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  • While I generally like the additions in 2.8, especially the admin panel visuals, there are some things I would love added:
    -In post/page content edition, when you switch to 1 column and then back to 2 column, the rightmost column is not populated;
    -Grouping the plugins so that the activated and not activated are not mixed;
    -In page edition I would love to be able to display in the columns the page’s order number, because I rely on them a bit;
    -Disabling auto-formatting in theme/plugin editor

    That’s all on my head I guess. Cheers!

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  • rouping the plugins so that the activated and not activated are not mixed;

    Mine are grouped that way…All, Active, Recently Active, and Inactive

    I think he means that when viewing all plugins, the activated ones should be lumped together like they used to be. I strongly second that – and is it just me, or are activated plugins no longer distinguished by having a green background? That’s an odd “improvement”, IMO.

    And please do provide a way to disable the code editor – it’s noticeably delaying the loading of my plugin and theme editor pages. It’s a nice idea, like many of your radical changes are, but, like many of your radical changes, it would be better if you made it optional. There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of recognition of the fact that some people would like to be using principally the same piece of software for more than a few months at a time. It would be great if there was a way to get some of the improvements that come from the upgrades, without having to deal with radical interface changes every time we go up a .1 version. I thought the old plugin page was fine. So much for that I guess though.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m a mad WP lover, but my upgrade to 2.8 is making things suddenly considerably more awkward. Not what I hope for in an upgrade – but that’s beginning to become a companion “feature” to each serious WP upgrade. (i.e., having to re-adapt to major–sometimes questionable–“improvements” in the interface)

    Anyway, there are probably some good, non-unsettling features in this upgrade too; I assume I’ll bump into them eventually. Thanks for those! And thanks in advance for considering ways to allow us to have a stable interface for more than three months at a stretc while still following your recommended upgrade schedule. Because for now I’m going to start advising my WP-site having folks to just stay at one version (probably 2.71) for as long as they can stand it, to avoid jolting changes.

    I do really like how you give access to all of a plugin’s files in the plugin editor. (But at the same time, you did away with the clickable list of plugins on that same page, and replaced it with a less-desirable dropdown menu.)

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