especially a way to instill some kind of dark mode) makes reading the site not very pleasant.
For those who may have enjoyed what I write, I mirror everything on another site, and plan to continue posting there until another more comfortable spot opens up.https://write.as/zampano/
Or you can send a message my way firstname.lastname@example.org