I’ve been using WordPress for well over 5 years. For the most part, I really like it. I had been using Blogger before coming here, and the experience in this community has been better than I thought a blogging experience could be. Of course, you’re the reason for that. WordPress is a good place to blog because the WordPress community is so amazing. The community is diverse, supportive, creative and intelligent.
Go ahead – nod and give yourself a pat on the shoulder – you deserve it.
One other thing that has been consistent about my blogging experience is that you never know what the folks at WordPress are going to do next. Most of the things that went off the rails in 2016, have been put back or ameliorated by follow-up changes. I wasn’t directly affected by all of these, but here’s a short list of the things I remember.
The Reader stopped showing me the blogs of the people I follow.
The Reader iPad app would crash if I tried to read the full post of a blog post shown in my timeline.
The Reader wasn’t showing bloggers whom I follow, the comments I left on their blog, via the Reader.
I stopped using the Reader. I stopped entirely. I no longer trust it. I started following more bloggers via email, but that isn’t a great solution. Some people are very prolific, and my Inbox swells under the strain. And, there is a totally different feeling when I delete an unread email than when I skip over a post in the Reader. Not every problem was related to the Reader.
Pingbacks stopped working. Then they started working again. Then they stopped working, unless you were making the reference from a free WordPress site.
I worked with the tech-support team on the first pingback thing. I came away from that experience thinking what I often think about tech-support people: they genuinely want to help, but they often can’t reach the people or influence the process that needs to change.
I was identified as a spammer on several sites.
Several of my readers were identified as spammers on my site.
I stopped receiving email notifications for a number of bloggers whom I follow.
I started visiting my spam queue, often to release the people unfairly imprisoned there. I replied to people who commented on my blog, wondering where I was, to “check your spam” and set me free. Finally, I unfollowed several bloggers, and then refollowed them to reconnect via email.
My latest problem with WordPress is one that affects the iPhone app. I’m not sure that the effect is limited to that app, but that’s where I see this error and it – is – extremely – frustrating!
When I check notifications, I see items that are either white/very light blue or a slightly darker light blue. The darker colored items are the items I haven’t dealt with. Or, they used to be. Now, I am experiencing the following problems:
Comments and likes that I’ve acknowledged in my browser still show up as unread in the app.
Items that I read and ‘Like’ turn white, indicating that I’ve read them and then turn back to blue because, apparently, since I liked it, it’s now unread. The comment was read, but not the liked version of the comment.
If I reply to a comment in the app, it shows the little curved arrow, but then marks the comment as unread.
To clear these items, I have to open them again, do nothing, and return to the list. However, every now and then, for no apparent reason, 15-25 comments will randomly show as being unread and, if I have previously liked or commented, there won’t be any indication. This means that I have to rely on my memory to avoid making a second comment/reply. Leaving something to my memory is never a good idea.
I have contacted WordPress about this latest problem, but I have not heard back from them yet. If I do hear back from them, I’ll also complain about the fact that they dropped the little Stats graph from the browser tool bar. I used to like how that gave me some quick feedback on how a post was performing. It’s not like it matters, I don’t make money from the site, but it was like a virtual high-five.