The Fix is Not In

Warning. This is yet another whiney post from me about the as yet unresolved bug in the WordPress app for iOS. Feel free to skip this post if you either are tired of my rants on this topic or have no interest whatsoever in bugs related to the WordPress app for the iPhone and the pain and suffering they’re causing me.

I’m generally a reasonably patient man, but I admit that my patience is wearing thin.

At the beginning of November, WordPress released version 16.0 of its iOS app that runs on iPhones and iPads. Unfortunately, that new release broke something in the WordPress Reader so that when you visit a blog that doesn’t have “wordpress.com” in the address, you can’t “like” or comment on any posts from within the app. Since my own blog’s address — “fivedotoh.com” — doesn’t have “wordpress.com” in it, I can’t even like or comment on my own post if I visit it from the reader.

I pointed out this issue to the WordPress Happiness Engineers on November 3rd, and on November 14th, after continual prodding from me, the Happiness Engineers finally admitted that they screwed up. I was told that they were able to replicate the issue, which is somehow related to the way that iPhone/iPad apps open links and how information is passed between the app and the web page. They said that their app development team was “working on an update that will fix this recently introduced issue.”

I was quite happy that the Happiness Engineers identified the cause of the issue and had committed to addressing it. But since November 14th, WordPress released version 16.1.1 on November 20th and version 16.2 yesterday, November 30th, neither of which has addressed the issue with the WordPress Reader.

It’s been almost a month since this WordPress Reader bug was rolled out and even though WordPress has released two iOS app updates since then, nothing has changed. There has been no fix to this annoying and frustrating bug and Fandango is not a happy camper.

33 thoughts on “The Fix is Not In

  1. Sadje December 1, 2020 / 5:59 am

    Too bad. If one reads the posts through the WP app reader, everything is compressed together as a small paragraph. No separate lines of poetry no gaps. This take all joy out of the post as we spent lots of time trying to make sense of it.

    Liked by 4 people

    • Janis December 1, 2020 / 6:02 am

      I agree. This is why I prefer going thru the site directly even when I am on smartphone. It sucks not being able to see the photos the way they’re thoughtfully placed…

      Liked by 2 people

      • Sadje December 1, 2020 / 7:31 am

        I am in too much of a hurry to go to the site and commenting is way easy via the reader.

        Liked by 2 people

    • Fandango December 1, 2020 / 6:29 am

      That’s why, when a post shows up in my Reader, I tap on “visit” in order to see it as the blogger intended it to be seen. But with this bug, when I do that, I can view the post as formatted by the blogger, but I can’t like or comment on it. So I have to go back to the unformatted Reader view to like and/or comment. That’s what I have to do with yours, Sadje, since you don’t have “.wordpress.com” in your blog address.

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      • Sadje December 1, 2020 / 7:54 am

        I don’t have that, maybe because I pay $4 per month for my blog! I have no idea what the difference is. Though I’m sure if I try, I can find out.

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      • Marilyn Armstrong December 1, 2020 / 8:02 am

        I go directly to posts. First, while I may not get to even half or a quarter (on a busy day) of the incoming posts, when I open one, I really READ it. I try to get to everyone, but i have to leave time for other things. Cooking. Cleaning. Dog feeding. Dog playing. Reading. Listening. TV movies. Taking pictures. Processing pictures. God to an endless stream of doctors. Discovering that the last Rx I got is making my hair fall out by the handful. Stopped taking it so I’ll probably have a heart attack. The choice are delicious, don’t you think? I’m still using the old format and if I have to use the new one, I’ll try it. If I don’t like it, I’ll blog less or not at all. I’m too weary to get into the complexities of blogging. I have a dying brain.

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        • Fandango December 1, 2020 / 3:14 pm

          Your brain seems quite fine from what I read in your posts, Marilyn.

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    • Ian Kay December 1, 2020 / 8:24 am

      I have noticed this too but only half the time, and on the same same blog, half and half. It’s really random.

      Fandango, I use the current iOS app on an iPad and I can like your posts okay. Either in the Reader or Visiting directly (from the app menu). I don’t have an iPhone so can’t check that.

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      • Sadje December 1, 2020 / 9:08 am

        It is weird! I usually go back to my post and increase the spacing between the lines.

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      • Fandango December 1, 2020 / 3:18 pm

        I found out from someone at WP that it is also an issue with some security changes Apple made to its iOS 14 update, so if you haven’t installed iOS 14 on your iPad, it may not be an issue.

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  2. Paula Light December 1, 2020 / 6:57 am

    I seem to be able to like and comment in the app, but when I click on THE SAME BLOG POST from its Facebook link, nope. WP makes me sign in again, then the phone screen goes blank. If I return to FB and try again, same deal. Ugh!

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    • Marleen December 1, 2020 / 12:54 pm

      I’m glad I’m “not the only one” to experience one app affecting other aspects of technological service on one’s phone that should be unrelated. However, I’m not really glad; I’m afraid we don’t have enough tech or programming expertise to sustain our current lifestyle and support the trajectory.

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  3. Marilyn Armstrong December 1, 2020 / 7:57 am

    There are so many things about which I’m not happy. WordPress is one of many, but life (on the whole) seems a good place for headaches, tedium, and wondering if ever there will be a better time. But on a more positive note, MY BACK WITH THE SHOTS IS HUGELY BETTER. I mean as in — I can SLEEP like a normal person!

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    • Fandango December 1, 2020 / 10:54 am

      I’m glad the shots were able to ease your back pain.

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  4. Mister Bump UK December 1, 2020 / 8:50 am

    Several years ago, I bought into what was then bleeding-edge technology to control my central heating via the internet. I noticed that it would come on at funny times, and the clock was often out. Minutes always ok, but several hours out over the course of just a day.
    I got onto their support staff.
    “It’s like as though I’m in a different time zone”.
    “Well, we have you down here are in New Zealand”. Which, of course, explained the problem.
    “How tf have I managed to set myself to New Zealand?”
    “You can alter it from the Settings screen.”
    “What Settings screen? When I hit Settings, I get a blank page.”, which was true.
    “Ah, we’ve had several customers call us about that… We’re working on a fix.”
    My point? This all happened 5 years ago and I still get a blank screen!

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    • Marleen December 1, 2020 / 9:44 am

      Thanks for the heads up on that. Will avoid.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Mister Bump UK December 1, 2020 / 10:10 am

        I guess it is easy-peasy now but this was one (UK) player in particular, back when the technology was brand new. The cost of kicking them into touch would be a new thermostat (at about $100) but actually once their support guy set me to the right timezone it works quite well.
        For its time, it was hi-tech but they obviously decided it was cheaper to support the problem than to fix it.

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        • Marleen December 1, 2020 / 12:40 pm

          Just like three years ago, I bought a new furnace and air conditioner. I decided not to get the new app-control stuff. I chose the model(s) that were great quality but without that aspect. I ended up with an even better deal because what I’d chosen for the furnace wasn’t in stock the day they had scheduled the installation… so they brought me the furnace (a bit of an upgrade) that would’ve gone with the high-tech app, which works fine without the app. That’s for the house I live in. I’m looking at replacing these things for a different house. They probably won’t want as much extra money for “the app” and it’s thermostat by now. But I don’t want the hassle. I’m also considering incorporating solar.

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          • Mister Bump UK December 1, 2020 / 12:49 pm

            I got solar panels but I went in early and unfortunately there are no batteries in there for stogage. The first nice day, though, it was nice to turn everything off and to watch the meter go backwards, as we pushed power onto the grid.

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            • Marleen December 1, 2020 / 12:59 pm

              Yeah, I bet that’s pretty “cool” 😎!

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  5. Melanie B Cee December 1, 2020 / 8:52 am

    That issue (for me anyway) has existed since early 2019 or late 2018…I found that I could not comment to anyone who used “.blog” or “.org” in their blog title, even if ‘WordPress’ were a word in the title. I found a work around that mostly works. Odd it is though that your own title (which I never noticed did not have “WordPress” in it’s title anywhere; has always worked perfectly in sync with me. O_o Additionally, WordPress has an issue (kink, problem, snafu or FUBAR) with logging me out of my own blog, randomly, and asking if I’m really “me”. Security? Feh. Pain in the ass describes this situation perfectly. I’m saying it again, but it can’t be said enough: “Thanks for soldiering on and dealing with the mess. Your blog is great!”

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    • Marleen December 1, 2020 / 9:57 am

      Thanks for this. I was going to (a month if so ago) ask someone who had brought up (in expert voice), on his own site, dot org WordPress pages. But, as soon as I said anything about considering dot org, he responded like it was odd to think he would know anything pertaining to it.

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  6. rugby843 December 1, 2020 / 8:53 am

    I have never liked the Reader. That is why I prefer getting posts I follow in emails. Lately the mail and reader have not been reliable, having to refollow and reconnect. It is getting tiresome. I don’t even recognize my own posts in the reader.🤯

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  7. Jay December 2, 2020 / 8:52 am

    Oof, so sorry this is not fixed yet! I confess I have all but quit wordpress since they rolled the block editor as a mandatory feature, and now hearing about this, I’m relieved I didn’t invest any money. Here’s hoping the Happiness Engineers (I have thoughts about this name) will fix the issue soon!

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