The new "comments I made" feature is horrible
This was a dumb move, a really dumb move, in my opinion. And it doesn’t even make any sense at all. It is impossible and unreadable. The comments page has become COMPLETELY unusable for me. I haven’t accessed it at all since this thing started. *shakes head*. :(
I don’t know what’s gonna happen. I hope this is not here for good. Lets hope this is temporary, though even as I type this I get a feeling of dread knowing its most likely not.
I find that it’s difficult to make the choice to get on board with any changes and help with the improvement of any features when you have not been included from the get go. It appears we are getting a new dashboard arrangement piece by piece and what we are accustomed to will eventually be gone, most likely in the next WordPress version upgrade. Maybe we ought to prepare ourselves for accepting that apparent eventuality.
Agree. It also amazes me that tehy obviously haven’t done some basic usage analysis and come up with the obvious use case: “when someone sees a reply to a comment they often browse to the site and leave a follow-on reply themselves”
Please anyone here knowing of a good community blog let me know. I’m looking into Typepad (we were originally on Vox before it shut down). I am in fact happy to pay WordPress a yearly subscription if they start showing their users some respect: that’s called good business practice. I don’t know what they expect to happen now. I work all weekends and this is the time I normally catch up with my community. Sadly I’m completely shut off from it now.
I would like to interject that common management and marketing teaching involves understanding what motivates a target audience to accept and to even want change. I have noticed, that as these concepts are taught over the years, there is less and less a move to understand and to choose a target market, creating what that market would want. It is coming out more and more as me me me mine recognize I made a new thing. This way of doing business is rarely a success.
However, there is a way to really set off a target market AND the group that just under it all cannot abide change of any kind. Transitions help this. In my experience a transition is not, spring the new thing and then appear to ignore negative feedback. It is also NOT shifting the negative feedback to make it appear less negative and more a pat of affirmation for the one initiating the change.
I have become very annoyed at WP for glitches and shifts. I have watched ‘whiners’ and ‘ranters’ rave. It has been my experience with WP so far, that even if WP staff thinks they have a GREAT idea or task, they can and do listen. I have faith that someone does hear me. I have faith that someone can get past the rants and avoid saying…well good riddance go somewhere else. I have faith and loyalty to WP as being a great place to blog and to find intellectual input that feeds my spirit. I know that someone will realize that clients require a platform that performs the identical function of what existed, even if clients need to learn a new place to find it or to utilize it, without creating a sense of lack or of loss.
I hope that WP staff can take a moment, placing a post, with as much of a heads up as is available, while I get some tea and read a delicious novel and plan to revel in the return of my ability to read and to catch up on missed conversations and to celebrate a renewal of my blogging connections and conversations.
I have not been let down before, and I do not expect to feel so now. Thank you for all that you do.
It has been my experience with WP so far, that even if WP staff thinks they have a GREAT idea or task, they can and do listen. I have faith that someone does hear me. I have faith that someone can get past the rants and avoid saying…well good riddance go somewhere else. I have faith and loyalty to WP as being a great place to blog and to find intellectual input that feeds my spirit. I know that someone will realize that clients require a platform that performs the identical function of what existed, even if clients need to learn a new place to find it or to utilize it, without creating a sense of lack or of loss.
I certainly hope you are right, and I am willing to wait and see.
Please, give us back “Comments I’ve made”! It’s so much easier to communicate with fellow bloggers with it! It is boring and awful, to get hundreds of Mail-notifications per day, if some blogger I’ve left a comment answers to me and the other bloggers that reacted to that post!
I understand that sometimes there have to be changes. But not all changes are good and necessary. This change of getting rid of “Comments I’ve made” is a dumb und totally unnecessary. I’m really thinking of closing my four WordPress-blogs and changing to another host…
I don’t know why I keep clicking the “comments I’ve made” on my dashboard hoping that it has magically gone back to the way it was. I don’t think I’ve ever missed a blogging feature more (I actually had a dream about it the night after I saw the mess it has become!). I really miss being able to answer questions of commenters after me who don’t bother to (or even know they can) click the reply under my comment on someone else’s post. I love the orange “comment notification” in the top bar, but I could live without that when I had the “comments I’ve made” page.
Luckily, I’ve recently found Twitter, which makes up for the communication it feels I’ve lost in the blogging world. Many of my favorite bloggers and commenters hang out there and the conversations are always continuous.
For the record, I concur. This is a terrible change that completely destroys my reason for using “Comments I’ve Made.” But no matter. I don’t expect WP to take heed. They do what they want to do and we are but rats in their little maze. Maybe we should call in PETA?
@wind whistle; that’s hilarious, nice hook.
@brooke: you’re not alone there. I’ve been clicking as well, everx dax, hoping it has been returned or poliely been reactivated until the issue is resolved. Worst part is losing the community you built through that feature, after all, we don’t follow each person we spoke to but the conversation remains accessable. I’m gonna click that feature now, I believe in WP, I know rhey listen, I know they’ve come to their sense while I slept, I know they hate twitter. Okay, fingers crossed, wish me luck, clicking that feature now…..
@me: Oh dear! Nothing. Heart-break. Such suffering. How can anyone be so cruel! I’m going to the kitchen, spill a glass of milk and cry.
Folks, if you read @macmanx‘s (staff) reply, the changes are coming and as tt mentioned above, we will need to learn to roll with them.
Feedback was what @macmanx requested and that is what we should be focusing on.
FWIW-If you feel the need to vent, that is what we have blogs on our sites for. :) Suggestions for alternate methods of tracking comments would be welcome, too.
Well my feedback is that i want the old comments i’ve made back as it was, without changes. If it aint’t broke, don’t fix it.
In agree, but the new page could be improved if it displayed follow-up comments to ones that you have made.
It was suggested I chime in here with my two cents. To mirror what others are saying, I would like a page that tracks discussion threads I’ve participated in without having to subscribe via email. “Comments I’ve Made” did this nicely.
The new “My Activity” could be modified to work equally as well. But we are obviously interested in seeing follow-up comments to threads and not just our own comments we’ve already read highlighted.
I know the folks at WordPress.com will get it right. They usually do.
Came here looking for a way to retrieve “comments I’ve made”, a feature I use constantly, and I see it’s not just me. Adding my 2 cents – BRING IT BACK!
I would like to interject that common management and marketing teaching involves understanding what motivates a target audience to accept and to even want change.
With respect I do not believe that we WordPress.COM users are the target market. I believe it’s possible and even probable that the target market for the changes that we WordPress.COM users experience will be WordPress.ORG users and we the guinea pigs.
Oops! I forgot the username above @elisasspot
Another way and perhaps a better way of expressing what I tried to state above may be what follows. I believe most notions for change arise within the WordPress>ORG blogging community. They arise from the millions using free WordPress>ORG software to make their living and to some extent from Staff who are also WordPress.ORG users. Over 90% of those who attend WordCamps around the world are WordPress.ORG users. Though I could be wrong I assume their needs and desires are well known to WordPress developers, and that the developers are aimed to provide for them. Staff, of course, have both free hosted WordPress.COM free hosted blogs and WordPress>ORG blogs. They are in at the ground level when it comes to changes. From the WordPress.COM users perspective it seems that Staff may have replaced the rest of us WordPress.COM users in otherwise the non-existent consultation process.
Trying to unsubscribe from my email on this thread. Hopefully this will do it, as when I hit unsubscribe it keeps failing. Hope WP fixes this soon. SR
I’m not active enough on wordpress to miss the Comments I’ve made page, I can track everything through notifications (though I do understand why the loss of this page would suck for people that are more active than I). What I do miss is the “Posts I like ” page – part of the reason I “liked” posts was to bookmark them so I could find them later — usually recipes. I’m assuming there isn’t a way to look up old posts that I like now, but just thought I’d ask in case there is. I hope they put it back the way it was.
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