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Can't discover category id needed by category cloud widget

  1. The category cloud widget allows you to exclude categories from the cloud by specifying category ids. But how can I find the id of a category?

    The blog I need help with is bobsmiscellany.wordpress.com.

  2. Posts > Categories: hover over category name and check status/progress bar of browser, or click on category name and check address bar of browser.

    Please search the Support docs and the forum before asking questions on standard features.
    And please paste the URL of your blog when asking questions here. Or, better, make your username link to your blog (Users > Personal Settings: scroll down to Account Details, paste blog URL in the Website field, click Save Changes).

  3. Thanks, that works fine.

    By the way, searching for various combinations the tags to this post in Support docs and the forum didn't get anything useful. Also, when you start a new topic in the forum, it asks you what blog you are talking about, so I assumed (without checking) that it would publish that. Maybe that would be a useful new feature?

  4. You're welcome.

    a) Yes, it happens. I only gave that as a general suggestion. Better way of searching:
    http://www.google.com/search?q=TERMS+site:http://en.forums.wordpress.com/
    When I used that with "category id number" as the terms, the top result was this:
    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/specifying-only-a-single-category-on-the-top-header-of-titan-theme?replies=5

    b) No, the URL you provide when starting a thread is only used by the support bot that gives an automated response if the blog isn't a wp.com blog. It's not made public, to respect the choice of the relatively few users who may have reasons not to link to their blog.

  5. Thanks, that works fine.

  6. Thanks again.

    b) No, the URL you provide when starting a thread is only used by the support bot that gives an automated response if the blog isn't a wp.com blog. It's not made public, to respect the choice of the relatively few users who may have reasons not to link to their blog.

    Maybe an option box next to the drop-down menu saying "Do you want to include this website address in your post?"?

  7. That's a good idea and it would help us tremendously, because lots of questions can only be answered effectively if you visit the blog: many answers are theme dependent, or require checking the sourcecode of the page or other things to find what the issue is, etc. So we often waste time when we have to post an URL request instead of an actual reply, or when we give a reply based on the username link and get greeted with "oh no, not that blog, the other one"...
    Personally I would add a note next to the option you suggested - something like: "for fast and accurate answers, volunteers generally need the URL of the blog in question". Maybe I'll drop a note to staff, or discuss this with other experienced volunteers first (some staff members don't seem to be very happy when we try to tell them how to run things here). Thanks!

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