Brace yourselves, dear reader.
It seems that WordPress has suddenly and unilaterally implemented a completely idiotic feature on the very popular Twenty Ten and Twenty Eleven themes called ‘infinite scroll’.
In the words of WordPress staff member matiasventura:
“In the quest to make visitors engage with your content as effortlessly as possible we are rolling out a new feature to your blog home pages—infinite scrolling! Instead of having to scroll and click through older-pages links we are now pulling new content automatically whenever a visitor approaches the bottom of a blog.
Best thing, it should be entirely transparent to you or your readers. The feature is enabled for blogs with the Twenty Ten or Twenty Eleven themes.
We take care of the smaller details, such as removing the older/next links, integrating with your design as smoothly as possible. Having said that, please let us know what you think by posting any feedback you may have. Thanks.” (Infinity scroll)
Essentially, it means that readers of my front page can now scroll down … and down … and down … and down …. and down …. all the way through my posts, presumably to the very beginning, though my patience wore out long before then.
I don’t see the advantage in this at all. I deliberately chose this theme because it gave me the option of footer widgets, and because I like to limit the number of posts on my front page. This must be simply awful on a slow computer connection, and on photo-intensive posts.
Quite frankly, I am thinking of some very choice words that I definitely shouldn’t put in writing!!!
According to the forums (here and here), there has been a barrage of unfavourable responses to this ‘new feature’, pleading for an ‘opt-out’ or ‘disable’ option. I am loudly and vigorously adding my voice to the protest!
Now where’s my bottle of Rescue Remedy….?