That’s too much, WordPress!Posted: August 6, 2012
I have been on wordpress for more than 6 months. And I made many friends during this short interval of time. I have witnessed many changes and updates during this period. Some major changes were
and many of other tiny changes which were strongly opposed by the users. But WordPress staff didn’t took down their decision despite of opposition from users.
Recently WordPress engineers did the worst of those changes. The two forums, Off Topic and Showcase are closed by them without any warning. And announced in a sticky post http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/forums-housekeeping?replies=1.
As WordPress.com continues to grow, so does usage of the forums. This growth has necessitated a bit of housekeeping to keep everything running smoothly and to put the emphasis back on support.
First, we’ll be removing the Off Topic and Showcase forums. Many of the posts in Off Topic could have been blog posts. In place of that forum we’d encourage everyone to write posts, follow your friends, and carry on the conversation through comments.
Those two forums were a major source to find your friends, promote your blog, follow some like minded blogs and to discuss useful things as well as to relax spending your time in interesting things. Some of the posts there should not be there as you claim. Yes they worth deleting. But there were still many interesting threads there. For example the thread Word Association Game which was continuously been visited by Happiness Engineer. Among them there was most useful thread, Test your Avatar here has also been closed. This was a major blunder.
1. It was done to put emphasis back on support.
All the support questions were answered by the volunteers reluctantly before and after this blunder. It had no apparent affect on support.
2. Many of the posts there could have been blog posts.
There are some posts which should not be there I agree. But we can not post ‘three words story’ type threads to our blog. Besides some people post such threads because those threads include information worth discussing that do not match their blog’s subject. After all it had always been a constructive discussion and mostly smooth.
3. Write post in place of that forum.
We should blog more is a sensible thing but we should always blog and blog and blog without being noticed by anyone is totally a mess. And what if a movie reviewer blogger wants to post something about weather? Or a blogging tips blogger wants to ask people’s opinion about Olympics? One cant not run a hundred blog for every single topic nor can post about hundred topics in a single blog. That’s what Off Topic forum was.
4. Follow friends.
Yes a good thing it is to follow friends or like minded bloggers or favorite blogs. But the question is how to find them? We had a good niche there in the forums where you could easily find a friends blog. You suggest “Reader” for this purpose but the “reader” is an headache. People tag and categorize their blogs poorly and it is almost impossible to find the blog/post you’re searching for.
5. Instead of Showcase Forum there are other means to promote blog.
And the link (other ways to promote your blog) refers to an article which has some stupid means of promoting your blog i.e Pay for traffic to your site and other points are just common sense. Some people don’t want to share their blogs to social media because they don’t wan’t to tell anything about their blog to the real friends. I have a huge following/friends on social media but they all (90%) belong to the same region/area. Then how can I promote my blog worldwide?
Besides Raincoaster said:
It’s also a loss of SEO. Think about this: Every post in the What I Posted Today thread counted as a direct Follow link to your blog. The loss is not insignificant.
6. Merge in the Support and Question forum
And their merge in the support forums has never been increased. My thread Adding domain has been tagged “modlook” for a week and I’m still awaiting staff attention.
All this was claimed to be done to suppressed trolls, spammers and other rude people. But they can, in fact will do all this spamming, trolling in the support forum causing a big trouble for volunteers and other help seekers. How could this be a smooth measure?
Timethief said that staff time is wasted in the moderation of those threads with spammers, trolls and other rude or ill mannered people’s comments. But this is exactly what Moderators are for.
Staff could have deleted all those unneeded threads from Off Topic forum instead of closing the entire one. There are some threads created way back and closed since 5 or 6 years. There is no point to keep them.
I have been on Blogger for years but WordPress was superior to Blogger because of its community and social relations between the members. But it seems wordpress has decided to destroy its social community. Imagine a world where people can not contact anyone, no interaction at all and no one can predict what’s going on in the world.
To summarize all this: