FUBAR

Warning: this post is all about how the latest update to the WordPress iOS app for the iPhone broke my reader. If you have no interest whatsoever in reading about this, feel free to move along.

So I know that in my last post I said that I was going to take a break from posting for a while, but trying to deal with this technical issue with WordPress and its latest update to the WordPress iOS app is keeping my mind of of politics. And all things considered, that’s a good thing.

I’ve been exchanging messages with a few Happiness Engineers to see if they can fix what they broke in the iOS update. When I first opened a ticket and explained the issue, one of the response said this:

One thing we’ve noticed is that you’re currently logged into 402 sessions (meaning logged into WordPress.com in 402 places — devices, browsers, etc). We’re not sure yet if this is the underlying issue for you not being able to like/comment on posts, but logging out of all the current sessions may help.

What? So here’s how I responded:

I don’t understand how it’s even possible for me to be logged into WordPress 402 times. I do use four different browsers at various times — Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Duck Duck Go — and I tried on all of them last night to go to the reader and like and/or comment on other bloggers’ posts. I wasn’t able to. I’m going to log out of all browsers and log out of the iOS app now.

And then I got this response:

I’ve reviewed your account and see that the account is still logged in to 400 sessions. Could we log you out all of those sessions so we can see if that is contributing to this problem? Please confirm that you would like for us to try that and we’ll log out all of the sessions from here.

To which I responded:

Yes, please log me out of the 400 sessions. And please explain to me how it is even possible to be logged on to 400 wordpress.com sessions at one time.

I went back and looked at the notice that came with the WordPress version 16.0 update and saw this.Then I wrote back to the Happiness Engineers and said this:

As a point of clarification, I can both like and comment on other bloggers’ posts if I stay in the reader view. It’s only when I click “visit” in the reader and go to the bloggers’ actual posts through the reader that I can’t like or comment on their posts when accessed that way. I noticed that, in the 16.0 update notes, you made some changes to “Refresh the Reader” and to improve the experience, but whatever changes you made to refresh the Reader certainly screwed up my ability on many of the blogs I follow (but not on all, for some reason) to like and comment on them when I click on “visit.”

Anyway, I’m curious if any of you out there in the blogosphere who are more technically savvy than me can explain to me how it’s possible to be concurrently logged into 400 WordPress sessions when all of my browsers have been closed.

Okay, I’m going to fix myself some lunch now. If I hear back from the Happiness Engineers, I’ll let you know.

Disheartened, Disillusioned, and Frustrated

This may be my last post for a while (other than my daily prompt posts, which are scheduled through the end of the month).

I am disheartened by the fact that 66.7 million Americans (so far) have voted for the selfish, egotistical, narcissistic, xenophobic, racist, sexist, moronic ignoramus who currently occupies the White House. That’s 4.4 million more (so far) than voted for him in 2016. Knowing what we now know about Trump, how can so many Americans be so stupid?

I am disheartened by the fact that Joe Biden, who has received 69.6 million votes (so far), almost three million more votes than Trump has, and, when all is said and done, will have received more votes than any other presidential candidate in American history, may yet lose the Electoral College and, thus, Trump will continue to be president for another four year term.

I am disheartened by the fact that if Biden does end up winning the popular vote but losing the Electoral College, and thereby losing the presidency, it would be the third time in 20 years — George W. Bush in 2000, Trump in 2016, and Trump in 2020 — that a Democratic candidate for president — Al Gore in 2000, Hillary Clinton in 2016, and Joe Biden in 2020 — will have won the popular vote, but lost the election.

I am disillusioned by the wholly undemocratic mechanism known as the Electoral College and the fact that it would take an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to remove the Electoral College. And I’m pissed that, because the Republican Party has benefitted from it for possibly the third time in 20 years, it’s very unlikely to change.

And finally, as if all that isn’t enough, I’m frustrated by WordPress, not just because of its ill-conceived block editor and the fact that it doesn’t give its users an option to default to the classic editor, but that now, since I updated to the latest version of the iOS app for my iPhone, I can no longer like or comment on many posts from other bloggers.

So I’ve had it. I need a break. I’ll be back here when I am feeling a little better about things, although I have no idea when that might be.

Stay well.

One-Liner Wednesday — Did You Ever Imagine?

“Did you ever imagine in your wildest dreams that this would be life?”

Jon Stewart on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert on 10/30

This quote from Jon Stewart was said in the context of the Donald Trump presidency.

Actually, I knew it would be bad, but not even in my wildest dreams (or nightmares), could I have imagined that it would be this bad.


Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #94

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

Those of us who live in the United States — and probably many others around the globe — are on pins and needles about the outcome of yesterday’s presidential election. I know that I have been unable to focus on much else, as I truly believe the future of America and the free world is at stake.

I wrote this post on Monday afternoon and have scheduled it to be published at 3 a.m. Pacific time on Wednesday morning. Thus, I don’t know what actually happened on Tuesday. By the time this post is published, the voting places will have been closed for hours, although it’s quite possible that we still won’t definitively know who won.

That said, we may have some inkling about the outcome. So my provocative question this week is simply this.

What do you think about what happened in the United States yesterday? Are you shocked or surprised at the outcome, if it’s even known as you read this? Or are the results of the election what you expected? And finally, are you happy or unhappy?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.

FOWC with Fandango — Outcome

FOWCWelcome to November 4, 2020 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “outcome.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.