Reader changed?

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  • #1505837

    deremil
    Member

    @colourcottage

    So what I’ll be doing from now on is begin each of my posts with a direct link to itself with a “Click here to open outside the WordPress reader”.

    Nice idea – I’ll try the same.

    #1505838

    acetogrey
    Member

    Please change it back……

    Why make your site more difficult? Have you done this so that YOUR stats improve?

    #1505839

    mud4fun
    Member

    LOL, my wife and I will also do the same if they haven’t fixed this mess by the weekend when we do our next posts. Nice find colourcottage :-)

    #1505840

    mud4fun
    Member

    @colourcottage

    I’ve just tested this on my last post and it works perfectly on my mobile phone so a big thank you! Also if you add the ‘For WordPress Reader users click here to bypass their silly popup, everybody else please read on’ line after publishing then I don’t think it will get sent out on the publish emails to non wordpress email followers so won’t confuse them. I haven’t tried that yet though.

    #1505841

    That is a good idea, colourcottage. This last change has got me thinking about giving up blogging altogether. I do not want to go to a new blogging platform at this time. And who knows, another place might be making aggressive changes, as well.

    I did test the More tag on my private blog. I was hoping it would have carried through to the Reader, but no, it didn’t. I do not wish to make a blanket change with the Feed, going from Full to Summary, if at all possible. It shortens the emails and a handful of my email followers are people I know. I want them to see the full post, but wish I could shorten the amount shown on the Reader.

    #1505842

    I’ve just tested this on my last post and it works perfectly on my mobile phone so a big thank you! Also if you add the ‘For WordPress Reader users click here to bypass their silly popup, everybody else please read on’ line after publishing then I don’t think it will get sent out on the publish emails to non wordpress email followers so won’t confuse them. I haven’t tried that yet though.

    I did just try it and yes, it does work. In my situation, I would put the link up top when I write the post, because I schedule them ahead. I do not think it would bother my email readers to see that.

    #1505843

    jackiedana
    Member

    Hi everyone, thanks for continuing to offer your feedback.

    I will be sharing your comments and concerns with our developers for consideration. While I can’t promise any particular outcome, I did want you all to know we’re listening. :)

    #1505844

    jrosenberry1
    Member

    Hi Jackie — hope it’s not too late to add my two cents.

    Honestly, it’s kind of a slap in the face to the blogger to have WP “update” the reader this way. When we create posts we want the potential viewer to experience the whole post the way it was intended to be seen. Not a condensed version, not a version with a huge title and condensed text.

    It makes me really, really frustrated – and takes away from the WP experience. Will you please go back to the old reader? Please?

    #1505845

    deremil
    Member

    Hi Jackiedana,

    I would be happy if the happiness engineers give us back the word count, the opening directly in the blog a.s.o. I hope they work as the name provides.

    #1505846

    mud4fun
    Member

    Folks,

    As a short term workaround @colourcottage‘s idea works well, as shown in a new post I’ve just created. If you do a reader topic search for ‘Reader Problems’ you should find my new post showing both a quick link into the original post and a word count (you get a count at the bottom of the editor when writing your post so simply use this)

    Hopefully the ‘happiness engineers’ can pursuade the developers to roll back the changes soon though.

    #1505847

    Unfortunately this only helps our own readers, not our reading experience of everybody else’s blogs. ;-)

    But perhaps we can start a wave.

    #1505848

    linnetmoss
    Member

    Strongly dislike the new Reader, and it looks terrible in my browser.

    #1505849

    mud4fun
    Member

    @colourcottage, that is true but between us all we have thousands of people visiting our blogs the word will soon spread and those that use wordpress will either come here to complain too or they’ll do the workaround. I get around 8K genuine hits a month (15K according to WordPress stats), 90% of which come from search engines not the reader so this issue will be going out to an awful lot of people way beyond the limits of wordpress users. I’m guessing the same goes for many of us here too so I think you’d be surprised at just how quick something like this could spread. All we need is a few Twitterers or Facebookers to mention it and it’ll go viral ;-)

    #1505850

    The new reader is awful. The worst feature is clicking on the item in the reader does not go to the post, but rather to an intermediary page. I have noticed the view count on referrals from the reader on my blog drop a lot since this new reader was launched. The ratio of “likes” to views as dropped from 65% to about half that. The reader is harder to read, the age of the post should be at the bottom with the rest of the information. Please get rid of that intermediary page, it is killing me, and probably everyone else by discouraging visits to the blogs.

    #1505851

    Another person very much against the new reader. I follow blogs for their great writing but also for their design and look. I don’t want some block taking the design away from me. And do these register as clicks even if you don’t click through? These are important to us!

    #1505852

    apeatling
    Staff

    And do these register as clicks even if you don’t click through? These are important to us!

    Viewing your post in the Reader counts the same as a regular post view, your stats will be updated.

    #1505853

    deremil
    Member

    @apeatling:

    But viewing a post in those crippleware former called reader looks not like the post in the blog! And is on mobiles impossible! And with those crippleware the data amount is nearly three times as much as in the reader.

    #1505854

    mud4fun
    Member

    @apeatling

    I think the issue of page hits/stats is the least of our concerns.

    We want to be taken directly into the blog to read the post in its natural environment not in a sterile popup.

    The popup serves no obvious purpose anyway other than to cause excessive clicks and annoyance to most users. My wife and I both managed to read blog posts in the reader, prior to this change, on our mobile phones without any issues. How is this change mobile friendly when it has actually now made the reader unusable on our phones? The changes are bad enough on the PC but at least I can get to a blog using that albiet with twice as many clicks required.

    #1505855

    mud4fun
    Member

    Good news is that if I use the reader from IE on my phone rather than the WP app, the reader works and the popup now shows the link to the original post yippee.

    Bad news is that the options on the left hand sidebar within my blog don’t work, the drop down or slide out menus are opening behind the sidebar so are inaccessible.

    So the app has to be used for admin and going direct from browser has to be done for reader. Not ideal but at least I can get to peoples blogs now.

    #1505856

    michael56j
    Member

    The new Reader software is a disaster. Please bring back the old Reader. I left Google+ for this very reason. Please don’t go the same way!

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