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WordPress Changes – The User Interface and Old Stats Page – 2016 and 2017

Periodically updated list of news/articles/contacts about the WP User Interface Changesbell-and-cross-3.

↓ Accessing the old system.

Many bloggers do not like the loss of the old Stats Page and the loss of  Links to the older User Interface with its links to the older Editor, Post Lists etc.

Any logged in blogger can comment on the forum and it is well worth doing.  Imagine how bad it would get if we just gave in.

https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/stats-feedback/page/3?replies=52

Articles

Accessing the Old System ⇐  All the links to the Dashboard, an old Stats Page, Classic Editor,  Page and Post Lists etc

WordPress Reader Changes⇐ including an alternative design and forum link and more.

WordPress Changes – Losing the Old Admin and Editor ⇐  Looking to the future and amending it. 

Behind the Scenes ⇐   The new User Interface relies upon Rest-API (Application Programming Interface) and cannot work without it. The reason for API and the implications are found in “Behind the Scenes”.


Preventing WordPress Recommendations being sent by Email

WordPress intend to send their reading recommendations to bell-and-cross-3WP bloggers by email (as well as putting them in our WP Readers). 

You can stop the emails by:-

  • Click on your Gravatar (personal image) at the top right.
  • From the drop-down menu select Notifications.
  • From the next page, at the top, select Updates.
  • From next page uncheck Digests (Reading & writing digests, tailored for you).

Done.


WP Reader Changes – WP Test Sending Recommendations by Email – Update

Update: It seems that we will be able to manage our subscription. Please see the WP Reader Changes – WP Test Sending Recommendations by Email ⇐ (Dec 20, 1016) for details.


WP Reader Changes – Worse to Come

The Lesser Known Problem:  According to the Announcement ⇒, WordPress will be putting their recommendations into our reader lists.  From the WordPress Blog announcement:-

“There are millions of amazing posts flowing through WordPress.com every day that you never see, and we want to bring a few of them to your attention, so we’re adding a bit of serendipity. We call it Recommended Posts.”

“This new section will show up in Reader intermittently — more for new members, less for existing members who already follow a lot of sites. You can also see Recommended Posts on the Search page.”

If this is allowed to proceed, how long before we start getting emails of the recommendations which appear in our reader.

From the WordPress Forum on this topic.

“Recommendations will hopefully work to help to connect more people with more blogs they like. More are shown to people who are new to using the Reader and less are shown to people who already follow a lot of sites. if you don’t like a recommendation, click the X icon to dismiss it and we’ll keep that in mind.”

That is, we are coerced into following more blogs in order to reduce this intrusion.

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Update: It now looks as if WP will try to push their recommendations into our emails.  Here ⇐.   The Fix ⇐

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Further:-

There are many bloggers who do not like the new format which misrepresents/distorts/crops pictures, minimizes samples and lacks respect for their work.

For those without super-fast broadband, the reader has become much slower.

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Why Push Content: One can only conjecture.  There seems to be a need to stimulate activity. (i.e the number of recorded views). This may be an attempt to retain the WordPress image in the face of those blogs which have been abandoned or are rarely used. I think this approach is likely to make the situation  worse

Another possible reason, for the new format, is so that it fits cell-phones and creates more space for the “recomendations”.

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Censorship: There are a number of complaints that adverse comments have been excluded from the WordPress Blog on this subject and at least one from the WordPress Forum on this topic.  That will be another post later, with screen-shots of the items reinstated on the forum after complaints.

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Solution: For everybody to enter a comment on the WordPress Blog ⇒ and the WordPress Forum ⇒ (which every WordPress blogger has a right to use) and thus spill outside of those forums to the ears of those who bear influence.  There is a further mass of dissent at Cindy Knokes post ⇒.

The WordPress Blog seems only to accept very short comments.  Please report anything short that is rejected.

Complaints are numerous, these are mine. Pick as you will or add you own.  One does not need to justify or argue, only state.

As a paying customer, I (also) object to:-

The intrusion of unsolicited posts into my reader.

The intrusion of my unsolicited posts into the readers of others, causing them annoyance.

Any prospect of unsolicited emails from the reader.

The misrepresentation/distortion/cropping of my photographs and lack of respect for my work.

The reduction in sample size.

The slower reader speed.

The high-handed manner of this action without any prior consultation.

The poor competence in its implementation.

Any form of censorship, being contrary to the stated views of WordPress, the precepts of the free-world and the free-press.  Particularly of dissenting views and the marginalisation of dissenters.

The more we accept without protest, the more we will be used without respect. 

“Merely exist on our knees, or take the chances of being fully alive on our feet.”

Making an effort does make a difference.  Imagine how bad it would be if we didn’t.

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More News and Articles on this Subject ⇐

And, on a lighter note, A Christmas Ode to the WordPress Reader ⇐  😀