This issue – Is It Me Or Is WordPress Becoming Harder on Using URLs? – September 22, 2020 seems to be an intermittent WordPress quirk. When I posted it originally, I thought it was a regular quirk. However, at times I get the old toolbar at the top of the post where I can add a URL and description. At other times, I may only be able to add the URL without adding a description. One workaround is to simply retype over the URL with the description or do a copy/paste of the description.
It’s even quirkier as in some posts, I get both situations in the same post. That happened with my North Carolina Thursdays post yesterday – Mountain Gateway Museum and Heritage Center, Old Fort – North Carolina Thursdays September 24, 2020. I had the old toolbar and with most URLs, I could use the URL button and then choose the more option to add the description. There were a couple of times where I couldn’t go that route. Thankfully, it wasn’t too often. In many cases, I don’t need a description.
I had the URL problem with my Kansas Tuesdays and my Mississippi Mondays posts this week as I had to remove the URL, delete the text, and then use the URL button on the dropdown scrolling mini-bar.
I almost feel like we are guinea pigs for WordPress as some new things appear and disappear. The other explanation is the Happiness Engineers or IT Department doesn’t do a good enough checking for intermittent bugs. Having worked on a PC game beta team, some bugs were so intermittent that you had to do a specific set of steps to re-create them. Other intermittent bugs were more a matter of your computer set-up or design. I don’t know for sure, but I think the Law of Unintended Consequences could have played a part. What a programmer might think is a harmless addition turns into a huge bug.
I purchased a PC game one time on the day it was released and the company had to issue a first day patch as about half the computers used one of the two major graphic companies. With the one company, it worked great, but with the other graphic company, it was crash to desktop. Believe the company made what was supposed to be a minor adjustment after the beta team signed off it was good. However, the alpha team only used one of the graphic companies cards. It’s always good to test with the major graphic cards in situations like this and they didn’t.