Forgive us, dear reader, but we’re blowing off some steam about something that is irrelevant to most of you. Go ahead and skip this post if you like.
We’ve written before about the new editor being promoted by WordPress — which was introduced last August. They call Beep Beep Boop. The last time we burdened you with our concerns was in our post celebrating The Curmudgeon’s Seventh Anniversary, in which we said:
They call it Beep Beep Boop — and its supposedly cheerful but actually rage-inducing logo pops up every time the thing loads. Its capabilities are even less than what one would expect from such a juvenile name, and a mini-rebellion erupted in the support forums. Eleven days after it first appeared, management announced that the “classic” editor — as they now style the original — would remain available along with the odious Beep Beep Boop. So we decided not to move the blog.
Since then, WordPress has been behaving in a way that can only be described as puerile petulance. Although it was requested that one’s choice of editors should be one of a blog’s permanent settings, so that we’d never have to think about Beep Beep Boop again, they refused to do that. Instead, a blogger’s editor choice is indicated only by a cookie. That means if we ever clear our cookies we’ll end up back in Beep Beep Boop, which has now become the default editor for WordPress. Fortunately, the Beep Beep Boop editor had a button — which wasn’t easy to find — that linked to the classic editor and restored its cookie. Therefore, although encountering Beep Beep Boop was an occasional inconvenience, it was easily curable, so the situation was tolerable.
Then, about two weeks ago, that convenient link to the classic editor was removed — without advance notice. Another thread erupted in the support forums that ran to well over 900 comments. Despite an all but unanimous demand for the return of that link — one measly link! — we were told that the link would not be restored.
For the moment, everything still works. But if we ever lose our cookie — the slender reed connecting us to the classic editor — we’ll fall into the abyss of Beep Beep Boop. Even then, all will not be lost. There are work-arounds, albeit exceedingly clumsy, for getting back to the classic editor — but only for creating new posts. When editing an old post, Beep Beep Boop is what you get. Even then, there’s a very clumsy way (it requires around four different steps) to edit an old post with the classic editor.
We can survive a while longer, but it’s clear that management is attempting to wear us all out, before finally killing the classic editor. Then we’ll have to move to a more congenial website. When that happens, as it almost surely will, we’ll let you know. The way things are going around here, this may be our last year at WordPress.
Since then there’s been a new development, and it’s not a good one. Yesterday we discovered that although we hadn’t purged our cookies, we were nevertheless cast into the purgatory of Beep Beep Boop when we tried to create a new post. It was time to deploy one of the available work-arounds. We had bookmarked the awkward access to the classic editor in case this happened, so that was how we were able to post.
But that’s not all. Whenever we post, we immediately need to edit that post to add the little goodies you see at the bottom — the permalink and those little icons for social media. They need to be added with an edit after we post, because they require the post’s address. We found that although we had just posted, hitting the “edit” button to add those items cast us into the pit of Beep Beep Boop. The cookie we had been so careful to preserve was now inoperative. Aaaargh!!
The same thing now happens when we edit older posts, as we often do to add a link to a new post. You sometimes see that at the bottom of older posts, with “See also” followed by a link to the new information. We could always do that with the classic editor, but starting yesterday, those edits also dump us into Beep Beep Boop. As we said before, there’s a clumsy way to edit old posts with the classic editor, but it’s extremely inconvenient. The WordPress programmers have been doing their best to make this website as hostile as possible.
We have other gripes. For months, whenever we use the classic editor, it has a big display occupying space at the top of the screen, which can’t be turned off, informing us: “There’s now an easier way to create on WordPress.com! Switch to the improved posting experience.” That, of course, links to Beep Beep Boop. But now, whenever we find ourselves in the “improved experience” of that wretched editor, there’s no longer a corresponding link back to the classic editor.
The trend is clear, and it’s relentless. Complaining in the WordPress support forums, as many have done for months, is useless, so we no longer waste our time there. There’s even an online poll about it, with overwhelming results, but it’s had no effect.
So we’re complaining here, knowing that it won’t do any good. The management of this website is determined to ram Beep Beep Boop down our throats. No one knows why, but that’s the way things are. We close this futile rant by announcing:
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