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  • pb52

    (@paulbarrett1952)


    The message area at the top of the dashboard and all other pages is routinely abused by plugin and theme vendors who think it is their god given right to continually push unimportant messages into this area. Sometimes the banners are big. All of this marketing material gets in the way of administering the system. Some days half my screen is taken up with these message and sometimes they refuse to be dismissed or only disappear until you go to another page in the backend.

    If the vendor wants to email me, that’s fine and I don’t need the interference with my workflow.

    These unimportant messages appear in the same space as genuine error messages but we have become so inured to dismissing all the junk that sometimes we miss or delete an important one.

    Please can you do something to give us back control of the message area so that we can not have our workflow constantly interrupted and be able to see important messages?

    The ability to mute a message or vendor perhaps? Or sin bin them for say seven days and if they pick up successive sin binnings, to red card them?

    Or anything else that will let us get on with what WE consider important rather than what a marketing person decides.

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  • threadi

    (@threadi)

    Maybe this plugin can help you: https://wordpress.org/plugins/disable-admin-notices/

    Note, however, that this may also prevent technical messages that should be considered for the operation of your website.

    Moderator Jan Dembowski

    (@jdembowski)

    Forum Moderator and Brute Squad

    Please can you do something to give us back control of the message area so that we can not have our workflow constantly interrupted and be able to see important messages?

    How?

    While their maybe more plugins to control that notification/admin message abuse, those original plugin developers are using the functionality of WordPress to put those there.

    Except for a user complaining to each plugin developer in these forum individually, that is not a problem WordPress core developers can fix.

    Thread Starter pb52

    (@paulbarrett1952)

    How? – is not an easy question to answer for a user. I do get that plugin developers are only uuing what’s provided, but what I’m saying is the message area is chaotic and becoming unfit for purpose. As the application is the gatekeeper to that area, what can be done to restore order.

    Threadi’s point is well made that I could block all admin messages, but he recognises that could suppress critical messages.

    For me, the ideal would be to enforce dismissal in some way because too many of these message will just not go away, so my suggestion would be that as well as the X to dismiss there is a mute button. Click that and you get options

    – mute for 1 week
    – mute for 1 month
    – mute for 1 year
    – mute forever

    Then we can stem the tide

    Moderator Jan Dembowski

    (@jdembowski)

    Forum Moderator and Brute Squad

    How? – is not an easy question to answer for a user.

    Welcome fellow user! 😀 I’m a user too but I understand the problem.

    Threadi’s point is well made that I could block all admin messages, but he recognises that could suppress critical messages.

    EXACTLY so.

    For me, the ideal would be to enforce dismissal in some way because too many of these message will just not go away, so my suggestion would be that as well as the X to dismiss there is a mute button. Click that and you get options

    – mute for 1 week
    – mute for 1 month
    – mute for 1 year
    – mute forever

    Then we can stem the tide

    It’s not a bad idea. Part of the problem is that those plugin developers who abuse that are sometimes doing it by mistake. I know that may be difficult to believe but more often than not is it just a coding error. Dashboard admin messages are not always cut and dry.

    A developer who is playing by the rules may honor those dismiss mutes. Those developers do fix their code when informed and that does happen.

    Then there are developers who are about abuse and will never honor that dismiss as they are playing a game with the admin messages.

    *Drinks coffee*

    In both cases a user should raise a support topic for that developer asking them to fix it. If it works, great! And as I wrote that does happen.

    If not and if a week or two goes by after asking in their plugin support forums then please report that dashboard hijacking to the plugins team and they can investigate that.

    Theme message abuse is different and goes to a different team.

    Thread Starter pb52

    (@paulbarrett1952)

    But that requires a huge investment of time by me. Across all my sites I probably use 100 plugins and there are what 50,000 more out there. My experience of the ones that I’ve complained to:

    1. Silence
    2. An unfulfilled promise to fix it in a later release
    3. Defence that they need Pro licence purchases

    The users can’t and shouldn’t have to police 50,000 plugin vendors. Hence my suggestion for a mute facility

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