If you were to grant me three wishes, I would ask if I could have five instead. Is that ok? I tried to stick to three because wishes are generally granted in threes, but I couldn’t decide which to drop, so can we say five on this occasion? Yes? Good, thanks. Firstly, I would like to say how very happy I am overall with you – I’m truly glad that I chose WordPress as my blogging platform. These wishes are simply things that would enhance my blogging experience, and maybe the blogging experience of others too…
1. Are you sure you want to publish?
Thankfully I haven’t done it myself, but I know of many who have, and I’m always worried that I could – publish a post before it’s ready. It’s just one click to publish and it’s potentially all too easy to accidentally press ‘Publish’ instead of ‘Preview’ or ‘Save Draft’. I really think we need an ‘Are you sure?’ prompt when we hit the publish button.
2. Editing comments on other blogs
We’ve all done it – we are commenting on someone else’s blog, and the very second we hit ‘Post Comment’ we spot a typo, and we wish we had the ability to edit that comment after we’ve posted it. I’ve included this one, but with a caveat. I do think that the blog owner needs to retain editorial control of their blog – it’s fine if someone wants to immediately edit a comment they’ve just posted, but there could be issues around people going back to older posts and changing comments they’ve made without the blog owner being aware. So if this facility was brought in, I would want it to include a moderation requirement, or at least a notification so that the blog owner is aware that somebody has gone back in and changed one of their comments.
3. Control of posts in the Reader
I mainly use the WordPress Reader to look at the blogs I follow, but it can become unmanageable for those of us who follow a large number of blogs. We don’t necessarily want to read posts in the order they are published, and we don’t necessarily want to read all the posts from all the blogs we follow. Some people have said that they would like the ability to delete posts from their Reader once they have either read the post, or decided they don’t want to read it. Rather than deleting the posts, I would really like a hide/unhide option, so that when I’m scrolling down the reader I can make quick, but non-permanent, decisions about which posts I don’t want to read right then, and to hide the ones I’ve already read. Maybe when it’s hidden, there would just be one line with the title of the post showing, or just the blog name and date; just a prompt, so that it’s not completely gone from the Reader. If we hide a post though, it needs to stay hidden until we choose to unhide it, we don’t want them popping back up each time we log out of WordPress and back in again you know.
4. Link notification
When we write a post, if we link to a post or a page on somebody else’s WordPress blog, then they receive a notification of that. However, if we just link to their main homepage, they do not receive a notification. I don’t really understand why that is. If I link to someone’s blog, I want them to be made aware of it, and if someone links to my blog, I want to be made aware of it. The way around it at the moment is to link to a particular page or post on the blog, but that isn’t ideal, because sometimes we just want to point people to that blog as a whole and the homepage is most appropriate for that.
5. Reblog comment at the bottom.
When we reblog a post, we usually want to add a narrative comment of our own for our readers, like “Hey check out this post I’ve just read, it’s awesome!” Why does our narrative comment appear under the extract from the post we are reblogging? I don’t get that, surely it makes more sense for our comment to come at the top, then the extract from the post with the link to the full post below. No? Am I missing something here?
So there we have it WordPress, those are my five wishes. I’m not the first person to raise these (although I’m not sure I’ve seen anyone else complaining about the last one before). I understand that they might not be technically simple to solve, but I’m putting them to you anyway, because I know you like to hear from us and always work to improve the service you deliver.
Thank you in anticipation.
Your loyal blogger,
P.S. Can I please have a signed photo of the team for my cat.