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Disappearing links

  1. As I'm crystal clear on the fact that reciprocal links have negligible value, if any value at all, I don't get into the mile long you link to me and I link to you nonsense that prevailed in the 1990's.

    Note also that one can create their own static Page referring their Readers to directly related high quality content on other similar blogs. links. That's what I have done. See: http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/11/18/blogroll-or-links-page/
    and http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/links/

  2. Reciprocal links are part of your fingerprint, they show who you are. That's not negligible. Even if there are other ways of getting to the same result. But a visible blogroll is the most obvious.

  3. That web page is three years old and seems to be telling people how to put links in a sidebar. I want to know where - and why - my links have gone. I don't care whether I can out them somewhere else. I thought they were safe where they were.

    Anyone got a phone number for a WordPress 'Happiness Engineer'???

  4. Anyway, I think the best idea is just to create a proper personal website. Or even better, just write things in a notebook.

  5. As I'm crystal clear on the fact that reciprocal links have negligible value, if any value at all, I don't get into the mile long you link to me and I link to you nonsense that prevailed in the 1990's.

    That is not a very helpful response to people who just had their entire links list... seven years in here and mine was extensive, sorted by categories, and a resource on which I had come to depend... deleted without notice or warning.

  6. @zouve
    The helpful response will come from Staff as I stated previously. Please subscribe to this thread so you are notified when Staff reply. Don't assume anything. Maybe the Links will be restored. If they aren't then I provided the suggestion of creating your own links page.

  7. @juliafurniss

    This is a peer support forum where Volunteers and Staff work cooperatively to deliver WordPress.com support. There is no phone support here and we Volunteers do not provide support by email.

    Volunteers answer most questions posted into forum threads and Staff monitor. When Volunteers cannot provide the required support we flag threads for Staff attention.

    That has been done.

  8. But "your own links page" will need a click. It won't be visible. That's not the same thing.

  9. The link to my Links page is in my custom menu on my responsive width theme called Expound. Responsive width means the layout adapts depending on the size of the device being used to view your site. When responsive width themes are viewed on mobiles sidebars appear below the posts in order to provide as much space as possible for reading.

    When using any responsive width theme we go here > Appearance > Mobile and disable the mobile theme.

  10. PS, we appreciate what volunteers do. It's the high-handed indifference of WP towards users that regularly annoys people.

  11. I, probably stupidly, used my links (blog roll) to access blogs I enjoy reading, in addition to using it as a referrer to those blogs. I sure don't know the urls of all those blogs by heart so unless they comment on my blog, I've just lost all those contacts. I wish I could just access them all for my own use, I don't care that much that my blog roll is gone. I just assumed I could always get to them. What else will disappear someday? All my old posts?

    maccandace.wordpress.com

  12. @maccandace
    Please do not leap to any conclusions. Staff have yet to respond.

    If you are concerned about losing the URLs in your Links widget then you can go Google's cached docs and locate them there and copy and paste them onto a static page in Visual mode which you can leave as a draft at this stage so it's a backup.
    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:3CUTnqO59GUJ:maccandace.wordpress.com/+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca

  13. OK... weirdness abounds.

    I started setting-up a custom sidebar menu for my links, and in refreshing the view to check the appearance of the menu on my home page, I found that my Links widget is once again displaying all links and link categories.

    Further, on accessing the Links page on my dashboard, all links and categories are once again listed and editable.

    I'm now baffled as to what is going on.....

  14. Well, that is partially helpful, Timethief, so thank you. It doesn't give me the actual urls, though, so I'll have to google all of them to find them. I also had a lot of other links that were not visible so I can't locate them. But thank you for this. It's a partial workaround.

  15. @maccandace
    No you do not have to look up URLs.

    1. Click this link and create a draft static page
    http://maccandace.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php?post_type=page

    2. Not open this link in another browser tab
    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:3CUTnqO59GUJ:maccandace.wordpress.com/+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca

    3. Go to the sidebar and use your mouse to copy the list of Links and the paste it in visual mode into your draft past and click "save changes".

  16. @peysworld, that is weird. I just checked mine again and one of the 3 categories of blog rolls that I had has reappeared. The other 2 are still MIA but I hope they magically reappear, too. At any rate, when I get home from work, I will be making a copy of all those urls again because it sounds like they will disappear for good at some point.

  17. @@maccandace
    2. Not was meant to be "Now"

  18. @timethief, thank you for that. I will do that as soon as I get home. Thanks!!!

  19. You're welcome. :)

  20. To add to the above you are not alone, I too and SocialEyeNYC cannot use links/prvious tags/add media/photos. Not a live soul to help. Many of us have spent years to work and build on out blogs and then we are left type posts into thin air on this thread begging for help. I have followed all of 'timethief' (very appropraitely named in this case) advice and nothing helps. So we are supposed to sit here and wait from the hallowed words form the "Wordpress" gods? Outrageous.

  21. @shutterpug - I'd love to answer you on my blog - - - but THAT link doesn't work either as WordPress implodes. Anybody know of an alternative site to go to? If we do, what happens to all out hard worked blogs and photos?

  22. @newyorkcityinthewitofaneye
    That does not help resolve the issue so why post it at all? Are you not reading my responses to you like this one?

    Staff work through all forum threads tagged for their attention in order of datestamps and timestamps - first posted first served, as would be expected.

    When bloggers keep bumping any thread thinking they are going to get service from Staff more quickly they aren't thinking straight because that moves the timestamps forward and it takes longer to get a response.

    WordPress.com Staff don't post into threads to say words like "we know there's an issue and don't have it fixed yet - we are working on it as fast as we can" because would be a waste of their time and ours.

    Bottom line: Patience is virtue.

    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/suddenly-cannot-add-media?replies=16#post-1512790

  23. Your answer speaks volumes. WordPress cannot "waste time" on asnwering or posting to us. Whatever happened to an email blast to users?
    Customer service and care is a forgotten "virtue".

  24. Pingbacks have not been working, at least for some users, for the past month. I wonder whether this is part of the same problem/set of changes.

  25. Howdy, We had a small glitch develop earlier today, but it has been fixed now. If you're still seeing issues, please let me know. Thanks!

  26. My links are back! Thank you whoever fixed this 'glitch'.

  27. Just one final question... If this was a 'glitch', what does the original message (copy posted here earlier) from a few months ago about links going mean, then? Are our blog roll links going to disappear for good at some point or not?

    I was joking about phoning WordPress last night. No way was I in the mood to talk a 'Happiness Engineer'! :-D

    Although I'm quite happy now, I could have done without wasting time last night dealing with this when I should have been planning lessons. Perhaps next time, a blanket message to users would be a more sensible way to deal with this sort of situation. Ignorance is NOT always bliss.

  28. It's a completely unrelated issue.

  29. @raincoaster.

    Yes, apparently so but that is now my new question.

    I originally (like many on here) asked if anyone knew why my links had suddenly disppeared. Within seconds, there were several replies stating that WordPress had announced that links/blogrolls were being removed sevferal months ago. It was implied, therefore, that this is what happened. The two may not actually be linked, if yesterday's incident was due to a 'glitch' (and, of course, all seems well again now, thank goodness) but my question is - What did the original 'getting rid of links' message refer to? Are our existing links safe or should we be taking steps to put them somewhere else on our blogs?

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