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Reblogging, and countermeasures…

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A few days ago WP introduced a questionable new feature called reblogging (see the announcement in the wp.com blog, with the silly title “We All Like to Reblog” – italics mine).

Read the forum thread on the issue: [*] lots of posts (including several by me) exposing the problems and replying to some fantastic posts by WP staff (who apparently think we’re all idiots).

Read the following relevant posts too (ordered by date) – all by experienced bloggers volunteering in the wp.com forum:

Reblogging: WordPress.com takes the thinking out of blogging, by thesacredpath.
WordPress.COM reblogging revisited, by thesacredpath.
Say No to the Plethora of Exclusive Like Buttons, by arifsali.
Is WordPress.com now a Social-Networking/Micro-Blogging Platform?, by arifsali.
Thumbs down on WordPress Reblogging, by timethief.
Do Really ALL of us want to Reblog ?, by phoxis.
Customer Dissatisfaction, by justjennifer.

The day the feature was introduced, some of these bloggers very reasonably suggested that we should have the option to disable it if we wish. WP doggedly refuses to add such an option, and avoids to explain why. As feartheseeds wrote in the forum, “the continuing resistance to such a simple change is bizarre“.

If, like us, you don’t like splogging, here’s two things you can do:

• If you have the CSS upgrade, add this to your CSS to get rid of the “Like” button (but see Update below):

#wpcombar a#wpl-like-this { display:none; }

• If you don’t have the CSS upgrade, you can use the brilliant idea Tess came up with (and I expanded on): create a suitable 100px wide image, upload it via Media > Add New, copy its URL and put this at the beginning of your posts (in the html editor):

<div style="display:none;"><img src="IMAGE URL HERE" /></div>

The image won’t show up in your post, but it will show up in the splog post if someone “reblogs” yours. It can be something like this:
Do Not Reblog
Or like this:
Create Your Own Posts
Or it can be your Copyscape or other copyright banner (thanks to timethief for the suggestion).

Of course the splogger can delete the image after the post is published. But at least you will have expressed your disapproval, for those that do it innocently and might be willing to respect you. And if your posts include other images, none of them will be reproduced in the splog post (it displays the first image to be found in a post).

Or you can use a nice irrelevant image instead, making it less likely that it will be deleted. One of the problems with this feature is that you get no notification whatsoever when someone “reblogs” your posts, so adding an invisible image with a distinctive file name is your only chance to find splog posts by searching for the image name. (Thanks to Tess again.)

Or you can include invisible text as well (or instead, if you omit the image code):

<div style="display:none;">
<img src="IMAGE URL HERE" />
TEXT HERE
</div>

If the text is around 450 characters long (including punctuation marks and spaces), the splog post will display that text alone, without a single word of your real, visible, content. One possible version here. Caution: your feeds will display the invisible text.

[*] Note: Suddenly the forum thread was closed by Matt (owner of WP), with this announcement:

“I usually don’t like closing threads, but there seems to be a spiral of misinformation going on here. People are confusing our feature, which drives traffic to your blog, increases engagement, and builds your community, with spammers who leech off the internet.

I would like everyone to try out this feature for two weeks. See if your blog disappears from Google, if aliens come and attack you, if your traffic goes up, down, or stays the same. Reblog a few posts and see what it looks like. Like a few things. In two weeks I’m happy to have a discussion with everyone on their concerns, ideas, bugs, and hugs, but we really need people to actually use and comprehend the feature first!”

He’s right. There is confusion and misinformation going on re this feature. Just not by us.

_____________________________
Update June 10:

Matt has posted four different replies on arifsali’s (first, second, third, fourth). At first I had chosen to concentrate on replies given by WP staff in the forum. But now things took a very interesting turn…

• Matt claims (again and again):
“It['s] a user feature which is why it’s in the admin bar, not your template.”
“The admin bar belongs to the user, not the blog.”
“Why would the admin bar, which belongs to the user and is 100% consistent whether you’re on my blog or CNN, change depending on which site you’re on.”

They put the Like button in the admin bar, and then they use this as an excuse against adding an opt-out. I don’t see why the admin bar has to be 100% consistent, but if you want it so, this by no means excludes the possibility of an opt-out: just don’t put the button there; or keep it there, and make opt-out blogs bring up an alert when you try to reblog from them (just like you get an alert when you try to visit a private blog).

Compare this seeming concern over the admin bar with the fact that they even allow you to remove the credits to WP from your footer (while we forum volunteers consider this not fair and as a rule advise against it).

• Matt pretends to wonder (again and again):
“I’m not sure how or why opt-out would work.”
“How would opt-out work? Would they be able to favorite a post on every site powered by WP.com except for yours?”
“Could I like a post on every site powered by WP.com except yours?”

Rephrased:
Could I reblog from a blog except if the blogger doesn’t want that?
Normal reply:
Yes, why not?
Matt reply:
“That would be confusing.”
“It’s confusing, annoying, and utterly unacceptable.”
“That would be a terrible, horrible user experience”.

Why is it confusing and all the rest? Because Matt would like us to believe so. In reality it would be no more confusing than not finding some blogs via the Tag Surfer etc. (because the bloggers themselves have marked them mature or because they don’t use tags and categories) and no more confusing than finding a post that says “this post is password-protected”, or a blog that says “this blog is private”, or a youtube video that says “embedding disabled by request”. All it takes for an opt-out to work without any confusion at all is a similar alert: “reblogging disabled by request”.

• And now the hypocrisy is gloriously revealed. Dave Bonta / sonofbruce was the first to publish (in the forum) the CSS that hides the Like button. As shoreacres noticed today (thanks shoreacres for pointing it out!), Dave’s suggestion has been replaced by this:
[removed -- modifying your admin bar like this is grounds for suspension]

Matt wrote:
“The original vision of WordPress (and WP.com) wasn’t to freeze blogging at a moment in time and never evolve and listen to our customers, it was to constantly iterate and adapt based on features our users ask for, or we like.”
And Mark (head of WP Support) wrote:
“Fair Use does exist as do many posts and bloggers who deserve a way to get wider exposure. And that’s what it is all about.”

So WP says: we listen to you, and we’re dedicated to providing what you ask for and what you deserve; but if you don’t want what we want you to want, we’ll suspend your blog.

I have no further questions, Your Honor…

_____________________________
Update July 11:

Check followup forum thread on reblogging. Notice Matt (“happy-to-have-a-discussion-with-everyone” Matt) playing deaf this time and only replying: feature stays, you go if you don’t like it… Notice same Matt (“use-and-comprehend-the-feature-first” Matt) suggesting that not being able to reblog anything but the latest post from the Time Newsfeed blog may be due to trying to reblog deleted posts

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171 thoughts on “Reblogging, and countermeasures…

  1. Just not by us.
    Hmm.
    I put up a spider image, but I need to add some words. Also have made your elegant “display none” to include a message about how I don’t appreciate being splogged.

    I didn’t sleep last night, but one of the posts in the thread Matt closed mentioned the special problem this re-blog ‘feature’ is for photo blogs. That’s what inspired me to think of putting hidden not likely to be stolen image with my already hidden message.

    Tried to figure out a way to track who is re-splogging as well, but the best I can think of is to put a unique word which could be searched for. But both “display none” and “visibility hidden” allow text to be seen in the reblog.

    Posted by Tess | June 6, 2010, 18:14
  2. Oh, wait a minute, the image maintains its name even though the title is changed to “visit post.”
    src=”URL_OF_IMAGE”

    I can spot be-s and by-s but sometimes miss the obvious!

    Posted by Tess | June 6, 2010, 18:18
  3. Thanks for d info bro.

    Posted by Rony Parvej | June 6, 2010, 18:33
  4. @Tess: It’s unbelievable. None of us spoke without having “used and comprehended” the feature (while Andy the Key Master was caught not having done his homework, and then wanted me to do it for him!). None of us said anything about aliens and the end of the world: we just asked for an opt-out. And once again, silence as to why this is a no no.

    Yes of course you can include invisible text too. And yes the image retains its name, so you can track it if the splogger doesn’t delete it. So maybe an “innocent” image would be better than the specimen notices I posted. I must add this as an alternative, mustn’t I?

    (I wonder if anyone else will understand why you wrote “I can spot be-s and by-s”!)

    Posted by Panos | June 6, 2010, 18:39
  5. @Rony: You’re welcome!

    Posted by Panos | June 6, 2010, 18:41
  6. “I didn’t sleep last night.”
    I also didn’t, searching for another platform (mainly for my school).

    Posted by K. Gregorovius | June 6, 2010, 19:00
  7. Nice round-up post, Panos.

    Just saw Matt’s thread-closing post. Didn’t surprise me too much: mis-characterizing and belittling his opponents’ positions is his standard rhetorical strategy when he finds himself in the wrong. I’ve seen it at least half a dozen times over the years. Kinda thought he might’ve grown out of it by now, though.

    Posted by Dave Bonta | June 6, 2010, 19:01
  8. @Panos,
    Well, I did show Andy an example. Shrug. I wasn’t able to sleep because of big wind, thunder, rain, and tornado warnings; my all-nighter had nothing to do with “aliens and the end of the world.” At least not on WordPress.com!
    Don’t know if the hidden text is useful or not. Re-bloggers could easily delete either or both the image or the text. It’s a thought though? I think then they would have to do the traditional copy/paste or steal feeds…
    OH. be-s and by-s: brilliant or idiot savant me? LOL

    Posted by Tess | June 6, 2010, 19:23
  9. @KG: Well I don’t think it’s such a big problem!

    By the way, at first I wanted to quote your reply re illiterates and apes, but then I thought if I started doing that I should quote lots of things from that thread, so I just gave the link to the thread instead.

    @Dave: Thanks!

    Yes, pulling out the plug shows you’re in the wrong and cannot stand or face disagreement. Matt’s move simply confirmed that they’ve got nothing more convincing to say.

    @Tess: Yes, and so did phoxis.

    Invisible text can be useful: if you add 450 characters (I think), then the splogger gets no part of your real text at all.

    Posted by Panos | June 6, 2010, 20:29
  10. June 1st, 2010 at 5:02 pm
    Comment on page, “we all like to re-blog” –
    “A bit like retweet of twitter & similar to facebook?”

    Yes, it is similar to Twitter, & why does everything have to be the same? Please keep WordPress distinctive. I don’t want to be “friended.” Let nature take its course when it comes to friends and liking or not liking blogs.

    Posted by merillion | June 6, 2010, 20:43
  11. @merillion: Exactly (and here’s my chance to quote KG’s sarcastic remark):

    “This feature promotes creativity: If you like a post, you don’t need to write anything on comments, just press a button. Even an illiterate can do it.
    And you can make an entire blog without write at all, just pressing two buttons. With this feature even an ape can learn to make a blog!”

    But others do like this monkey-blogging – and they’re entitled to. So most of us don’t say bring the feature down, we’re just saying add an opt-out for those of us who don’t like it.

    Posted by Panos | June 6, 2010, 21:37
  12. Panos – I don’t see how “just pressing a button” promotes creativity – you don’t have to think, you don’t have to write.
    Another problem I see is Copywrite. How do you “re-blog” a post that contains segments you or I had to get permission for? Could lead to a lot of trouble.

    Posted by merillion | June 6, 2010, 23:57
  13. @merillion
    YIKES!
    Panos was quoting about the stupidity of being able to make a whole blog without thinking! You are correct: with re+splogging, you don’t have to think, you don’t have to write. just reblog /press virtual buttons.

    the sarcastic remark: add link here PLEASE??

    Posted by Tess | June 7, 2010, 01:33
  14. Tess, Yes I know Panos was quoting – sorry I didn’t phrase it right. Please clarify your last sentence “the sarcastic remark: add link here PLEASE??”
    Thanks, Merillion

    Posted by merillion | June 7, 2010, 02:08
  15. SIGH … What confusion? What misinformation? I’m very clear on copyright issues and I did not misinform anyone.

    Posted by timethief | June 7, 2010, 02:49
  16. @K. Gregorovius

    I also didn’t, searching for another platform (mainly for my school).

    Here’s some very good news edgblogs runs on wpMU too and it’s an excellent community for educators and students. See here > http://edublogs.org/

    Posted by timethief | June 7, 2010, 02:53
  17. @ tt: Thank for this helpful link. I will test it, but I’d like to stay in WP.com because it allows display and interface in our language. But now, with this way to “promote creativity” (sarcastic), I think WP.com is not good for school blogs.

    @ panos: I’m glad you like the post. I feel proud, I’m a beginner here.

    This afternoon, browsing in the web I found the a term for the new monkey-blogging world: The Clonosphere (in a post about imitation in web design).

    Regards

    Posted by Gregorovius | June 7, 2010, 04:43
  18. I’m sorry, here you are my identity and my gravatar.

    Posted by K. Gregorovius | June 7, 2010, 04:47
  19. @merillion

    Millions of apologies. A mistake:
    “the sarcastic remark: add link here PLEASE??”

    I meant to paste just my silly: ≥^!^≤
    but instead pasted that stupid end of gossip bit meant for someone else:
    GAK: Just proves to go that one should not be snarky online, especially if one does not re-read before hitting submit.
    Really, everyone at work is great, but some of their teen-aged kids are “odd.”

    Again, sorry: not meant for you.

    Tess

    Posted by Tess | June 7, 2010, 06:04
  20. Well, I might as well embarass myself right here and now.

    I’ve just purchased the CSS upgrade. I see that
    #wpcombar a#wpl-like-this { display:none; }
    is to be added, and I’ve found the place in the blog where that would appear.

    However – when I go to Appearances/edit CSS, the only thing that comes up is the style sheet. It doesn’t show everything I see when I go to my blog and click “view/source”. How do I get to the place where I can insert {display:none;}? Do I copy and paste the source code into the CSS edit window? Do I do the whole thing or only the part I want to change?

    I’m just at a loss here, but I work entirely too hard on my writing to see it tossed around from blogger to blogger. I’ll deal with the big issues later. Right now I just want to solve my problem ;-)

    Thanks so much.

    Posted by shoreacres | June 7, 2010, 07:37
  21. ADD: Many thanks to Dave Bonta, who guided me through the process – all is well.

    Now that I have my CSS upgrade, I suppose I’ll end by messing about with it and learning even more ;-)

    Posted by shoreacres | June 7, 2010, 08:53
  22. @merillion & Tess & K.G. & shoreacres: Sorry, I wasn’t available – but I can see you’ve sorted out everything!

    @ K.G.: “Clonosphere” – nice!

    @tt: Some members did post badly on copyright, but neither you nor any other experienced volunteer misinformed anyone re copyright or anything else (while staff did misinform). Matt couldn’t come up with anything better to say, so he took advantage of those bad posts, conveniently ignoring all the rest, slandering all of us in the process, and closing the thread so we couldn’t reply. Pathetic.

    ‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.’
    ‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’
    ‘The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master – that’s all.’

    Posted by Panos | June 7, 2010, 10:38
  23. My comment in The Reblogging Feature Announcement (We All Like to Reblog) is awaiting moderation… (tic-tac-tic-tac-tic-tac):

    I agree with timethief, Jennifer, K. Gregorovius…: an opt-out option is needed, without it the new feature provides tools for breach of copyright, or any other license. And Like function is really useless (and awful, IMHO, of course).

    Yes, Like function is really awful!

    IMHO, of course. :-)

    Posted by Galois | June 7, 2010, 14:13
  24. @Galois: IYHO, of course – which happens to be the HO of others too, which is partly why I called that title “ridiculous” in the forum and “silly” here…

    Posted by Panos | June 7, 2010, 20:01
  25. @Tess: You are totally, absolutely forgiven! :)

    Posted by merillion | June 7, 2010, 21:38
  26. “display:none;” Brilliant. (Wonder how long it will take them to strip that out.) ;-)

    Posted by Jennifer | June 7, 2010, 23:13
  27. Thanks for offering the “display:none;” — I experimented with it for this post: http://wp.me/p41t9-OJ

    While it does prevent the ‘filler text’ and the thumbnail from showing on the blog itself, it is visible when ‘publicized’ on Facebook [eek], and a simply copy-paste also grabs the hidden text.

    But it does look nice on the blog — :)

    Posted by Ryl | June 8, 2010, 00:33
  28. @Jennifer: Tess’s idea! How long it’ll take them? Judging from the other code I told you about, veery long.

    Posted by Panos | June 8, 2010, 02:41
  29. @Ryl: You’re welcome and thanks for reporting! Boy, you put a whole lecture there!

    I’m not using Facebook, so I didn’t try that (or even think about it, to say the truth). Anyway the display:none suggestion is an “available means” solution, not a perfect one.

    Copy-paste grabs the hidden text? Where from?

    Posted by Panos | June 8, 2010, 02:47
  30. @Ryl:
    I think the bad news is that the warning text and/or image are picked up via feeds. I don’t know about Facebook, but I’m assuming that it gets hold of your post with a feed?

    I didn’t realize it was a problem until I say the feed for the post I just published. EEK is right! There is my ugly spider asking people not to re-blog my post, and the text too.

    It appears that once the feed goes out, you can add the “display:none;” code. But I’m no expert on how feeds and subscriptions work.

    Posted by Tess | June 8, 2010, 02:58
  31. @Tess: Oh yes you’re right – hadn’t thought about that either! I’ll see what I can do about it in the post.

    Posted by Panos | June 8, 2010, 03:00
  32. @panos
    Echo. Notice the times are local here too? odd.
    (you are up early!!)

    Posted by Tess | June 8, 2010, 03:01
  33. @Panos: Regarding the copy-paste — if I do a a right-click style function [tho' I'm on a Mac] to highlight and copy on the whole block of visible text on that post, it does grab the hidden text,…

    … re: the ‘lecture’, I figure as long as I’ve got their attention, I might as well take advantage of the moment! :D

    @Tess: That post notice when out to Facebook via the ‘publicize’ function — which I won’t pretend to understand how it works.

    So if I do the ‘lecture’ again, it’ll go in after the post is already published. ~ sigh ~

    Posted by Ryl | June 8, 2010, 03:24
  34. @Tess: Shame on me no to think of the feeds while I knew it: all my posts start with the URL of my blog (invisible), and I know it shows up in the feeds, but I forgot it…

    By the way: up late, not up early.

    Posted by Panos | June 8, 2010, 03:29
  35. @Ryl: In which browser?

    (I’m a Mac user too.)

    Posted by Panos | June 8, 2010, 03:35
  36. @Panos: I’m using [the current] Firefox, on Mac OS X, 10.6.3 — laptop and desktop.

    Posted by Ryl | June 8, 2010, 03:39
  37. @Panos,
    I knew it too: I’ve been using “visibility:hidden;” to put my link into my feeds. (It was you who gave me that!) I did actually look at the feeds but I had added the “display:none;” code to older posts. It didn’t occur to me that the feeds had already gone out.

    I think we both wanted something to work. It does, but not so elegantly.

    Posted by Tess | June 8, 2010, 04:50
  38. Hello gain,
    I just popping in to show you what I’m pasting into my posts now.

    Posted by timethief | June 8, 2010, 05:57
  39. It’s a copyscape banner and I’ll put the code between square brackets. Hopefully, it will display.
    []

    Posted by timethief | June 8, 2010, 05:59
  40. Well it didn’t display what a PITA! Copyscape Plagiarism Prevention banner. Defend your site with a plagiarism warning banner to warn potential plagiarists against stealing your content. Choose a banner from the gallery below and click to add it to your site.

    Posted by timethief | June 8, 2010, 06:02
  41. (With luck), here’s a link to the image of the Copyscape button from my blog.

    Posted by shoreacres | June 8, 2010, 06:15
  42. Okay, a digital Copyscape ‘plaque’ with a link looks official and is better than nothing. At least it’s a way of letting the readers know directly of both our rights and our *really* earnest sentiments on the matter.

    Posted by Ryl | June 8, 2010, 08:35
  43. @Ryl: Current fox too (among others), but OS 10.5.8; can’t copy-paste the way you described.

    @timethief: Thanks for the suggestion – added it to the post!

    Posted by Panos | June 8, 2010, 12:11
  44. After making the CSS change, last nightI asked a WP friend to double check. He discovered he still was able to see the star and “like” button on my page.

    I looked, and “View/source” shows precisely the same code on his page and mine. And yet, I can’t see the star and “like” on “shoreacres” posts when I log in under another name I created.

    I’d be obliged if someone could take a quick look and see if that danged star/like is there or not.

    Posted by varnishgal | June 8, 2010, 15:12
  45. Whoops. Apologies.

    I was logged in under my “fake name” of varnishgal. The blog, of course, is at “shoreacres”.

    Posted by shoreacres | June 8, 2010, 15:14
  46. @shoreacres: No, the Like tab isn’t visible. Your friend was probably looking at a cached version of your page.

    What do you mean by precisely the same code on his page and yours? Has he hidden the tab?

    Posted by Panos | June 8, 2010, 16:05
  47. Please understand ~ sometimes I say things the wrong way because I know so little about all this.

    I logged in as varnishgal. Then, I pulled up “shoreacres” page and my friend’s page. His had the like button, mine did not. When I clicked “view/source” for both pages, the relevant code surrounding the like function was identical.

    I didn’t think of a cached page because I’d provided him a direct link to a specific post in my email.

    Hope that makes it more clear ;-)

    Posted by shoreacres | June 8, 2010, 16:11
  48. If you know how to look at your source code, you know more than lots of users! Actually it was me that asked a stupid question: your CSS doesn’t show up in the source code.

    Posted by Panos | June 8, 2010, 16:30
  49. I wonder why… Did they fear they might start having more than “only 30 concerned out of multiple millions”? Or have they run out of unconvincing answers?

    Posted by Panos | June 8, 2010, 22:08
  50. Comments closed also in http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2010/06/01/we-all-like-to-reblog/

    And my comment…. is awaiting moderation!! (tic-tac-tic-tac-tic-tac-tic-tac-tic-tac) => http://archivos2.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/captura-reblogging.jpg
    :-P

    Posted by Galois | June 8, 2010, 23:52
  51. Reminds me of something I had read in a novel once: parents press their daughter to reveal something, she comes up with an excuse, they don’t believe her, comes up with another, and so on; till finally she goes:
    “Leave me alone, I don’t have any lies left”…

    Posted by Panos | June 9, 2010, 02:28
  52. @K.G. and Galois: And another gem here. A thread on reblogging (by K.G.), linking to arifsali’s post, moved to Off-Topic.

    Posted by Panos | June 9, 2010, 09:21
  53. Thanks so much for the CSS code for removing the like button.

    Posted by Sandra Lee | June 9, 2010, 09:47
  54. @Sandra: My pleasure!

    Posted by Panos | June 9, 2010, 09:50
  55. @Panos, thanks for identifying the “off-topic” thread at the forum. I have summarized the situation with links.

    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/if-wpcom-want-to-get-into-the-social-networkingmicro-blogging-field?replies=3#post-474114

    It seems many people have been discussing this issue through their blogs. Based on the fact that two of the related threads are now closed, it would be helpful if those whom I have not listed, could go to that off topic thread and add their links.

    Let’s just leave the thread off topic and lets just submit our links. At the end of the day, if nothing comes out, we would still have a satisfaction that we spoke.

    Posted by AA | June 9, 2010, 20:22
  56. @Sandra: Forgot to mention that Dave Bonta suggested the same CSS code in the “Reblogging” forum thread before I published my post. I didn’t give him credit in my post because I had already found out the same thing myself.

    @AA: Yes, but posting in Off-Topic almost equals not posting at all: the thread is practically buried there – for most members it’s out of sight. But Matt wrote: “In two weeks I’m happy to have a discussion with everyone”; well, in two weeks we’ll be there…

    Posted by Panos | June 10, 2010, 04:27
  57. An important note:

    Dave’s comment in that now-closed forum thread has been edited to remove the CSS code for removing the Like button, with a note that “modifying your admin bar like this is grounds for suspension.”

    The argument is that the Admin bar belongs to the user, not the blog, as Matt and others have argued. I happen to disagree, but my opinion is worth exactly zero.

    I must say the heavy-handed tactics being used are a far cry from all the fuzzy-wuzzy-let’s-hold-hands-and-be-bloggie-friends-together rhetoric that’s been usual around here. I haven’t a clue what it is, but apparently something big is at stake here, and it’s worth hacking (!) off a bunch of bloggers who are professional in their approach and committed to content.

    You’d better believe I’ll be there in two weeks.

    Posted by shoreacres | June 10, 2010, 04:41
  58. >>posting in Off-Topic almost equals not posting at all<<

    I guess I learned my lesson, had no idea. That thread is invisible unless I go through my user name.

    Anyways, I am wondering if there is a thread anywhere, a step-by-step notes on how to migrate from WP.com to WP.org, with pros and cons for long standing blogs at WP.com and good standing on search engines?

    I believe there should be a sticky thread on this at the forum. Lots of people ask this when they go through the move.

    Posted by AA | June 10, 2010, 05:54
  59. “…apparently something big is at stake here…”

    Yup. Pride… and money.

    In April, 2008, WP introduced a feature called “Related Posts”. They made the announcement on their blog, which no one read. The feature relied on categories and tags to bring bloggers together, randomly.

    For example, it placed links to Scientology’s WP blog under posts written by anti-Scientology bloggers, and vice versa. It even placed a link to a post I had written about my brother surviving the 9-11 attacks, under a post written about flower pots.

    History repeats:
    http://saltedlithium.wordpress.com/2008/04/30/communication-breakdown/

    WordPress’ communications strategy has improved a little — with the announcements on our Dashboard — as a result of the negative reaction to the introduction of the related links feature, but there’s obviously something still missing.

    It’s strange, mostly because it’s a feature I really cannot see Reblogging being popular.

    If there was such a demand for it, I’d have expected to see blog posts everywhere I surfed made up of nothing but copy & pasted material, with a link saying “Ge Here For More”.

    I’ve used quotes from other blogs on a few occasions, and always made sure there was a link back to the original post, but that was to give a much larger post context.

    So, who’s going to use the “Reblog” function more than once or twice? Who’s the target market for the “Like / Reblog” function? And, what does it do to bring people to WordPress?

    Posted by Gabriel... | June 10, 2010, 09:44
  60. Pay attention: shoreacres wrote

    An important note:

    Dave’s comment in that now-closed forum thread has been edited to remove the CSS code for removing the Like button, with a note that “modifying your admin bar like this is grounds for suspension.”

    It’s amazing!

    Posted by Galois | June 10, 2010, 12:04
  61. @shoreacres & Galois: See post Update.

    @AA: I know nothing about the transition, but I think there is stuff on this in the forum. Or you can ask – thesacredpath or timethief, and others, should know.

    Posted by Panos | June 10, 2010, 16:28
  62. @Gabriel: Hi and welcome here.

    “Pride… and money.” Exactly – only it’s a very immature sense of pride… As I wrote in the forum, I would have no objection if they honestly said they want the feature because they think it’s best for their business and spared us all the bullshit.

    Right about the rest too. The “Possibly Related Posts” are quite possibly very unrelated too! (And of course you’ve got the option to disable the feature.)

    “I’ve used quotes from other blogs on a few occasions, and always made sure there was a link back to the original post, but that was to give a much larger post context.” That’s exactly the difference between meaningful blogging and this inane “reblogging”. But Mark wants to believe otherwise: “You quote other people’s blogs? This is no different.”

    Posted by Panos | June 10, 2010, 16:34
  63. @AA: Sorry, your June 8 post was withheld because of the multiple links. I just saw it and restored it.

    I had seen Matt’s “thoughts”, and I’m replying to them in today’s Update.

    Posted by Panos | June 10, 2010, 20:25
  64. Panos: I put a link to your post in that comment.

    Best regards.

    Posted by Galois | June 13, 2010, 23:41
  65. Yes I know Galois, thank you; the problem is the post “Rebelion contra el me gusta”.

    Posted by Panos | June 14, 2010, 01:48
  66. The option to disable the “Like feature” is here!

    Settings-> Privacy-> Likes-> Do not show likes on my blog posts

    I like it! :-)

    Posted by Galois | July 26, 2010, 15:46
  67. Many thanks for the note – it’s a reasonable solution which we all knew was possible. I’m pleased.

    Posted by shoreacres | July 26, 2010, 15:53
  68. Hoorah! The button still shows, but it is disabled.

    A little “time-out” cooling off period must have helped: maybe our boy is maturing…

    Posted by Tess | July 26, 2010, 19:47
  69. @Galois: Thanks for the good news! But apparently they’re still working on it: doesn’t work yet.

    @shoreacres: This reasonable solution had been suggested from the start, but someone was too stubborn…

    @Tess: It’s disabled since at least yesterday, regardless of whether you’ve checked the option or not.

    Posted by Panos | July 26, 2010, 20:20
  70. Hooray for the choice!

    Posted by AA | July 26, 2010, 21:17
  71. @Panos: Rats, I just got back and noticed that it’s not working on anyone’s blogs. I haven’t noticed anyone in the forum complaining about it not working! Maybe they won’t notice…

    Posted by Tess | July 26, 2010, 22:22
  72. A placebo button — what good is that?

    Posted by Ryl | July 26, 2010, 22:39
  73. @AA: Hooray – when it’ll start working.

    @Tess: There was one:
    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/likereblog-button-1?replies=2#post-488912
    (And if it’s only one since yesterday, then the feature isn’t as popular as our boy would like it to be…)

    Posted by Panos | July 26, 2010, 22:39
  74. @Ryl: They’re either working on it or they’ve messed things up…

    Posted by Panos | July 26, 2010, 22:41
  75. I’m going to be a curmudgeon and wait for the public announcement. :)

    Posted by Jennifer | July 26, 2010, 22:49
  76. @Jennifer: No you’re an optimist; I’m the curmudgeon: a public announcement after all the “we all like to reblog” fanfare and after Matt’s “confusing”, “annoying”, “horrible”, “utterly unacceptable”, “we’d never do it”?

    Posted by Panos | July 26, 2010, 23:00
  77. So, you’re saying I shouldn’t hold my breath waiting for the public announcement? ;-)

    Oh, and by the way, the language of the setting implies its ON by default. No surprise there, I guess.

    Posted by Jennifer | July 26, 2010, 23:20
  78. I’m afraid I rushed a bit… :-(

    Posted by Galois | July 27, 2010, 00:33
  79. Great news! ☆Like!

    Posted by K. Gregorovius | July 27, 2010, 00:44
  80. Perdón>, Galois, I didn’t update the page before publishing.

    Posted by K. Gregorovius | July 27, 2010, 00:46
  81. Hmmmm…. Where did the opt-out box in my Settings disappear to?

    I indicated I wanted to opt out, and the “like” disappeared from my admin bar. Then, it reappeared on the bar but I still had a box to opt out in my privacy settings. Now, even that is gone.

    They must still be messing around with it.

    Posted by shoreacres | July 27, 2010, 00:50
  82. Update:
    The option to disable the “Like feature” disappears!

    I indicated I wanted to opt out, and the “like” disappeared from my admin bar. Then, it reappeared on the bar but I still had a box to opt out in my privacy settings. Now, even that is gone.

    shoreacres: yes, the option is gone.

    Posted by Galois | July 27, 2010, 00:58
  83. Mmm…the option is in
    Appearance-> Extras-> Show likes on my blog posts

    But, it doesn’t work…

    Posted by Galois | July 27, 2010, 01:17
  84. @Jennifer: Yup…

    @Galois: No you didn’t rush, you did very well to alert us. It’s something we’re interested in, and frankly I’ll enjoy seeing how long it’ll take them till they get it right.

    @shoreacres: So they are working on it. Or, more appropriately, fumbling

    @KG: So at the moment it’s possibly great news…

    Posted by Panos | July 27, 2010, 01:24
  85. @Galois: Now this is getting ridiculous! Love it!

    Posted by Panos | July 27, 2010, 01:27
  86. :-D

    Posted by Galois | July 27, 2010, 01:30
  87. USED: “Appearance-> Extras-> Show likes on my blog posts”- unchecked it – SO FAR IT’S WORKING!

    Posted by merillion | July 27, 2010, 02:06
  88. Appearance -> Extras is a much more logical place for it than under privacy settings. If only it worked! Maybe when Matt told us he couldn’t see how to impliment such a thing, he was being straight up.

    Posted by Dave Bonta | July 27, 2010, 02:07
  89. @merillion – So it’s working for some of us and not for others, eh? Weird.

    Posted by Dave Bonta | July 27, 2010, 02:09
  90. @Dave – You must have faith. And hope. :))

    Posted by merillion | July 27, 2010, 02:12
  91. Whatever. //shrugs

    The Curmudgeon

    Posted by Jennifer | July 27, 2010, 07:39
  92. @merillion: I’ve got hope but I don’t have faith! Checked your latest post: the Like button is there – not working, but there.

    @Dave: Extras is more logical, but moving the option around isn’t! I thought professionals would think about it first, then plant the thing where most logical. Oh, and make it work too…

    (Oh, and these are the professionals that according to Matt provide better help than us forum volunteers…)

    Posted by Panos | July 27, 2010, 09:47
  93. Checked your latest post: the Like button is there – not working, but there.

    The ‘Like button’ still works: push the button for like it. Refresh the page. And again, push the button for reblogging.

    Posted by Galois | July 27, 2010, 11:40
  94. LOL, Tess can always find a more complicated way to do something, right?
    type this:
    http://POST_LINK_HERE/?like=1&_wpounce=1ccf414c78
    You can “like” a post, but it goes to a 404 not-found, and it seems that you were unable to “like.”
    But wait, there’s more! Refresh the page and voila, there is one more “like” on the post. Then you can click on the button and reblog to your heart’s content.

    Posted by Tess | July 27, 2010, 16:35
  95. Ah it’s getting more and more ridiculous…

    Posted by Panos | July 27, 2010, 22:27
  96. Ah it’s getting more and more ridiculous…

    The show must go on! => the option isn’t
    Appearance-> Extras-> Show likes on my blog posts :-D

    Posted by Galois | July 27, 2010, 23:07
  97. (click play button) [gigya src="http://assets.mixpod.com/swf/mp3/mp-dog.swf" height="200" width="203" quality="high" wmode="transparent" flashvars="myid=61981630&path=2010/07/27&mycolor=6BFF30&mycolor2=42B364&mycolor3=3B7678&autoplay=false&loop=false&rand=0&f=4&vol=100&pat=0&grad=false" ]

    Posted by Panos | July 27, 2010, 23:59
  98. A good way to know WordPress.com news before they are applied is GlotPress:
    http://translate.wordpress.com/projects/wpcom/gl/default?filters%5Bstatus%5D=either&filters%5Boriginal_id%5D=23510
    (I was not spying, just going to translate a few things)
    But best let the green dog wag his tail …
    Regards.

    Posted by K. Gregorovius | July 28, 2010, 02:56
  99. I’m sorry, permalink don’t works here. Go to any language and press untranslated (sort by priority). Just now is the sixth string.
    Nice green dog! …

    Posted by K. Gregorovius | July 28, 2010, 03:18
  100. @KG: Thanks! Permalink works for me (clicked “Untranslated”, saw “Show likes on my blog posts”).

    Posted by Panos | July 28, 2010, 09:10
  101. Permalink should take you to the exact string. Anyway, this is the phrase I wanted to show you.
    Have a nice day!

    Posted by K. Gregorovius | July 28, 2010, 17:46
  102. Ah I see. Good day to you too!

    Posted by Panos | July 28, 2010, 22:16
  103. @Galois (& shoreacres & Tess & AA & Ryl & Jennifer & K.G. & merillion & Dave): Unfortunately it’s not what we hoped it to be…

    Posted by Panos | August 4, 2010, 02:23
  104. I quote from the post:

    If you’d prefer not to display likes on any of your blog posts we’ve provided an option to turn them off under “Appearance > Extras.” You can still enable or disable likes selectively on individual posts through the “Show likes on this post” checkbox when editing or writing a new post.

    It works or not? That is the question…

    Posted by Galois | August 4, 2010, 02:47
  105. It works. But having that option on means you get a Like button at the bottom of each single post (as well as the avatars of those who have “liked” the post). Nothing to do with disabling reblogging from your blog.

    Posted by Panos | August 4, 2010, 02:56
  106. Well, it looks as though it’s workable for me.

    I have disabled the “like” function. The star still appears in the admin bar, but nothing happens when it’s clicked. Also, I don’t have the little box at the bottom of individual posts saying “Be the first to like this post”, as others do who have not disabled the function.

    From what I can tell, with the “like” function disabled, reblogging’s not an issue, since that’s only available within the “like” system.

    Or so it seems…. That’s what I hope, anyhow.

    Posted by shoreacres | August 4, 2010, 03:08
  107. @shoreacres: No. As Tess found out (see here), you can still reblog through the tab in the admin bar. And I’m afraid the way it is now is just a bug that will be “corrected”.

    Posted by Panos | August 4, 2010, 03:16
  108. …and the post from the suppot page:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/likes/

    Posted by Galois | August 4, 2010, 03:21
  109. suppot=support + 3 extra beers ;-)

    Posted by Galois | August 4, 2010, 03:23
  110. @Galois, @panos

    I wrote the Support page and just changed it to clarify the language. If you use the controls for toggling Likes in the Dashboard, it hides/shows the Like controls that we added at the end of your posts (because we’re inserting things into your content).

    The admin bar functionality will be still shown at all times.

    I’m sorry for the confusion.

    Posted by Ryan Markel | August 4, 2010, 03:34
  111. @Ryan: Thanks for dropping by.

    At the moment the admin bar functionality is dysfunctional!

    (And what about our opt-out request? We won’t ever get a sensible reply, will we?)

    Posted by Panos | August 4, 2010, 03:53
  112. @Panos: Any time.

    Can someone give a quick rundown of how the admin bar button is not working? It was not taking clicks properly for a short time today just before we pushed the new in-post Likes to everyone, but I’m not aware of any other inconsistencies. It should work properly across every WordPress.com blog.

    If you can give me steps I can use to reproduce any weirdness, that would be best. If you don’t want to do that in blog comments, please visit the Support contact page and send in a request. You can mark it for my attention if you would like.

    Posted by Ryan Markel | August 4, 2010, 20:10
  113. @Ryan: If you visit a post with no Likes, the admin bar button seems dead. If you click on it then refresh the page, it changes to “You Like This” and its dropdown shows up. (Mac – same behaviour in Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Opera.)

    Posted by Panos | August 4, 2010, 21:20
  114. If you visit a post with no Likes, the admin bar button seems dead. If you click on it then refresh the page, it changes to “You Like This” and it’s dropdown shows up.

    I just checked this behavior in Safari 5 (Mac) and it seems to be working as intended. I checked it both on my personal blog and on WordPress.tv. There is a short delay after clicking the Like button in the Admin Bar, but it does change. It takes maybe a second-and-a-half to my perception.

    Posted by Ryan Markel | August 4, 2010, 21:26
  115. On my Mac (OS 10.5.8, latest Safari and Firefox) it’s as I described. Tess and others have reported the same, plus there was an isolated complaint in the forum:
    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/likereblog-button-1?replies=2#post-488912

    Posted by Panos | August 4, 2010, 21:31
  116. On my Mac (OS 10.5.8, latest Safari and Firefox) it’s as I described.

    I’ve checked with several user accounts and the drop-down always appears, just a bit delayed from the click. I’m not able to reproduce this.

    If you’re using Firefox, do you have Firebug installed? Turning on AJAX logging/error reporting and then clicking the button might give you some information that could help us figure this one out.

    Posted by Ryan Markel | August 4, 2010, 21:50
  117. I just checked mine on Firefox, Maxthon and IE7.

    I have disabled likes. The box does not show up.

    However, if I click the like in the admin bar and then refresh, it does indeed show that I have liked the post and provides the option to reblog.

    I assume that opting out of the “likes” function should mean – well, that I’ve opted out and that no one can like my posts. Call me crazy, but I don’t want to be “liked”. ;-)

    Posted by shoreacres | August 4, 2010, 21:55
  118. Oh – and I’m on a PC, not a Mac.

    Posted by shoreacres | August 4, 2010, 21:56
  119. I assume that opting out of the “likes” function should mean – well, that I’ve opted out and that no one can like my posts. Call me crazy, but I don’t want to be “liked”.

    There is no setting to remove the Like controls from the admin bar – they will always appear whenever you are viewing a post on a WordPress.com blog.

    The new option only controls the Like controls that are inserted after your posts.

    You did give me an idea for testing further on the above, though. Thanks.

    Posted by Ryan Markel | August 4, 2010, 21:57
  120. @shoreacres: You’re not alone in not wanting to be “liked”. As you know, several users have asked for an opt-out option, and we never got a convincing reply as to why WP won’t consider that.

    @Ryan: Sorry, I do have Firebug installed, but I can’t find “AJAX logging/error reporting” anywhere.

    As for the opt-out, my suggestion in the forum (here) was a “reblogging disabled by request” pop-up. I think it was a reasonable suggestion, but neither Matt nor anyone else deigned to reply.

    Posted by Panos | August 4, 2010, 22:14
  121. @Ryan ~

    Now I’m really confused. We are given the option to opt out of the like function, but opting out doesn’t do anything?

    I understand that opting out removes the box at the bottom of the post. That works fine for me. And I understand that the like/star in the admin bar will be there all the time. No problem with that.

    But I would assume opting out of the like function would, at minimum, disable the like function in the admin bar, even if the star remains, and it doesn’t.

    Now, granted, you have to work at it a bit to make it “like” a post if the option has been declined on the appearance/extras page, but it seems the clear intent was to give an opt-out on the entire “like” function, not merely the placement of a box on the blog page.

    As I said, I’m just confused.

    Posted by shoreacres | August 4, 2010, 22:24
  122. @shoreacres: We’re not given “the option to opt out of the like function”. (God forbid!) We’re only given the option to display or not display the Like button (together with the avatars of those who have “liked” the post) at the bottom of our posts.

    Posted by Panos | August 4, 2010, 22:32
  123. I was able to reproduce the problem you guys were seeing with the Like button, so we’ll get that fixed up. Thanks for mentioning it and helping me track it down; I probably wouldn’t have found the problem without your comments here.

    The option in Appearance > Extras was never intended to provide an opt out of the overall Likes and reblogging experience. It’s just for the pre-comments controls (like Panos said), since those are on your site’s pages and not in the Admin Bar.

    Posted by Ryan Markel | August 4, 2010, 22:54
  124. Well, thanks to both of you. I’m disappointed, but there you are.

    Ryan, I understand it makes no difference to WP what I think, but you should know this change is being widely discussed as part of a continuing and unfortunate trend toward making WordPress no more than a social networking site.

    The good news, for me, is that no one yet has liked a single one of my posts. I consider that a great achievement, and hope to carry it forward in the months to come. ;-)

    Posted by shoreacres | August 4, 2010, 23:14
  125. @Ryan: You’re welcome.

    As for the second paragraph, I won’t get tired of asking: why won’t WP consider providing an opt out?

    Posted by Panos | August 4, 2010, 23:17
  126. See, this is what I’ve always liked about WordPress.com: most people I’ve ever dealt with in the organization have been friendly and responsive. This makes the rare lapses, as in the forum discussion of an opt-out for reblogging, all that much harder to understand.

    Posted by Dave Bonta | August 4, 2010, 23:36
  127. @Dave: Agree. I don’t have any complaints about anyone from WP except Matt.

    Posted by Panos | August 4, 2010, 23:49
  128. Ratings, Like on admin bar, Like at the bottom of each post.
    Likes everywhere! … And, even more annoying, Reblog.
    What I like is Fanfare Ciocarlia playing their trumpets into the green dog, and I like to replay this music.
    (I had not heard the music on the previous visit, and I love it)

    Posted by K. Gregorovius | August 5, 2010, 04:59
  129. Why won’t WP consider providing an opt out?

    I really would prefer this not turn into an argument about opt-out or not, which is why I did not answer the question already. I came here to try and help (and be helped, apparently). :)

    To keep it succinct: We did consider the feedback on the feature change. The decision made was not to offer an opt-out for the new social features.

    Posted by Ryan Markel | August 5, 2010, 06:31
  130. @KG: And Plinky Prompts, and Post-by-Voice… WP seems bent on turning blogging into a toy: no need to think much, or try hard, just click buttons and we’re all happy (and this is euphemistically called “social features”). Obviously the Facebook target group is more important than serious bloggers.

    @Ryan: Of course you’re welcome here, and —as you saw— the fact that this particular bug suits me fine didn’t stop me from reporting it and trying to help too. (But the reason why you came here isn’t reason enough for me not to ask other questions!)

    “The decision made was not to offer an opt-out”: That much we already know! I’m sure you realize how strange it is that you (plural) always avoid saying why.

    Posted by Panos | August 5, 2010, 14:59
  131. Obviously the Facebook target group is more important than serious bloggers.

    We love Facebook! (in my blog there is a t-shirt very pretty) ;-)

    Posted by Galois | August 5, 2010, 15:14
  132. Haha – love it! A must for all of us Facebook lovers…

    Posted by Panos | August 5, 2010, 15:26
  133. As a teacher I am, neither as human being, not to think and not to try hard are not for my taste. It’s absolutely against my work.
    Nice t-shirt, Galois, I saw it long ago.

    Posted by K. Gregorovius | August 6, 2010, 02:09
  134. Social Media = $100, 000, 000, 000 in potential profits
    Blogging = $8.50 in potential profits

    …that’s why we have Like buttons above and below our content, that’s why people’s gravatars are now appearing under our content, and that’s why we’re encouraged to Reblog content we find interesting.

    The ‘Reblog’ is an interesting little device. I think at first people thought it turned the User into a Splogger, but a Splogger makes money off the crap they steal, and WP Users won’t even see the ads on the Reblogged content.

    And that’s the thing… Reblogging isn’t about reposting content from poetry or gardening blogs, Reblogging is about increasing traffic to the Big Blogs where the ads are, so more people will see the ads.

    But ads are only a piece of the Social Media revenue stream, the real money is in User information that can be sold and used. Facebook uses the Likes to tailor ads to the Users likes and dislikes, but FB also collects everything the User gives them and sells it off.

    So if Reblogging is about bringing more people to the ads, how could WordPress use the ‘Like’ buttons to tap further into the User Info revenue stream?

    When someone Likes a post, for example, not only does WP keep track of the Liked post, but the tags and categories of the post someone Likes could also narrow their Ad Profile even further… your tags become part of my profile.

    It’s an interesting thing… Reblogging and Like buttons operating as User information collection tools.

    So… how much longer before there’s space on our WP / Gravatar profiles for favourite movies? There’s a certain inevitability to all of this…

    Posted by Gabriel... | August 6, 2010, 09:04
  135. @KG: I’m a teacher too, and I’ve always detested anything that promotes mental laziness.

    @Gabriel: Of course. That’s why my attitude since the beginning of this story has been: WP is a corporation, and a corporation always seeks more profit, which would have been fine with me if they had simply said Reblogging is good for WP and spared us all the bullshit about how they care for us.

    Posted by Panos | August 6, 2010, 13:23
  136. Tess: the dog is still wagging his tail. Fortunately…. ;-)

    Posted by Galois | August 7, 2010, 02:45
  137. Never mind. It must have been my browser having a sneeze: the doggie was gone but he’s back again…

    Posted by Tess | August 7, 2010, 02:50
  138. The Reblog feature is a Tumblr-killer, that’s what it is, but Gabriel is right: they’ve hamstrung it in order to keep the reblogs going to posts from which they collect ad revenue, rather than make available a Reblog to WordPress.com button for our browser so we can reblog anything from anywhere.

    Posted by raincoaster | August 7, 2010, 04:19
  139. The Reblog feature is a Tumblr-killer, that’s what it is, but Gabriel is right: they’ve hamstrung it in order to keep the reblogs going to posts from which they collect ad revenue, rather than make available a Reblog to WordPress.com button for our browser so we can reblog anything from anywhere.

    Perhaps we should be publicizing this better:

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/press-this/

    It’s been in self-hosted WordPress since 2008, and replaced a very similar function that was around for a good long while before that.

    I use this to reblog tons of stuff from all over the place.

    Posted by Ryan Markel | August 7, 2010, 05:52
  140. As far as I can tell, the bug is not yet fixed.

    But I just discovered another anomaly. I accidentally clicked the like button here, and nothing changed, but remembering the bug, I went to the dropdown of “My Account” and chose “Read posts I like” so I could unlike it again. Freshly Pressed flashes on but is replaced by the posts I like. Un-liked you.

    Even so, I wanted to return to my favorite blog here, but when I hit the Safari back-button, I was trapped in a loop: glimpse of Freshly Pressed —> Posts I Like —> glimpse of Freshly Pressed —> Posts I Like…

    I guess this is not directly related to the re-blog button, but
    Fish Ducks!!

    Every other option on the “My Account” thing-y works properly.

    Posted by Tess | August 12, 2010, 02:56
  141. Like button works with me, but yes I got the same loop when I did the rest.

    (And what exactly do you mean by accidentally clicked the like button here? Don’t you like my post? And don’t we all like to reblogg? Tch tch tch…)

    Posted by Panos | August 12, 2010, 08:35
  142. Panos, your blog is now a playground for constructive criticism thrown at WordPress empire. I just posted this at the latest news. What do you guys think?

    I find it interesting that within a few days of Twitter launching this service, you developed it for WP.com. But Facebook had their Like button out for long and you would not implement it here. I wonder why there is a bias between the two company providing similar set of feature? Isn’t Twitter’s button is as same as Facebook’s Like?

    This is just a philosophical question, or rather, constructive criticism.

    I am not against social-networking but this picking and choosing seems to be disturbing. I should also add Google to this list. Why favor Twitter and not favor others?

    Posted by AA | August 12, 2010, 22:00
  143. @AA~

    Hey!!! Everyone knows that Twit (ter) is much more intelligent, thoughtful, and far less scary (1984-like) than the FaceBook…
    (or especially than Google, which now tracks everything you search for and keeps you in mind when it comes to adverts on their other multi-various services to which I’ve subscribed.)

    Yes, philosophical questions.

    I, for one, come to the table with a cynical but helpless-to-change predisposition.

    t

    Posted by Tess | August 13, 2010, 03:17
  144. Well, @Tess, I don’t like any of them. They’re all sucking our blood, so to speak. But this WP.com favoring one over the others, is another one of the sign which suggest we have zero control here.

    And here’s another thing, does blog platforms which allow Javascript, script and all sorts of those background tools which people use to add all sorts of those cool gadgets, ever come out and make news saying “Today you can use Twitter button, because guess what, we have Javascript and html enabled for long time, so just in case you didn’t know, you could now add Twitter to your blog, woo, hoo”.

    We get these ignorable features here and we get big fan fare announcements. And on top of that, we now get a parade of 32×32 avatars. Oh, look so cool and happening.

    One of my other blog has grungy looking theme, just so you know!

    Posted by AA | August 13, 2010, 03:32
  145. Ha!
    Sorry but I was being sarcastic about one or the other being better than the others.(twit, face, google) Sorry I didn’t communicate well. Text is difficult to express subtlety.
    I do not in the least disagree with you.

    but unless you have some idea about how to take control of our own personal information net-wide, I retain my “helpless to change” anything attitude.

    At the same time, I thought a lot about becoming a moderator, and concluded that there is a slight chance I could make some logical sense about communicating with TPTB at least at wp by doing it.

    And I would remind you and other friends that wp is not only Ma.tt—I think that the staff may not be in complete agreement with his direction. But think about it: how often do you contradict your boss?

    That is what I meant about philosophical questions. They are complicated. Like ideals vs practical (for profit) choices?

    Posted by Tess | August 13, 2010, 04:16
  146. To add insult to injury, the TEDTalks blog, which has just joined WordPress.comVIP, has the AddThis *javascript* button available.

    I’ve tried this on my demo blog and all I can say is that it does nothing but add visual clutter. But (shrugs), whatever.

    Posted by Jennifer | August 13, 2010, 10:26
  147. Hello, Jennifer! My english is too bad and I’m not sure to understand quite well, so forgive this question if it’s stupid, but do you mean the addthis button does not work? (Hello, panos & everybody :)

    Posted by lilmaouz | August 13, 2010, 12:34
  148. Hi lilmaouz, the AddThis button comes in several flavors. On WordPress.com we can’t use the javascript button because of security concerns, but it is being used on the TEDTalks site, which is run by WordPressVIP. I hope that is clearer.

    Posted by Jennifer | August 13, 2010, 20:47
  149. Hello, Jennifer! This is clear, yes, thank you!
    But now, one thing not that clear is my “addthis” button .
    I thought that it was working fine, (more or less), and now I’m a bit disapointed.
    I’ve put it in de sidebar, and I thought it could be used anywhere you are, on the blog.
    And I’ve done three tests, (on the “Twitter &Co” post)..but maybe it always works with oneself then (?)
    Or probably I did not understand anything at all.
    Don’t worry, it doesn’t really matter, I’m flying high! %-)) lol

    Posted by lilmaouz | August 13, 2010, 21:44
  150. @AA & Tess & Jennifer & lilmaouz: Sorry, I was out of town for two days. And sorry again, I’m completely out of depth here…

    Posted by Panos | August 14, 2010, 01:57
  151. @lilmaouz!!!
    Are you in Belgium?! You are keeping secrets! How did you get “Weather Underground”?

    How can I make it for me? I see your code, but …

    Oh!! have you seen the little mouse that roared?

    Posted by Tess | August 14, 2010, 03:42
  152. @Panos

    I hope your time away was restful and refreshing?

    In your absence, some of your loyal fans carried on here. It’s difficult for me to picture you out of your depth. Know we missed you.

    t

    Posted by Tess | August 14, 2010, 04:05
  153. @Tess: Thanks!

    Yes, really out of depth: don’t know anything about Twitter, AddThis and all that…

    I was glad to read AA’s remark that my blog has become “a playground for constructive criticism thrown at WordPress empire”!

    Emperor’s opinion might be different.

    (As for your hope, no.)

    Posted by Panos | August 14, 2010, 04:38
  154. By the way, did you notice that Pressrow is missing?

    Posted by Panos | August 14, 2010, 04:51
  155. tch tch.

    It was there earlier today!
    4 muck the tantrum boy.
    I had hoped the brainstorming would have made the next round more logical.

    (yes. I know much to nothing about Twitter, AddThis and all that)

    Posted by Tess | August 14, 2010, 05:22
  156. Well, maybe they heard the criticism that Cutline shouldn’t have remained an option if they were planning to phase it out, and are trying to do things differently with Pressrow. Hey, it’s possible.

    Posted by Dave Bonta | August 14, 2010, 05:40
  157. We’ll wait and see…

    And suddenly TB is answering elementary questions:
    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/my-gravitar-wont-show-when-i-post-a-coment?replies=2
    It figures: rest of staff busy correcting people’s widgets…

    Posted by Panos | August 14, 2010, 07:29
  158. Hello, Panos, and Tess, and everybody :)
    (the mouse roar, yes, but it’s you who roaaar the best, dear little lioness)
    Yes, my addthis button is a mistery but not a problem
    Life is cool, visiting wordpress amusement park as a “happy tourist” ! lol
    Yes, belgium, where a huge sence of humor is needed to survive politic puppets nonsenses
    I found the link that helped me a year ago to install the Weather Underground widget
    http://wiki.wunderground.com/index.php/Weather_Stickers
    You have to register first, otherwise it doesn’t show up the right code
    I wish all of you a super weekend :)

    Posted by lilmaouz | August 14, 2010, 09:03
  159. Hi lilmaouz, and have a nice weekend too!

    Yeah, WP has become an amusement park (in a different sense than it was a year ago for me)…

    Posted by Panos | August 14, 2010, 21:54
  160. to all:
    Hubby is coming home from 2 weeks away! Oh happy weekend. and the same to all.

    @lilmaouz:
    I went to that link for weather underground, but it seems broken because it won’t let me sign up for an account… I will try another time.

    @Panos:

    I’ve always been afraid of clowns.

    It was more fun a year ago: in that the entire amusement park wordpress/interent/code was open and free, and there was so much to discover.

    Posted by Tess | August 15, 2010, 00:11
  161. @Panos, late to the discussion about ‘likes’. I’m trying to work out a way to install a ‘like’ button on each of my static pages. My blog allows others to post pieces of writing and a ‘like’ button would be great for each of these pieces. Are you able to advise how I do this?

    Posted by waxings | December 13, 2010, 08:28
  162. Depends on what you mean by “Like” button.

    If you mean the WP Like button, it only works on posts, not static pages.

    If you mean the Facebook Like button, you need to activate Sharing:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/sharing/
    (But you already know that.)

    If you mean a way for readers to rate each page, you need to activate Ratings:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/ratings/

    Posted by Panos | December 13, 2010, 14:31
  163. Hi. I’m fairly new to wordpress.COM and still familiarizing myself with it. I’ve read some articles posted above, but I’m wondering if this “Reblog” feature has been removed by now since I can’t seem to find it. If that’s the case, then it’s a good thing.

    Posted by AJ Luna | December 16, 2011, 18:30
  164. WP has been making many updates, and at the moment they’re working on this feature. In the meantime, they continue to insist that “reblogging as a feature is here to stay on WordPress.com and at this time we don’t have any plans to allow blogs to specifically block the reblogging of their content.”
    (http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/how-to-disable-reblogging?replies=29#post-762467)

    Posted by Panos | December 17, 2011, 00:45

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