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  • If this is “the future”, then may I ask you who made your time machine and what decade do you hail from?

    This new “editor” is straight out of page builders from the infamous Geocities/Homestead/Lycos era when everyone and their grandma wanted to build a webpage and didn’t know HTML. It’s emblematic of everything that is wrong with “innovation” today. Apparently, it all boils down to taking an old, outdated, primitive format, dressing it up as something new and then dazzle a newer generation not old enough to have been around to see it the first time.

    So many people here clearly haven’t even tried to solve any of their problems though, they just see a band wagon and their cave man brain goes ‘yes boo change!

    I think it’s adorable that you think people railing against it are “cavemen,” but the reverse is the case. The people who rave about it are like the lost tribes of the Amazon being awed by the concept of a portable lighter. There’s nothing new about this page building format. It’s a regression back to the days of Geocities for people who were so technically inept, they needed to be handheld. It may have been the future in 1992, but not in 2019.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 1 month ago by rcnyc.

    I’m old enough to remember New Coke. The analogy is apt. This is a classic case of fixing something that was never broke.

    Wow, how flippant of you to put down people’s complaints about this change as “bitching” or as people who “choose to stick with the old and familiar”.

    WordPress is not a page builder or a layout maker or a tool for developers. It’s a blogging platform and has always been a blogging platform since the very beginning. Millions of people who chose it did so because they wanted a platform where they could just type their thoughts into it like they would in a word processor and click publish. That is why the editor was designed the way it was, for the benefit of bloggers.

    Gutenberg is forcing millions of people who’ve been using this and other blogging platforms for a long time to deal with a cumbersome interface that is no longer made for them but for developers and people who want to build cheesy web sites. That’s why people are upset. They spent countless hours and in some cases a lot of money to work with this platform, only to have the very reason why they chose it in the first place yanked from them.

    And you calling this “progress”? Don’t make me laugh. I’ve been publishing on the web since I built my first home page in Homestead in 2000. Gutenberg is a throwback to 1990s page builders, free web page hosts like Geocities and the Squidoo publishing platform, so it’s anything but progress. It’s taken everything back 20 years.

    Automatic could made new tab in the editor with the gutenberg features

    @jackalpret, this is exactly what I suggested a few days ago. Why not just have two modes–block, non block, and leave it at that? Let the kids who want to play with blocks and colors and images pick “blocks” mode. Let the adults who want to just input text use text mode.

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 2 months ago by rcnyc.
    • This reply was modified 2 years, 2 months ago by rcnyc.

    Perhaps there is a point you can have both the blocks and more flow. I personally believe there is and this is something to consider in iterating.


    How about just having two different modes in Gutenberg that enable users to switch back and forth between a regular word processor and blocks? In other words, have GB behave as a word processor as the default. (Straight typing, no blocks.) If the user wants “blocks”, he/she clicks on a button marked “Switch to blocks”, and that converts the written text into blocks and they can play with formatting however they want. If the user wants to go back to straight editing again, user just clicks on “switch to word processor”, and it goes back to acting like a processor again.

    Why not do it that way, rather than ditching the word processor format altogether and alienating writers, who probably comprise a large part of your user base? If writers want to write, then let them. If people want to play with colors and images, then let them. Give both demographics the option in one interface, but just with two modes–one for writers, one for everyone else.

    But don’t just ditch one format for the other. I’m well aware of the high profile news and media sites that use Word Press. There’s no way, no how that people at these sites, who are under the gun posting breaking news stories on a daily (and maybe even hourly) basis, are going to put up with “blocks”. To keep these sites, you might as well just compromise with a revamp that gives them a straight processor mode. They’re not going to adapt to blocks no matter how much you hope to make this concept “work” in a way they might like. They don’t want blocks, don’t need blocks. They just need a simple text box to type (or copy and paste) articles into and basic formatting of text.

    Cosigned. I will drop WordPress if it’s the default. I abandoned Blogger after ten years because WP provided me with the slicker, more professional interface. Now it’s dropping that interface in favor of one that’s 10x worse than what was on Blogger and is a throwback to the Web 2.0 days. Unreal.

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by rcnyc.
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