Partial Success of the WordPress Community With The Beep Beep Boop Issue


As mentioned, WordPress.com users got this horrible and unacceptable new editor. But many active community members did revolt against the changes here in a very long forum thread.

Many people were afraid and asked if the classic editor would be removed anytime in the future but we just got unclear answers. It took 32 pages to get a clear answer and WordPress staff Rootjosh answered the question:

Just to clarify a question that has been asked and answered in a number of places (but can be hard to find given the breadth of this discussion):

We have no plans to permanently remove the classic editor from the dashboard, but our goal is to improve the new editor in a way that users will prefer it over the classic one.

It seems that they don´t want to remove the classic editor. However, “we have no plans” sounds still pretty vague and could at the same time mean “We have no plans, but it might happen”. Yet I think that they really don´t consider to remove the good old editor and I hope this is true because otherwise I would probably leave this community because as a blogger I need the tools to create content and a downgraded editor like the new one is not enough for this job.

But at the end of the page 32 in the mentioned thread, another WordPress staff member came along again to tell everybody that the thread will be closed:

Last night, we pushed out some major updates to the new editor that should resolve some of the larger concerns like saving and previewing(…)

As a result, we’re going to be closing this thread so we can move to more one-on-one interactions. We greatly appreciate all of the feedback you have provided here. I’ll be opening a thread with certain individuals that are having ongoing issues (I’ll drop a note here).

If you have future bug reports or issues, please start a new thread!

This is indeed a shame and an impertinence. It shows a lot of egoism. They are clearly afraid to find more critique. They just want to push things forward and it looks like they see critics as troublemakers. Closing the thread of community concerns, that is pretty embarrassing for company of this size, even if they offer an excuse that they want to talk about the things in separate threads. It´s still an ugly behaviour and this should be mentioned loud.

But the whole issue is a big one and it is no wonder that closing the thread won´t help them because many people have still concerns about the new editor. They at least offered us the solution to pick the old classic editor after we loaded the new one and clicked on “Switch to classic mode”. But the problem is that it is stored locally via cookies and not server-side and this means once you delete your cookies (A lot of people do this regularly), the new editor will appear again. People demand to have this option stored as server-side setting as you can find out in this thread. Also, if you pick one of your articles in your blog and if you click on “edit” below the article, the new editor will open, even if you did choose to use the classic editor and this makes it hard to manage the own blog, which is why there is a separate thread about this issue here as well.

Supporter macmanx answered the concerns about the cookie solution and it seems he understood why it is better to let people save it via server-side settings:

Ok, I just confirmed that the switch does not work for custom domains. A new bug has been filed (pleading for a standard setting, not a cookie), and I’ll now duck behind something to avoid thrown objects.

It seems that the request is forwarded to the developers and I hope we will get the option to make our choice permanently saved on the server-side and not via cookies. This would end the trouble for many people who have concerns about the new editor because they simply could activate the classic editor forever or could witch between both if they wanted to. This is also the reason why so many people didn´t understand why this feature was not planned earlier.

However, if things work out well then I will be really thankful that our community is so strong and not afraid to mentioned concerns. Those who were annoyed by the new editor could finally start to create articles again. I am one of them. If I was silent over the last days, the new editor was one of the biggest reasons for it. I couldn´t bear to work with the new editor and the extra clicks to access the old one, that was a no go too. I just hope that I finally can come back to enjoy one of my great hobbies. Blogging!

I never had much concerns about wordpress.com until they came up with the new editor. I was pretty happy here. But there were reasons why I was so happy. The classic editor was at least one of the reasons why I prefered this platform over all others. If it would go away, I am pretty much sure that I would seek for alternatives. I don´t want to think about this scenario now as it seems that we maybe get solutions soon, that´s what I hope.

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Beep Beep Boop?


WordPress Beep Beep Boop Editor

This post here is only relevant for the people who have their websites hosted on wordpress.com. As most of us noticed, Automattic the company behind the mentioned hosting service, decided to change something that worked for most of us. The perfect old editor. Above you can see a screenshot of the new one.

Beep beep boop loading screen What we got now is a loading screen with a totally childish and nerdy “Beep beep boop” message that we can see several seconds each time we want to create a new post, as it takes quite a lot of time to load the new editor. What we got too is a totally downgraded new editor and it is no wonder that a lot of people are pissed about this issue as you can see here in the forums. To say it right away, if you dislike the new editor too, then please raise your voice in the shown thread of the forum too, as this might help to show them that we are just happy with the old editor and especially that we don´t need downgrades. So, show your rejection if you think the same way.

Until now, the old editor is still there. You either can find the old editor if you go to your dashboard to click on “Posts” and then “Add New” or you click on “Switch to classic mode” if you already opened the new editor already. If you go the last mentioned route, it will be saved for a while but the problem is that the classic mode option is just saved as long as you didn´t delete your cookies and cache as it is not stored on the servers. This is a very big issue as many people delete the cookies regularly but several people asked already if they will at some point remove the classic editor completely and the WordPress support couldn´t answer the questions but it looks not good…

Unfortunately, I don’t know the answer to this as nothing is set in stone as we move forward. We are taking all this feedback into consideration to improve the new editor, but whether it will fully replace and permanently remove the Classic editor is unknown at this moment.

But they also mentioned…

The old editor will be available as we work on the new editor.

This looks like they might consider to abandon the classic editor but they are not sure yet if they want to do this. To get this unclear answers, this did upset even more people.

To fully understand what people dislike about the new editor, you would need to quote almost the whole forum thread. It´s indeed a little bit hard to nail it down as there are so many issues with the new editor. But let me try…

1. The “Beep beep boop” message is childish and cartoonish and you have to look on this loading screen for several seconds as the new editor does not load as fast as the old one.

2. Drafts can only be stored offline in your browser but not online as it seems.

3. They removed the word count.

4. There is no spell check button anymore.

5. It´s more difficult to get a short-link now.

6. The panels in the right options sidebar are now closed as default and not opened like in the classic editor.

7. There is not an easy view anymore for categories that are often used.

8. The publish time does not work correctly.

9. The overall design looks as if the new editor is designed for mobile devices rather than desktop PC´s with a wide-screen.

10. The new editor is not integrated into the dashboard as the old one. In other words, the left dashboard bar is not there anymore and that makes the new editor appear unattached from all other wordpress features.

11. In comparison to the old interface, the new one forces you to make more clicks to access features or functions.

12. The copy post function has been removed.

13. The new editor messes up links, images and other HTML code and can add spaces when not needed which means there are still many bugs.

14. There is no auto-saving (drafts) anymore in the new editor

15. The small traffic per hour diagram in the top bar has been removed on the new editor page.

16. Admins or editors can´t edit posts of someone else anymore.

17. You can name links only by HTML code.

18. Photos are small size by default and not large.

19. Adding a YouTube link will embed the video.

20. Categories are sorted alphabetically and there are no child categories in the panel anymore.

21. There is no full-screen button in the HTML editor anymore.

22. Not possible to go to Media Gallery via “Set Featured Image”.

23. Preview an article in the new editor will open a pop-up rather than a new tab.

24. There is no scroll-bar inside the editor.

25. Most-used tags are not there anymore which forces you to scroll through a big list.

26. Modules can´t be moved anymore as in the old classic dashboard editor.

27. The new editor does not warn you anymore if you want to close before saving.

I think I forgot to mention many points but still this is quite a huge list apart from the fact that many people think that the new editor is visually annoying and excluded from the dashboard and several other important functions. The whole design is a mess, buggy and many things have been removed. I just can say it again, if you think the same way, do tell your opinion in the related thread of the forum. It will be a deal breaker for a lot of people if they remove the classic editor and if they force us to use the downgraded new editor.

The problem mentioned by many people is that the old editor just worked like a charm and the usability was pretty nice. A lot of people wonder why there is need for changes for something that worked very well. It upsets even more if you read “Welcome to an easier way to create on WordPress.com!” in the new editor while this is not the case.

I can understand if some people mention with sarcasm that the developers or the wordpress team must have gone mad. It´s everything else but not easier to create content with the new editor. It´s an ugly and annoying design with zero usability and a total downgrade. I can understand if people are upset because I am too.

Nobody did ask us, we are forced to beta test a senseless new editor. As mentioned, there are still workarounds to open the classic editor but this results in more clicks. I am somewhat annoyed by all this which means my post frequency will heavily slow down. I go even so far to research about other hosting companies because if they force the new editor upon us and if they remove the old editor completely, it´s likely that I will leave wordpress.com to switch to self-hosting to enjoy writing with the editor that always worked in my opinion.

For now, I just follow the mentioned thread about the issue and watch what will happen but it might be that I meanwhile explore other options like different hosts because it´s a major problem for me if they force me to use tools that just got downgraded.

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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Release Date And Cinematic Revealed


World of Warcraft Warlords of Draenor Cinematic Teaser

Blizzard the developer of World of Warcraft unveiled the cinematic video and the exact release date for the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion Warlords of Draenor. They have shown the cinematic of Warlords of Draenor at the Ace Theatre in Los Angeles and via live stream over the internet. They unveiled the release date at the end of the video and in a following speech.

We don´t have to be too patient anymore as the expansion will be released as expected by the end of the year. The exact release date is set to November 13, 2014. And you can see the cinematic of Warlords of Draenor here…

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Yet Again, Microsoft Shows Xbox One Games On A Windows PC System


I am not really a console gamer but I pretty much feel with any console gamer when I see something like this, because it is basically false advertising and a shame. It happened several times in the past that Sony and Microsoft have been using PC systems to show off console titles at game events. Yet it happened again…

Microsoft has been caught again while doing it. This time on the recent Gamescom 2014. The blog CentrumHer posted photos today from one of the Xbox One areas at the current Gamescom and you can clearly see the Xbox One cases under the screens and that everything else on the booths is labeled with the Xbox logos too while you evidently see one of the screens connected to a PC system that runs Windows…

The system with the Windows screen was running Ori and the Blind Forest but the games crashed back to the desktop of Windows. This revealed that the games were clearly not running on the Xbox One and if this is not false advertising, what is it then? They did even put Xbox One systems under the screens and the fact that everything is apparently labeled with the Xbox name, that makes it even more shameless. It´s obviously intentional false advertising and yet again it was just revealed by accident.

What do you think about this?

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Atari Announced RollerCoaster Tycoon World


Today Atari announced a new title of the RollerCoaster Tycoon series and the game will be called RollerCoaster Tycoon World. The release date will be around early 2015 and the game will be developed by Pipeworks.

As in previous titles you will be able to manage and build a theme park with rides, shops and many environment objects. You don´t only take care of the park but also about customer happiness as in previous titles of the series.

But there will be great new features and one of them is that you can play the game cooperative with up to four players and you will be able to manage one big park together and that sounds like fun, doesn´t it?

Atari CEO Fred Chesnais said in a press release:

Many of the new features in RollerCoaster Tycoon World were not possible a few years ago, but we have taken advantage of technological improvements to offer a wildly fun gaming experience that stays true to the storied franchise.

Talking about new features again… You will be able to share blueprints of your coaster with other players and you can even visit the amusement parks of other players.

But there is something else that sounds impressive. The game will deliver a full PC experience which sounds like as it will be released for PC only and the game will be micro-transaction free as IGN states. This sounds very good, right?

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Actor And Comedian Robin Williams Died


This is now a very sad story as Robin Williams was one of the actors who did accompany in my teenage and made me laugh with his kind of humor in many beautiful movies. It´s sad but Robin Williams has died at 63 according to a statement from an assistant chief deputy coroner of Marin County. He was found unconscious at his home at around noon PDT this August 11, 2014. They suspects the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but they mention that a comprehensive investigation will be completed until they can make a final determination as the Time writes.

Robin Williams publicist officially confirmed the news on Twitter and said that he recently was fighting with severe depression: ““Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss.”

Susan Schneider, the wife of Robin Williams released a statement as well…

This morning I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope that the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laugher he gave to millions.

Robin Williams performed and contributed in many movies. You can find the filmography of Robin Williams on Wikipedia.

The first movie I saw in a cinema as a child was the movie Jumanji with Robin Williams as one of the main actors. Apart from the revolution in 3d art in this movie, Robin Williams humor made this movie interesting and popular in my opinion. This movie is one of the reasons why I would say he was part of my teenage.

My other favorite movies with him were “Good Morning, Vietnam” and “Good Will Hunting” just to name a few. It´s sad to suddenly and it is indeed a loss for many who were accompanied by him and his special humor in the great movies.

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Hungry Ants


Hungry Ants

When I was in the garden, I accidentally lost a small piece of my pancake. It didn´t take much time until a whole army of ants came along to get something from the piece. Ants are pretty interesting creatures. I love their team spirit. You usually see just a few ants first but then they run back to call the whole team. I really like how they work together. I saw several documentaries about them and they are one of my favorite insects. But they are sadly too tiny to make perfect photos of them with my digital camera. But I do think that this image is not too bad.

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This Beautiful Cat Welcomed Me When I Visited The Dentist


Beautiful Cat

As mentioned earlier, I had to visit the dentist today and the cat on the photo above welcomed me outside near the entrance. While I love all cats, I do think that this is a very beautiful cat too. This seemed to be a very chatty cat and miaowed a lot. Maybe she did smell my cat Shyna? Who knows.

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Yet Again Another Triumph Over The Dental Phobia


Smile on the thumb

I talked quite often about my dental phobia on my blog. Over the last months there was partial success but it´s not always easy as I also suffer from agoraphobia and anxiety attacks but this is another story, but worth to mention as both diseases make something like a dental visit quite difficult. I have my agoraphobia under control since some years now and it was not even clear if it is agoraphobia or social anxiety as it is hard to say but what ever it is, I could fight it back and this makes me very happy. However, the intensity of a dental visit can easily bring anxiety attacks back so that I still have to work on it in this area and at the same time on my dental phobia.

My dental phobia didn´t mean that I never went to a dentist. I did but I used some tricks such as paying for the luxury of general anesthetic for example. While a general anesthetic has been a solution in those cases, I simply wanted to try it without as I could save a lot of money. In the past I had success with some minor treatments but last week I called my dentist and got an appointment for today as I needed restoration. To be honest, I got pretty much weak in the knees when I was in the waiting room. I thought all the time if it wouldn´t be a better idea to cancel my idea and to go home. A moment later I thought that it won´t take that much time and that I laughed after my last appointments too. I stayed.

I few minutes later they called me and I thought “Damn, this is real… I am really here.. Am I crazy?” and thought again that a general anesthetic might have been a better idea. In the dentist chair I got the feeling that it is now too late to be a quitter. I was more afraid to quit all that than being afraid to let them see how nervous I am.

One good thing about this dental practice is that the whole team is very friendly and when they notice that you go nuts, they are anyhow able to calm you. I think this is an art in itself because I am really nervous on a dentist chair and I know that not every dentist team is great and patient at this point. But they are and I do think that this is a sign that they are very qualified. There was not much more time to think about it because they convinced me anyhow that all this is not as bad as I think.

I had the first tools in my mouth and the dental assistant said that they now will remove dental calculus. Not sure but it took them 5 minutes or so and I think this was not so bad. In fact, this did calm me even more. Then I got the local anaesthesia. I got two of them but they used some anesthesia pads earlier so that the injection didn´t even hurt much. I was excited that my whole face was numb after just one minute. They used lidocaine and I´d say that this kind of stuff has improved over the years. Really, I had to laugh because the local anaesthesia impact was pure dynamite as I couldn´t even feel my nose anymore after a minute. I couldn´t even stop myself to tell the dentist how excited I am about this stuff and that I wasn´t that impressed ten years ago, which is why I probably disliked to visit dentists. He had to laugh and said “Drugs get improved with time too, right”.

Finally they started with the restoration under local anaesthesia and I didn´t feel any pain. I just thought that the noises were strange and I really disliked the noise when he did scrape on my tooth with one of his tools. I didn´t have a problem with the drill sounds but the scraping sound was pretty annoying and got me bad goosebumps. But they always told me what they do and I just can say it again, they did calm me down on this way. I really must say that I found my favorite dentist. The whole team is super great.

After the treatment I leaved the chair and was so excited and happy that I did give them all a handshake. Not sure why I did this but it showed how I felt. For me, this was the last big triumph over the dental phobia because the treatment was more difficult than the minor treatments before. But I was brave and when I showed my feelings, I had the impression that they felt good too as if they would think “Yet again, we did our job great”. This is what I saw in their faces.

I mean if I would be dentist, the biggest achievement would be for me to even show a patient with dental phobia that all this is not too bad. I still have two other appointments in front of me and I am not sure if I am too excited because todays triumph but I can say they were able to bolster me up. I could imagine that I am less afraid next week when I have to meet them again.

This is not only important for me because I can save money on this way, it´s also important because I really want to fight this kind of anxiety. I can´t always ask for general anesthetic and I also don´t want to anymore in the future. This is why I say that I did a great step today. It´s strange, there is no other way to end this article here, I am still totally excited.

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A Battlefield Classic Mode Will Be Delivered With The Next Battlefield 4 Patch And Might Add The Battlefield 2 Gameplay Experience


Good news For all Battlefield players who always prefered the gameplay experience of older Battlefield titles. DICE added a patch to the Community Test Environment (CTE) that includes a Battlefield classic mode. That this mode will come to Battlefield 4 with the next patch, that was also mentioned by a DICE developer in the forums of Battlefield 4…

Battlefield classic mode for Battlefield 4 will come with the next patch

The developer answered the Battlefield 4 player question “Can we get something like Classic mode that is similar to Battlefield 2…?” with “It´s coming in this patch.”

More information’s popped up over the days and the same developer mentioned the following details about the classic mode:

CLASSIC PRESET
Goal: Add a preset that simulates the glory of old battlefield titles!

Classic Preset testable
In this patch we have classic preset testable – and there will be servers running this mode.
Classic preset settings
Same as hardcore means the same ranges that is currently allowed on hardcore for this variable applies.

friendlyFire, PC: same as hardcore, Console: 0
idleTimeout, PC: same as hardcore, Console: 300
autoBalance, true
teamKillCountForKick, PC: same as hardcore, Console: 5
teamKillKickForBan, PC: same as hardcore, Console: 3
vehicleSpawnAllowed, PC: same as hardcore, Console: true
regenerateHealth, false
onlySquadLeaderSpawn, true
minimap, true
hud, true
miniMapSpotting, true
3dSpotting, false
killCam, false
3pCam, false
nameTag, false
hitIndicatorsEnabled, true
playerRespawnTime, PC: same as hardcore, Console: 100
soldierHealth, PC: same as hardcore, Console: 100
bulletDamage, PC: same as hardcore, Console: 100
forceReloadWholeMags, true
roundStartPlayerCount, 4
commander, PC: same as hardcore, Console: true
gameModeCounter, PC: same as hardcore, Console: 100

I´d say this is a quite big news because I know many people who criticized Battlefield 4 because it simply couldn´t devliver the same Battlefield experience that veteran people know from the past. The hardcore mode of Battlefield 4 was a tradeoff but still not the same what people who enjoyed Battlefield 2, Battlefield 2142 and earlier titles wanted to see. But now it´s coming. The classic Battlefield gameplay experience and you can are already find tons of positive statements by players who tested it on the test servers. I think this news might bring me and my friends back to Battlefield 4. What about you?

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