I have read someone from Adobe say something similar to "The new clarity slider has twice the effect as the old one".
So, if you were using a clarity of 25 in the past, maybe you should try a 12. Or maybe you should continue to use Process Version 2010, which still has the old clarity slider
Do you really think Adobe will go back just because some people in a forum don't like it?
For what its worth, I like the new clarity slider, I think it is an improvement.
i do not agree.
i like the new one better.
keep in mind you now have to use a value of around 20 instead of 40 to get a similiar effect.
Also try using stronger Clarity values in combination with reducing the Contrast value.
There is more to it than just the strength of the clarity slider in LR4 - see here: http://www.keptlight.com/2012/04/lightroom-4-clarity-slider/
I use the clarity slider in negative as a quick fix for smoothing skin. In LR4 this is noit possible as it changes the exposure substantially.
And yes - if enough people complain about it perhaps Adobe will do something about it.
Not a fan of the PV2012 slider, I must admit - it's too heavy-handed and, as others have pointed out, tending too much towards faux HDR, something I detest.