Die bugs die!

Killing bugs is surprisingly satisfying, as is closing the associated bug reports. The feeds for global tags should now display post content again, and doesn’t Safari do a nice job of displaying those feeds? It looks nicer than Flock to me but clicking the “single column” button in Flock does make it more readable.

If your comment is held for moderation then you’ll be told that now. That was a bit of a bother to fix. You wouldn’t believe the amount of debugging I had to do. Check here, ok, there, ok, then over to the left, and finally the answer was right in front of me! I had to look elsewhere first for directions.

Exciting eh?

Happy birthday to us!

Happy birthday WordPress.com! I can hardly believe it’s been over a year since I started work at Automattic, although my accountant can – she has all my receipts and invoices for the past year (thanks Jess for sorting that out!)

Way back in June 2005 Matt offered me a job working on the gleaming new WordPress.com using WPMU. For a while I was able to keep track of what people were posting. The Latest Posts on the Dashboard didn’t change all that often, and I even knew some of the early adaptors, helped them when they had problems, apologised when something silly went wrong, and thanked them when they found a bug. (There was only one bug ever, “a bug”.. no seriously, everything else was “a feature”, I wish!)

What a rollercoaster ride! We’ve had our ups and downs but the site grows bigger every day, we add new features, we met up at WordCamp and talked to people about what they want. After WordCamp I flew back to Ireland 2 days before the whole terrorist alert happened in the UK and I’m still thankfull I wasn’t caught up in the confusion and strife that caused for airline passengers!

Thanks for making WordPress.com what it is today. Without you writing blog posts and commenting and being part of the community we wouldn’t be here. If half of what we brainstormed in San Francisco sees the light of day you’re in for some good times!

Resolving category names in other languages?

Apart from a few other tags, I’m subscribed to the photos and photography feeds here on WordPress.com and every day I come across pleasing articles and photos, but what I have noticed is that a large majority of the posts are in English.

How can I be sure that I’m not missing some great photos by someone just because they speak a different language than I do? Is there a need to link tags together? Does anyone care?

In most cases it probably doesn’t matter because the reader won’t understand the post but it struck me today that a whole world of talent is out there that I might be missing out on.

If it’s eyeballs you’re after, take a look at the tag cloudpillar. The most popular tags are at the top. Chances are, those are the tags with most readers too.

Just to clarify, this isn’t something we’re working on, I’m thinking out loud. The conference yesterday got me thinking more about conversations and so regard this as a social experiment.

What’s next?


  • Editable themes
  • Adsense and javascript button and counters
  • Custom backgrounds and music – especially blaring trumpets and drums to focus visitor's interest.
  • Re-introduction of the blink tag using an AJAX powered javascript function.
  • New importers: myspace, bebo, orkut, internet. Myspace importer will even import your background music and psychadelic colour scheme.

Or maybe not. I Just needed something to write to test some code!

Hungry hoss


WordPress.com Performancing

Nick Wilson announced Performancing Metrics only yesterday and already we’ve had a few feedbacks asking to support it. It does look rather good, and the scripting required to enable it isn’t that hard to do.

One to keep an eye on methinks.

Much Later… but hey, why limit ourselves to one external stats service! This’ll take careful planning, check back in a few weeks!

WordPress Widgets

A bit late to the game, but I’ve finally got around to trying out the new sidebar widgets that Andy has been working on.
I’m going to make serious use of the delicious widget to bookmark my favourite posts here on WordPress.com. The first being Toni’s account of what happened to him at SXSW.

Just thinking aloud, if we had a native bookmarks list, wouldn’t it be great if the Dashboard top blogs list could be influenced by how many bookmarks a post has? Eh Andy? 🙂

New WordPress Stats

Matt and Andy spent the last few days working on a new site stats package for all users of WordPress.com! Just visit your dashboard and click on the “Blog Stats” link. Matt posted an announcement on the main blog which you may have missed. Take a look for more details!

No screenshots yet, you’ll have to go look yourself. It’s in active development so expect lots of updates! What would you like in your perfect stats package?

The WordPress Flickr Browser

You can now post photos directly from Flickr thanks to code that Andy has worked on for a few days. It’s still a work in progress, and when you drag different size images it will display as a thumbnail. You may want to edit the html code too to fix the width and height. It is super though and will be very useful when posting sets of images from Flickr!

How does it work?

You’ll need to enter your flickr username into your profile and save that page first. Without that, WordPress doesn’t know who you are on flickr.com! Now go back to the “Write Post” screen and click “Browse Flickr”. If everything is set up ok, then your Flickr images will show up! If not, the error message “Failed to find Flickr ID for ”” will be printed so correct your Profile!

Man in the middle