Okay, so the new update added a new placement method for logs. Yeah, placing them sideways is pretty cool and stuff but good god it is annoying when you do not want them to be placed sideways!!!!
I have talked with my friends and they have all agreed with me that the new placement method is very annoying because it works on the position of the player, requiring the player to change his height in order to place logs upwards instead of sideways or towards the player.
This makes doing things like this (i have to do this for four walls; these are big walls - 50 blocks long):
rage inducing. Note: I started building this before MC1.3.1 - whats rage inducing is trying to place the logs on a wall like this. Oh, and im not remaking the whole structure ( i already made half of the walls) so that the logs are sideways.
I propose that logs only be placed towards the player if you hit the 'center' of the block you are placing it on (like how those half slabs in the Tekkit modpack work) or sideways if you hit the left or right sides of the block. That way, if you hit the bottom or top portion of the surface on the block, they are still placed upright.