Remember when life was much easier at WP?
For instance, remember when all you had to do was click
on the little chain-linky-symbol to do it all, above?
You’d highlight the link phrase,
then hit that chain-linky-symbol,
choose your I-want-it-to-open-in-another-page,
and then it stayed that way
until you were done with your session.
(BTW, I may be blonde-now-grey,
but do not mistake my silliness for stupidity.
I’ve been using a computer for 40 years.)
Then the other day I clicked on the chain-linky-symbol,
and this “shortcut” came up. Okay, I’m game
IF THE CHANGE IS A GOOD ONE so I played along, however,
I did this skeptically, because I am finding on
my new Mac the software designers created shortcuts
and ended up also taking out the ways that actually work,
which is a problem for those of us who are not just
sending texts to friends but real honest-to-goddess work,
so I’ve been burned by the new software designers
who seem to not do any work outside cyberspace
or talk to real people who actually use their stupid changes.
Yup, there was no option for me to open-in-another-page.
I don’t know about you,
but I consider the readers of my post may not be techies
(many are artists who know only basic computer-eeze),
and so I always open-in-another-page,
so if they decide to check out my helpful link,
they can still find me.
The point is for them to read my posts.
IT TOOK ME BACK TO THE
EASY WAY IN THE FIRST PLACE.
I asked WP to change it back,
that I write several posts for several blogs
and this is annoying.
But here is the thing,
soft-ware designers who won’t listen to me at WP:
DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW MANY PEOPLE
DO NOT KNOW COMPUTERS WHO BLOG?
Your software should be assisting them with
connecting with their readers,
— whatever they actually do —
so open-in-another-page is essential for that.
I can’t tell you how often I’ve opened a link
in someone’s blog which stayed on the same page,
and led to something else which was really cool,
and I never got back to the original post again.
Sometimes that is okay —
the original post was read and I knew them or whatever
— but sometimes I wanted to and had to back out of it.
Software design is not just simply writing html
or whatever the hell you are using these days,
but understanding the real world too —
ALL OF THE REAL WORLD,
not just the world of techie-geeks.
Shortcuts are often longer these days,
and cut out useful tools along the way.
I have my conspiracy theories on that one,
especially after watching my beloved Apple lose the most basic
(“save all”) and wonderful aspects (and they CHANGED it to do this)
because either MS software programmers were hired
(why I left MS in the first place)
OR they are designing for teenagers on a phone.
I hate to tell you,
the world doesn’t revolve around teenagers on a phone.
And only other teenagers think it does.
Do you know how many times I’ve gone in and
set my deliveries at WP like this,
and then hit save
(trust me I doubted myself in the beginning thinking
I was having a senior moment)
only to come back when my favorite posts
were not showing up to find the “Block Emails” checked?
I’ve reported it and I get inane emails back.
Maybe they’ll read this post.
WP, this has been going on for a YEAR.
As has the publishing glitch for those of us who sometimes
write several posts in succession but wait until we feel like posting them.
OH, you didn’t think about that…
Here is the news on that too —
You should be designing for us,
not making us work around you.
If I wanted to do that I’d be at blogspot. (Ouch.)
*Head hitting desk*
Please, feel free to reblog this rant.