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Want admin control over "Follow", "Like" and "Reblog"?

  1. Hello:

    I would like better control over the fine features found here in WordPress.com: Un/Follow/ing; Un/Like; and Reblog. This area would be found as the "<div id="wpadminbar" class="ltr" role="navigator">" element on the topmost, dark gray-colored section of my Dashboard.

    The reason mainly is the inability to determine if the user is a "real" person or a "bot".

    Thank you.

    The blog I need help with is thebloggingpath.com.

  2. I agree, it would be nice to have an option to disable Likes and Reblogs completely, since people currently can still Like posts from the Reader and/or the WordPress Toolbar/Bar even when Likes are disabled; which is annoying. :(

  3. WordPress.com staff have repeatedly said that bots are stripped out of all stats here. That doesn't mean the person clicking Like has read all of and thought deeply about your post, but it means it's not machine-generated.

    You can get more control over these features with a WordPress.org blog, but it does demand technical skill to modulate them. To disable them entirely is easy, since there IS no Admin bar on independent WP.org blogs.

  4. This isn't likely to happen. We asked for a way to block reblogging and were told tough sh*t. It is here to stay.

    At one point for a short while we had the ability to delete followers, but that was taken away. It isn't coming back either.

    Seriously, don't hold your breath. Just blog.

  5. Thank you for commenting TheSacredPath, I am not holding my breath, but I think that if enough of us join together *Infinite Scrolling Saga, Cough*; maybe we can get the attention of the WordPress Team. ;)

    And even if we do not, at least we can make suggestions/report glitches/et cetera instead of just thinking about them and/or complaining about them; we might as well put the forums to use. ;)

    I think many of us do not post enough at the forums, blogging is our main focus (nothing wrong with that), but I see nothing wrong with using the forums whenever ideas/glitches/et cetera come our way. ;)

    We might not have much power but like voting, why not use our power to post at the forums? (Not a real question exactly ;) )

    Thanks for joining the discussion TheSacredPath. :)

  6. There was a huge uproar over reblogging, complete with pitchforks and torches and it did no good. This is not a democracy and even though staff say they listen, in very, very, very, very, very few cases has it gone our way. In fact, I've actually seen them say "if you don't like it, go somewhere else." They of course didn't phrase it just like that, but close.

    There was a huge uproar over infinite scrolling as you know, and actually virtually nothing changed on that. The only reason that you can turn it off on themes with footer widgets is they haven't yet figured out how to make it work with footer widgets. When they get that figured out, everything will have infinite scrolling, and again, tough sh*t if you don't like it.

  7. Complaining about decisions AutoMATTic makes is a waste of time. That has been proven time and time again over my 5 years helping out in the forums.

    That is why I don't blog here. I just answer some questions in the forums from time to time.

  8. In fact, I've actually seen them say "if you don't like it, go somewhere else." They of course didn't phrase it just like that, but close.

    @TSP... that was Matt to me in a 'reblogging is bad' comment thread you and I (and Matt) were part of on someone's blog. That's pretty much a direct quote. Can't remember the blog though, I'd love to get a screen shot of that.

  9. Probably TT's. Matt hasn't commented on my blog in years, I don't think.

  10. You have been around longer TheSacredPath, and I am not doubting the facts you mentioned; but I am not ready to give up yet (I do not plan on wasting much time trying to get the WordPress Team's attention, I will just post at the forums and/or on my blog about certain suggestions/glitch reports sometimes (rarely)). ;)

    It is good that you still help people here sometimes. :)

    I know that things seem bad, but I am trying to stay somewhat positive to avoid not wanting to blog here anymore ;) ; not that I go around worrying about the WordPress Team not listening to us, but when things get overly negative that can start to negatively effect my blogging (if that made any sense). :D

    I am not expecting much change (or any at all), but at least sharing some of your ideas can somewhat be a positive release sometimes for the person sharing their ideas; even if almost no one is listening. :D

  11. "You can get more control over these features with a WordPress.org blog, but it does demand technical skill to modulate them."

    I tried once with WordPress.org and still couldn't get my "site" the way I wanted it. Until I learn more coding, I'm back to blogging to WordPress.com.

    "Seriously, don't hold your breath. Just blog. That is why I don't blog here."

    I still want to blog but I don't know if I could continue to blog here with so many different/good "ideas" that go seem to go unanswered/unresolved.

    ---

    Until I get admin control over these three features, this topic will remain "not resolved". Grrr! :(

  12. @raincoaster, the comment thread was here in the forums. Matt actually said that right here in the forums.

    @featherseeds, yes I remember that and I though you were involved. I also thought it was a near direct quote, but not having a link as a reference I decided to do the disclaimer.

    @flynnblog, these three issues are likely never going to be resolved to your satisfaction. I wish that were different, but it is AutoMATTic's sand box.

  13. Please help anyone ,we are unable to comment on most of the wordpress websites. We have create the new topic and that is also closed automatically .
    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/unable-to-comment-on-other-wordpress-website?replies=0

  14. @goodjohnjr, it is most definitely worth letting people know how you feel and where you think things have gone wrong, or need to change, or could be made better. We all have a voice and we all have the right to use it (although AutoMATTic has ultimate control and can silence us if they wish).

    I've taken part in many, many discussions here about all of the controversial changes AutoMATTic have thrust upon us, and I will probably continue, but I also realize that in the end it is not likely to make a difference, especially if key people on the penthouse floor have decided something is the best thing since sliced bread.

    My position on most of these has been, fine, just give us the option to opt out or turn something off since one size never fits all. Sadly on key things we didn't choices.

  15. @goodjohnjr, it is most definitely worth letting people know how you feel and where you think things have gone wrong, or need to change, or could be made better. We all have a voice and we all have the right to use it (although AutoMATTic has ultimate control and can silence us if they wish).

    I've taken part in many, many discussions here about all of the controversial changes AutoMATTic have thrust upon us, and I will probably continue, but I also realize that in the end it is not likely to make a difference, especially if key people on the penthouse floor have decided something is the best thing since sliced bread.

    My position on most of these has been, fine, just give us the option to opt out or turn something off since one size never fits all. Sadly on key things we didn't choices.

    Well said TheSacredPath, I agree that there should be an option to enable and/or disable most of these things, and we might not make much of a difference in the end; but I say, keep on trying, until the end and/or while you are still on/using/et cetera WordPress. ;)

    At least then we can at least know/say that we tried, and who knows; maybe your/our efforts will start a stand alone complex. :D Hehehe

    Thank you again TheSacredPath for commenting and for your continued efforts to help the WordPress Community. :)

  16. @goodjohnjr, you are welcome and thanks for the kind words.

  17. @goodjohnjr, you are welcome and thanks for the kind words.

    You are welcome and have a good night TheSacredPath. :)

  18. I dislike (well, hate) having some wordpress.com "fellow" bloggers post their blogs via "like" on mine... since most are totally unrelated to my blog's subject matter, and some border on pornographic. It's rude, and I'd love a way to delete their using my blog for their traffic-building attempts. It's trespassing.

    Count me in for a popular vote for activating a "approve" aspect for this, even if my vote doesn't count, any more than "none of the above" works in government elections.

  19. some border on pornographic.

    Cool... while I was writing this, apparently WP agreed with me... "This blog has been archived or suspended for a violation of our Terms of Service." Too bad I can't delete the "like" from my post. At least, if anyone does click, they won't be bombarded with "girls having fun."

  20. I dislike (well, hate) having some wordpress.com "fellow" bloggers post their blogs via "like" on mine... since most are totally unrelated to my blog's subject matter, and some border on pornographic. It's rude, and I'd love a way to delete their using my blog for their traffic-building attempts. It's trespassing.

    Count me in for a popular vote for activating a "approve" aspect for this, even if my vote doesn't count, any more than "none of the above" works in government elections.

    I somewhat know what you mean there AuntieKate, thank you for joining the discussion and for adding your vote, and for your support :) ; now if only we could get more people to join, I know there are many more people in the WordPress.com Community that agree with us but most of them do not seem to use the forums. :(

    Some people Like our posts without even reading our posts or directly going to our blog (using the Reader probably, this is very common from my experiences) and like you said, they only use our posts as Traffic-Building attempts (Like Spamming), which is annoying; all we want is the Option(s) to Remove Likes By Like Spammers and/or Completely Disable Likes and/or Block or Report Like Spammers and/or Only Allow People Who Actually Visit Our Post/Blog To Like (Instead of using the Reader to avoid reading our post or visiting our blog) et cetera.

  21. Cool... while I was writing this, apparently WP agreed with me... "This blog has been archived or suspended for a violation of our Terms of Service." Too bad I can't delete the "like" from my post. At least, if anyone does click, they won't be bombarded with "girls having fun."

    Wow! That was fast. :D

    But yeah, if only you could remove the Like too. :(

  22. @auntiekate
    Are you ware theat your username is not linked to a WordPress.com blog? Hence, clicking your username leads to confusion.

  23. @auntiekate
    Are you ware theat your username is not linked to a WordPress.com blog? Hence, clicking your username leads to confusion.

    I know someone else with that problem TimeThief, how do they fix that? :)

  24. Gawd! I just noticed my typos above. :(

    It’s very easy to do. Here’s how to link your username to your blog in your blog Dashboard -> Users -> Personal Settings -> then scroll down to Account Details. Then scroll down to where it says ‘Primary Blog‘ select the URL for your primary wordpress.com blog and then save changes.

  25. Gawd! I just noticed my typos above. :(

    It’s very easy to do. Here’s how to link your username to your blog in your blog Dashboard -> Users -> Personal Settings -> then scroll down to Account Details. Then scroll down to where it says ‘Primary Blog‘ select the URL for your primary wordpress.com blog and then save changes.

    Typos, no big deal, we understood you. Hehehe :D ;)

    I thought so, that is one thing that I recommended, but they said that it did not work. :D

    I will let them know to try it again, thank you TimeThief. :)

  26. In fact, I've actually seen them say "if you don't like it, go somewhere else." They of course didn't phrase it just like that, but close.

    Pretty close:
    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/reblogging-round-2?replies=37#post-480756

  27. Pretty close:
    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/reblogging-round-2?replies=37#post-480756

    Yep, true, that is Close; I remember seeing that before (probably thanks to your blog Panos ;) ), thank you for sharing that Panos. :D

  28. Thanks, @timethief, didn't mean to confuse you... you are one of my FAVE resources and I always recommend you to folks who ask blogging Qs within my particular industry. Actually, though, I had set my username to go to my blog because 90% of the time, I want people to go to my site. It's a marketing thing.

  29. A few days ago, I tested the "http://wordpress.com/#!/read/likes/" (or "Reader" tab) of my WordPress.com account (as "admin", of course).

    What I did was to "Unlike" posts that I previously "Liked".

    But only one "Liked" post remains because this account doesn't appear to be hosted by WordPress.com.

    And I could not locate the icon or link to "Unlike" that particular weblog post anywhere on its main website.

    So with regards to my original post, I am still hoping to be able to better control "Likes", for example, by having the ability to "toggle" between "Like" and "Liked" via "http://wordpress.com/likes/" for each post.

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