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  1. Nick
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    Hi Justin,

    Great that a tweet of mine triggered you to write down your thoughts on post formats. And yes, the Twitter Space – hosted by Ellen Bauer of https://elmastudio.de – was fun. It would have great if you had joined we could have discussed your thoughts on post formats live.

    Nick

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  2. wordsauce
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    “ The feature was never fleshed out, and there were only nine allowed formats.”

    This got a legitimate LOL out of me, as if nine wasn’t overkill.

    I was theme-tinkering today when I stumbled upon a long lost line of commented code I kept around just in case a time traveler from Web 1.0 showed up one day and needed to post his formatted AIM chat logs with John Titor online.

    I hadn’t thought about post formats since the Tumblring. Truly the one thing our blogsister did better. So of course we had to eat her. Post formats were like an inelegant complication to a problem no body had that didn’t need a solution. Why have an image post format when you already have an attachment post type? Were they meant to be posts with only one image? If you attached more than one image on a an post format, isn’t that just a Gallery? What’s the difference, really, between a Gallery post-format post and a regular degular “standard” post type post format? Standard. So, so stupid.

    I actually played around in dev this weekend to see how one might use the link post format on a site that posts a lot of static links and really needs some kind of link library management. I told her WordPress had exactly what she thought she wanted built into its core, but just like those hateful eight post formats, it was depreciated in its day.

    Aside from all that, we did get one truly great thing out of post for Matts.

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  3. Zebulan
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    To customize how posts of different post formats appear in a Query Loop, I think what’s needed is some sort of “If-statement” block that will render its contents if (and only if) a certain condition is met – e.g. the current post matches a specific post format. You could then use several of these “if” blocks to create different templates nested in the same Query Loop. The UI might be a bit tricky to balance between editor-friendly and WYSIWYG, but I’m sure the devs and designers could find a solution, given enough time.

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    • Justin Tadlock
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      Yep, I really want to see something along those lines in the long term. I’m patient enough right now that I want us to get all the other stuff right first. It’ll definitely be a tough problem to solve in the editor. Of course, as you probably already know, there are applications outside of post formats for this too. Even just different templates based on the author, category, and all sorts of data can be useful in some site designs.

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  4. Bill Bennett
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    Interesting this debate should happen now. I was tidying up some old posts which, back in the day, were on my site as asides and wondering how to treat them and if post formats were used in modern themes.

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  5. David
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    I still think that post-format is a bad tumblr imitation and probably should never end up in core :thinking:

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  6. Brent Logan
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    WordPress was so afraid of being “just a blogging platform” that it intentionally kneecapped post formats. It’s too bad, as being able to display links, quotes, statuses, images, videos, etc. differently than long-form blog posts would still be nice. Now everything gets a title, a date, categories and tags, and it’s only the post content that changes.

    The flip side of giving the user control over all this means that the user has to take control, and good luck changing themes.

    It was an opportunity lost.

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