Why can't we have a choice?
re: the comment “staying in the box”
I understand how cookies work. Sorry to not be clear. When I make comments on other blogs after the comment is posted my comment stays in the box, I didn’t realize that and corrected a typo and double posted. The comment button has taken several clicks to ‘take’ I don’t know if it is only the Tarski theme but no one would find the comment box at the very bottom rather than the reply.
Now I can’t comment at all. I can’t get a cursor in the box.
Is all this some kind of sick joke?
The need to click more than once to post a comment is frustrating. Is this only an IE issue perhaps?
Yes, I’m seeing that problem too, and it’s very annoying. Every time I go to post my next comment, I have to clear the comment box to remove my earlier reply before I start typing.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m already seeing a significant drop in the number of comments I’m getting too. It does vary from time to time, so I’m hoping it’s just a coincidence, but I doubt it.
If I’m struggling with it myself, I certainly understand why my readers will be thinking twice about bothering to comment.
no, it’s not just IE, I’ve used both Chrome and Opera recently, and had similar issues with both of them.
Just to add a bit of support – I’m also peeved about the twitter and facebook buttons not being opt out, but I’m aware that these changes are here to stay and what’s more there will almost certainly be others that some of us won’t like. The thing is – wordpress.com is free but that sort of ‘free’ isn’t really, because we’re basically guinea pigs. All blogs on free bloghosts are like this. I’ve used blogger, LiveJournal and my earliest blog was on BlogDrive and all of them have done this. So, unless we’re willing to pay for our blogs, we’re stuck with this. WordPress.org may be better, but then you’ve got to look after everything yourself and know what you’re doing. I don’t have the wherewithal to get into self-hosted blogging, so I stay with WordPress.com which, for me, is the best of the bunch.
I posted about these buttons yesterday (albeit in a humorous post) and as I said in that, I’m protesting about it by deleting the links to the commentor’s facebook, and ditto the Twitter links. That’s all I can do. They’re not going to remove those buttons. However, I have a suspicion that even wordpress.org users will be seeing them soon.
As for the rest – the comment box I’m using has a scroll bar (possibly because I pressed the enter key several times to get myself some space then put the cursor in it and used my mouse wheel), and I’m also having to double click the ‘post comment’ button recently. It might be cookie related, but this didn’t happen before so possibly it isn’t. I shall clear them in a while and see if it makes a difference. I use the latest Firefox by the way, so it’s not just IE.
Oh and the text staying in the comment box after posting the comment? Yes, it’s happening with me too. I just go back afterwards and remove it, but it’s a pain having to try and remember.
I suspect the scroll bar and the text remaining in the box are just bugs that’ll be sorted out in time. All changes have bugs for a while.
I also had my comment text stay in the box after I replied to someone else’s comment. I also had to click the “publish” button (or whatever it’s called) a few times before it would take — and then when it did, my reply was still in the box. It was weird. Fortunately, when I’ve commented on other blogs, the comment hasn’t stayed in the box — only when I’ve replied to comments on my own blog. The post/publish button always needs to be clicked a few times before it will take for me, though, leaving me worrying that somehow I will inadvertently spam someone with multiple copies of the same comment.
I use Firefox 4.0.1, and I clear my cache regularly.
re the other blogs, I currently have live blogs at both blogger, and livejournal, although they’re not in constant use.
Blogger doesn’t currently have any links to facebook or twitter. They do allow WP, lj and openID users to comment, but only if the blog owner allows it, you can turn it off.
With livejournal, there are again no options for people to comment using fb or twitter, although they do offer a “share” button for both, but again you can deactivate the function.
As for the cookies, mine have been cleared several times since this new “feature” appeared, and so far it hasn’t made any difference to me.
Develish1 – sorry, the second I posted my comment I realised I’d not been very clear on that. What I meant was that Blogger, LiveJournal and BlogDrive were always putting new stuff in people’s blogs, not that they’d put these comment buttons in.
PS ‘new stuff’ as in making changes that people hadn’t expected or asked for.
Develish1 — I, too, am noticing a severe drop in comments since this change. my blog is new. My comments, including my replies, were about 20-22 per post. I know that’s not much but I appreciate those comments!
My last two posts? One comment each. So with my reply I went from 20 to 2. Something is throwing people off. Did I suddenly become boring or offensive … not any more than usual!
Something doesn’t seem right.
This is just a note to remind you that Staff will reactivate the support link again at 8AM UTC on Monday 20th June. http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/ If you have specific issues with your blogs IMO you may wish to consider posting support tickets containing all your details when the link is reactivated.
I agree, all hosting services have a tendency to add stuff as and when they feel like it. While I can’t comment on them all, as I’ve only used a few, all the others I do use at least offer an “off” switch for you to use when they do add something.
Given the number who are seeing issues with this new feature I’m hoping WP will also decide to give us that choice. I can hope, right?
all the issues mentioned by myself and others as regards scrolling, having to click multiple times, and the comments sitting in the box after posting have already been reported to support by several users that I’m aware of.
Thanks for the reminder though, as there may be more people struggling who haven’t yet reported that they too have these issues.
You’re welcome. As I wasn’t sure whether or not all those posting here, let alone those reading this thread, who have problems have reported to Staff I thought a reminder would be in order.
When does it get redundant and bog down support when they get many questions about the same issue?
@develish1, do you mean to say that hosting companies arbitrarily add stuff which affects your blog? I’d find that hard to believe, though I have no experience. My assumption is that you are responsible for your own blog and updates when you recruit a hosting company. It is another matter how wordpress development affects you when they update their software. You invest your time, efforts and money in one particular software, you are stuck with them through thick or thin.
An average user of a blog would rather let wordpress.com or blogger.com host their blogs, and this is the demographic which has moved over to microblogging, tumblr etc and social networks in droves. The rest are serious bloggers and most of them are paying one way or the other.
Well, good grief. I received a comment on my blog this morning with a facebook URL and deleted it as spam.
I didn’t quite realize that people now can log in to comment through facebook. I thought those buttons were just there to give folks a chance to share posts through those services.
I want nothing to do with Facebook, and I resent having it forced down my throat. On the other hand, I’ve noticed an increasing number of sites – particularly online news sites – force you to comment through FB or not at all.
It’s interesting that Blogger is facing dissention in the ranks re: their commenting procedure now, too – and I noticed this morning that my email notifications of new posts from Blogger now are carrying as many as four advertisements from Google.
Those quotations re: our role in all this are exactly on target. Still, I’d rather focus on content than on learning how to run the backend of a blog, so I’ll just sort-of grin and bear it.
sarcasm is a dying art, one you are clearly not as adept at as you appear to think you are, lol
do you really think that if I had the financial capability to pay for a site, that I’d still be here using this for free, given that I could export my entire site in a matter of minutes/hours to somewhere else? I assure you I would not, nor would the majority of other users who are being forced to suffer the whims of those providing a “service” which sadly of late does not offer the flexibility it once did.
As stated in my earlier comments, I am already looking at alternative options for hosting my blog, since there are in fact several out there still, who do allow the blogger to choose what is and is not acceptable on their own blog, and still do not charge anything for this.
In some cases this might mean more ads, but I’d actually rather suffer the ads some services insist on, then stick with a service that forces me to accept direct links to sites I do not wish to be associated with, and comment boxes they don’t work as they should, and that actively dissuade my readers from commenting.
If that makes me a difficult customer, then so be it.
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