The False Appearance of Success
Matt Mullenweg seems to be under the impression that the new User Interface and Editor have been a success. From his recent “State of the Word Address” ⇒.
“Matt gave some updates on Calypso’s adoption since it was released last year. He says that 68% of posts on WordPress.com are now written in Calypso. 17% of posts are written via a mobile device, and only 15% of users are using the WordPress admin. For reference, Calypso is the default method of publishing on WordPress.com now, so that includes the desktop website, desktop app, and mobile app”.
We need to tell him that it is a false impression based upon being herded into the new system by the removal of virtually all links to the old one. A move which seems to have precipitated an increasing number of abandoned and infrequently used blogs.
We also need to list all the new UI’s and Editors shortcomings. Including the low-speed for those who aren’t fortunate enough to have super-fast broadband and super-fast computers.
It seems, for business reasons which include the use of Rest-API ⇐, WordPress are determined to set aside what remains of the old system. They had better be persuaded to perfect the new one first. That will take many voices, so please add your comment to the forum and pass the news to others and, for the present, How to Access the Old System ⇐
The places to comment.
Where you can place a comment and, should you so wish, address a comment to Matt Mullenweg as @Matt:-
Comments about the WP Reader:-
This is my message to Matt Mullenweg on the “stats” thread of the forum:-
Message for @Matt via @supernovia
It is noticeable that there are an increasing number of blogs that are infrequently used and an increasing number being abandoned. Pushing Reader “Recommendations” at us, without an opt-out will only annoy customers more.
The idea that the new UI is successful (according your State of the Word address) is false one, brought about by the destruction of links and making all but one point away from the old UI. Many bloggers do not even know that it still exists. You have been fooling yourselves.
As an aside: You would make the UI/Editor/Reader less cramped if you employed slide-away or drop-down menus.
The new UI/Editor remains deficient of original function. There is lot of work to do before it will reach the original functional standard. You shouldn’t need us to tell you what’s missing. That is a ludicrous failure of perception and a disrespectful misuse of our time.
Unless one has super-fast broadband and a super-fast computer, which most people do not, especially in the farther regions of the world, then the new UI/Editor/Reader is horribly slow. Using more code to achieve less is a failure and no amount of contrived hyperbole or herding of customers can alter the reality. And, why on Earth is the “Reader” loading Olark.
If you are using OAuth 2.0, as it seems you are, you should bear in mind what the lead project author entirely disavowed that version.
I suggest that you give the project at least a semblance of genuine improvement, then beta test it and only then launch it. Do not destroy what works in favour of what does not. We are paying customers (and paying for No-Ads does count). We are not here for you to experiment on.
Here ⇒ are just some of the comments that you don’t see.
Further: There has been exclusion of adverse customer comment on the WP Blog and the Forum’s “Reader” thread. That is against WP’s apparent stance on censorship, a contravention of First Amendment Rights and fuels the argument for making WP a Regulated Public Utility under Congressional control. Perhaps it would be a good idea to see that it doesn’t happen again.
Have a nice day. 🙂
Twas the week before Christmas,
And through all WordPress house,
Not a creature was stirring,
Not even a mouse,
Then up jumped a code wrangler,
And shouted with glee,
Let’s cause a nuisance,
And I’ll do it for free,
It’s just before Xmas,
They will all be so busy,
We can mess with the Reader,
And make them all dizzy,
So they worked hard through the day,
And they worked hard through the night,
It was so very unusual,
That it gave them a fright,
Then the bloggers complained,
And made the wranglers feel sad,
So the the bloggers said more,
And drove the wranglers quite mad,
Then up spoke a blogger,
With “that’s well deserved”,
Let’s put them in aspic,
And have them preserved.
We do need a sense of humour to cope and keep our spirits up. Meanwhile Sam’s Song is brilliant and Sam the Eagle is my hero:-
Appalled and shocked, but we have been here before. Making an effort does make a difference. Imagine how bad it would be if we didn’t.
More News and Articles ⇐ on this subject.
These posts are from March 2015 bu continues to receive views. The Poll below is still open and shows a a vast majority of protest. Some further articles/information on the WP changes are here.
Add Your View and Please Share the Opportunity
This Poll, in response to the New WP Editor, has a gathering momentum (2,500+ votes) , it is independent, the results visible and well worth a moment of your time to add your vote. There is nothing to lose, it may help and it might deter any further nuisance. Please click on:-
With credit and thanks to blogger “imperialtwilight” for the initiative.
It is also worth leaving a comment on the most recently active forum thread. Please click here:-
The previous forum thread of 32 pges (now closed) is here.
If you would be kind enough to Share, Post with a Link or Reblog, it will help to spread the opportunity to others. Spreading the word is very important if we are to avoid further problems.
The Poll is spreading well enough that, if WP ignore it, then it will be obvious to all that they have made a wrong turn. On that basis, maybe they will not ignore it.
Workarounds are here.
Some further articles/information on the WP changes are here.
To help move things forward in seeking remedy, below is my recent response to Matt Mullenweg’ s comment on About WordPress Changes and What We Can Do .
“Present feedback has been mostly complaint or attempts to tweak the new UI to meet desktop needs. This is surely not helpful to the new [Mobile] enterprise.
Conversely, relieving users of their concerns would certainly result in feedback that will help the new UI rather than compromise its purpose. Co-operation between us and the restoration of a community spirit, being a lot more productive than a conflict that nobody wants.”
“One of the issues that has caused a lot of consternation has been assertions, by staff on the forums, that the old stats pages will be “phased out”.
I think it has been fairly assumed by some, from your statement “I can say that the wp-admin interface will also be there for you or anyone else who navigates to it directly or bookmarks it”, that this includes the continued existence of the old stats pages which are part of that interface.
Perhaps it has been a been a simple glitch in communications that has caused a large part of the consternation . Such things do happen even in the best of organisations. A simple confirmation would, I’m sure, restore a more amicable, co-operative and productive approach.”
At this stage, I think it is in the best interests of WP users if I allow time for reason to prevail. But, I will be back on this in 4/5 days.
Addition: The response from CEO M. Mullenweg being unsatisfactory, there will be more activity on Sunday 8th February 2014.