What’s Up With WordPress?

21 Mar
WordPress Pumpkin

WordPress Pumpkin (Photo credit: Eric M Martin)

I love WordPress; I do.  Remember that if you ever hear it was found buried in a blue recycling bin left abandoned off the M6.

What’s with WordPress at the moment?  I just had to approve my own comments on my own blog.  I get why other bloggers might hesitate to approve me – banal and anodyne, anyone?  I’m not good at small talk – but I think I’m mostly okay and I can’t say there’s ever been a moment when I have disapproved of myself, except for once in my twenties when I made a deliberately mean comment to a friend and I have since always been ashamed of it.

Another complaint: the wonderful new notification system (which could be more wonderful still if it didn’t go only up to nine) now tells me when I’ve made a comment on my blog…talk about overegging the pudding.  It goes like this:

  • I post.
  • You comment.
  • WordPress tells me you commented: in my dashboard, my inbox and through my notifications.
  • I reply to your comment.
  • I have to approve my own comment.
  • Not knowing I have both commented and approved my comment, I receive notification that I have left a comment on my blog.
  • My head explodes.

I feel guilty for complaining: poor Viv is having trouble receiving comments at all; and her commenters are feeling as frustrated as if they are trying to leave a comment on Letterdash.

Is WordPress really trying to compete with the most inefficient comment system known to blogger?

Answers on a postcard, please.  It will get here faster.

55 Responses to “What’s Up With WordPress?”

  1. vivinfrance March 21, 2012 at 12:03 #

    Are you sure you didn’t mean “the most inefficient comment system known AS BLOGGER”?


    • Tilly Bud March 21, 2012 at 12:04 #

      I typed that first and then I remembered Letterdash – you have to register to be allowed to comment.


  2. NRIGirl March 21, 2012 at 12:18 #

    Greetings! First time here and enjoyed it much. Visiting from Gigi’s blog.

    Will follow!


    • NRIGirl March 21, 2012 at 12:21 #

      Couldn’t help laughing out loud on seeing the WordPress response: “Your comment is awaiting moderation”.

      Wish I had a post card 🙂


      • Tilly Bud March 21, 2012 at 12:23 #

        You’ve gotta laugh, haven’t you? 😀 😀 😀


    • Tilly Bud March 21, 2012 at 12:23 #

      Thank you for visiting! I love Gigi’s blog 🙂


  3. Janie Jones March 21, 2012 at 12:52 #

    Ah. The troubles of the Big Dog. Sometimes it’s good to only have a dozen readers…. ;P


  4. siggiofmaine March 21, 2012 at 13:01 #

    No good deed goes unpunished in the name of “improving” anything.
    I am disappointed the “caption” spot for photos has disappeared. altho
    since it has I’ve managed…just like the style it had.

    Siggi in sunny and warm (for now) Downeast Maine


  5. jmgoyder March 21, 2012 at 13:02 #

    I believe we are on the same wavelength here!


  6. jmgoyder March 21, 2012 at 13:05 #

    I just re-read your post again (not that I didn’t read it properly to begin with!) and cannot stop laughing at the incisive way you put things. I also wrote a slightly negative post re WP but I wasn’t as funny as you – alas!


  7. justbetweencousins March 21, 2012 at 13:18 #

    I have to admit there are things about the commenting, viewing and like ratings systems that boggle the mind. Thank you for bringing this opinion forward in a delightful and humorous way.
    Peach State


  8. judithatwood March 21, 2012 at 13:23 #

    Has anyone organized any kind of formal contact with WP over this? It may be time to pull out the power we used on SOPA, and apply it here. Well, maybe not — that’s pretty extreme. But if your blogger readers flood WP Help, for instance, maybe they’ll notice and do something!


  9. roughseasinthemed March 21, 2012 at 13:24 #

    Do you want a serious comment? Nah. But you’ll get one anyway. I had that problem a while back. I think it’s when schizophrenic people have at least two blogs – you (if not in double figures – me), and although you use the same name, you are actually logged into the one blog and not the other. ie one is your ‘main blog’ and you are logged in with the url of the other. Or something like that. Anyway I sorted it. You too, can sort it. It did my head in for a while too.

    More to the point, I want to know why new posts come up on my wp feed with an amazing regularity of hit and miss,


    • Tilly Bud March 22, 2012 at 11:56 #

      I was on my other blog yesterday so I think you are right. No problems today.

      Thanks for clearing that up!


  10. nailingjellotoatree March 21, 2012 at 13:55 #

    How about semaphore flags? I hear they give a nice signal.


  11. Next Stop, Willoughby March 21, 2012 at 14:07 #

    Sometimes I think that a postcard WOULD be faster. That thing that roughseasinthemed said kind of made sense.


  12. misswhiplash March 21, 2012 at 14:11 #

    you are right TillyB, everything you say is true but reading about it in print just makes my head spin.
    Maybe the confusion is to stop information getting to the little green men in Space..if that is the case then they are doing a very good job!


  13. laurieanichols March 21, 2012 at 15:48 #

    Why am I always the last to find out there is something wrong? Perhaps I didn’t notice, I’m not very observant and if it relates to anything techy, then I simply accept and wait for whatever to resolve itself. It seems that everyone is now aware and will take care of it so I can rest easier. WordPress is temperamental at times and I’m never sure if they are tweaking it or if it’s a glitch in the system. I don’t know.


    • Tilly Bud March 22, 2012 at 11:59 #

      If you are the last to find out, there’s probably nothing wrong with your blog. Close your eyes, cover your ears, and pretend you didn’t read this post.


  14. gigihawaii March 21, 2012 at 17:29 #

    Tilly, I have had no problems with my WP blog, so don’t know what you are dealing with. Maybe, you clicked that box that says “Notify me of follow-up comments via email”?


    • Tilly Bud March 22, 2012 at 12:02 #

      I think it’s sorted now, thanks.

      Glad you are not having problems.


  15. Viciously Sweet March 21, 2012 at 18:01 #

    This made me giggle. Have you ever not wanted to approve your own comment? 🙂


    • Tilly Bud March 22, 2012 at 12:04 #

      Sadly not: you readers are so complimentary – despite the threat of a Malteser ban – that I now think everything I write is wonderful.

      I’d blame you but my ego is now so big, it must be my fault.


  16. Pseu March 21, 2012 at 18:44 #

    A dew days ago I had to ‘approve’ all the comments you made….

    I’ve found that if I’m logged in and all the buttons show at the bottom of the comment box (wordpress, face book etc) I have notification of my own comments. If I then click on the wordpress button that stops notification of my own comments. This sometimes gets jinxed if I log on on the office computer and then later log on on the laptop.

    This may tie in with what roughseas said.


    • Tilly Bud March 22, 2012 at 12:07 #

      I’d try that, if I understood what you just said.

      All I hear is ‘Too technical for me; just put up with it.’ 🙂


  17. colonialist March 21, 2012 at 20:54 #

    So far all is normal my side …
    *clutches wooden table*
    Perhaps improvements are on the go. IT people are like that. They hit on something that works, all by accident-like, and then they can’t wait to improve it until it stops working.


    • Tilly Bud March 22, 2012 at 12:08 #

      Like the rule in an earlier post: If it ain’t broke, fix it until it is. 🙂


  18. Patti March 21, 2012 at 21:42 #

    Wouldn’t it be interesting if our spoken words were always subject to approval before they could be heard….


    • Tilly Bud March 22, 2012 at 12:09 #

      If only…!

      The reason I love writing so much is because I can edit before sharing; my mouth has a mind of its own 😦


  19. Tom (Aquatom1968) March 21, 2012 at 22:11 #

    Do they really only go up to nine? I hadn’t noticed that one, Tilly!
    I also haven’t noticed any problems with commenting either, although I have noticed that almost everyone else is having a bit of a mare.
    However, I have been having a bit of a problem with everything else computer-related, so this may account for me not noticing…


    • Tilly Bud March 22, 2012 at 12:10 #

      Shame you don’t live nearby; the Hub is a computer geek, amongst other talents.


      • Tom (Aquatom1968) March 22, 2012 at 21:17 #

        I think I may have a problem with my comments now. When I type a longish comment, the box doesn’t expand, so all I can see is the tops of the letters I’m typing. Not very good when you need to see what is being written (which, ahem, I don’t need to…)


  20. sufilight March 22, 2012 at 01:21 #

    Tilly, others are having the same issues. I just finished unspamming a a WP friends comments and having to approve it. She has been emailing support as all her comments to various blogs dissapear into the spam filters. I have another WP blog which is also a website, and I find having to approve my own comments. Hope your issues get resolved! 😉


  21. Yulia March 22, 2012 at 01:37 #

    I didn’t notice if we have to approve our own comment.. I think I am so ignorance… I have to check


    • Tilly Bud March 22, 2012 at 12:13 #

      You would know if you had a problem, so please don’t worry.


  22. eof737 March 23, 2012 at 04:06 #

    Hope you sorted it out… Shift does happen. 😆


    • Tilly Bud March 23, 2012 at 12:00 #

      😀 Roughseasinthemed spotted the problem; it’s fine now, thanks.


  23. Gobetween March 23, 2012 at 06:46 #

    You have to love Letterdash where any spammer can login and advertise on your blog for free!

    The limited WP notification is a bit annoying I think it should only list replies to comments you have made on other blogs because the other notifications go to your email in any case.

    The new milestone notifications are only visable to you so other bloggers are not aware of the goals you achieve that is a bit disappointing when you want to boast a little 😦


    • Tilly Bud March 23, 2012 at 12:03 #

      I agree about the comment replies; much better system.

      I haven’t had any milestone notifications yet. What did I do wrong?


      • Gobetween March 23, 2012 at 14:55 #

        Did you get the email. They congratulate you when you have a certain amount of likes or break your own record of amount of visitors etc. It looks like a little arrow graph that appears in your notifications.


        • Tilly Bud March 24, 2012 at 10:43 #

          I did get the email, but no notifications. Weird.



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