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Deselect Categories in Bulk Edit

  1. liongabriel
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    I could use this feature - what's confusing to me is that it seems like it's in the core, you can bulk 'add' categories, but you can't bulk remove them... that's strange, no?

    solution that could work for someone who wants to change their 'uncategorized' category - simply change the name of that category to something general enough to cover all of the posts, then add specific categories and you can bulk add them to any post.

    Posted: 11 months ago #
  2. Ben Hansen (ubernaut)
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    the problem is that nobody who knows how has been convinced its important enough to submit a patch so if you know anyone thats a wordpress dev try to convince them I'm doing my best to find someone to convince also.

    Posted: 11 months ago #
  3. Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)
    Administrator

    That is a slightly inaccurate description of why it's not patched.

    Devs don't have unlimited times, and there are other things that take priority. So while it IS important and is something most people would love to have, it's neither simple nor fast to come up with a patch that is UX friendly. If you re-read the whole thread here (and the trac ticket linked on page 2) you'll get a fuller picture of why this is a headache :/

    Posted: 11 months ago #
  4. Ben Hansen (ubernaut)
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    probably should have added the phrase; so far or as of yet. i think the UX aspects aren't really the issue anymore. Please correct me if i reading that incorrectly.

    :)

    Posted: 11 months ago #
  5. Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)
    Administrator

    The UX issue would be in how do we assess the 'correct' default. That is, today deselected does NOT group-remove, so if we change that, will that break expected workflow? And if we don't change that behavior, how do we still do the remove?

    Basically we can't break how things work today without making sure it's a clear communication and providing a way to retain current behavior :/

    Posted: 11 months ago #
  6. Ben Hansen (ubernaut)
    Member

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    i thought the consensus was to have a third state available (dashed box) which indicates a mixed selection and would then make the deselected/empty state a valid setting whereas today it is not because deselecting does nothing and therefore is not truly a valid selection state.

    I guess my question would be what workflow are we breaking if none currently exists based on deselecting the box?

    Posted: 11 months ago #
  7. Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)
    Administrator

    Current workflow: If I deselect a box, nothing happens.

    Or rather current expectation. I think the dashed would work, though! We'd want to put in a tooltip alert too, though.

    Posted: 11 months ago #
  8. Ben Hansen (ubernaut)
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    sounds good to me! i would say that this thread would be evidence current expectation and what's currently happening when people deselect boxes (nothing) are maybe not the same thing. ;)

    Posted: 11 months ago #
  9. Ben Hansen (ubernaut)
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    sorry bonus question from your read of the trac ticket you think i should try to clarify i thought as i had said there was a meeting of the minds on that already.

    i appreciate your feedback on this Mika!

    Posted: 11 months ago #
  10. Worldscrown
    Member

    This plugin works to remove categories in bulk.

    https://wordpress.org/plugins/batchmove/

    Posted: 1 month ago #

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