They nag me incessantly to set up a two-stage login process in case I forget my password (in 8 years I’ve not done that). The second stage involves giving them my mobile (cell), phone number so that they can text me a code that I then have to input, in addition to my normal username and password, every time I log in.
I do not disclose my mobile number to anyone but a small group of close friends and the people who deliver my groceries – that way there is less chance of it escaping into the wild and generating spam. I get enough of that on my computer, thank you very much.
There’s another reason, too. All too often, as it has this morning,** WordPress strips a gear and makes me log in every 5 or 6 minutes. That is a complete pain in the arse now (and it’s been happening intermittently since I first joined WP), so imagine how much worse it would be it I had to receive and input a fresh code every bloody time!
**This morning, in less than 20 minutes online updating my blog comments, I’ve had to log into WP 5 bloody times.
So, sorry, WP, this is not going to happen, so do stop nagging.
Twitter have already gone down this route, but at least, after notifying me, they shut up about it.
Then there’s the comments I leave on other blogs. There’s a box to check to be notified if anyone replies to my comment, as there is on my blog, and it’d be good if people use it as I almost always reply. The only time I don’t is when the comment is phrased in such a way as to make a reply impossible or pointless or, as sometimes happens , a comment doesn’t say anything intelligible.
However, in my own case I never check that box as it generates even more email that I currently get. And anyway, I can always revisit the blog if I’m curious.
So why, then, despite the fact that I never check that box, is WP feeding me replies I don’t want, direct to my WP dashboard pages? Where they get ignored and clog up the system – theirs, not mine.
There’s another reason I don’t check the box – it attracts psychos, the sort of fruitcake who can’t disagree without getting massively, personally, offensive. The only language these arsewipes understand is a boot in the nuts, but by hiding behind their keyboard they make it impossible, so I simply don’t engage with them on any level, and I wish WordPress would stop feeding them into my computer!
In your own time, guys…
Note: My WP password is the title of a book I read in my early teens. Old book titles, the more obscure the better, make great passwords, and can be made harder to crack by the addition of numbers and/or symbols – just don’t use a book that everybody and his brother has read, or that was part of the syllabus at school. For example, in the US, using The Catcher in the Rye would be a mistake. I’m not sure what the UK equivalent of that might be.