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  • Resolved deko


    I was browsing my database tables after upgrading to 2.8.4. What the heck??!! Why all these duplicate entries?

    Then I thought to myself, “they probably put in some kind of Previous Version feature like in Windows Vista.” Sure enough, I found a list of Previous Revisions in the admin pages.

    I had not noticed this before and thought, okay, fine. Where’s the off button?

    Why no off button?

    This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen from WordPress. It goes against the very philosophy of WordPress not to mention it’s technically foolish. Do users really want to bloat their database every time they correct a typo or decide to italicize something after publishing? Page revisions may be helpful to SOME users but certainly not ALL users.

    Listen up WordPress admins and devs:


    Thank you,

    A user of WordPress since version 2.0

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  • Hi,

    Add this code in wp-config.php file of your blog:

    define(’WP_POST_REVISIONS’, false);


    Shane G.

    Thanks. I’ve also discovered a Plugin called Revision Control here:

    I’d rather avoid adding code to the wp-config.php file.

    I just upgraded a few blogs from 2.1 and can’t believe that WordPress has failed to provide a built-in OFF button for Revisions since 2.6! I’m really wondering what went wrong here. If this ‘feature’ got through a review process, what’s next? Is there no longer any adult supervision at WordPress?

    I have blogs that contain long posts well over 100,000 characters. And they often undergo small changes. So each time a comma is added or a word is capitalized… zap, another one is added to the database.

    So now I have to find a Plugin, install the Plugin, configure the Plugin, then go into the database and issue

    DELETE FROM posts WHERE post_status = 'inherit';

    to get rid of all the unwanted entries. This is NOT supposed to happen with a “state-of-the-art publishing platform.”

    Very disappointed.

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