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  1. Another vote for not really enjoying this.

    One click is much more efficient than two.

    Where are all the tags and where is the word count?

    Last night, the reader kept showing me the same 3 posts over and over again.

    On a separate note, I can't even figure out on how to get directly to my dashboard without pretending to make a new post and I get to it from there.

    I have friends using IE and they can only post in text at the moment.

  2. It seems like they have added the word count back to the reader and provided a direct link to the blog through it. Thank you for listening to the feedback and adjusting.

  3. rakmilphotography
    Member

    Not seeing that yet. Fingers crossed.

  4. rakmilphotography
    Member

    So you have to click on the number of words to get to the blog in another window, if there are no words you click on the title and get the pop up. Am I correct?

  5. @mudfun, I am aware the wordpress stats count each photo in the gallery viewed on the carousel as a hit. Each one has an attachment page. Perhaps I should get rid of the carousel. Then the attachment pages load and those are separate pages. Just how statcount works I don't know. What I do know is Alexa ranks me around 360,000 in the world. That isn't bad for an unknown web photographer who derives no income at all from photography. BTW, you can see the hit counter on my about page, it is past 1.3 million now. That and $2.00 will get me a cup of coffee. I do get a lot of nice comments, however.

    I have noticed some formatting changes in the reader. The age of the post has moved to the bottom of the entry. So, they are listening a little. As annoying as this is, somehow it will work out.

  6. The word count is back. YES!!!
    If you click on the word count from the reader, it takes you directly to the original blog. If a post on the reader is very short and does not have a word count to click on, then you have to click on the title or picture and would only get to the snippet....then click again to get to the original blog.
    Hopefully, the reader will continue to get back to being user friendly and aesthetically appealing.

  7. rakmilphotography
    Member

    Its a bit esoteric, how many people will figure this out without explanation?

  8. Thank you WordPress.

    If there is a word count than a click at the count leads me directly into the article in the original blog.

    And now tell us why this was not possible for a few days. ;-)

  9. rakmilphotography
    Member

    And we do not need to make our whole post available. I just changed that setting and my photograph showed.
    However, idiotically if you click on the title you get my whole post. Which is what most people will do.
    How is it intuitive to click on the number of words to go through to the post? Most people would expect clicking on the title would go to the post.
    Why do I need customizations if the majority of viewers will never see them.
    This is not a solution to our complaints, its a half measure.

  10. Aaaaaaaah.

    And, if there's no word count, click the time in the lower left!!!

    fine!!!

  11. Okay. I was happy to early.

    Only a few posts are listed ... What have you done to the tool, guys?

  12. Has anyone noticed the "Related articles" at the bottom of their posts? Nice idea if I had actually been the one to choose them. Not sure how I feel about someone else deciding which of my other posts relate to what I just posted. Should this not be our own option?

  13. @deremil - What do you mean by only a few posts are listed?

  14. Thanks WP, you given a solution though still not the one which was required but this is welcome.

    Still a major drawback is the blog name at the top (left) in the reader which is very small in size,even the "following" (or follow) written under that is bigger in size.

  15. rakmilphotography
    Member

    Its a solution only for those who know its there.
    1.Looking at he web on my phone browser I note many sites have mobile versions, and you get the choice to see the mobile or regular site. Wp has decided that most odour viewers should see the mobile site.
    2. Why should we customize our sites if the default view is not our customizations. In my case my photographs are prepared to be viewed against a black background.
    3. The sites are made by WordPress members, are the names of our blogs in micro-script.
    Yes we have a minor concession but what remains does not make sense to me, has not been explained to me or to those who use Reader.

  16. While I'm not overly happy with the new layout of posts in the reader (name of blog away from title and time for instance), being able to click on the timestamp for direct access (as well as being able to see the correct URL again - some blogs I follow don't have a title tag) is enough to make it at least workable for me. I like to type in various search words sometimes, so I'll keep the reader for that.

    I managed to import my blogroll at bloglovin btw - they show me the missing blog posts that do not appear in the WP reader, so between them I guess I'll manage. It's not the fault of wp that I'm not a purist and subscribe to blogs from other providers...

  17. @kraftbj : Thank you for listening to us.

    Good morning. I checked it just again and the list of posts in the reader is to short. At night I counted 24 and 35 posts shown in the reader while an external reader counted 57 unread posts. Now it's a bit more but:

    » Sorry, there are no more posts to read but you can always check out freshly pressed! «

    And it ends 11 hours ago whilst I have unread posts up to 20 hours ago.

  18. @deremil: THAT is hopefully a temporary bug. I can normally scroll down "endlessly" and only get that message if I search for unusual tags where the posts are months between. (Such as Saori weaving for curious minds)

  19. @colourcottage

    It is now ≈ 12 hours like that. I knowm the staff is working hard to improve the reader. But we have to tell them where it's buggy.

    Yeah, endlessly scrolling i hate in blogs (they are like books) and love in lists.

  20. Hey everyone and @mud4fun, Chris Altamirano here from ViaMaverick.com,

    Just to clarify the post that I wrote regard the WordPress reader strategy, I am actually interested in the content that I like and comment on.

    I don't condone spamming nor (and never will) be a spammer. The posts that I comment on and like are posts that I actually do read.

    Every single comment I've left has been a genuine opinion or praise of the bloggers work. I'm not going around commenting 'great post' and then nothing else.

    I do however agree with you in that WordPress could do something about those that are abusing the system. Such as clicking like on blog posts that have nothing to do about their topic, too many likes per hour, not enough quality in the commenting, introducing captcha's, etc

    Hope this helps and clears up any misunderstanding!

    - Chris Altamirano (All-Tuhh-Murr-Aww-No)

  21. @christopheralta

    Thanks for the explanation Chris, Lord knows how you manage to read that many blogs in an hour though, over the last week with the new reader I'd just about manage half a dozen ;-)

  22. @ronscubadiver

    Well done on your stats, impressive! :-)

    I do like the carousel, it looks lovely and works great on the PC and is so much nicer than clicking into lots of individual pictures or clicking on clunky previous/next links.

    If they could fix it so it works on the mobile then I'd use it more myself.

    Out of the 100+ posts and pages on my blog (most being longer technical posts) I have just two galleries in carousel format. I don't like the false stats they generate. Last month statcounter showed 8K page views whereas wordpress showed 15K views, the difference being entirely down to views on just those two carousels!!!

    Anyway, I gather from reading the latest comments here that the reader may be fixed, or at least usable again. That is fantastic news and thank you WordPress for listening to us. :-)

    Can you fix the reader in wordpress app for the windows phone too so that the back button returns to the reader and not the admin home page please, that would be VERY MUCH appreciated.

  23. Yay! clicking on the word count also works fine on my phone (within the wordpress app) and takes me directly to the post. Fantastic! Big thanks to whoever fixed it :-)

  24. chikashimiyamoto
    Member

    These changes add zero value. Change for change's sake. Why do I have to go through another preview, which I already have in the reader, before clicking again to get to the real post?

  25. Why can't we just get to bloggers posts instead of being caught with the damned popup window ? Quite a downer...

  26. @papajacoco

    Just click at the "... more words" or at the time stamp on the lower left.

  27. Thanks a lot deremil ! :)

  28. thelandroverownerswife
    Member

    Dear Happiness Engineers,

    Thank you ever so much for fixing the word count. Now can you please sort out the tags!

    This morning I published a new post on my blog about progress on my winter garden, the Carrots I am growing for Christmas, sorting out my vegetable garden ready for next spring and the Chilli plants I am growing for use over winter! Can you see the common thread here? Yep, that would be gardening and growing my own food!

    With my post written and photo's added, I carefully selected my tags: Growing your own, vegetable garden, chillis and food were amongst those selected from my tag cloud. So, bearing in mind the growing your own/vegetable garden theme of my post, would you like to guess which tag the WordPress Reader has chosen to show under my blog entry? Food!!!!!!!!! Why?

    Obviously your Reader, being an inanimate object run off (I am assuming with my limited knowledge of software development) a rule engine of some sorts, can not hope to comprehend and compute the main feature of any given post. So why has it been 'enhanced' (and I use that word very, very loosely) with this process?

    I find it quite arrogant of your developers to think that they could write a bit of code, that would be better at selecting from a string of tags ticked by any given blog author, the one single tag that would best represent a blog entry. As the author of my blog entry, I can assure you that I am the person best placed to know which tag or tags should be aligned with that post and I find it annoying and highly irritating that you have effectively over ridden my choices! The fact that the least applicable of the tags I chose was chosen by the Reader software only serves to add injury to insult!

    I would therefore like to suggest that the showing of the tag string chosen by the author of a blog was and remains the best option and that this particular change is also rolled back.

    Many thanks.

  29. There doesn't seem to be a way to view actual blogs with their individual formats nor actually see who has liked them! All posts look the same. How do I get to the actual post for those that I follow? I don't want the abbreviated Reader version, I want the real thing.

  30. I don't like the loss of the EDIT button on "Blogs I Follow." That's how I went in and added new blogs.

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