Yes it's always been this way. If both lights are on, and no text are displayed, I know they are on suggestions, which means I don't care if I change channel, or unplug the Tivo to mess around with it. If I see text, I know something I want is recording, and won't mess with the Tivo. I like it, don't change it.
ReplayTV 3000 (RIP)
Hughes HDVR2 DTivo (adopted by friend)
Tivo S2 Dual Tuner (Craiglisted)
Tivo S3 750GB (decommissioned)
Tivo HD 750GB (adopted by parents)
Tivo Premiere XL