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Can I turn off the infinite scroll update (Twenty Eleven theme)?

  1. help

  2. Is WordPress trying to be more like Tumbler now?

  3. Wow, I'm glad I didn't switch to twenty eleven. I had other reasons. I'm still on Duster..

  4. mannerofspeaking
    Member

    I posted this response on another thread, but just to make sure someone at WordPress reads this soon ...

    Dear Matias and everyone else at WordPress,

    I'd like to add my voice to the chorus of dissent. I think this was a bad idea for two reasons: (1 As noted above, the infinite scrolling renders footer widgets null and void on the main page. Because many readers only read posts on the main page, they will miss those widgets, which could be significant for the blogger. (2) It is one thing to introduce across-the-board, behind-the-scenes changes such as how and where our full stats are viewed. But to change the public aspect of a few themes without consulting users of those themes was an error in judgment.

    I hasten to add that I am overwhelmingly happy with WP and recognize that I get a lot of value for free (although I have been buying additional options regularly the last couple of years). And, when you are constantly innovating, you are not going to get everything perfect. But one sign of a great company is that it acknowledges its mistakes and rectifies them. You have an opportunity to do that now.

    Might I suggest the following steps?

    1. Put Twenty-Ten and Twenty-Eleven back the way they were.
    2. Investigate the feasibility of an opt-in button. If it works, go for it. But people should have to opt in rather than out.
    3. If opting in does not work, create a single "infinity" theme or parallel ones and give people the choice.

    Thanks again for all that you do. Please take my comments, as well as those of others, into consideration.

    John Zimmer

  5. When is everyone going to realise that everyone who uses WordPress.com is just a guinea pig? We're here to be free testers of the software that self-hosters on WordPress.org will end up with in their version upgrades. So, it doesn't really matter where you want to be - here or on WP.org, you're gonna get these changes anyway.

    As for these changes only being limited to 2010 and 2011 themes... oh yeah? I bet they'll change the other themes to 'infinity scroll' too.

    The whole internet is changing. It always has.

    @mannerofspeaking - you don't need to repost on another thread. People who read the forum will see your original one.

    @timethief - trying to keep ones blood pressure down and blogging on WordPress.com don't seem to be very compatible. It certain has been elevating my BP for quite a long time.

    The only hope is that because this was posted to the forum where we can have a say rather than on their blog, that staff might change this ****ing stupid new change.

  6. I think this happened because a) they observed that a lot of Tumblr themes have an infinite scroll option (somehow overlooking the fact that it is an option, probably because none of them use Tumblr on a regular basis and don't know how much control blog owners get) and b) they were already rolling in infinite scroll code for the theme admin page, so it was an easy hack.

    This makes me think they're probably putting infinite scroll in Twenty Twelve too, and are using us as a testing ground to see how people deal with it as a default setting.

  7. When we choose a theme is because we evaluate everything about it, they cannot change it like this. When offering a service, even if it's free, one gets duties. I, for example, use wordpress for informal updates of a national institution. I had all the contact info in the bottom widgets and they just disappeared. We can't afford loosing these infos just because they feel they should update the theme. Create a new one for such purposes.

  8. If this sticks around, look for it to likely show up in other themes here as well. No sense not spreading the pain around.

  9. @ thesacredpath - Exactly.

  10. Thank you for sending me the link, Absurdoldbird - I thought my blog had broken!

    Do the WordPress staffers want to give us all heart attacks?!

    PLEASE GUYS, give us the option to turn this stupid feature off!

  11. This is a cross-refernce link to the sitcky post on this issue which is found at the top of the forum > http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/to-infinity?replies=73

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