Can “Suprise me!” cue a video?

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    I just published a new post, and when I clicked on the “Publish” button, a big full-screen video of a basketball game (?) popped up. I’ve no idea where it came from unless it’s related to the WP “Surprise me!” I was surprised, all right! But not amused. I thought maybe my blog had been hacked. Bad idea, WP.

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    Yes, I felt the same way too! (not a basketball game TG!!, but loud)

    A video playing automatically is not my idea of a nice surprise.

    I don’t know what else is involved in “surprise me!” and I am surprised that there have not been more complaints in the forums about the sudden full blast volume of a video automatically playing!!!

    It happened in a private test blog for me and I’d forgotten it had been enabled…


    Thanks for the “heads up” that this is optional….
    When it first happened to me, way back when they (WP) first introduced this “feature” I was not amused.
    Since being run over by a car four years ago and sustaining a mild Traumatic Brain Injury I have problems with many aspects of Executive Function, so when the first of these videos appeared I couldn’t work out what was happening.
    Earlier in the day I had been listening to something with a quiet soundtrack and so the volume on my computer was still turned up high. …. This was not good news, especially as the basketball video that appeared on my screen had a loud soundtrack within itself !
    Before I had the time to mentally analyse the screen and check out volume levels, location of volume slides etc most of my brain was scrambled by the deafening roar of the video.
    I responded, vociferously, to WP through the message prompt at the bottom of the video making it quite clear that I was not amused and that I didn’t want that sort of surprise ever again.
    Last night, at about 01:30, it happened again.
    This time I just managed to hit the mute button in time, but I didn’t hold back in my response to WP.
    To me, with my condition, the panic and dread that it instilled in me was akin to suddenly coming across two wild tigers…. and I let them know my thoughts on the matter in no uncertain terms, so much so that I’m surprised to still be allowed on here today.
    It took me hours to get to sleep last night.
    They (WP) never replied to my original message, of course, so they never reminded me that this “feature” is optional.
    My muddled recollection is that this is also connected to the “This post is super-awesome” button, but I’ll be prepared to live without that for some peace of mind with regard to these videos.
    Anyway, rant over… Thanks again for reminding me that this could be optional.
    I’ll track it down and nail the little #@*%?$.


    I saw an unexpected clip of a game show! But ultimately it turned out to be a promotion for the VideoPress feature.


    Yep, nailed it in one…
    And I was right, none of my posts will now be “Super-awesome”, so whatever that does behind the scenes I will have to forego.
    Once again WP make one option do two different things and there is no way to separate them…. (See “Like/Reblog”)
    Anyway, thanks again for the reminder that it’s optional, that’s given me great peace of mind.



    See here

    I don’t get off on experiencing unexpected features features that are on by default. By unchecking the ___ Fun “surprise me” feature which was on by default I got rid of it all.
    See here > Dashboard > Users > Personal Settings
    Personal Options
    Fun ___ Surprise me. (Fun mode.)
    “Save Changes”

    Ta da! No more shocking video surprises.

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