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.
and a link to – User Interface Changes ⇐ and Accessing the old System (Stats, Editor etc)
Following the introduction of a new WP Reader format in December of 2016, objections were raised about the layout and the intention to “push” WP’s recommendations into our readers. More recently there have been complaints about censorship and then an intention to “push” recommendations by email.
The WP Forum ⇒ on this topic with members comments (available to all WP bloggers).
The WP Blog announcement ⇒ is still readable but now closed for further comments.
Articles in reverse chronology:-
Preventing WP Reading Recommendation Being Sent by Email ⇐ Opting out of the automatic email subscription.
A Lament for the Ancient Code Wrangler at Xmas ⇐ 😀 An Ode of humour. Oh alright, taking the mickey. (Dec 24, 2016).
WP Reader Changes – Wouldn’t This be Better ? ⇐ An alternative design that addresses the problems (Dec 21, 2016).
WP Reader Changes – WP Test Sending Recommendations by Email ⇐ Update: It seems that we will be able to manage our subscription. Please see the post for details (Dec 20, 2016).
A Xmas Ode to the WP Reader ⇐ 😀 A little fun at their expense. Well we can’t let them get us down and become dispirited (Dec 19, 2016).
** WP Reader Changes – Worse to Come ⇐ General Information about WP’s intent to put their recommendations into our Readers, problems with the new format and the means to complain (Dec 18, 2016).
WP Reader Changes ⇒ by Cindy Knoke which contains a large number of adverse comments (Dec 15, 2016).
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
And, on a lighter note, A Christmas Ode to the WordPress Reader ⇐ 😀