Forum Follies: I CAN’T HEER U!

People sometimes ask me why I spend so much time answering questions in the WordPress.com technical support forums.

For the lulz, people. For the lulz.

  1. I SELL VIVID ICU MEDICAL FICTION.
    I WANT MISSPELLED NAMES OF OTHER MEDICAL SITES TO BE REDIRECTED TO MY SITE.
    HEY, THEY MIGHT BUY MY BOOK.
    HOW DO I DO THIS?
    I OWN DOMAIN MAPPING FOR MY SITE LUNGLORD.COM.
    AS FOR YOUR HELP- MUCH APPRECIATED.
    BUT BE SPECIFIC. ONE TWO THREE FOUR.
    I AM A WRITER NOT COMPUTER CLEVER.

    HELP ME OF WORDPRESS SAGES YOU’RE MY ONLY HOPE.

    LUNGLORD

  2. Please stop posting all in capitals – it’s making my ears hurt.

  3. Aaaaaagh! Stop SHOUTING! No need for the capitals, we’re not all blind as bats.

  4. THEY DONT CALL HIM THE LUNG LORD FOR NOTHING YOU NOW

  5. EH? SPEAK UP! :)

  6. IS YOUR BOOK IN ALL CAPS TOO? IN COMIC SANS?

  7. When someone in cyberspace is TYPING AN ENTIRE SENTENCE OR PARAGRAPH IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS, that person is SHOUTING. It is not proper netiquette to TYPE IN ALL CAPS and it makes whatever you typed very difficult for others to read.

  8. WHAT???

    And you would just have to find out by looking at popular websites. that’s the only way.

  9. thank you al fur the same crticsm- that n my haste I just typed nd ntered wen i should hve throughly and prrecisely proofed mi text furst for errorrrs beford subbmiting. Hooever isn charge canned delete this quession fur my grate offinse to protocol. tank you all for c ing past the superficiality of my hummble errrorr and helping mee. It is guud to know peeepole thgat though they correct u they also go a head and help you two.

  10. It only works as parody if we have reason to believe it’s not your house style.

15 thoughts on “Forum Follies: I CAN’T HEER U!

  1. lunglord… that’s sweet. Doesn’t it seem like, over the past two weeks or so, Forum Users have gotten both dumber and more aggressive — like people threatening to quit WordPress because of that stupid notification box. Not every change is the Worst Thing Ever. Sometimes they’re just ‘the most annoying thing I’ll be forced to do in the past two minutes’.

    This is one of my recent favourites:

    WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO CHANGE MY FONT? THIS IS CLEARLY A SCAM!

    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/why-do-i-have-to-pay-to-change-my-font-this-is-clearly-a-scam?replies=10

  2. I agree they’re getting aggressive and dumber but part of the problem is WP.com has indeed screwed up a lot of things badly recently AND done a very poor job of writing the instructions for things like changing a username and blog URL. The result is, people are making irrevocable errors which are really not their fault, and then they’re stuck. That’s when they drop 20 IQ points and start flailing around.

    This guy, though, simply wants to be able to use spam techniques to promote a book which, judging by his posts, cannot possibly be well-written.

  3. Agreed. I’d buy it though. If I had a gift card. Insanity can be a hard thing to quantify, this guy could teach us something.

    IMO: even the relatively rational people are getting nuts because WP is releasing small changes too close together. Back in the day they’d make a change (re: related posts), wait a month for everyone to get used to it, then make another change a month after that. But over the past few weeks we’ve had: the notification box default change; infinite scroll; the topics page changes; the auto-collapsing comment reply box… and all of that is going to walk us right into the “My Stats” change.

    And that’s not going to be good.

  4. I hear you Gabriel and I have observed the same thing. I was peeved when one of the people who did not like the changes to the Reader and Topics page chose to troll my comments. All I was doing was making the best of a bad situation by letting others know that if they log out of wordpress.com they can access the global tags pages now called “Topics” pages.

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