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tigtog (aka Viv) is the founder of this blog. She lives in Sydney, Australia: husband, 2 kids, cat, house, garden, just enough wine-racks and (sigh) far too few bookshelves.

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17 responses to “WordPress.com enables another new “feature” to far from universal acclaim”

  1. kate

    Thanks, I’ve managed to fix mine now without having inadvertently linked to anything undesirable.

    kates last blog post..No gardening today
  2. tigtog

    No worries, if it helps one person I’m glad to have put up the post, just like Fire Fly’s post helped me.

  3. Peter Hollo

    I’ve mentioned it to Tim because GreensBlog is WordPress-hosted. Of course he’s an LP regular so he’ll see your post anyway… So you’ve helped at least a couple of people!

  4. Bri

    The whole thing sucks. I write an anti-diet/size acceptance blog and I ended up with diet links at the end of my post…

  5. tigtog

    Peter, I’ve still got access to Greensblog from when I helped Tim to set it up, so I’ve already sorted it.

  6. Deborah

    I didn’t find any nasty links, but somehow I doubt that anyone reading my posts on atheism is going to be all that interested in god-squadders’ thoughts about home-schooling.

    Thanks for the news, and for the advice about how to fix it.

    Deborahs last blog post..Garden progress report #1
  7. Debs

    Thanks for posting this – it’s a complete nightmare isn’t it? It wasn’t broken, so why are they fixing it?

    My blog often has references to rape, porn, etc, (because I work to fight them) so you can imagine the sorts of links WordPress would be very kindly putting on my posts. I hate it so much I can hardly speak.

    Plus, I may sound like a complete control freak, but it’s my blog, and I want to be the one who decides who it links to, when and why – I cannot stand the idea of just having some random links at the end of each post – it cheapens the whole thing and just makes it look like some kind of popularity exercise.

    What WordPress don’t seem to understand is that not all blogs are just a hobby, or a bit of fun – some are used for campaigning, to discuss serious issues etc, and a feature like this is totally inappropriate for that kind of blog.

    Anyway, I’ve disabled it, obviously, and hopefully, if WordPress decide to be sensible about it, I’ll be able to ‘opt out’ soon too. Meh.

    Debss last blog post..Inspiration
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  9. GallingGalla

    Am I glad that I saw Fire Fly’s post on this; I turned it off immediately for my blog, but my blog can still be linked to right-wing sites, so I’m expecting a troll-storm.

    Between this, and the admin interface change that they made last month, which threw me COMPLETELY off, and which they made with absolutely no advance notice, I’m about to switch to another blog host.

  10. Pizza Diavola

    Thanks for the instructions on how to opt out. I’m also on WordPress and all the change ups with the new dashboard and everything else have been frustrating. This ‘related posts’ crap is just the rotten cherry on the melted sundae.

    Pizza Diavolas last blog post..Half Week In Photos
  11. tigtog

    As I was reminded when I crossposted this to another blog, let’s be scrupulous: WP.com does provide a lot of benefits that shouldn’t be overlooked because we hate the last couple of changes. The free unlimited bandwidth and the robust platform with strong anti-hacker protection, is particularly useful for political bloggers who might otherwise face continual DOS attacks if they were hosting their blog on their own domain on a smaller server.

    But the good is the enemy of the great. WP.com need to be better about announcing “there’s going to be a big change” elsewhere than on their blog which only a minority of their users actually read, and they need to make changes like the PRP feature and the odious Snap-images opt-in, not opt-out.

    Obviously WP.com do need to upgrade their platform to make it more efficient to run on their side. But equally obviously, whatever their profit model is, it must depend on having more users rather than fewer (I presume they have some sort of arrangement with advertising services who get spots on people’s WP.com blogs – it’s only fair that they get a cut, actually). Presumably this PRP feature offering lots of links all over Wp.com is seen to offer WP.com a benefit in terms of building intra-domain traffic which translates into more commission from ads, but unless users see that it offers them a benefit as well then why should they enable it?

    It needs to be opt-in, and the proposed blocking solutions need to be whitelist-based, not blacklisting. Otherwise I can’t see most users wanting the PRP feature as it stands.

  12. Fatadelic

    Most people write to an audience. Although this is designed to create traffic, in many cases it is the wrong kind of traffic as highlighted by Bri and Debs – particularly for feminists, etc. I’d say WP only thought this through from their own perspective and the perspective of single-issue non-controversial blogs (you know, the ‘life skills’ or ‘how to blog’ blogs).

    Fatadelics last blog post..Cellulite IS.
  13. Kevin T. Keith

    Good catch. Thanks for the warning.

    One question: Does this only affect those whose blogs are hosted on WP servers, or does it also affect those who use WP blogging software but have a separate host?

    I’m doing the latter and I don’t see any such function on my blog – but I haven’t updated for a while, and now I’m afraid to.

  14. tigtog

    If you use a single-domain WP installation on a server that you pay a webhost to use then you’ll be fine. That’s the difference between wordpress.com and wordpress.org in terms of using WordPress as a CMS plus blog.

    Updating your own installation of WordPress won’t give you the same surprises – that’s all handled by the plugins you install yourself. They’re talking about rolling out WP 2.6 shortly though (extending and consolidating lots of half-done innovations in 2.5) so it might be worth waiting until then.

  15. Kevin T. Keith

    OK – that clears it up. Thanks for the headsup on the upgrade, too. This was all very helpful.

    Kevin T. Keiths last blog post..New Feature: “Ask the Ethicist”
  16. Liz

    Thank you so much for this. Those “Possibly Related Posts” links were irritating me to no end, and I wasn’t sure what to do about them, so again — thank you!

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