Any news on a new video widget? Lockerz?
You didn’t support youtube at the beginning…. anyway I must be an idiot for needing to use slideshows…
@mjneal: Inserting Picasa slideshows is possible. See here:
can you get some answers from Lockerz? Can you put some pressure on them? Can you help them code? I mean this is a pretty serious issue. I cannot be the only person whose blog entries are missing the images and videos, it;s not just about the widget… which also make the page way more attractive…
Jutspi, thanks that;s great to hear but I will still need to go back and fix 100 entries, insane….
You’re welcome. Insane or not, it’s not WP’s fault (as macmanx already explained).
Ah no? Back in 2005 and 2006 when we started the blog, it was very hard to embed videos and slideshows, look at this
vodpod solved the issues for us a link at the bar you could embed them with no further headaches it also enabled us to embed our hundreds of pictures from the albums we had at picasa
I have no idea if youtube was supported what I know is that it was a nightmare.
Now I just pasted the link and it worked… great! It;s many years later, but if there were issues with vodpod, wordpress could alert us. They supported vodpod and the widget and all of it and now I’m left with no blog when I most need it.
I perfectly understand mjneal’s anger, and I feel it too, although I’m still on control to refrain my words.
Although it’s perfectly clear that this is not WP fault, I also strongly disagree on this “It’s not WP fault. I can’t do nothing about it” stance.
WP.COM should have a broader view of the situation and actively be on their “customers” side. Well, ok, this is a free service, but without us, WP.COM would not make any sense, neither any of their people could make their living out of it (I believe – and I’m not against it – that some WP.COM people must earn some cash with this service, right?)
So, based on that, even if we are all here for free, WP.COM should go beyond just saying that “it’s Lockerz fault”, and, like mjneal said, put a pressure on them.
Among other things, widgets like vodpod add to WP.COM ultimate value, and if one of them stops working, even if it is not WP.COM fault, it’s also WP.COM value that is affected.
And it’s obviously much more effective if WP.COM gathers some inner statistics on how many WP.COM pages use vodpod and show them to Lockerz, instead of quietly assuming that each one of us will file Lockerz with a complaint about it.
And please, don’t tell me again that this issue is not WP.COM fault. I’m already aware of it, and that’s not what I’m talking about here.
Sorry my poor english, I’m not a native english speaker.
My blog is http://matutacoes.wordpress.com/
I assure you, we haven’t been sitting idly since the trouble began three weeks ago.
Really? There’s no single sign of that in your previous messages.
And what exactly that means?
That you haven’t been sitting idly because you’ve been disturbed by boring complaints about something that doesn’t no longer exist and has nothing to do with WP.COM?
Or is it because you’ve been workind around either on an alternative to vodpod or on establishing new communication procedures so that the next time something similar occurs, at least WP.COM will have the capability of sending an email to all its affected users?
Now I’m really curious…
Please, disregard my previous message, except where I mention the need for WP.COM to establish new communication procedures for situations like this.
In my case, it was only by accident that I noticed that one of my vodpod videos was down.
If I have received a message from WP.COM three weeks ago telling about this issue, I think none of us would have come here in this peculiar, upset mood.
Sorry if I exceeded myself.
@glapido: In case there’s a misunderstanding, I’m not WP staff; so when I wrote “it’s not WP’s fault” I was speaking for myself only, not for WP.
That was clear when I wrote my first message.
You’re right, I quoted your words.
But I used them because I felt they better summared WP stance on issues like that.
And, despite macmanx’ last message stressing WP efforts on this issue – which is very good to know -, I still think that WP should adopt a much more steady stance when it comes to situations like this (third-party issues).
So, in that sense, I still keep my first words.
Now trying to contribute in another way, I wonder if the [vodpod] gadget couldn’t redirect to an error message, until the issue is solved.
The way it is now, it simply shows nothing, so, depending on its usage, a post can be made completely senseless.
In my case, I frequently post videos plus a text refering to them, so if the video is turned into a blank line like it is now, the post becomes completely without sense.
If an error message showed up, then, at least, readers would know that the blogger is still on charge of his/her mental capabilities.
And if you will consider this, then, please, don’t forget that not all blogs are in english, which is my case.
I think a solution needs to be found and that if lockerz is having trouble with coding, wordpress and the original vodpod owner should help them.
Not wanting to judge it seems to me that lockerz priority is to sell frills to teenagers and couldn’t give a hoot about wordpress users, but wordpress should be able to make them change their mind.
In their farewell post vodpost promises that lockerz will keep vodopod functioning, I sincerely hope that that was in the contract they signed.
I need someone to pay for the hours that will take to change a hundred posts. and of course there is the issue of our prospective clients and employers looking at posts that make no sense whatsoever.
For us, right now and in this economy, this is a life and death issue. I’m sorry we ever went with wordpress, now. For the most part it had served us very well but this is no time to do this…
I will submit my application on Tuesday and I’ll probably be up for another two nights changing the code to something that may not even work later either, but there is no way that I can upload the thousands of photos to wordpress, especially when I’m already paying google. I will have to go with their blogging service, I’m afraid. And that is what I’m looking into… if I’m going to have to change a hundred posts it better be to something that works.
If I had been warned at least I could have been working on this for a couple of extra days… tragic… to us, anyway.
I may add that we started our blog in 2005. I would prefer to stay with wordpress but sorry but it’s not our fault is not going to cut it…
I agree with glapido: WP should have at least informed us about removing the Vodpod/Lockerz-Widget. WP shouldn’t be that careless with wordpress users. a lot of programmers make an effort to create the wordpress-blogsoftware and a lot of users make an effort to create content.
by removing vodpod/lockerz WP made a lot of the blogarticles – as glapido explained – indeed senseless. and i still don’t understand, why lockerz has been removed, because as I already mentioned: it was not perfect, but it was better than what we have now: incorrect articles. and you certainly unterstand that we care about that.
Thank you all for contributing to this thread. I have compassion for what mjneal and others are dealing with. For me, the loss of the widget has left a big empty space on my frontpage and has eliminated a key feature of my blog, which heavily relies on the Video Press capabilities: http://drlorax.wordpress.com/
I encourage all to continue to (respectfully) post here and in the forum about how the loss of vodpod has affected your websites. Let WP know how important these features and capabilities are to you.
Thank you also to macmanx. I appreciate your quick responses to our questions and frustrations, and that WP could not change/affect what happened to vodpod. I would strongly support and encourage the development of new video features, especially a widget.
As I wrote in my original post, it really tied the room together.
Respect would have been to email us three weeks ago, when this happened, to let us know that our front page was missing an important element and that a hundred of our posts and all the hard work that went into them, were rendered idiotic.
We re-enabled the shortcode, and the embeds from VodPod appear to be working in some cases, like the Picasa slideshows on mjneal’s blog, but not the CNN video on our support doc.
We’re still working through various things to see if it’s even possible to get it back up to working 100%, but as we have no control over VodPod’s operations, we can’t make any promises.
The widget itself is still broken.
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