I hate WordPress! Yes, You read that right. I hate it the way I hate Google. Tax evader Google is too big to ingore. You can cut it out a little, but never completely. If you’re a serious – which doesn’t mean expert or celebrity status, although it can – blogger, and you have discovered and use WordPress, you will end up in a similar relationship with WP (although I know nothing about WP’s behavior when it comes to paying taxes). As the WordPress monkeys (which is what they called themselves whenever they emailed me their year-end overall assessment of my blog, which notification process has been muted in recent years) continue to dumb down WP, probably for less noble reasons even than what geeks think is the case, our hate for them increases. No, That’s not ‘love diminishes’. I lost my love for the WP monkeys and it’s top officers (where the buck stops) years ago, with their abandonment of the classic editor, which led to enormous outcry from the community, which didn’t budge the company one inch. See my blog post titled “Professional Scam Artists part 10” to get an idea what that was all about.
While I’m at it, I must give a shout out to the indomitable Pengltg, without whom serious WP bloggers would be lost. Peng was who I turned to when we lost the classic editor. He (?) provides a script that forces WP to revert to that more useful, robust classic editor. And sure enough, he was right on top of this nastiness with the stats page and the sparkline (graphic for stats, top of page, that shows vertical lines of varying heights). I seem to have dodged the stats page problem, maybe because my grease monkey is set to auto update it’s scripts. I can’t tell if it is. I had a look but the settings are not in plain English. I went ahead and installed the script for the sparkline though.
When I woke up this morning around 4am (because I work permanent nights and when I’m off, my sleep cycle goes haywire), I jumped on my laptop (for I will not turn a tv on myself) and that’s when I discovered this latest bit of WP abuse. I somehow landed on a page showing the new, mapless stats page and thought that that was my blog’s view. That’s when I knew something was up. I’m not at all tech savvy. So, to geeks reading this, I’m going to sound dumb. I am. In this area. Apologies! I immediately checked out the forums to get the skinny on it all and the rest is sad history, which would be sadder if it weren’t for tpengltg.
I tossed in the following comment, which I will typo-correct for you:
Serious WP bloggers have the pleasure of living in fear of WP management. Thanks for your patience?! What patience? We’ve been using WP forever and watche[d] as bit by bit it’s been dumbed down. There’s that and just the simpl[e] fear of one day finding it so utterly kiddified that we ‘have to’ move. And that won’t be small potatoes. Whatever motivates you WP monkeys to do this crap, You most certainly aren’t dealing with appreciative, patient bloggers here. We are abused, period.
There’s two ways to get attention in this life, which is something everyone needs. You can attract people to you, by being friendly, helpful and beautiful. Or you can force attention from people by doing things that they can’t help but notice. When you’re willing to go that route, often it’s the case that the things you do [to get attention] will be annoying or hurtful, and that can range from simply being loud (in some fashion) and obnoxious to criminal, including seriously criminal.
We don’t know why, exactly, this gradual kiddification is happening, but it’s sure as heck annoying. It’s actually frightening. But I do not[e] that it comes at a time when the establishment (the enemy in the class war which rages against the people, who are losing) is taking steps to quash democracy and light itself. They have the power and so they use it to simply label real news ‘fake’, thereby sending journos, and bloggers, who are doing the job of speaking truth to power s[c]urrying. There’s the awful war on whistleblowers and journalists and, with big players like Facebook and (huge tax evader) Google jumping on the bandwagon, things are getting darker. I doubt if the establishment has ignored WP. I [doubt] if WP is not part of the establishment. For now, It looks [like] you folks are simply deciding what you can get away with, but along with the war on light, I and others have noticed [that] the tiresome pretense of democracy is slipping away. It’s just like we saw some time ago when Anderson Cooper was asking an immigration-related question to a presidential candidate and he didn’t respond to it. When Cooper pushed back on it, the candidate snapped and said ‘You ask the questions and I’ll answer them the way I want to’. The audience booed him.
You are almost telling us bluntly to take what we get whether we like it or not and even if it hurts us. Almost. Even if you’re not quite there, WP, hear my loud BOO!!!
“Google’s Jigsaw Undermining Alternative Media” by Kurt Nimmo
“Facebook Plans To Bury Alternative News” by Kurt Nimmo
“Google Canada, Please Pay Your Taxes” – Canadians For Tax Fairness