things of which we cannot speak

Has everyone else noticed the recent flurry of forum posts about being excluded from global tags? Either something’s broken or there’s a serious crackdown going on. Conspiracy theorists may wish to dissect the following Mattquote:

Things may or may not show up on the tags pages based on a variety of factors, many of which we can’t talk about. I wouldn’t worry about it too much.

One of these things of which we cannot speak, presumably, is that global tags don’t work for future-dated posts, which turned out to be the solution to the poster’s question, and neatly much disproves to the argument that volunteer support sucks and staff always know best. (Sometimes volunteers are better placed to give an answer, because they actually blog here on a daily basis and are not afraid to say that something is a bug.)

Oh, and speaking of things of which we cannot speak, staff have admitted that ‘[b]logs created by young children outnumber mature blogs many times over’. OK, there goes your COPPA deniability. I hope you took legal advice before doing that. Or at least checked that Matt was happy to pay the fine.

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  1. drmike said

    Actually global tags have never worked for future posts. That’s been a known issue for ages. We were telling folks that they had to go back in and edit the post and resave it. Previously the post would go directly to the tag system when Published even if it was set to appear in the future. (You got a negative date on the tag system side)

  2. timethief said

    I saw only one “mature” blog issue on the forum today when I popped in to watch. On the other hand, posts not appearing in the global tag system seems to be a common problem for some http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic.php?id=20582
    The ads that are captured in the forum post are really OTT.

    So is there a secret wordpress meet up going on or what? http://www.tamba2.org.uk/T2/2008/01/19/gatwick-to-houston/

  3. Semi-secret, at best:

    most of Automattic is on a plane or otherwise en route to our top secret underground lair right now.

    That means it’s probably a bug, because stuff always breaks when there’s nobody around to fix it.

  4. So how do you even check whether you’re appearing in global tags? I had been getting a few hits every day from wp via tags, but that dropped off to zero lately. I don’t future-post, ever. Or should I simply head to the forums?

  5. You’re OK — second post down. Best way to check is to click on the most obscure tag in your most recent post and see if you show up.

    If hits from global tag pages are dropping, that’s either a normal random statistical blip, or just possibly a sign that Google has wised up and stopped ranking them as high in searches. The former is the more likely.

  6. Hey that girl, thanks for pointing that out.

    So off-topic here, but I’ll ask: what is your take on the wordpress move to give everyone 3GB of free space? Everyone’s going Wow, thanks, but I can’t see the big deal unless you have a lot of video, music or bulky photos to upload. I’d only used 10% of the old limit anyway, and was quite satisfied.

  7. It’s propaganda. They can offer the space only because they know perfectly well that the vast majority of users won’t touch it. It’s useless for music and video because you still have to pay for permission to upload those files. It’s little use for storage because you’re so limited in the kinds of files you can upload (last time I tried to upload a .zip they wouldn’t let me; I can upload .txt files but for some reason they keep that secret, and I don’t like to talk about it too much in case they decide to block those too.) It used to be that people on blogger and livejournal were forever casting around for image hosts, but photobucket seems to have that market sewn up nowadays. OK, it’s nice for photographers, but there are a number of other reasons why this isn’t the best place for photographers: no themes geared to their needs, ads plastered alongside their photos, vagueness on whether they’re allowed to advertise prints for sale. So mainly it’s just a publicity stunt. A good publicity stunt, but a publicity stunt nonetheless.

  8. drmike said

    Hmm, I just noticed something. Closed threads are no longer marked as such in the thread title.

  9. Clearly, there is a big push on to make bbPress even less usable in preparation for launch to the masses🙄

  10. […] publicity-seeking gestures? (I explain why it’s a meaningless publicity-seeking gesture here, can’t be bothered to type it out again.) Wow. I always forget how brainrotting the comments […]

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