tags and categories, on stats page

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  • #862703

    leavergirl
    Member

    http://leavingbabylon.wordpress.com

    On the new addition to the stats page, Tags and Categories (Most popular topics you’ve written about), my 4th most popular category is Uncategorized. I never use it. If you click on it, no posts show up. How could it possibly be popular?

    The blog I need help with is leavingbabylon.wordpress.com.

    #862801

    timethief
    Member

    The uncategorized category is the default category. It’s automatically assigned to all posts unless you remove the checkmark in the Categories module of the posts.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/categories/#adding-categories-with-the-categories-module
    You can create a different default category.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/categories/#setting-the-default-category
    If you do not want the default category to appear on your posts then edit the posts and remove it and click “update”. http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/edit-posts-screen/

    #862814

    leavergirl
    Member

    I always remove the checkmark. The Uncat category is not assigned to any of my posts.

    So why does it show in the stats?

    #862817

    timethief
    Member

    Wow! That’s very odd and only Staff can answer your question so I’ll flag this thread for their attention.

    #862863

    raincoaster
    Member

    If I were you, I’d go to Settings->General and choose another default category (might be Settings->Writing though). There is some weirdness with categories and tags; my blog says I have 46 tags, when I have never used tags, ever.

    #862958

    macmanx
    Staff

    Hm, very odd. We’ll look into this.

    #863000

    leavergirl
    Member

    Raincoaster, I think I will choose another default category eventually. Thanks. I will leave it now so that the fixers can see it as it has been.

    I would like to add that the Uncategorized category has scored another point since I wrote this query. Weird.

    #863120

    leavergirl
    Member

    A day later. There were 65 clicks on Uncategorized yesterday. Now there are 95. What ghostly clickers my blog is populated with, oh my!

    #863121

    timethief
    Member

    As a little girl named Alice once observed: This just keeps gettin curiouser and curiouser.

    #863152

    leavergirl
    Member

    It gets better, timethief. Today, there are only 92 clicks. Apparently, some of the ghosts changed their minds and took their votes back… (!)

    #863153

    timethief
    Member

    This is blog fodder, sure. I can’t wait to hear what’s causing this GHOSTLY inflation and deflation … cue … Twilight Zone music.

    #863168

    leavergirl
    Member

    Well, the ghosts are fleeing, today the number is at 76.
    I am giving up on this, have closed the window on my stats and advise everyone to ignore these bogus numbers.

    #863169

    timethief
    Member

    Only 76 GHOST hits on non-existent category today – fascinating! I want Staff to respond to this so I flagged it for their attention.

    #863171

    macmanx
    Staff

    Sorry for the delay, we are still investigating this.

    #863172

    timethief
    Member

    Good to know and it’s spooky.

    #863173

    macmanx
    Staff

    Alright, we have an answer. I originally glossed over it because I was expecting something more interesting and spooky.

    So, you have 24 published pages. Despite not outwardly displaying categories (or being able to set categories), pages are still technically categorized under the default category. Since your default category is still Uncategorized, you have 24 pages categorized as Uncategorized.

    Of course, the fact that this is factored in stats is in fact a bug, and we will take care of that, but sadly the mystery itself is not as spooky as I had hoped.

    #863174

    macmanx
    Staff

    You’re all fixed up now. Sorry about that!

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