I love wordpress because it is truly free. I want to support wordpress.org in some way. But there are a few of primary problems that WP needs to fix ASAP to keep me and others around. Keep in mind, while I might be able to deal with the following bugs and work around them the authors on my blog do not have that type of time, and I do not have the time to be a constant editor.
Problem 1) Image control - alignment
the image alignment controls and the image upload controls are separate. I thought this wouldn't be a major issues but with everything my authors are having to learn it is difficult for them to deal with this split in image control, or so it appears. As a result they often just use thumbnails with no alignment. Sometimes I will go back and edit a post to prettify it but I cannot do this all the time. This does not work. The two interfaces should be ONE.
Example of the problem:
This could've turned out a lot nicer had image alignment been more intuitive accessible. The first step is integrating the controls in to one but another step would be a blogger like interface where you are asked how large you want the photo... which is the next item:
Problem 2) Image Control - size
Many times my authors upload an image too large for the system to create a thumbnail. I wind up having to go in, download it, resize it, upload it and then use the thumbnail for them. There needs to be better control of image size. See blogger where you select small, med, large.
At other times I want to use a larger image because one cannot see the detail in a thumbnail, but because only two sizes are supported by blogger (thumbnail, original) I either have to settle for using the thumbnail with no detail or the original image sized down and very pixelated. WP needs to give the ability to select between Thumbnail, med., large images when uploading, similar to blogger.
For an example you can again look at the article I linked to above. If the user could've had easy control of size it might have turned out nicer. here is someone posting about that same article on their blogger blog and the results were much nicer:
Also here is another example where a thumbnail unaligned was used at first. I later went in to try and prettify it but had trouble myself. I did not want to use the thumbnail for the pottery shot because it didn't show enough detail. yet I couldn't use the original because it was too large and resized to something that would fit the content cell was too pixelated. And I didn't want to download it, resize it to 200px wide, reupload it... because I wanted the user to be able to click for even more detail. Blogger could handle this without a problem. For wordpress I settled on the lesser of two evils and chose the original, large, but sized down and pixelated. Here are the livable (at best) results:
Link order and control in my theme is just broken, period.
Why does WP put up themes that do not support basic features (link order)? They shouldn't. Also, why they allow for themes which has the theme-authors google analytics hidden tags is beyond me, but at least it is not a bug.
All of the above issues reflect badly on wordpress. With other bloggers that link to my blog criticizing the look of the blog and not the content I'm left wondering if the feature of pagination is really worth sticking with wordpress.
I hope you can sift through all the emotion above to come out with something constructive. Forgive me if that is a dificult task :/