Are there format, or Administrator Drop down changes taking place right now?

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  • #712664

    lholderwebb
    Member

    Also, my browser is set to dump cache, clear history, etc – as should anyone’s be who is concerned about privacy – upon close. The first thing I did when I noticed the new and bizarre behavior of the administrative toolbar was to kill my browser sessions, make sure that they’d been cleared from the history, that no quiescent processes were continuing to run, etc. Then I logged back in and was dismayed to find that this was yet another pointless UI overhaul. Evidently the principle of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” has gone the way of the dinosaur in today’s technological development environment.

    #712682

    kauilapele
    Member

    All I say is what I said before… PLEASE RESTORE THE FORMER MENU OPTIONS IN THE ADMIN BAR…

    ESPECIALLY THE “NEW” DROPDOWN

    The multiple dropdown-crossover-to-another-dropdown menus are just too hard to use.

    Is this the final look for the UI? If it’s not finished, at least keep the “New” dropdown.

    #712684

    fromtheleft
    Member

    I second that.

    PLEASE RESTORE THE FORMER MENU OPTIONS IN THE ADMIN BAR.

    But they won’t. I’ve been around four years and everytime they start meddling with the system, ostensibly to improve our blogging experience, it makes things worse and leaves a trail of angry, frustrated, community members ready to throttle the tech department.

    #712700

    tandava108
    Member

    I actually like the new bar, though it will take a while to get used to. I say give it a try for a bit!

    #712702

    fromtheleft
    Member

    WordPress doesn’t understand the concept and the value of the old axiom: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

    #712705

    katemckinnon
    Member

    I have a possibly related question. I do NOT want WP displaying the number of followers my blog has to random people. I have disabled the “Join xxx Other People!” display in my Subscribe widget, but that dang black Follow box gives the information anyway.

    Is this new, or have I just missed it in the past? I do not wish to share my blog stats or number of followers with anyone, and want to disable this in all modes.

    Suggestions?

    #712706

    katemckinnon
    Member

    I will say as well, to echo other people who were taken aback by the changes to the Admin bar- truly this is free software. But many of us have come to trust and rely on it, and do pay to use it professionally. I pay for extra storage space, video, no ads, etc., and feel that I should have *some* leeway to ask for improvements if new changes make things harder.

    Dropdown crossovers ARE in fact more difficult to use, and I was so glad to see the NEW button appear in the admin bar, because I could easily bring up a new post without having to swim through menus.

    I will miss it if in fact it is going to be gone.

    #712708

    5700words
    Member

    Now I see that others here are experiencing problems too, so I know it’s not my just blog in particular.

    When I log in to my blog, I usually do not read the WP news first. I usually do my blog work and then sometimes read Freshly Pressed and scan around for new themes. :-)

    So thus, whereas WP did due diligence to let bloggers know, they did it in an area where I do not always read first. From now on when I see anything screwy I will click to the WordPress news to see if the crew is doing any heavy lifting work and it will keep me from a heart attack that somehow my blog is going down the tubes. :-) :-) :-)

    I quickly scanned the notice, and was so relieved that I did not read all of the particulars so I cannot comment on them.

    I can tell you though, that seeing the invitation to “UNFOLLOW” stopped my breath for a few seconds. I hate it that viewers can see it and perhaps click onto it if.

    -Peregrine

    #712710

    raincoaster
    Member

    Given the number of times I click between blogs each day, I have to say that the additional difficulty switching back and forth is extremely annoying. I really don’t like it.

    We have an admin bar that stretches all the way across the top of the page. Why would we not use this space wisely? If we’re not using it all, why are we looking at so many damn black pixels? If all we have is one little icon, why in hell do we need the bar at all?

    #712711

    kellywpa
    Member

    For everyone commenting about switching between blogs, if you hover your cursor over your profile pic on the far right, a drop menu has the blogs you own. Hover over the blog in question and another drop down menu gives you options where to go. It is actually easier than the old setup if you know it is there.

    #712713

    timethief
    Member

    I’m with everyone else on this and raincoaster said it very well.

    Given the number of times I click between blogs each day, I have to say that the additional difficulty switching back and forth is extremely annoying. I really don’t like it.

    1. Hear! Hear! I find the right to left change of the former “Blogs” drop-down menu to be counter-intuitive and annoying. I used to be able to switch between my blogs quickly and now that switch is annoyingly slow.

    Better, right!? Now on the right hand side of the admin bar where your Gravatar is displayed, you have easy access to your user profile, all the blogs you can contribute to, and all the comments you’ve made across WordPress.com:

    2. Wrong. I do not comprehend how the duplication of buttons found in the left hand Admin column and now in the right hand drop-down can be considered as simplification? I find the duplication of buttons to perform functions in the new drop-down on the right that I can already have in left Admin menu column to be unnecessary. Does this mean the left hand Admin column is going to be eliminated?

    3. Thanks but I don’t need to see my avatar in the right-hand drop-down “box” in fact I don’t display avatars at all in the comments on my front page Recent Comments widget so my page loading time is quicker. Now I have an Admin section where everything is loading SLOWLY. I don’t know if removing the gravatar would speed it up or not but I don’t need to see me when I’m switching from blog to blog so I consider that addition to be unnecessary.

    3. The page loading time in my Admin section used to be quick and now no matter which button I click the page loading time is annoyingly SLOW. I spent a considerable portion of my time yesterday clearing my browser cache and cookies and rebooting my computer to no avail. I’m on XP using Firefox 6.0.2, my Flash is updated, there are no known issues with my ISP. I even unplugged my router and then reconnected but that did not speed page loading time when I logged in again. I deactivated Zemanta and that did not help either.

    4. In response to my iPad users’ requests I deactivated the “follow” button at the bottom of my blogs and deactivated the mobile theme function. Apparently, they have trouble leaving comments due to that little “follow” pop-up.

    #712714

    katemckinnon
    Member

    How can I deactivate the Follow button at the bottom of the blog? I would love to, but can’t seem to find that option.

    #712719

    timethief
    Member

    That’s done here > Dashboard. Click on Settings, then Reading, then Email.

    #712720

    smilingsun08
    Member

    Help Please !!

    I am very new into WordPress, and I was shocked to experience this !!
    I was actually experimenting with backgrounds in my blog by putting up different images, but I was shocked to see that even though I had deleted all the images (from Media Library) after I was done with the checking, I never got back my space.

    As for now I have enough storage, but what if this keeps on happening in the future too ??

    Also, I did find some people saying that we could make a new blog and link our files from there, but what if I didn’t want to do that.

    Thanks in Advance !!

    #712721

    5700words
    Member

    OK, so how do I deactivate that “UNFOLLOW” link in the blog control panel? I went to Dashboard > Settings > Reading > Email, but that leads only and exclusively to the “Follow” button. It has no option for de-selecting the “UNFOLLOW” button.

    -Peregrine

    #712722

    katemckinnon
    Member

    thanks, timethief. Any wisdom on hiding the number of followers from those who choose to subscribe?

    #712723

    timethief
    Member

    @smilingsun08

    I was shocked to see that even though I had deleted all the images (from Media Library) after I was done with the checking, I never got back my space.

    We never get back space when we delete images. Free WordPress.com blogs come with 3000 megabytes (~3 GBs) of space for storing uploaded files and images.

    #712724

    timethief
    Member

    @katemckinnon
    You can delete the number of followers displayed by the blog subscription widget here > Appearance > Widgets by opening the widget and removing the check mark and then clicking “save” and “close”.

    #712725

    smilingsun08
    Member

    So what’s the apparent solution then ?? Isn’t there any way of getting back the space (however little it be), after I have deleted my files from the Media Library ??

    What if I keep on experimenting from today and one day, I will lose all my 3 GB ?? :D

    I would like to know the “Solution” please :)

    #712726

    timethief
    Member

    @smilingsun08
    There is no solution other than accepting what is. 3000 megabytes (~3 GBs) of space for storing uploaded files and images is a huge amount of space. If you require more space then you purchase a space upgrade. I have been here 5 1/2 years and use many images and yet have only 30.3 MB used, 3.0 GB (99.0%) upload space remaining.

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