I have made a number of changes to the Ratburger user interface today. As always, complete technical details may be found on the Updates group. This post is intended to be more user-oriented and accessible to a general audience. There have been no dramatic changes, but several adjustments which are intended to improve the user experience.
Previously, the only way to edit a published post was as described in the Knowledge Base article “Editing Published Posts”: you had to revert the post to a draft, edit it, and then re-publish it. Now, if you’re the author of a post, you’ll see an “Edit” button below the author information for the post. Pressing it will take you to the Post Editor where you can edit the post in Visual or Text (HTML) modes and, pressing Update, directly update it on the site.
The previous method of revert to draft continues to work as before, but may be removed in the future in the interest of reducing the amount of local modifications we must maintain from release to release.
The comment composition editor has been reconfigured from its previous bare-bones settings to allow you to use the “Add Media” button to include images within your comments without the two-step described in the Knowledge Base article “Including Images in Comments on Posts”, which is now obsolete.
This is not yet entirely functional: image alignment settings are ignored for images included in comments, but you can specify links on images and resize them, which you couldn’t do previously.
You can now edit your own comments on any post using the standard WordPress comment editing facility, which is much more general than the plug-in we previously used (which, for the moment, you can still use, but which I may remove in the interest of maintainability). Click “Edit” in the header of a comment you’ve made, and you’ll be able to edit it in HTML (but not a visual editor; that’s not something WordPress implements). You can also, from the comment editor page, delete your own comments.
Fix: Quote Post for Guests
If a guest (not logged-in) visited the site, they’d see a “Quote” link for posts. Pressing this would cause a harmless pratfall, since guests cannot comment on posts. This link will no longer be displayed.
These changes retire a substantial part of the wish list for user interface changes. As always, making any change to Babylonian tower of kludges and hacks which is PHP and WordPress runs the risk of detabilising things. I have tested these features both from member and administrator accounts on the Firefox, Chrome, Brave, and Chromium browsers and they appear to be working correctly. If you encounter any problems, first try clearing your browser cache (you shouldn’t ever have to do this, but incompetent implementation of browsers makes it occasionally necessary) and reloading the page, and if the problem persists please report it in the comments below or in the Bug Reports group.