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categories/tag acting differently under different themes

  1. I just realized that different themes treats categories/tages differently.

    for example,

    ChaoticSoul theme - when click on a categories, it will show all the post under that categories within the blog.

    Unsleepable theme - when click on categories in a post , it would talk me out of the blog and show all wordpress.com posts under such categories.

    questions

    Is this an error?

    Is there an option to change how categories acts?

    thanks you

  2. There are categories in the sidebar: when you click on those, you'll be directed to a page that has all of your blog posts with that tag, nobody else's.

    There are category tags on each post as well, displayed under the title in most themes. When you click on those, you go to the WordPress global tag page for that tag, and you see all the posts all over WordPress that have gotten that tag.

    It's the opposite of intuitive, but it's not theme-dependent; it is dependent on whether you click in the sidebar or on a post.

  3. thanks that cleared things up.

  4. so what if I want the category tags display unde the title link to my own tags too? Do i have to change the CSS?

  5. I don't know if even doing that will do it. WordPress really, really wants to push people to their Global Tags pages, even though the opposite layout would make far more sense.

  6. It would make a lot more sense to me if clicking on a category within a blog kept me within that blog, maybe with some kind of wp.com-wide option presented to users once they were looking at the blog's category page. I don't see how it makes sense for clicking on a category takes me to a different place depending on whether I click within the post or within the sidebar.

  7. It's been suggested to display both. That businessweek blog I linked to a few days ago did that. Listed the internal links right above the wp.com site wide ones.

    That reminds me. I need to put that back in on my own WPMu site...

  8. I don't see how it makes sense for clicking on a category takes me to a different place depending on whether I click within the post or within the sidebar.

    It's not designed to make sense. It's designed to trick you into leaving the blog for the global tags page. Why do they want to lure unsuspecting people to the global tags page? Because the tags pages display ads to non-logged-in visitors, and, because they're interest-specific, they're going to get more clickthroughs from targeted ads on tag pages than they are from ads on the blogs.

    We've complained before about the links being misleading and a usability problem, but feeding ads to our readers is clearly more important.

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