Does the Able theme no longer support a Featured Image?

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  • #2119090

    erickuns
    Member

    Thanks for putting in the effort. But, am I wrong in thinking this is a case of , “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it”? I mean, it worked, and it was useful for deciding which pic went into the reader. I would make custom images with text just for that purpose. Now I can’t. I don’t understand how that can be an improvement, or logical. But, I don’t make themes, soooo…

    #2119092

    amightywp
    Member

    For now I can only apologize for the inconvenience. Hopefully I’ll have better news later but for now that’s the only response I can give.

    So sorry!

    #2119093

    sappyasatree
    Member

    Also puzzled –I remember reading, when I was looking at Able originally, that Able was a reconfiguration of a previous Theme. Is that what you mean by saying that Able wasn’t designed for Featured Images?

    So, if a Theme has no Featured Image, does the first image in the post show up in the Reader?

    I appreciate your efforts on our behalf, @amightywp . . . Surely @erickuns and I aren’t the only two bloggers affected?

    #2119094

    erickuns
    Member

    If you can’t assign a featured image, and you include a video link, the video will be your featured image, which can be entirely misleading, as if you are merely commenting on a video. Also, if you include an image gallery anywhere in your post, than that will become the featured image. Otherwise it is probably the first image. Perhaps there’s a plan to make featured images part of a for-pay upgrade. Who knows what thinking is behind compromising a Theme.

    #2119096

    sappyasatree
    Member

    Another disturbing problem: the blockquote function is not functioning as it has in the past. What is happening now, when I click on the quotation marks in the editing menu, is what I had originally expected to happen with blockquote: the paragraph is indented on the left. But, no longer is the quote turned into this fancy image with quotation marks around it. . . .

    Do you ever use the blockquote formatting, @erickuns? Not sure what to think: blockquote worked as usual on Saturday.

    #2119098

    sappyasatree
    Member

    Sorry, my bad: I use Chateau on my other blog, and Chateau does fancy things with the blockquote, not Able. I’ve never tried a blockquote in Able before today, but it indents the quote. So that was my confusion from working with two different Themes.

    I published a post in my blog with Able today, and I waited with some trepidation to see what the image would be in the Reader. I had a gallery in the post, so that is what showed up in the Reader, although my first image in the post showed up as well.

    #2119099

    amightywp
    Member

    Hi folks,

    At this time the Featured Image function is going to stay disabled for Able. It was never intended to be enabled in the first place and it’s removal now is a correction of that.

    I’m sorry for the inconvenience that this causes everyone. I wish I had another solution but at present we do not.

    #2119100

    erickuns
    Member

    I’m sorry to hear that. The logic is a little difficult for my brain to process. Even though the function worked, and it was useful, it has been removed, because, well, the theme was never intended to be able to do that. Thus, if the theme worked better than intended, it is paramount that we must make it less functional. Further, this cannot be fixed, even though it had to be deliberately undone.

    This is a bit like saying, “Well, I never intended for my daughter to be brilliant at Math, so, we took her in for an operation to remove that higher function from her brain”.

    Sadly, the only logical explanation I can think of, where something could possibly be gained by removing a useful, working fuction, is to make free themes less desirable so that end users are compelled to spend extra money to pay for features that were previously free. Everything is a business, and business is everything, and the world is unravelling because of this. But the show must go on, even if it kills us. Hopefully, there’s a better explanation, even if it’s a secret.

    #2119101

    erickuns
    Member

    I’m probably wrong, and my apologies for being so, but, I can’t help but see this in a bit of a dim light.

    One more thought on this. Of course I appreciate the free services WordPress offers. That’s why I signed up in the first place, after someone recommended it to me. However, since I signed up: advertisements have appeared on my blog; a promotional service has been installed that if I elect to use hijacks all of my intellectual property rights, and can sue me if I ever make any money off of my words or images I share in my blog; and now the functionality of a theme I’ve used for over a year has been reduced in a seemingly unimaginable move to decrease the value of a product.

    While riding my bike I came up with another analogy, and I should say, I would be happy to be flat out wrong about this. But to me, it’s as if I got a call from Logitech, and they are coming to my apartment to remove the “Number Lock” key because they never intended for this particular models of keyboard to have a number lock key. However, I can pay for a yearly service which will give me the Number Lock key, as well as other bells and whistles. I decide to do without the number lock key for now. Then I do a little math, using Excel (which I am now praying won’t remove capacities and instill an additional charge to use them), and I come to the conclusion that the price of the yearly service, over five years, would be the same as buying a fully functional, new keyboard every year.

    I end up with PRINTERS INK SYNDROME. You buy a decently priced printer, but for ever after, you pay a premium for arbitrarily, overpriced ink.

    Ah well, this is how the world is run today, even though the paradigm is crashing and burning all around us. But, I’m probably WRONG, and there’s a completely benevolent and user friendly reason to remove functionality from a theme long after it was rolled out. I’m probably getting cynical and paranoid because of the recent elections in the States, and the impending global zombie apocalypse of Global Warming projected by scientists to take place within my lifetime. Obviously I need more coffee and new age alternative therapy.

    Well, that’s the way it seems to me. But, I’ve been wrong many times before, and probably am now.

    Cheers.

    #2119102

    sappyasatree
    Member

    Wow. Very sad to hear that news, @mightywp . I have to agree with the sentiments expressed by @erickuns above (except for the part where he says “there’s a completely benevolent and user friendly reason to remove functionality from a theme . . .”). I think you’ve written a new post there @erickuns :)

    We’re encouraged to avoid cliches at WP, but the old saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” sums up this situation better than I can.

    In Blogging 101, a warning should be issued to participants when they get the “Love Your Theme” assignmenthttp://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_assignment/blogging-101-themes/: Dear New Blogger, You may love your theme, but we don’t love you, and we’ll change your theme abruptly and with no notice. How is the innocent newbie who chooses a theme to know that, a month later, WordPress will decide that the theme wasn’t “intended” to have one of its functions?

    Having said that, I appreciate your efforts @amightywp and @timethief to try to solve our problems. It is hard not to come away from this forum as a sadder, more cynical blogger.

    #2119103

    sappyasatree
    Member

    Oops, here’s a working link to the “Love Your Theme” Assignment, that just went out a few days ago:
    http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_assignment/blogging-101-themes/

    The words “Read it and weep” seem fitting here.

    #2119112

    sappyasatree
    Member

    @erickuns I realize that I’m probably beating a dead horse here (a rather unpleasant figure of speech — but it fits here), but I am worried that it’s my fault that they took away Able’s Featured Images. I asked a foolish question in the Forum section on 10/30/2014 about whether it was odd to use a Featured Image that didn’t actually appear in the post. Here’s the link to the topic

    As you can see, I’m the only person who ever replied. Then, I decided it didn’t matter, so I marked the topic as “resolved” and moved on. BUT, did someone notice my question at WordPress? Was it through my foolish question that the powers-that-be at WordPress realized that Able supported Featured Images? When did you first realize that “Featured Image” had vanished from the sidebar menu?

    I am sure that I no longer had Featured Image as of 10/31, b/c I wanted I’d done a Writer’s Quote post, and I had come up with a better version of the quote — more Halloweeny, if you will. The timing seems a bit too coincidental to me.

    All that to say, I apologize for alerting WordPress to the Featured Image issue — not that either you or I knew that it was an issue. If the Theme Showcase shows that a Theme supports Featured Image, how were we to know that the Theme was “never intended” to do that??????
    Thoughts, @amightywp ? Am I the whistle-blower on my own Theme?

    #2119113

    erickuns
    Member

    Don’t worry, there are other themes that allow you to choose a “featured image” that appears in the reader, or on social media, even if it doesn’t appear on your page. I know Adele (Sp?) does this. The decision to remove it had nothing to do with you, and it was not a problem that needed to be fixed. It was eliminating a useful tool, which worked fine, and which is deliberately or “intentionally” included in many Themes specifically so you can select which image you want to show up in the reader and in social media. To eliminate it remains a bizarre decision to cripple a theme in the name of ____________.

    I have a really hard time finding a decent theme. Each one has a tragic flaw. It’s like if I wanted a bike, and, this one has no gears; that one has gears but no breaks; that one has gears and breaks but no seat… All of them are missing a key ingredient, which you must pay to get.

    I was seriously considering the 2013 theme, but it uses a big, ugly, blocky font. However, if I pay, I can change the font. I wondered, why use such an ugly font as the default? Because, rather than charge for extra bells and whistles, it will make more money if you appear to be doing that but are actually charging for basic, minimum functionality.

    So it seems all free themes are deliberately compromised. It’s part of God’s plan (Battle Star Galactica quote there, with irony).

    #2119114

    gracejiyoung
    Member

    Hi everyone,

    If you are looking for themes with the Featured Image feature we have 255 themes that may work:

    http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/features/featured-images/

    Please note that there was no whistle blower :) As Ash mentioned above, the Featured Image function was never intended to be enabled which was why it was removed.

    #2119115

    erickuns
    Member

    I just lost the ability to use color text in the middle of editing a post. Do you think this is another feature Able theme never intended to include, and thus has retroactively removed in order to improve the functionality of the theme?

    How can I trust that other themes won’t remove functions just for fun?

    #2119116

    erickuns
    Member

    Oops. That’s a “toggle” toolbar I missed. Suddenly there’s a new full screen mode. All the improvements, so little improvement. Ah well. Maybe I’m too old of a dog to learn all the new tricks for new tricks sake.

    #2119119

    gracejiyoung
    Member

    @erickuns-

    I just lost the ability to use color text in the middle of editing a post.

    Can you make a new post about this considering that this is a whole different issue?

    Thank you!

    #2119121

    billandpaige
    Member

    Very disappointed the Able theme disabled featured images. I have used the Able theme for 1 year and 8 months and it always had a featured image tab. Low and behold someone decided to remove a main feature AFTER it was figured out it should not have been there in the first place? Is there a logical and technical reason why it can not be reset – other than it was never intended to be there? I have used it and relied on it – seems unprofessional to arbitrarily change it. I spent hours looking for a theme that worked for me before choosing Able. What happened to all the posts I previously uploaded where I chose the featured image? If I have to choose an new theme what happens to all my old posts? Will they look all wonky? REALLY bummed…

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