I love WordPress I hate WordPress

July 21st, 2012

“WordPress” can refer to one of two things: free software you can install on your server to run a blog (available from wordpress.org), or a web site where you can sign up for a blog (wordpress.com). Obviously, the former powers the latter. This web site is powered by the free software package. I love the free software package.

I hate wordpress.com. Every interaction I’ve had with it has been bad. I signed up for an account to tinker with hosted blogs. After that, when I tried to post a comment on a blog hosted on wordpress.com, it prompts me to log in. I don’t want to have to log in. I just want to leave a damned comment. You can’t ever delete a WordPress account.

They tell you that if you don’t want to be prompted to log in, change the e-mail address on your wordpress.com profile. I went to my favorite disposable e-mail address site, got an e-mail address with a shelf-life of 60 minutes, and changed my WordPress e-mail address. Satisfied my wordpress.com account was now as close to deleted as it would ever be, I went on with my life.

Tonight I went to comment on a blog which, unfortunately for all involved, was hosted on wordpress.com. You’ve probably guessed by now it prompted me to log in. I tried my garbage password. It didn’t work. I wouldn’t have bothered to think up a real password, so I have no idea why it’s claiming my garbage password is no good. I immediately clicked “Forgot my password”. I submitted my e-mail address. You can imagine my rage when I saw the following screen:

Error: There is no user registered with that email address.

If you were tangible, I'd cut you.

If you have no one with that e-mail address, why the fuck can’t I comment with that e-mail address without being prompted to log in?

So, not only can I not DELETE the wordpress.com account, I can’t get in. At this point, I wish I could nuke the damned thing from orbit.

Don’t even get me started on Gravatar. I hate them with a fire normally reserved for bad drivers.

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