Okay, as soon as I stop laughing, I’ll take this one seriously. Whether I’m laughing or not, you better take this one seriously.
If you jumped and downloaded the latest version of WordPress 2.0.3, there is a bit of a bug.
You will have to download it again To fix the problem, you can make the fix manually in the code, or you can use the handy dandy new WordPress Plugin that will fix the problem. The Plugin is the fastest fix and will stop working automatically when the next release comes out.
If you try to download the latest version now, this fix will not be in it. You may want to wait until the next updated version is out, which sounds like it will be very soon.
The bug, according to Mark Jaquith, appears when you are editing comments in the WordPress Administration Panels. When you are finished editing comments, it asks you “Are you sure?” and when you click OKAY, it takes you to the wrong page and screws up your comments by inserting a slash before every quote mark.
The name of this bug, The “Are You Sure” Bug, gives me the giggles.
The first thing I always ask myself when considering an upgrade on anything, not just WordPress, is “Are you sure?” I think about the changes, improvements, and new features, and consider if it is worth it. I always upgrade in the end, but I give myself time to debate about it.
This debate time spent on answering the “are you sure” question benefits me in several ways.
- Waiting helps me decide if the upgrade is worth the trouble by taking time to learn more about it.
- Waiting to upgrade allows me to schedule the upgrade when it’s convenient to me, and not upgrade in panic mode.
- Waiting to upgrade forces me to check with the various WordPress Plugins and tools I use to produce my blog to see how this upgrade will impact them. Usually, it doesn’t, but sometimes it does. I’d rather check first than have things bork during the upgrade because a Plugin isn’t working with the new version.
- Waiting to upgrade usually gives the developers time to fix the upgrade and clean up bugs and problems found in the upgrade before I get to it, as today’s example proves.
If you jumped on this WordPress upgrade, trust me, the developers are more furious with themselves than you could ever be. The more complex and sophisticated WordPress becomes, the more little crappy things can slip through. Luckily, they are an amazing team of anal retentive and inventive folks who are determined to produce the best quality product out there. They are willing to have you be pissed off at them by letting you know they screwed up. It’s critically important to the WordPress team that they keep you informed and up-to-date on the good things as well as the bad things. Be thankful they are so loyal to their users.