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  1. Hello, I want to know if its possible to show full text instead of excerpt in WordPress.com Reader, because I can do this in the app for iPhone.

  2. No that's not possible and if it were possible for everyone of the bloggers mainlining the blogs I follow to display full texts of the posts in the WordPress.com Reader I would unsubscribe from every blog I am following now.

  3. @Staff
    If the iPhone app users can display the full posts in my blog in the WordPress.COM Reader then there would be no motivation for them to click into the blog to display the full post thereby creating a page view stat. Please clarify whether or not this is a factor we need to take into account when analyzing our stats.

  4. In the iPhone when I click the excerpt I see the text only post, what is very good, I expected the same in web Reader...

    Some times I don't want to open another tab to read a text only post, and I have to, because web reader doesn't work like iPhone app.

    I mean, I don't want to show the entire post by default, but give the option to expand the text of the post.

    Thanks.

  5. I don't want anyone to have the ability to read the full posts on my blog anywhere other than by clicking into my blog and creating a page view stat by reading it on the blog I published it on. Are we talking about the same thing here or not?

  6. So, do you want the feature of iPhone app to be removed.

    You're thinking in the bloggers, and I'm thinking in the readers.

    I think that bloggers that don't want the readers to be able to read full post should configure something in settings to not display entire post by feeds or something like that.

    Could be a solution.

  7. Why would I be happy to hear that those using the iPhone app could read my full blog posts and not excerpts only in the WordPress.com Reader without clicking into my blog and creating a page view stat by reading it there? There's no way that would ever make me happy. In fact, if that's the case now then it makes me ANGRY and eager to have something done to stop it immediately.

  8. I subscribe to 40+ sites in my Reader. On mobile, I don't want to wait until a full post is loaded because of potential connection charges and in the Reader I don't want full posts because I don't have time to scroll endlessly past posts I may or may not want to read at that moment.

    FWIW-Does Flipboard give you the full post when reading it on your phone or on the web? No. You get an excerpt and you have to click through to read the full post. Should be the same in the Reader, both on mobile and online here.

  9. I think that bloggers that don't want the readers to be able to read full post should configure something in settings to not display entire post by feeds or something like that.

    I have set my RSS Feed to display excerpts only long ago for the specific purpose of compelling readers to click into to read the full posts on my blog. Staff will clarify whether or not that is working or if those using the iPhone app are reading full posts in the Reader. If the latter is the case I will be extremely pissed off because it will mean my stats are skewed.

  10. Why would I be happy to hear that those using the iPhone app could read my full blog posts and not excerpts only in the WordPress.com Reader without clicking into my blog and creating a page view stat by reading it there? There's no way that would ever make me happy. In fact, if that's the case now then it makes me ANGRY and eager to have something done to stop it immediately.

    Just think that people that do this, follow your blog and probably like to read your content. Instead of the occasional visitors. Do you prefer a subscriber or a counted visit?

    I subscribe to 40+ sites in my Reader. On mobile, I don't want to wait until a full post is loaded because of potential connection charges and in the Reader I don't want full posts because I don't have time to scroll endlessly past posts I may or may not want to read at that moment.

    FWIW-Does Flipboard give you the full post when reading it on your phone or on the web? No. You get an excerpt and you have to click through to read the full post. Should be the same in the Reader, both on mobile and online here.

    Yes, reader works the you just said, click the excerpt, but I can read the text only, without having to open the blog page. It's good because I avoid loading images and layout stuff, and read what matters. If I want to comment or read comments, like or share, I have to go to the blog, and it feels right, because you need to see, besides the text, with images and page are you sharing too.

  11. Just think that people that do this, follow your blog and probably like to read your content. Instead of the occasional visitors. Do you prefer a subscriber or a counted visit?

    No visit to blog post on the blog = no page view stat.
    I WANT visits to the posts on my blog so my blog receives a page view stat.

  12. So, doesn't matter who reads your blog, what you value is the numbers? The stats?

    For me, see that there's subscribers, people that want to read my content and to be updated, maybe sharing to other people, making new visitors, maybe new subscribers.

  13. Do I care that my blog posts receive the stats they deserve?
    You bet I do.

    Stats are meant to reveal how many actually people read the posts.

    To a degree they indicate the popularity of the subject matter in my posts because I provide only post excerpts in my RSS Feed.

    When stats are created by those who click into to read the full posts I know the subject matter is of interest to those who clicked into to read it.

    If those using the iPhone can read the full post without clicking into it read it on the blog then what value do my stats have when it comes to choosing topical content for future posts. NONE!

    I have over 3,000 followers and I expect my stats to reflect the actual number of page views of my posts. I’d like to manage my followers list by keeping it up to date so I can have some confidence in the numbers of followers reflected in my site stats but I cannot do that. Instead like all WordPress.com users I have to cope with opportunistic like button clickers. If there are iPhone app users who are reading my full posts in the WordPress.com Reader now, despite the fact the post RSS Feed is set to summary then I want to know that which is why I tagged this thread for a Staff clarification.

  14. But stats are not the only way to make the connection between the blogger and readers, people can comment and I think it's better than stats.

    I understand your way of thinking, so I think that should have to option, more dedicated to configure that excerpt/entire post thing, for the blogger to choose, I have a personal blog so I don't care too much about stats, which is not your case.

  15. Allow me to be crystal clear with you. I care about subscribers and commenters and stats.

  16. I already got your point.

  17. That's good then you know that I clearly do not agree that any iPhone app user ought to have the ability to override e my choice of providing an excerpt only in my posts feed and be able to read the full post in their app without clicking into my blog to read it where I published it.

    @Staff
    If the iPhone app users can display the full posts in my blog in the WordPress.COM Reader then there would be no motivation for them to click into the blog to display the full post thereby creating a page view stat. Please clarify whether or not this is a factor we need to take into account when analyzing our stats.

  18. That's good then you know that I clearly do not agree that any iPhone app user ought to have the ability to override e my choice of providing an excerpt only in my posts feed and be able to read the full post in their app without clicking into my blog to read it where I published it.

    Yes, it's completely understandable. You set your blog to show feeds only in excerpt and it should be that way. But, for those bloggers who didn't set this option, make my reading easier in my phone.

  19. Hi there - the Reader on WordPress.com will display the full post only if you click the comment link below the excerpt. A modal popup window will appear, displaying the full post.

    On the iPhone and other mobile versions of the Reader, post excerpts are also displayed, unless the user clicks the post to see the full version. You can emulate the mobile Reader experience here:

    http://en.wordpress.com/reader/mobile/v2/

    I hope this answers everyone's questions. :-)

  20. @kathrynwp
    No it doesn't. I would like a yes or no answer to this question.

    Can iPhone and or iPad users override my choice to display only excerpts and read full posts in the WordPress.com Reader without clicking into my blog to read the posts on my blog or not?

    Yes or No?

    If the answer is "yes" then that will account for the pattern of loss of page views my blog has experienced parallel with the increase in mobile and tablet viewers.

  21. The mobile version of the Reader works as I described above, independent of individual blog settings. It's not a choice those users make to override a blog's settings, it's how the mobile Reader works.

  22. Does that mean the answer is: Yes?

  23. You asked whether users can choose to override your blog's RSS excerpt settings - the direct answer to that is no, overriding your blog's excerpt settings is not something users can choose to do or not do on their end. The mobile Reader itself does override individual blog settings by its very nature. It's not something a user has control over.

  24. Hi there - the Reader on WordPress.com will display the full post only if you click the comment link below the excerpt. A modal popup window will appear, displaying the full post.

    On the iPhone and other mobile versions of the Reader, post excerpts are also displayed, unless the user clicks the post to see the full version. You can emulate the mobile Reader experience here:

    http://en.wordpress.com/reader/mobile/v2/

    I hope this answers everyone's questions. :-)

    Doesn't work with no WordPress blogs.

  25. The mobile Reader itself does override individual blog settings by its very nature. It's not something a user has control over.

    That's what I though you were indication and I wanted to be clear. Now I known why my page view stats are going down as my mobile and tablet viewers are increasing. Believe me when I say that I'm not happy about this.

    Is there any way I can put a stop to this so my choice ie. to compel viewers to click into read the full posts on my blog cannot be over-ridden?

  26. jjnilton - our Reader developers have let me know that the ability to display the full post from the WordPress.com Reader hasn't yet been rolled out to all users, only some. They hope to launch it for everyone very soon.

  27. Edit = That's what I thought you were indicating and I wanted to be clear. (Sorry. I'm having a bad vision day.)

  28. They hope to launch it for everyone very soon.

    Great leaping lizards! NO, no, no!

  29. Timethief, I understand your stats concerns and we're going to pass them along to the Reader team for consideration. I can't promise any changes to the way it works, but I will let you know if I get any news.

  30. I am too sick right now to be angry so I'm sad. Every blogger wants more page views, readers, subscribers and comments. Along with many other factors, traffic is a page ranking factor and though I'm not a stats addict I do view my stats to determine whether or not the subject matter in my posts is drawing increased interest.

    We all aim to increase page views and discovering WordPress.com/Gravatar users could "like" and "share" my posts without even reading the full post on the blog was a colossal piss off (yes! I swore). So I changed my RSS Feed for posts to summary to compel everyone to click into the blog to read full posts thereby creating page view stats.

    Now I discover that was an exercise in futility and ib]n fact the developers are focused on this:

    our Reader developers have let me know that the ability to display the full post from the WordPress.com Reader hasn't yet been rolled out to all users, only some. They hope to launch it for everyone very soon.

    Throughout the last 2 years I have been trying to accommodate mobile and tablet users by choosing responsive width themes. I have been happily noting I do have more mobile and tablet viewers. However, I have also noted my stats descending and have been perplexed by that.

    Timethief, I understand your stats concerns and we're going to pass them along to the Reader team for consideration. I can't promise any changes to the way it works, but I will let you know if I get any news.

    [sarcasm] Please do send my feedback to the developers and thank them kindly for robbing us of the page views our blogs deserve, by overriding our user choices re: RSS feeds set to summary. [/sarcasm]

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