Ah, WordPress—we love it, but at the same time, it drives many of us batty. But what would we most like to see changed?
I think part of why the Happiness Engineers let people down so often is that they’re not the same people who are putting the nuts and bolts together. WordPress is open source, and the coding is done by volunteer teams. Do you want to be part of the core team or the design team? Head on over to WordPress.org. Have a bug in Gutenberg (the block editor) to tell developers about? Swing by GitHub.
My sense is, rather than it being the happiness engineers who don’t care what we have to say, it’s that the whole WordPress.com side of things is far enough removed from the coders that they don’t know or care who we are. And while changes in WordPress “core” can probably be worked around by people who are self-hosted and can use plugins, WP.com premium and below just offer “core” without any bells and whistles attached.
So, if nobody cares, what one thing would you change if you just happened to be sleeping with one of the coders in charge (or good friends with, if you’re so inclined)?
I’m okay with the block editor. I’ve gotten used to the fact that it sometimes takes five clicks to do what used to be doable in one. I like that it allows me to do things I couldn’t do before.
What I don’t like is the random bugs that only pop up now and then, so there’s really no way to pin them down. For example, I always enter alt text for my images, but probably about 1/3 of the time, WP just ignores what I’ve entered. Occasionally, I’ll change one image in a post, and another image changes just for the hell of it. Images will randomly resize after publishing. Nonsense like this shouldn’t be happening, and it certainly shouldn’t be working some of the time and not working other times.
I also take issue with the random unfollowing, eating of comments, and that kind of thing. I’m not sure who handles that, but possibly Jetpack, which is part of the the whole big Automattic family. The random unfollowing thing in particular is a piss-off, because I’m certainly not on the ball enough to notice who’s no longer appearing in my Reader feed.
Those are the big ones for me. What would you change if you had a coder at your beck and call?