Did You notice This?

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    Wow! Now Tags And Categories on any WordPress.com Blog is not linked to Global Tags pages. They are now linked to your own posts.

    The blog I need help with is wpgaurav.wordpress.com.


    This is a temporary thing from my understanding as staff is doing some coding on that side of things. They will be back linked to the global tags pages when they get the code rolled out.


    There is also a stats thing in the grey bar at the top just next to New or has that always been there?


    That has been there for a while. Not sure how long, but probably a couple months at least.



    @naturedaughters Here’s the news about that stats bar: http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2011/08/18/watch-your-traffic-grow-with-sparklines/
    @thesacred Did you get any indications about it from staff? Or, you’re guessing.



    looks like I can stop panicking then lol




    Jenia’s comment seems to suggest it’s permanent? I certainly hope so.



    Dear Wank, I hope NOT, I thought my own blogs might have been censored for adult content or ‘other reasons’. Linking to the global board through your own tags is the easiest and most sensible way for a person to be able to use WordPress, to track their own stuff and see what is out there. It is also a good way for your readers tobe able to use your blog. I don’t tag to refer people to my previous content, I tag to be seen and often use the tags myself for a quick link to the global board, just out of interest.

    Sweet wank, I would not mean to insult you, but thinking that my own blog had been removed for adult content or censored for some other reason, seeing the name you call yourself I most dearly hope not.



    I noticed this immediately after Jenia posted. I checked and I found on my blogs the Categories and Tags direct only to my own content in the blogs. Then I checked the global tag pages and discovered my posts are still appearing under the appropriate categories and tags on the global tags pages. I hope the plan is not to remove them from the global tag pages.



    In the meantime you can enter ‘global tag search’ into the box on the support page if, like me, you can’t remember or never knew how to do it independently.

    You enter something like this in the browser’s address bar:


    That is one of mine that I used today. I’ll backpress to where I got this information from as soon as I post this. If I had thought I would have done that instead of making an example, but the example might be quickly helpful for someone.



    Here is the link to more examples of how to access tags:




    Yes, the instruction found on the global tag pages support entry for search format still applies.

    Simply change the tag in the URL and use a “-” to represent any spaces between words. Here are some examples:
    http://wordpress.com/tag/master-chief/ http://en.support.wordpress.com/global-tags/



    But it is a time-consuming way to do it, and I wonder what the reasons are if this is a permanent move. Personally I can’t see much sense in such a restriction being permanently imposed.



    I don’t find this restrictive at all. As I have been here for over 5 years I am aware that many WordPress.com users have requested this change many times over. That’s why I am not surprised that Staff have responded to WordPress.com user requests.


    I can’t believe anyone has actually requested this change. It’s too handy for those that use it, and absolutely no problem to ignore if you don’t.



    @wank, I have no idea if it is permanent or not. Guess we’ll have to wait for clarification.

    @outlandanthology-as tt said, having those tags and categories point to your own posts was one of the biggest requested features over the years. Actually, that request more often than not took the form of complaints. :)



    I think Wank was talking about the stats in the admin bar, in which case we are in TOTAL agreement.

    Last year staff made the links from global tag pages to our blogs NOFOLLOW thereby removing one of the greatest advantages WP.com had for the average blogger:incredible SEO. They gave me to understand at the time that they did it to disincentivize tag spammers, although to my mind it did the opposite: since hits FROM tag pages are negligible, why not use EVERY category and tag you can think of, just in hope of getting one single reader?

    Earlier this year they played around with some algorithm so that only some posts would show on the tag pages; that got a lot of complaints too.

    I’m sure this is for the same reason; to punish tag spammers. I’m not sure it’s better than the original setup, and it’s not fair when steps taken to punish wrongdoers end up costing bloggers real hits.



    I don’t want my tags to direct me to my own blog. I wrote my own blog so I know it’s there. I want to see what else is out there and the global tagging made more sense. It allows people to see what you’ve posted and you can see what others are posting on. To have to go here and there to see what was already here is nothing but a hassle and waste of time.

    This is another one of those ” If it’s not broke don’t fix it things “.

    Please leave the Tags And Categories on any WordPress.com Blog LINKED TO GLOBAL TAGS pages like it has been.



    [opinion] Some Bloggers complain against things and find faults, when those are with them. Some Bloggers remember things and tell their advantages when those are unavailable. :) Wow WordPress.com. You’re a celebraty! [/opinion]

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