I am a long time WP user, using the most current version 2.8.1
When I mouse over Settings, I show a list of subpanels. Missing from the list are subpanels for the weblog, e.g., writing, discussion, miscellaneous, etc.
If I click on the Settings icon, then I get General Settings. I still lack access to the weblog's other standard subpanels.
Could a plugin, or the number of plugins that I use that offer control, have corrupted the appearance of my Settings panel?