Previously all categories and tags we assigned to our posts redirected to the WordPress.com global tags pages. Only the links displayed by Tags and Categories widgets directed to content in our own blogs. There were only a few situations in which posts would be missing from the WordPress.com global tagging pages such as:
- posts lacking categories or tags;
- excessive use of categories and tags;
- misusing the global tag pages;
- mature (legal adult contents – NSFW) not displayed;
- posts from private blogs not displayed;
- Note: The iNove theme as it has the option of suppressing the display of categories and tags.
On August 18th, Volunteers answering support forum questions discovered that had changed. Categories/Tags on public blogs were no longer linking to the Global tag pages. The links on blog posts were redirecting to the Category/Tags pages within the blogs, rather than to the global tags pages. A few members were very unhappy when a Staff member clarified that the reversal was not “a bug”.
We are testing some things, so the tags and categories now link to your own blog’s tags and categories. You can still browse popular tags/categories on this page:
Another long time wordpress.com blogger provided this background in a forum thread:
Here’s why global tags were unpopular with some users and why I’m glad they’ve apparently gone:
1. On wordpress.org blogs (and indeed every other blog software I can think of) tags on posts lead to the archives for this tag, so for most readers coming from outside wordpress.com, being sent to a global tag page outside the blog is unexpected and unwanted behaviour. Since there is no guarantee that the global tag page will even include a link back to the original blog, some people were concerned that they might lose a potential reader this way and not get them back.
2. (and most importantly, to my mind) having the tag links on posts and the tag links in the sidebar go to completely different pages is a violation of accessibility guidelines. The target of a link should be indicated by what the link says. It should not be dependent on where the link is located, whether the link is on a mature blog, whether the link is on a .com blog or a .org blog etc.
I don’t find the localization of WordPress.com Categories and Tags links to be restrictive at all. I have been here for over five years and I am aware that many WordPress.com users have requested this change many times over. That’s why I am not surprised that Staff have responded to WordPress.com user requests.
Were you surprised by the change?
What’s your response to it?