Uh-Oh–I Don’t Think Our WordPress Overlords Are Gonna Lick This.


Gotta appreciate all the thought that went into the newer WordPress editor.

Zero On a  Platter

(Some Exaggeration Possible for the Sake of Exaggeration)

What kind of genius chooses as the first update button the one which causes you to lose everything you’ve entered so far?:

Trash

The same one who places Preview directly next to Trash?:

Trash and Preview Buttons

“Oops! OH, NO!!”

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And tell me: WHY put Preview BEFORE Save Draft, rather than t’other way ’round? Is it because you’d rather see what you’ve done before you’ve done it?

Preview and Draft Buttons

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But the crowning achievement of this web page artiste is to place
Save Draft directly adjacent to Publish:

Draft and Publish Buttons

“Oops! AHHHHHHHH!!!!! Kill me now!!!!”

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Our WordPress Overlords. Ya’ gotta love ’em.

Anyone with half a lick of sense would have the buttons in this order:

All Buttons in WP Editor

Draft, Preview, Publish…That OTHER One.

See how the related first three are in increasing saturation of the same color? I find little touches like that helpful. How about you?

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Those lickless WP people. One must simply shake one’s own two-sense-lick’s head and quietly forge on.

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FRIEND.ENDUM

This post and the one which shall immediately follow (both of which together constitute a brief intermission from the Autocidal Life series which shall resume directly afterward) are entirely the fault of a friend who shall remain nameless but who has gold in her attic. Or bronze in her belfry. Or something like that.

SHE has been FP’d. (It is mere coincidence that the latter sounds uncomfortably close to a rude teenage act of disrespect.) So if anyone comes gunning for anyone, let them set their sights in HER direction. I think the FP acts like gold coins and extra lives in video games. She should be okay.

(As if anyone hasta’ worry: Those who might be inclined to come a-shootin’ would hit wide right or left of what they were aiming at, judgin’ by those editor buttons.)
😛

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AND.THEN.DUMB

I used to be smart, and program rings around computer things. And then I was dumb. I am grateful to the WP folk for providing a tool for free that lets me blog. A tool that often works. If I were doing the coding, it would never work.
😥

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  1. OMFG, yes, yes to the Save Draft next to Publish button. Don’t know how many times last night when DRAFTING a post (Note to WP: Some people like to craft and think about their posts rather than shoot them out on the fly 15 times a day from their isuckphones) I went to hit the Publish button and just managed to stop myself with a “Oh, shit, that was close”.

    I LOVE your solution. Next time that irritating McDonald’s School of Customer Service ‘How can we help you’ pop up appears, you should let them know.

    I call the FP bloggers the Blue Sticker people. I got a bit alarmed with my Jekyll and Hyde post when some commenters suggested it was worthy of being FP’d. I take it as something of a point of pride to have a wall free of the Blue Sticker. It feels Anti-Establishment which I’m all about (admittedly in a shy, introverted way).

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  2. Paul

     /  2015/06/04

    Bwahaha! Fun post OB. Love the way it jumped around -kept it interesting. I couldn’t code my way out of a wet paper bag. 40 years ago i used to code on a mainframe – I’ve seen myself spend the whole night from dusk to dawn trying to get a program to compile and run- and then after 12 hours of trying – find a missing period. Ha!

    As an aside OB , I have a couple of guest posts over at julienoblog https://julienoblog.wordpress.com/2015/06/01/the-medical-situation-paul-curran/comment-page-1/#comment-341 (one is a reblog) If you have the time, I would be honored if you dropped by for a read. Thanks!

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    • Thank you, Paul! It probably jumped around more to the lack of sleep than anything. And here I am, up again despite my best efforts, after less than three hours. Perfect recipe for disaster for anyone, much less lupus lady. Can barely see what I type–in my case, may reduce errors.
      😀
      I will of course be enthusiastically heading over to that magical imaginary blog to read more of anything of yours I can, but it shall have to wait a bit: I am answering a few lovely readers (I’m thinking of one right now–who could it be?). If I can, I shall then return to sleep for another hour before I must get ready to leave.

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  3. Yes, And thank you. I’ve hit that publish button on rough drafts just a bit too much for comfort. I’ve trashed a few without meaning to a few times. When I started, I thought “Press This” was a powerful tool. When the same post showed up twice for me, of course I deleted the original. I should have read the instruction manual ??? Love your sense of humor, OB.
    ☺ Van

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    • Thank you, Van!

      I’m glad it came across with the humor I intended rather than the extreme irkedness I feel!

      😦
      My funny bone has been especially ticked tickled ever since the ‘lords deleted from the old editor the ability to update Featured Image.

      Their way to force people to stop using the old editor. Such a petty way. Less obnoxious if Featured Image worked properly in the new editor first, though. D#mned piece of sh#te. Took me something like eleven tries on my first pleasure of experiencing the new editor to get the image to “stick”.

      Grrr. Still lovin’ that sense of humor, Van? (I really needed more than three hours of sleep, didn’t I? 😀 )

      Have a great day/night (can’t remember where you are–too tired!)

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  4. You are spot on with this. First time I used the new editor I published just my title. I don’t think the programmers actually use WordPress at all.

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    • Laughing, but not funny. Your title? You poor thing! I am totally sympathetic, despite the laughter. It’s as if a sadist decided where to put those buttons!

      😦

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  5. Well said, stupid buttons.

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    • Stupid they may be, but I believe the buttons are innocent of harmful intent. They are mere pawns in the hands of a far more sinister force:

      Stupid People-Who-Hire-By-Youth-and-Social-Network-Presence-versus-Can-and-Will-Do-the-D#mn-Job-Right

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  6. I don’t use the newly-formatted administration site at all.

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    • Nor did I, Skip. The old one is far quicker to access, make changes, and maneuver around, with no nonsense about it. However, WP forced me to the new one, as they intended, when the removed Featured Image from the old.

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  7. Gotta appreciate all the thought that went into the newer WordPress editor.

    You can’t judge a book by its cover but you can judge an editor by a loading message that reads: Beep, Beep, Boop.

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    • You are sure right about that, Greg!

      Their patronizing attitude–it galls.
      But worse: Their market strategy appalls.

      I could be wrong, but I believe they are misreading their base. They wanted a KISS gui-ized interface that looked teddy-bear huggable so that it wouldn’t scare off tech-phobes. I get that. They’re up against friendlier products cutting into their market share. But adding childish boops is a good way to irk the OTHER part of your base, and I don’t think it effectively reaches out and hugs the part you’re aiming at.

      Not as well as a product that works, and has a a good look and flow for the user. Maybe they should have asked those users for some input. DID they? DID they solicit help? And was there a call for Beta testers? I didn’t see it…

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      • You have to give them some credit though – they kept the old editor in place. I’ve seen cases, especially in digital media, where abrupt changes were slammed into place without warning nor remorse.

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  8. Ditto, ditto, ditto!!!! Grrr!!

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  9. I have booked mark all of the old, easier to navigate and use older templates, Babe — the post dashboard, notifications, statistic. But it is ominous to me that everything I read from the Automattic writers who trumpet these new platforms as they launch says that our favorite templates will remain available for now. Somebody in the main suite may indeed have gotten into founder Matt Mullenweg’s ear and convinced him that the new WordPress is indeed best for all. That will leave those of us passionate that our WordPress is better for our needs forced to deal with their templates if this becomes reality.

    As as aside, I applied for their position of Happiness Engineer, hoping to inject some of my experience and thinking ability into the mix, but received a polite rejection suggesting I get more involved on their forums and reading their books to become better acquainted with their philosophies or perhaps apply for a position on their site better suited for my abilities. Sigh. I can’t find direct assistant to Matt Mullenweg on there.

    As an aside to my aside, I’ve never been Freshly Pressed, either. I don’t think either you nor I are on their radar. Although I am thinking I probably aren’t helping my Automattic employment prospects much with this comment, though I should be, because Mr. Mullenwig would be wise to listen to and continue addressing the needs of the large number of us who are so passionate about the old templates, and I’d make a great liaison, wouldn’t I?

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    • You and I both had the foresight to do that bookmarking. BUT I hadn’t suspected the sweeties would delete selected items within the editor page. Do you have a link that lets one get to that old Featured Image webpage?

      I’m sorry about your rejection. I just put a comment on Victo’s site today that said, basically, hiring is done more today according to youth and social network connections than on ability to do a job properly. I can’t speak to your technical level, but is sounds like right out the gate the WP folk felt “You haven’t schmoozed enough with us–you’re not one of us.”

      My FP thing is ridiculous. I’m envious like a sour-faced child, I admire the writing of my blog-friends to whom it’s been awarded, I admire the writing of my blog friends to whom it has not.

      Yet…whenever I take a gander, I see a lot of bland cr#p to which it IS awarded in among the amazing, impressive other pieces which stand out.

      I also seem to see a sameness of themes. Someone with more time and energy than I should do a breakdown of FP themes to do if that perception is reality. I’d like to see, too, a breakdown within each theme (I don’t mean just the author’s declared category, either), the author’s gender and race, how many followers they already have, how often they’ve been previously FP’d, and then compare this to all who blog on WP (if we could do age…) Could get interesting.

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      • I will put my editor link right here, Babe. I don’t know if it’ll help, though, because it’s MY post page link, you know?
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        Edited by Babe:
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        Your blog’s url followed by
        forward slash followed by
        wp-admin followed by
        forward slash followed by
        post-new.php
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        My problem about getting hired as a happiness engineer is that I have no coding background. I’m good with people and words and problem solving, but that portion of the game, I’d have to learn on the fly. But I could! And I think my experience in all the other areas far outweigh the no-coding. They should think out of the box sometimes, and that’s what I said in my cover letter. You don’t need all square pegs. Sometimes a round peg that was a newsprint/blogger since graduation from college in 1979 might be nice to have on the team.

        About Freshly Pressed, I think it’s all individual taste of each judge who picks it. I don’t think they have any metrics to it at all. Anway, if I were the boss in charge of Freshly Pressed, I’d say: Read as many blogs as you can and pick the stories you like best for Freshly Pressed. And that would be that.

        Your idea for a story about it is interesting. Somewhat. But I sure don’t want to do that much statistical research on it. 🙂
        Have a good day, Babe.

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        • You are a doll for putting that link, Mark. I took a liberty without asking, and edited it to make it not link to your editor–you never know…

          That is the same as the place I have been going, and that page used to have Featured Image at the bottom right. It is no longer there. Or do you know something I have forgotten?

          On the other, I get what you’re saying, but I do also understand the staff reluctant to hire someone with zero coding experience.

          For the FP issues, I don’t think they do have any conscious metrics, no. I suggest they have unconscious leanings, as do we all, and that the use of conscious metrics might be appropriate. My understanding is that some used to exist, before I joined WP.

          I sure wasn’t suggesting YOU do the analysis, Mark–You are a busy guy, and no nerd! It’s not worth it, anyhow. I was just babbling. You have a good day yourself, and thanks again for your kindness in sending that link–putting yourself out there. XXOO

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          • On the link I sent you, pre-doctoring, on the bottom right, is featured image. I don’t know why it’s gone away when you finagle it for your use, Babe. There goes my lack of coding knowlledge.

            If you’re saying they use some sort of metrics to make sure a wide representation of the millions of WordPress bloggers are sampled for Freshly Press worthiness, yes, I agree.

            No, I can’t take the time to test the current sampling. Yikes!

            You are a good one, my friend. I’ll always put myself out here for you. Have a great night, Babe.

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            • WHAAAT?!!!! Everyone else is still seeing Featured Image on the old editor but ME!!!??!!
              😮
              I went directly to your link FIRST, Mark. Grrr. What. The. Frick.

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    • Mark, I want to expand: Because WP is non-local and huge, a newbie with no experience–that’s tough. I managed to finagle an offer from an architecture firm by showing up every day and wearing them down. You are so personable–as you know–I think you could have better results locally with a smaller company and the schmooze factor. Why not take a couple of the free online coding courses, if this is something you want to pursue? Although, I think you would be mad popular as a Geek Squad guy: Going out and figuring out what’s up with THAT. That really lends itself to OJT learning, too, from the other gals/guys, as well as on your own–and when you’re in the field, you can tap and call someone for help.

      What do you think?

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      • I applied to WP because the thought of working with other bloggers appealed to me, Babe, as well as their promise to work remotely out of your own home. I’m still pursuing things around Syracuse. I like our Little Bitty. Thank you for your concern and suggestions, my friend.

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        • Jeez, Mark, I’m a dolt anyway: Who wants to do on-the-road jobs where YOU live? (slaps forehead)

          Funny, different strokes: I work from home, but am socially isolated, so I would prefer a job outside. Just not TOO far, with L.A. traffic being what it is.

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  10. I don’t know why there’s never an option to retain the old set-up. Every time I post a draft I have to finagle my way back to the old set-up that allows me to use tags and categories that show up automatically, rather than giving me a limited number or forcing me to recall them from memory. There’s probably a way that I can have the old set-up be my default, but I haven’t figured it out. I understand change when things aren’t working right, but change for change’s sake gets tiresome. And change that adds in potential pitfalls like you’ve identified is really tiresome.

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    • I don’t know what you mean by finagling, but you can bookmark your old Dashboard in your browser after you go to it once:
      Your url for your blog followed by
      forward slash followed by
      wp-admin followed by
      forward slash
      🙂

      I hadn’t noticed that tags/categories issue. Yet another reason to be irked.
      😦

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  11. M-R

     /  2015/06/04

    Hurro dahring ! I am glad to find you here on a morning I spend a bit of time reading posts. I hope you ain’t doin too badly …?

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    • Oh, many hugs, Margaret-Rose! Now that you’re here, how I have been missing you (that makes total sense). I think of you consciously occasionally at night, which is when we most chatted. Forget how I’m doing–How are YOU? How’s the grand experiment going? Is your brain stretching?

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      • M-R

         /  2015/06/04

        Pro tem, ot’s being stretched only by having my IT techo trying to sync up email on desktop and laptop; as well as having my two webhosts (1 –> and 1 <–) get their bloody act together and sort out how to get my EPP code transferred. 😦

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        • Your email is stored on the client? (Versus relying on gmail’s server or some other web-based host.) Interesting. Not bad, though. I wish I could recover some ancient mails from ancient hosts long dead that I did not think to capture and save. None of us should put our trust in companies or nimbi, should we?

          Sorry about the host handshake issues. Sucks. “And then…a miracle occurred.” It could happen!
          😀

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  12. I have lost several drafts since the Beep Beep Boop BS began. Twice I began a new post and then it was revealed to me that I had a saved draft, not that it appeared as a draft in the draft folder. It was disturbing to say the least.
    Initially, I wrote my posts in Word, but the formatting was a nightmare — odd spacing in my early posts.
    I do still have featured image.
    I wonder how many of us have completely different templates…

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    • I’m sorry you lost your drafts!! The new editor IS quite buggy thus far. I do see that they’re working on it–there have been two improvements in a week (Yay.)–so let us all hope the fun ride smoothes out quickly.

      The Featured Image issue was my ignorance, it turns out. It revealed an IMPROVEMENT in the new editor(!): Some themes don’t offer Featured Image–who knew? I hadn’t. I’d recently changed my theme (to a very similar one as the old). So I, an easily-confused person, was seeing F.I. on the old editor for posts created in the old theme…but not the new. Turns out the NEW editor lets you set F.I. for ALL themes.

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