Opinion

The Solution To Facebook’s Link Insert Bug

A new bug reared its ugly head when Facebook rolled out their new page design. A bug that was driving me nuts. But fortunately, I soon found an extremely simple fix.

I first wanted to check and make sure that I was not the only person coming across the problem. But after a quick straw poll amongst some colleagues, I discovered that I was not.

Here’s the problem:

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On WordCamps and WordCamp San Francisco

There’s been quite a bit of noise the past week about WordCamp San Francisco. It appears as if some organizers of past camps are pissed off because WordCamp San Francisco is bloody expensive to sponsor, and they have been told they can’t ask for that much sponsor money. I don’t know about this, when I organized WordCamp Stockholm in 2010 no one asked me what the sponsor rates where, and I didn’t tell. We managed well enough anyway, obviously.

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Comments – Striking a Balance Between Healthy Moderation and Despotism

I never thought that I’d get to use the word “despotism” in a WPMU article. Actually, I’d never thought about whether or not I would, but if the question had been asked of me, I would have certainly thought it unlikely.

On the other hand, I do tend to wander onto some pretty strange paths at times, so I shouldn’t be that surprised. The point is, I am rather pleased with myself for shoehorning despotism into this post. I am even more pleased with myself because it is actually relevant.
Do You Use a Comment Policy?

Comments - Striking a Balance Between Healthy Moderation and Despotism

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How Quickly Do You Upgrade WordPress?

Back in April I wrote an article entitled The Great Plugin Backwards Compatibility Debate, in which I referred to some data showing that a considerable proportion of WordPress users have not installed the latest version (or even the previous latest version, or others before that).

Those figures will be somewhat skewed by inactive sites and the like, but I don’t think anyone could dispute that there are (and probably always will be) a proportion of WordPress users who choose not to upgrade to the latest version of the software.

But why? I would say that there are three common “fears” associated with upgrading:

How Quickly Do You Upgrade WordPress?

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Is Tagging Actually Beneficial to Bloggers?

We are self-confessed tag addicts here at WPMU. Tagaholics, if you will. We tag with wild abandon.

However, I don’t touch tags on my own blog. Given that tagging is fairly widespread in the blogging world and I appear to be missing out on all of the fun, I thought it would be interesting to take a closer look at why tags may be useful – and in contrast, why they may be useless.
What is a Tag?

Is Tagging Actually Beneficial to Bloggers?

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The Less Is More Post

Clutter. I hate it. Crap everywhere, post-it’s, scribbles, hamburger wrappings, fiftythree beer cans, a broken pencil, an iPhone charger, USB cable for unknown peripheral, a hand out from the local Thai place, two printed quotes, a dirty espresso cup, napkins, some coins, two iPads, a pen for the Wacom board nobody uses, and so on. Clutter. I really do hate it.

Tons of menu items and unnecessary options. I hate that too. Option pages for themes and plugins that are just over the top, settings for everything which leaves the end-user staggered and with nothing that truly helps.

Clutter, gaaaah!

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The True Spirit of Open Source Revealed

Wikipedia defines open source as “a philosophy or pragmatic methodology that promotes free redistribution and access to an end product’s design and implementation details”. I think we all tend to lose sight of the concept that WordPress is an open source platform at times. We can develop a sense of entitlement. Sometimes it is good to remind ourselves of what open source truly means.

The True Spirit of Open Source Revealed

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The Rise of Negative SEO

Ah, Google. … Where to start?

OK, let’s start here: There’s a lot of craziness happening in Google’s search results lately. Some of it seems to possibly be related to some algorithm changes that were made recently, but some of it seems more deeply rooted than recent changes.

It’s hard to say why certain things are happening, and it may sound preposterous, but I would guess that even Google itself doesn’t know why some of it is happening.

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10 Things That The Distraction Free Editor Doesn’t Get Right

I write on average 3-4 blog posts a day – perhaps 3,000 words. I spend a lot of time in WordPress. So finding the optimal solution for blog post writing is pretty important to me.

With that in mind, yesterday I gave you 3 Reasons Why I Use The Distraction Free Editor (And Why You Should Too). Although I consider the distraction free editor (or DFE) to be a far superior option to the visual editor, that does not make it perfect. Far from it in fact – the distraction free editor comes with its own unique set of bugs and flaws.

10 Things That The Distraction Free Editor Doesn't Get Right

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Blogging with WordPress, really?

Did you know that WordPress used to be a – wait for it – blogging platform? Not a CMS, not an alternative for the mammoth sites of today, but a blog platform. Some will call it the good old days, which would be a lie wrapped in cuddly pink nostalgia fluff. Because let’ get something straight right away: WordPress has never been as good as it is today.

Again: WordPress has never been as good as it is today.

Yet there still are competitors, and new ones appear every now and then. What’s up with that?

Doom & Gloom

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