On the Arrogance of WordPress Developers

So if you read these pages, or the pages of just about anyone working in WordPress lately, you know that we have all been fighting with the “New and Improved” editing solution that WordPress.Org and WordPress.Com are inflicting on everyone. Their new idea, styled “Gutenberg,” is a nightmare for people who just want to write a blog.

Now there is workaround available for the time being, but God only knows how long it will be before the people who are not listening to feedback insist that they really do know better and kill the current means of invoking the Classic Editor.

I think most of the problem is arrogance.

WordPress powers something like 35 percent of the internet. So of course since they did something right 5 or 10 years ago, that must mean everything they do today is right as well. At least it does in their tiny minds. Even if a whole bunch of people tell them they are wrong, those people are just users, and don’t know what they really need, even when they do.

Here are just a few of the reactions to the “New and Improved Editor.”

And it isn’t just us poor schmucks using WordPress.com; the reviews of the “Classic Editor Plugin” at WordPress.org are telling as well. Here’s one example.

Thankfully this is still available on WP. However it states that ‘Classic Editor is an official WordPress plugin, and will be fully supported and maintained until at least 2022’

What’s going to happen after 2022? Am I going to have to rewrite my websites? Maybe I ought to start looking at other options instead of WP?

Gutenberg is really starting to piss me off. I wish I’d never heard of WP and instead just use html/css/js like I used to do.

The following image is from WordPress.Org. If I was seeing this kind of response, I might be willing to consider that I made a mistake. I don’t believe the the folks at WordPress/Automatic will make that admission. They know best.

Gutenberg Reviews from WordPress.org

Gutenberg Reviews from WordPress.org as of about noon, October 5th, 2020

Bear at Random Acts of Gibberish thinks the new system is aimed at clickbait, and in a way, I agree. I think the block from might make sense if you are trying to sell shoes, but most of us are not. But as I stated above, it is all about arrogance. They know better than you do, what you need to get your work done. I can’t begin to tell you how many hours (days?) I spent in meetings with developers convincing them (or trying to) that they were wrong. It was easier in manufacturing because they mostly didn’t know squat about cost accounting, inventory management, or statistical quality control. And it’s been 35 or 40 years since I even heard of anyone doing human-factors analysis on a user interface. Certainly no one applied human-factors to the new WordPress editor.

As a result of all this pain, I’ve been looking into alternatives. At least I don’t have to make a decision in a mad rush. And one of the things I’ve decided is that if I have to end up paying for blog hosting, I am not going to pay for WordPress. They have clearly demonstrated that turning a deaf ear to the complaints of people using their system is now standard operating procedure. There are plenty of other Content Management Systems out there, and they probably aren’t in a position to completely ignore their user community.

I may let you know what are the results of my search as it goes along, and of course if I actually move, well then that will be announced well in advance. While I could live with the current interface at Blogger/Blogspot, I left that platform because Google was being ridiculous about the Second Amendment. Lately they have become even more ridiculous with the WOKE thing. And it has been sometime since, as a search engine, they answered the question that you asked. They insist on answering the question they think you meant to ask, and then they feed you the data they think most appropriate. (e.g. the most woke answers to your question.)

I am currently working my way through the Terms and Conditions at Joomla! which powers about 5 percent of the web, so maybe they feel like they have to work harder to appeal to users. We shall see, as the blind man said, when he picked up his hammer and saw.

And as always, if anyone has suggestions, please leave them in the comments.

10 thoughts on “On the Arrogance of WordPress Developers

  1. I see nothing ‘new and improved’ in the Block Editor…Proper term is worthless pain in the ass editor…

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  3. I’m abandoning my old blog in place. I’m now at my own site. I’m using a legacy, pre-block editor version of WP to avoid the learning curve of a new CMS.
    http://bussjaeger.us/blog/

    (As I type, the host is having an SQL server issue. But hey, it’s free.)

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  4. So apparently WP hasn’t changed one bit…

    I have fond memories of WP January 2015 while doing their vamp up the site routine screwed up/accidentally deleted many WP blogs

    I do miss the good old days!!! 👸

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  5. 30-40 years ago human factors was a big deal partially because it was new to computer systems. Now every one talks about HCI, human computer interface, but they know nothing about the context and assume that they know all the answers so what does the context matter.

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  7. I tried the block editor for all of about 5 minutes, and immediately reverted to using the Way That Makes Sense. I have the Classic Editor plugin installed, which is an official plugin from WordPress. I refuse to use the stupid block editor, not even sure how much longer it takes to use, because it takes so long that I can’t complete a post.

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    • The Classic Editor is WP maintained. WP.org at this point. It is open-source on Github. But WP has only “committed to” 2 years of maintenance. They are still telling everyone “The block editor is better.”

      As I said somewhere in a comment recently, there is nothing so arrogant as a programmer who thinks they know more about how to do your job than you do.

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      • I’ve been resisting paying for hosting. And maybe I should, but I would rather not pay for WP at this point because they are pissing me off.

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