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worpress for non content creator users: poor

  1. a newb to WP but I will make the following observation....

    there is a class of WP users that seems completely ignored from a usability standpoint: commenters....

    for example, I am a profootballtalk.com member / user.... that site is a very active blog with intense viewer comment activity and the only reason I have a WP ID is to comment there.

    as a user, the intuitiveness and function of the WP overlay bar / platform and gateway is terrible... eg:
    - comments to the blog are frequently lost, take long periods to post (outside of the usual blog owner approval process) etc.
    - while in a blog, if a user clicks on theirID in the gray toolbar overlay at the top of their browser window, they end up at http://wordpress.com/#!/settings/
    - http://wordpress.com/#!/settings/ does not allow them to do simple things like see "my comments", or see their personal profile to edit,
    - the "notifications" link returns you to the http://wordpress.com/#!/settings/ page without error message and leaves you with nothing to manage your subscriptions...

    sure, a capable user can get around this by searching the database until they are lucky to find a post that gives the address / link to 'my comments'.... but 9 of 10 article references to my comments dont show it's location, they ust say in 'my settings' which you've never seen if you are a commenter and click on the WP bar

    in short, from a non author perspective, it is a onerous task to use WP and gives a terrible impression of WP usability for people who might be inclined to start their own blogs

    there are two ways to do this of course...
    1- make commenters a entirely different class of user that registers for an ID to make comments ala every other comment system out there (large task / unattractive solution)
    2- modify http://wordpress.com/#!/settings/ so the notifications tab works correctly and add 'profile' and 'my comments' and whatever else you can think of tabs so people can view and manage their accounts (easy fast solution)

    regards

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