this message seems dangerous — google false positive

Today after publishing the last post about my trip to Michigan, I got three emails from WordPress that three readers had liked the post. Every one of them came across as show above. I clicked the Looks Safe button and reloaded the emails. All three were normal WordPress like emails.

I went looking over the web for this type of email and sure enough I found the usual selection of possible causes and possible solutions. Since this is Google’s problem, and since I’ve gotten thousands of these emails ever since I started this blog in December 2013, I don’t know what is triggering this response now. But it’s definitely a false positive on Google’s part, which does absolutely nothing to install confidence in Google’s filtering system.

the tyranny of the new and shiny at wordpress

I have been using WordPress as my blogging platform of choice since December 2013. Long enough to learn how to use it and to set up what is euphemistically referred to as a “work flow” around it. I’ve been generally happy with it, except when WordPress World Headquarters decides it wants to improve things for the Greater Good. That’s when I get really pissed off at the WordPress marketing droids who think they have to come up with Something Better And Shinier. In the process they wind up chucking out the one real feature I depend on, the “classic editor” for entering posts.

Here’s what greeted me when I navigated to the standard WordPress URL today.

I will admit it looks nice and clean. Not that what was replaced was bad, it certainly wasn’t. But give the worker bees credit for not making it look like crap. But operationally, it’s a different story. So let’s go try to create an entry.

Posts show a cleaner view of all my prior posts. Lots of information is missing, and a lot of white space is wasted for that “cleanish” look that seems to be all the rage. The older view gave me a much denser listing I’m used to quickly scanning through. Note that to add a new post there’s a smallish read button with white text in the upper right. And no dropdown to choose between “classic” and what WordPress wants to fob off on us as so-called modern. Oh dear…

Pretty damn sparse, obviously meant to remove anything that would distract from the process of writing. Except, I have enough mental acuity to ignore all that stuff until and unless I actually needed it, at which point my attention would immediately switch to it.

Here is what I really want to write with.

There’s not much visual difference between my preferred view of doing things and the modern shiny view WordPress would rather have us use. Except for the critical classic editor. I can put up with everything except hiding the one feature I want and need most, which is this editor.

If you’re like me, then you can still get to the classic editor if you create an URL with the following pattern:

https://<your_blog_name>.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php?classic-editor

For listing your posts and being able to update/re-edit them with the classic editor, there’s this link pattern:

https://<your_blog_name>.wordpress.com/wp-admin/edit.php

I’ve now got a hard link to this page on my web browser to immediate go to it.

Here’s my final word to anybody who might be remotely listening at WordPress: I’ve tried to tell you nicely in the past, so now I’m in full Flaming Asshole Mode: Leave my classic editor the Fuck Alone. I know what I like out here in Florida, and what is best for me, not you over in California. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way, so let me repeat this for myself and all those others who feel the same way:

Leave the Classic Editor the Fuck Alone.