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Please bring back Topics page

  1. becomingcliche
    Member

    I poked around to see the best place to leave feedback, and I didn't have much luck, so I'm posting here.

    My favorite way of finding new blogs to read was the Topics page. I just noticed that Topics has been moved to my reader, and I don't like it. Having to scroll through makes searches more time-consuming, and posts get buried immediately. I am less likely to look for new blogs to read if this is the only format through which to find them.

    Is there a way that I can set my preferences so that I can see topics as thumbnails again?

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

  2. compassandcamera
    Member

    I totally agree. It;s annoying to keep scrolling as new entries just keep showing up on top of each other. Would much rather pick and choose what to read from the old Topics page.

  3. terriskitchenuk
    Member

    I don't like the Topics in My Reader either, especially as I never really look at that tab anyway. I thought I had clicked on the wrong tab until I tried it again. I also liked finding new blogs in the Topics page. It was easier to see 12 or 15 blog entries on one page as apposed to seeing 3 or 4 that take up the whole page.

    Please don't fix things if they ain't broke!

  4. Really don't like it either!

    It was so much easier to browse in the old format. The way its been changed to now is just clunky and annoying.

  5. I see this ate the top of the Topics page:

    This Topics tab will be replaced by Explore Topics in your Reader

  6. I clicked too soon. I have no need for a Topics page of any kind. I know what the URL format will be for topics I'm interested in and I type it firectly into my upper browser bar and click. Example: http://wordpress.com/tags/better-blogging

  7. The new reader format for the topics page lags horribly on my computer. I also browse topics, especially the fiction one so I can find new bloggers to follow, but it lags so terribly after seven or eight posts that I can't use the topics reader at all. Please allow users to switch back to the older interface; it's actually much easier to browse posts under selected topics that way than to have to scroll down the reader page and wait for new posts to load.

  8. Yet another nonsensical change. I gave up after 10 minutes of waiting for it to load, and watching the little circle spinning almost sent me insane. I hate it and will never use it, so no more Topic searching for me. So the bloggers lose out.

  9. Exactly. I find at least one or two new bloggers to follow each week by checking out the fiction topics section, and leave comments/likes all the time, but I won't be doing that anymore if I can't even get the page to load. Glad I'm not the only one having lag issues.

  10. turkishkitchensecrets
    Member

    Please bring back old format Topics page. new one is very difficult

  11. Someone in another topic thread also brought up a good point: this new layout isn't conducive to browsing photo-based topics like photography, gardening, food, etc. With so many large images to load the lag time is even worse and it takes longer to scan the entries for those you want to read.

  12. YUK!

    It's really clunky. I gave up after about a minute. Why anyone would want to mimic the user-unfriendly style of a Tumblr blog is beyond me.

    The original Topics page style was like reading a newspaper or a noticeboard, so you could flick through and get instant information at a glance.

    This is like wading through mud.

  13. I agree. The old Topic format was fantastic. The new format is slow and it makes it difficult to find anything that wasn't posted 30 seconds ago.

  14. WordPress design team really shot the dog on this one..
    If topic thumbnails are not re-activated or at least I am give an option of what format I want to use me and my blogs will be looking for a more blogger friendly host very soon.

  15. This is the worst idea I've ever seen. It's worse than a Tumblr dashboard.

    What on earth would persuade WP to complicate and bring to a virtual stop a system that apparently was suiting everyone? It's ridiculous. I gave up after a long wait for the scrolling to work. It never did.

    It's ridiculous. I can't imagine spending one second more on the WP topics if they stay this way. Too bad. It means I won't be seeing lots of good bloggers I might want to Like, Comment or Subscribe to. Truly, this is insane.

  16. I'm just adding a thought to my earlier comment. One of the things we don't have yet is an explanation from WP as to why they've made this change. Since they are usually so great and responsive, perhaps there's something here we're missing?

  17. There seems to be a change in the top right notification icon too... perhaps they're editing a few things at once.

  18. dandelionsalad
    Member

    I really do not like this at all. Most of the time the page never loads. I also don't like that it shows videos and pictures and an excerpt when I just want a list of titles of posts to look through. It's very cluttered, in my opinion.

    I did find that logging out and then clicking the wordpress tags takes it to the old version. I hope at least that stays, but it will require me to log in and out throughout the day.

  19. findingtheway777
    Member

    I like the old topic page better. I like to skip through to ones I like to read and the new way will take way to long to get through them and are not even loading. Please bring back the old topic page.

  20. eternitainment
    Member

    I like the old topic page better too. Easier to find new blogs and the ones which stand out among the rest. Please bring the old format back.

  21. simplisitylane
    Member

    The new Topics page does not work! How many hours do I have to wait for it to load when I use a search term such as ‘dating’? The view is not reader friendly, people cannot scroll down to my blog, and the layout is not useful for searching additional blogs. The new system is terrible!

  22. Just in case it's of interest to anyone, I saw this in the Staff Answers forum:

    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/what-happened-to-the-topics-pages?replies=2

    So, if it's accurate, it means that the current topics page view is temporary.

    Let's hope!

  23. dandelionsalad
    Member

    So, I click on the names of my writers for my blog on their wordpress tag and for most of them the page states, "Nothing to read."

    On some that actually work, I scroll down the page and it reads, "Wait, there's more!" and the page doesn't load.

  24. dandelionsalad
    Member

    Thanks, absurdolbird. I do hope this is a temporary problem.

  25. I agree! Makes it so hard to browse blogs and the lag time is so long!

  26. Completely agree...please bring back the old view....taking way way too long to load and I will move on. I liked the old way for the same reasons other have mentioned above. Looks like you all are trying to show more of the actual blog posts...what was wrong with the other way....please please bring it back. THANKS!! :)

  27. I hate the blog roll in the reader column. I used to love scrolling through the new posts under topics. PLEASE BRING THAT BACK!

    I have to scroll through so many more pages to find blogs I'm interested in - so time consuming, where before I could just scan through thirty or so on a single page. Tonight I kept having to wait for new items to load - ridiculous.

    This new setup just doesn't serve anybody.

  28. I like using the reader for blogs I follow (if I remember to use it -- I usually just click on their post from my email) but this new way to view the posts is horrible. So many posts will go unnoticed because who has time to let all that load? It was so much easier to scan the "thumbnails" in the topics and get caught up on what I missed. If we have any say in this, I'm putting in my vote to change it back!

  29. With the old topics format I would scroll through the pages to check out other posts after posting my own. It was a great way to find new blogs, post likes and discover the world. The system in place now is cumbersome, time consuming and not conducive to sharing. I vote WP go back to the old topics interface or something similar. Why would I want to post on a blog platform where no one can find me? ... If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

  30. The new format is slow to load.
    Beyond that instead of being "as they are written, so they shall appear" deal =
    we now have some unseen hands deciding which blogs to display.

    That is totally unfair to new bloggers who might like to write a post and see in nestled in its proper topic. Under that format, with absolute certainty they know that at least for a while it can be seen on the front page of the topic, or after that on the front few pages of a topic.

    It seemed to be the perfect way to discover new blog that I hadn't looked at before, or a perfect way for someone to say - Oh there 's The Arts blog - I see he's reviewed The Avengers, Ill click on it and have a look.

    What this new format has done is to totally make it difficult for a new blogger to even be noticed. Kindly advise why you have decided that you will decide what is displayed in a particular topic rather than just letting the posts appear as they are written.

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