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 night before Christmas,
And through all WordPress house,
Not a creature was stirring,
Because they’d eaten the mouse,
The code wranglers were nestled,
All snug in their beds,
Whilst visions of fudge brownies,
Danced in their heads,
Then down from the chimney,
All covered in soot,
Came an ancient code wrangler
Who’d chewed of his foot
Up, he proclaimed,
There’s work to do still
There’s a Reader to wrap,
And send them a bill,
The customers heard this,
And thought it unfair,
So they caught the old wrangler,
And pulled out his hair,
He’s a national treasure,
They cried loudly and puffed,
He belongs behind glass,
But first have him stuffed.
I hope you enjoyed that, although it’s not up to the standard of this chap. How did he know about code wranglers so long ago.
It seems WP want the Reader to fit on a cellphone, but wouldn’t the format below be better for all ? It makes maximum use of the available space by hiding the menu (or by spreading it along the top bar), minimizing the white space and fitting all pictures into a 4:3 frame without cropping. Modified 21 Dec 2016. More↓.
There are icons for a full gallery view (pics), plain reader (read) and visit the blog (visit). The gallery icon shows the number of images on the post and changes colour if there are more images than shown by the reader. A click-on the left side larger image will expand it.
This alternative uses a little more height than the new Reader, but far less than the previous Reader, is more accommodating and even looks better on a cellphone than the current new Reader.
The present load speed problem is partly due to the extra data transfer junk (e.g. Google Analytics, Google Ads, Olark, WordPress Public API and many more) and partly due to the larger number of posts (in thin slices) being loaded at one time. Although the number of posts being loaded at one time might be less for those using a mobile application.
The fonts and juxtapositions aren’t brilliant, but it conveys the idea. Next week, I’m teaching it to do singing and dancing.
The point of this exercise being; to show what can be done and encourage WP to consult in future. And, of course, stop WP from pushing their recommendations into our reading lists.
More on the Reader here ⇐.
WordPress Changes – Accessing the Old System ⇐
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).
Update: From Jeff Bowen of Horizon Feedback responding to a suggestion of Opting-in/out for recommendation by email.
“Thanks for the suggestion, Graham. It’s not shown in the screenshot, but you will definitely be able to manage your subscription status for these, regardless”.
So it seems, one less thing to be concerned about.
Original Post was
On December 19 2016 at 2:43pm I asked Horizon Feedback if they had been asked to test the new WP Reader (using their “Call for Testing: Image Editor” post). The answer of “No” was published as a comment on the same post at 10:19pm on the same day.
Subsequently, Dandelionslad ⇒ kindly gave me a heads up that a new post of “Call for Testing: Recommended Reading Emails” had been published. Please click here ⇓ to view.
!! There is a comments section !!
It seems that WP intend to send us unsolicited recommendations by email (straight into my junk folder) in addition to placing them in our Readers.
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 ⇐ 😀
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.
Sorry to redirect you but there have been developments that makes this easier at WordPress Navigation Links – Improved
No longer as relevant :-
This approach will, I hope, restore more enjoyment to blogging. More about WP Changes and What We Can Do to seek restoration of original function is here !
Meanwhile, the biggest problem is that the Reader is a catch-all. Log-in to it or click on any link to it and the Reader opens in the current Tab, then there is no way to the better Dashboard except via the “My-Sites” blue Mobile orientated User Interface. This approach solves that.
Note 1 : You can choose to Right-Click on any link and, from the pop-up menu, you can select “Open Link in new tab”. You might then need to select that Tab. A similar approach for Apple Mac.
Note 2: Everything here opens in a new Tab. Note:3 The “Refresh” button is usually found to the right of the address bar.
With the following approach it is possible to get away with using only one Tab, two Tabs to keep your Notifications Archive available and an occasional extra Tab for use of the Reader and/or Stats. Once one is familiar it becomes a new habit.
- Log-in to the your WP Dashboard:-
You only need to do this once and then can Bookmark/Favourite it for future use. Once you have logged-in, you are automatically logged in to all of your UI pages. You can also log-out from there using the drop-down menu that appears when you hover the mouse pointer over your Gravatar.
- From there you have access to all the usual functions and can Right-Click “View All”, just beneath the graph, to open the better Stats page in a new Tab.
You can return to your Dashboard by closing the Stats Tab. Alternatively clicking on the Dashboard Tab, which keeps the Stats Tab open and saves reloading pages (although you will want to refresh Stats occasionally).
You can also choose a different blog from the drop down list adjacent to the small blue Home icon (top right) on the Stats page. Clicking on the Home icon automatically opens an Admin page in a new Tab.
- If you would like to add your Notifications Archive (the more useful view), open and Bookmark/Favourite the following for future use:-
There is the option to keep that one extra Tab open for whenever/wherever the little bell lights-up. Just click on the Notifications Tab and refresh the screen.
- To add the Reader, without getting trapped, use the Note 1 tip above, or open and Bookmark/Favourite the following for future use:-
I’ve found that this approach works well but does require a small change of habit. If stuck, then one can always revert to the first Bookmark/Favourite (Dashboard), which you are still logged-in to.
If you would like more direct Links (e.g. My-Stats, older Stats, All Posts, New Post etc), please see:-
With thanks and credit to all those on the forums who initiated the idea.
At this stage, I do not think that these Links and/or this method will be tampered with. That would prove the intent to coerce and be contrary the CEO Matt Mullenweg’s own comments on About WordPress Changes and What We Can Do.
That post is still open for comments on the subject, which can be directed to the post subject or as a direct reply the Mr Mulenweg’s comment. The later, providing an opportunity, perhaps more useful.
Lastly; avoiding the new UI may well be helpful as any clicks to/from the new UI may be used to signify acceptance. The thrust of debate is that it is going to be better, for each endeavour, if the Mobile friendly UI is kept separate from the Desktop friendly UI.