It appears I have made a mile stone in my blogging.
I’m getting spammed by people smart enough to not get blocked automatically by the WordPress system. I have no idea why this is, all of the sudden, the case. I’ve thrown out probably 6 bad comments so far. Fortunately I pre-approve them, so no one was exposed to their trash.
If you have a WordPress blog with at least one post on it, try this:
Go to the statistics page of your blog. That is described in WordPress help here.
At the top of the page, make sure “insights” is selected.
Click on the little histogram/bar chart icon to the far right of “latest post summary”.
Scroll down and notice the ridiculous starting date of the matrix: 1970!
This is, I am almost certain, on account of a certain common epoch starting on January 1, 1970. However, I really don’t know why WordPress should display that far back. It would clean the page up and shorten it considerably if they started at, say, 2000. Alternately, 2003 was the year WordPress (the software) was started, so there should be no hits on any WP site before then.
Am I missing something? It seems a little too obvious, making me think that I have overlooked an obvious reason for keeping it.
I have noticed two minor issues with the current WordPress post writing interface:
Unlike previously, when you start adding the post to categories, the default “Uncategorized” is not removed. You now have to do that manually. I think this is a regression.
After entering some tags for the post, if you move the cursor to any other field and start typing, the tags field steals the focus back. This usually happens in the middle of typing, leading to stupid looking and unwanted tags.
Anyone else have these, or is it just me and my browser/blog?
If this is more than just me I will find out how to post a bug about them.
Here is something you can try for yourself, if you have a WordPress blog. When I do this, I get an odd UI experience:
In your blog, start a new post.
Go to the “Visual” tab
Clique the dropdown box arrow, next to where it says “Paragraph”
Scroll the page.
When I do this, the right hand column that contains “Change Status”, “Tags & Categories” and the rest scrolls and so does the dropdown list. I don’t know if this is something easily solved, or even known about. I think it is amusing, and mostly harmless.