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  1. Gutenberg Lover
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    For a professional blogger, editor, writer, news editor, journalist or someone else that needs an editor for content new content to be added to a blog, news site, magazine and others, there must be a write mode in Gutenberg, something that is similar to a familiar text editors like from the 50 years – Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, Google Docs, Notepad, email clients etc. Even this comment form – it uses a regular and well known text editing flow, not blocks.

    Gutenberg needs two modes – one that is for “building” and the other for “writing”, the first happens once and it happens for sites that are small biz sites, static sites that do not need constant updating, while the “editing” mode is for those who constantly need to write new content.

    Block building is not how a professional editor, writer, journalist, magazine editor or newspaper editor writes his content. They need a write mode.

    That will move people from the Classic to Gutenberg editor.

    DO IT!

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    • Hubert Gaz
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      Doesn’t Gutenberg include a “classic” block that works exactly like the older WordPress editor? Add the one block to a post and write to your heart’s content. Perhaps the Gutenberg devs can add an option to add the classic block to all posts/pages by default (unless of course the block is only available as a stopgap and will be removed in future).

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    • Lukasz
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      I disagree, gutenberg is the evolution of writing creatively.

      I work with technical writers, over the years they have requested all sort of formatting and function options such as columns, accordion, indenting, etc. I started with shortcodes for the above, than elementor, custom fields…Always re-inventing and trying to look for a way to make the CLASSIC type of editors(word, google doc, wp classic editor) simpler to use. WordPress felt very incomplete without these basic functions, along came gutenberg block editor and solved all of those issues and gets better with each release.

      Also going back to the survey I can see why there is slower adoption in gutenberg, as in my case, I have elementor setup on one of my sites that meets all the needs currently. It’s a bit of a process to convert to gutenberg from elementor, maybe they can be used well enough in tandem?

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      • Knut Sparhell
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        Yes, the block editor solves mos of the shortcomings of the classic editor, especially for creative writers and content producers.

        After starting to use it, there is never a going back.

        Of course, you don’t need it for a simple post, and you always have the classic block, until comfortable. Block editor gives you all!

        Th Classic Editor plugin is disabling all the goodies. That’s bad.

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    • Otto
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      I don’t understand what the difference between your two “modes” actually is?

      You know that you can just type and not worry about the blocks, right? Can you clarify what this “editing” mode would be, exactly? Or how it would be different?

      Because honestly, it sounds like sticking a big empty box shape around the block editor would satisfy your needs, so I must be missing something here.

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      • To Otto
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        As each paragraph is block, splitting and merging text from these blocks requires much more effort than any traditional effort. Same goes for formatting of headings, bullet points etc. Imagine writing this comment in blocks. Otto, you are a dev, not a writer, get some feedback from professional journalists and news editors. Hence why they’ll choose custom CMS or Jamstack. Journalists are not dev/geek/coders, they don’t use blocks for text editing and writing. WordPress cannot invent a new culture for them and if you believe you can, then that is I guess unrealistically ambitions to the point it is impossible.

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      • Gutenberg Positive Reinforcement
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        Try Slab and see how they implemented block content editing and management in symbiosis with text editing. Perfect example of what Gutenberg had to be. Brilliant content editing in blocks, perfect for block building and writing.

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  2. Rod Oldman
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    This does not look good for Matt’s investors.

    With 2157 1-star reviews and only 632 5-star reviews (a lot of them mistakes, since the system defaults to 5-star when the users wanted to give 1-star), delayed features and no roadmap, the future does not look bright for WordPress users.

    Not that anyone has been listening to them so far anyways.

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    • Gutenberg Lover
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      Blocks are the future, I do agree, I like the idea, they try to compete with Wix/Squarespace and make something faster and simpler for site building, but there is a problem – that alienates bloggers, journalists, editors and those who need to write and publish content on the site regularly. That’s because they didn’t build their focus group too well and imagine a world where everyone is a tech-nerd with coding/geeking/nerding tendencies and not professionals. I work with professional journalists, none of them wants to edit or publish their content in Gutenberg. The sunsetting is the reason why one of the project sticks to a custom CMS despite my push to went with WP.

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