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  • I have to admit, that I’m heavily annoyed by the way the 2.5 admin turned out. I’m using WordPress for years now and with every update it got better. But this one is a step back, by graphic design as by functionality.

    Drag’n’drop widgets gone. Huzzah! back to olden days…
    Admin-GUI by no means more accessible or more ordered, you find nothing

    And my biggest concern is the new post-GUI: EVERYTHING lined up in one row? gimme a break! categories UNDER the post, so i have to scroll? Image-insertion in a popup??? You cannot be serious?

    I installed Fluency to get the admin panel a little more bearable, but I will definitely go back to 2.3.3, I certainly hope there will be security-updates for that version. If not, I will probably switch to another software altogether.

    A pity, since I tested quite some blog softwares and WordPress was my favourite…

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  • Well, prepare to continue to be annoyed then…

    WordPress developers generally don’t comment in these forums, as a rule. They’re too busy developing. If you want a say in the code development, then login to the bug tracker and make your comments there. Submit patches to the code. Whatever.

    But really, please, stop complaining about it here. These are support forums, for people with actual problems. Not liking the layout is an opinion, not a problem. And this is really not the proper place to vent opinions or to suggest changes to WordPress.

    And hey, I agree with you about the Write screens. That doesn’t change the fact that complaining about it here is ultimately pointless. The best way to get it fixed is to fix it yourself and then submit a patch. Failing that, join the various discussion areas that are not geared towards support only.

    Hi, Otto42!

    Nice to hear from you! 🙂

    1) There is a ticket on this topic already:
    http://trac.wordpress.org/ticket/6635

    2) I am no PHP guru, I can’t submit a patch. If I was such a guru, I would’ve submitted a patch long ago! 🙂

    3) …But I am long-time WordPress user. So I know that in WP 2.3.3 the ‘Write’ section was fine, and since ‘Happy Cog’ changed the design, it’s no longer so usable, accessible and good:) I also see lots of other long-time WP users, which do not like this design decision. Not all of them are coders or designers, they can use the software, they can know if it does the job easily for them, or not. And I guess, this is the reason they ‘complain’ here, instead of writing a patch:)

    4) OK, so the best way to change things is: submit a ticket (done), suggest a patch (who can do it?), discuss in the mailing lists (what’s wrong with discussing here?).

    In a word, should we sort of fight to have again the nice functionality, which all of us had in 2.3.3, ‘Write’ Section?

    As a designer, I would have written an Admin Theme, which would make WP ‘s Write section look like in 2.3.3, but, unfortunately, this is not possible, unless changing the html/php code… 🙁

    Please, don’t take this personally! I think, a lot of wp users saw the forum as an easy way to express their opinion on WP 2.5 Write section interface… Besides, this is not only ‘Support’ section, but also ‘Requests and Feedback’ – aren’t we talking expressly about a request (‘bring to the sidebar most of the panels in the Write section!’) and feedback (‘a lot of WP users do not like the new interface in the write section!’)? 😉

    Cheers, and peace!

    –Michel
    (www.optimiced.com)

    PS If you think the Write section could be optionally ‘fixed’ using a plugin, which will change parts of the css/html code, so panels can get back to the sidebar, *without* touching core files, please, point me in the right direction! I would gladly at least try to do this, if I can’t do much else… Thx:)

    Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    @otto42

    WordPress.org Tech Dude

    2) I am no PHP guru, I can’t submit a patch. If I was such a guru, I would’ve submitted a patch long ago! 🙂

    I do understand that, which is why I suggested taking the discussion elsewhere as well.

    discuss in the mailing lists (what’s wrong with discussing here?).

    Two main things are wrong with discussing it here:

    1) This is a support forum where people who are having problems with their setups come to try to find fixes. Having discussions like these here add to the general clutter. This makes it harder for people to find the answers they need as well as making it harder for people who are trying to help others with their questions from finding the questions that they can answer.

    2) It won’t help. Like I said, the main developers don’t generally read these forums. So… why discuss the problem in a place that the main people who can remedy the problem won’t see it? On the other hand, the devs do read the mailing lists. Really.

    That’s all I’m trying to say. Not trying to shut down the discussion, just trying to suggest that you take it somewhere where it will actually be useful and help things.

    OK, I’ll try to join a mailing list or two, if I have a chance to improve things by doing this:-)

    I know that you’re not trying to shut down the discussion, but I am also sure that you know there are problems with the new interface in WP 2.5 and some of the design decisions – like moving stuff from the sidebar to the bottom of the Write page (this topic is mentioned not only in this mega-thread, but in countless others small threads around!); the accessibility issue a blind user mentioned (come on! Jeffrey Zeldman makes WP 2.5 more inaccessible than 2.3?); and others. Developers do not read this, OK, but maybe you (or someone else?) could at least hint the serious issues mentioned in this (these) discussions?

    I believe also, people do seek support here — not all are coders or are going to discuss technical topics in the lists — but they can say “Hey, I have problems, I must scroll a lot more in 2.5 than in 2.3.3, what’s wrong, can someone help?”, so this is the reason now WP Support is ‘flooded’ with so much ‘I don’t like the new interface!’ stuff 🙂

    Also, I do not believe that a new major WP version should create a wave of complaints! Actually, quite the opposite! 🙂

    I was first using WP 2.0.5 and I was very happy with it. I then upgraded to 2.1.x. I was happy with it, too. Then, I upgraded to 2.2.x. The same. And finally, I was using WP 2.3.3, and was quite happy with the Write page and all of my WP options as a user.

    Now, I upgraded to 2.5, and I see that some of the main tasks which I used to perform almost daily (write a post, or write a page; edit a comment or post; etc.) take much longer time, because there’s something wrong in the design of 2.5! So, I went to the Forums and saw that lots of other people are complaining about the same… So I am not alone, and this is not a coincidence, or just fancy… Write a new post/page in 2.3.3 was much better… or all of us are mistaken, for sure:)

    So, enough of my ranting around; I hope I will be able to contribute to a better WP through my modest HTML/CSS skills, if I can. Going check the lists now:)

    Finally, let me tell you, that I do appreciate all of the work done by people contributing to this great project! And I believe, if people didn’t want to see a better and more usable and greater-than-ever WP, they would not have bothered to come here and say what they have to say on the new Admin back-end! 😉

    Cheers, Michel

    Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    @otto42

    WordPress.org Tech Dude

    Also, I do not believe that a new major WP version should create a wave of complaints!

    Change always brings complaints. Always.

    On the whole, I like the new interface. I dislike specific things about it. The widgets screen is a huge step backwards, the fixed width style on the write page sucks, having to scroll for categories and such is stupid when there’s all this sidebar space available, etc.

    But still, arguing here won’t help, is my point. Argue it where it will help.

    Change always brings complaints. Always.

    On the whole, I like the new interface. I dislike specific things about it. The widgets screen is a huge step backwards, the fixed width style on the write page sucks, having to scroll for categories and such is stupid when there’s all this sidebar space available, etc.

    But still, arguing here won’t help, is my point. Argue it where it will help.

    You’ve convinced me. I hope till the end of this week I’ll be arguing for the things I and you do not like about the new interface, in the lists;-)

    Cheers, and thanks for all! (going to bed now, it’s quite late now…)

    –M.

    Not to be pedantic, but why is this called the “requests and feedback” forum if no one in a position to honor requests or implement feedback reads it? Every other developer forum I visit DOES have sections for people to tell developers what they think.

    Maybe the name should be changed to “Users helping each other” or something, because I think it was completely logical that we all assumed this the “requests and feedback” forum was the place where we should give feedback and make requests. 🙂

    1) This is a support forum where people who are having problems with their setups come to try to find fixes.

    No it isn’t. This PARTICULAR forum is for Requests and Feedback. Know how I know this? Well, see, there’s this little title thing…

    2) It won’t help. Like I said, the main developers don’t generally read these forums. So… why discuss the problem in a place that the main people who can remedy the problem won’t see it? On the other hand, the devs do read the mailing lists. Really.

    WTF? This is the Requests and Feedback forum! It even says as it’s by line: “Feature requests; criticism.” As pointed out by Sapphire above, it’s entirely reasonable to expect us to use it to post… requests and feedback! Well, duh.

    If this isn’t the place to give feedback, make requests or criticise, then you might as well just label it “Random shit no-one at WP cares about” or even easier, delete the whole forum. Excuse my language, but this just makes me mad. Seems to be a case of the left hand not knowing what the right is doing.

    So if this Requests and Feedback forum isn’t actually read by anyone who’s anyone, what exactly is it for?

    i subscribe to gambit37’s words.. but if WP devs really ignore this precious resource,

    1) why not simply erase this feedback aka “feature request” category?

    2) where is it exactly the best place to contribute into making WP an even better tool?

    I’m speechless.

    So this forum is as useless as the kvetch form?

    Do the developers look at the Ideas that are posted in the Extend area? Or are those just there so we can feel better because we voted?

    whooami

    @whooami

    Member

    hmm.. I have to admit — given the topic, it would seem this is well placed. Not exactly something trivial either. I vote for more “complaining”!!

    ** Note that I dont think these are really “complaints”, they are well meaning, “this sucks”.

    I switched from Blogger to WP. A slow learning curve in the begining, however better choice of templates, more control, much better overall, bought a template, built a site from scratch, stabilized plugins, techically speaking things were becoming smoother.I spent an enormous amount of time, on the technical side as opposed to the thing that attracted me to that experience in the first place: Publishng/Blogging. But I have accepted that, being new in the game.

    I find that 2.5 takes me back again. The backend is ergonomically designed from a programmer’s perspective and not from a blogger’s perspective. The toolset should be able to support the blogger “compose” better blogs, easier, faster. That’s the objective. I think 2.5 just missed that point. Half the plugins do not work, I cannot insert images,or media files, i cannot check traffic, half my posts lead to, what is it now 403 or 404 god knows what, things have been moved around for no apparrent reason…At the same time 2.5 incorporates so many changes. While I am reading the comments in the support group and people talk about changing this code or that code, backslashes and phps as opposed to traffic of readers and content, I understand there are a lot of frustrating bloggers like me… How do I go back to 2.3.3?

    Not to be pedantic, but why is this called the “requests and feedback” forum if no one in a position to honor requests or implement feedback reads it? Every other developer forum I visit DOES have sections for people to tell developers what they think.

    Maybe the name should be changed to “Users helping each other” or something, because I think it was completely logical that we all assumed this the “requests and feedback” forum was the place where we should give feedback and make requests. 🙂

    I completely agree with you Sapphire and all the other readers. Not everyone on this forum knows how to use PHP or CSS – some of us are **just bloggers** who are having to deal with a new system that no longer works in a way that is as functional as it used to.

    This particular area of the forum is called “Requests and Feedback” and should be a place where devs read the comments, surely.

    And yes, it is a free bit of software, but programmers are told to make programs that people want to use, not counter-intuitive, difficult-to-use ones.

    When it comes to complaints, criticisms and bugs, I’ve found it rather difficult to find ways of sending my thoughts to WP. I have Kvetch’d, but I can’t leave a TRAC ticket when another has already been left by someone else on the same matter.

    I’ve used 2.5 for the last couple of weeks now and I’m finding it’s taken the joy out of blogging with this bit of software. If I knew there was something better, other than Blogger out there, I would already have changed over by now until WP has changed their GUI.

    Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    @otto42

    WordPress.org Tech Dude

    This particular area of the forum is called “Requests and Feedback” and should be a place where devs read the comments, surely.

    Well, it’s not. You’re just going to have to cope with that fact.

    And I’m not going to argue “should be’s” with any of you. You’re free to complain all you like. Won’t do a bit of good, but feel free to be continue to do completely useless things in here if that’s your choice.

    This whole forum is a user-to-user forum. Users helping users. That’s it. This is not developers listening to users. This is not developers arguing with users. This whole support forum, all of it, is user-to-user.

    I’m just stating the facts as they are. You can work within those facts and accomplish things, or you can ignore them and accomplish nothing. Your call.

    but if WP devs really ignore this precious resource,

    I can’t speak for all of them, obviously, but I know several who feel that this forum is completely useless because of all the threads like these: nothing but worthless complaining. Whether those complaints are justified or not is not the point. When you’re complaining about free software, then it’s basically a slap in the face to the developer who coded it. He gives you something for free and all you can do is whine about it?

    Constructive criticism is welcomed. People saying “this sucks” usually get ignored.

    And yes, it is a free bit of software, but programmers are told to make programs that people want to use, not counter-intuitive, difficult-to-use ones.

    That sort of thing is what I’m talking about. It is non-constructive and non-helpful. “counter-intuitive, difficult-to-use” is your opinion only, not a fact. Everything you say after that statement is highly likely to be ignored.

    Also, developers of free software make software *they* want to use. They’re beholden to nobody but themselves. Their attitude tends to be more along the lines of “If you don’t like the software, then don’t use it”, because hey, maybe they didn’t write it for you.

    When it comes to complaints, criticisms and bugs, I’ve found it rather difficult to find ways of sending my thoughts to WP.

    If your thoughts are of the same quality as those you have demonstrated in this thread, then probably they’re not interested in them in the first place.

    However, if you have some more constructive and less whiny thoughts, then I’ve already posted two other ways to communicate them to the people who would be inclined to listen. And just because something is on trac already doesn’t mean you can’t put in your two cents, especially if you have an idea for a change that would advance the discussion in question.

    Because that is constructive, ideas building on other ideas. Mere complaints of “I liked it the old way” will likely simply get you ignored. Say a better way to do it instead. Back up your idea with facts and other ideas.

    But if you cannot be bothered to be constructive, then just go away instead.

    I’m rather surprised by the tone of this response from a moderator. You are a voice for WordPress and you’ve done no favours for the organisation with your reply.

    I thought open source software was made by the people, for the people? Your response suggests otherwise which leaves me rather confused.

    I completely disagree that criticising free software is a slap in the face to the developers. You make it sound as if they are under duress. Any developer that I know producing software, free or otherwise, wants to make it the best it possibly can be and you simply can’t do that if you ignore valid constructive criticsim for your users.

    I do agree that whining is pointless; constructive criticism on the other hand is valuable as you rightly point out. There are plenty of people doing just that right here because they thought it was a place to be heard. It comes as a blow to discover we’ve been putting our efforts into a pointless activity, through no fault of our own.

    You state that you won’t argue “should be’s” but that is simply a cop out. It’s NOT CLEAR that this whole forum is user-to-user as you point out and it’s entirely reasonable for us to complain about that and expect something to be done, especially since the “Requests and Feedback” forum is taglined “Feature requests; criticism”. What else are we supposed to think? Simply saying “That’s the way it is” is not helpful. Why not take our issue to somebody who can actually change it and tell them that the Feedback forum is misleading and needs improving?

    If what you say is true about this area being user-to-user only, then it would make more sense if the support forum start page made it clear in the very first paragraph of the page, and offer a link to the other avenues of feedback if someone wants to offer feedback to the WordPress devs. Then the Requests and Feedback forum should be renamed or better still, made a separate place on the site where it WILL be read by the developers.

    The other avenues you mention are currently pretty well hidden and not easy for someone to find. Why is WordPress so keen on making it hard for people to voice their criticisims? This is open source software, not some global monopoly. You should be ENCOURAGING us to contribute, and in an open way, not through arcanely labelled systems hidden in the depths of the site.

    If WordPress wants to be the best, it’s got to stop treating its serious users like this and start listening. We’re not morons as you seem to be suggesting. If you guys doesn’t listen, you’ll just go down the tubes as everyone jumps ship to find something better, in a community where people actually feel cared about.

    You know, despite what you might think, we love the software; why do you think we get so vocal about things that don’t work so well? Because we want to help make it even better! What’s wrong with that?

    I don’t really want to participate in this discussion about the interface (there are things I like and many things I don’t, just as you, guys…)

    However, clicking on my prifile (“moderator”) you will see that in a few days I’ll have 4 years in this forum. Not that would make me special or would give me any priviledge – I just know more history than most of you.

    Next, click on the title of this forum to get here:
    http://wordpress.org/support/forum/4 and then click on the link to page #146 (right top)… and look at the Wanted features list with 38 posts.
    Yes, at that time the developers used to hang around: you will recognize a lot of names if you are familar with them. WP was smaller, barely known, the development slower and less complicated (I think), less institutionalized.

    Well, years passed and a lot things has been changed. Devs come around less and less, and the focus for feedback has been shifted to the trac and the mailing lists.
    [Although, those work, I have to admit. During the RC1 or RC2 of WP 2.5 I discovered a bug in the Media Manager/uploader. Posted to the trac and next day it has been fixed. BTW, that was my first trac post ever!)

    So, I think this special forum section (Requests and Feedback) is here just by inertia. Nobody ever took a minute to think about deleting it, or hiding it (if you want to preserve it for the “posteriority” ;). An atavistic remnant of the old times…

    Again, this is not an official response – the mods are just advanced users volunteering here, and not necessarily developers! Therefore take it for waht it is: my personal opinion about the evolution of the WP forums…

    just my $0.02

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