September 3rd Support Meetup summary

Items discussed at yesterday’s Support Team MeetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on will help you find options in your area.:

Chrome browser update bug

Chrome 45 introduced a bug where the WordPress admin menus do not render correctly and become unusable. This is genuinely a Chrome problem and other browsers are not effected.

The Chrome developers appears to have realized that this is a real problem so it might get fixed in the stable browser eventually.

@Otto42 looked and posted 2 workarounds for this browser bug. The first one is on the browser itself and can be mitigated by following these instructions.

Fix for Chrome users who may start complaining on the forums about the admin menus:
Go to chrome://flags/#disable-slimming-paint
Enable the “Disable slimming paint” option.
Ensure that the “Enable slimming paint” option below it is not turned on.
Relaunch Chrome.

After Chrome is relaunched then that should fix it.

Another option is to use some PHP in a plugin or added to your (child) theme’s functions.php file like so.

add_action('admin_enqueue_scripts', 'chrome_fix');
function chrome_fix() {
if ( strpos( $_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT'], 'Chrome' ) !== false )
wp_add_inline_style( 'wp-admin', '#adminmenu { transform: translateZ(0); }' );

I like the second option since I log in from a lot of different PCs.

The WordPress 2015 Survey

If you haven’t yet done so please take the WordPress 2015 survey. I may have been late doing so myself but after some encouragement in SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at that’s been taken care of.

The weekly #docs chat is restarting

The #docs weekly chat is starting again. The docs and support team used to share the same weekly meeting in IRC via #wordpress-sfd. There’s a lot of ways to contribute and good documentation is important. Please consider attending the Slack #docs meeting, it’s on Thursdays at 18:00 UTC.

There’s a new ShortcodeShortcode A shortcode is a placeholder used within a WordPress post, page, or widget to insert a form or function generated by a plugin in a specific location on your site. Draft proposal

Over in make/core there is a post about shortcodes. NOTE: The title of that post includes the words draft and proposal.

No one needs to panic, but this does need discussion and consideration. It’s important to better understand how shortcodes are being used and how they implementation can be improved. Shortcode changes can result in a lot of support topics, see the 4.2.3 security release as an example.

View the meetup transcript in the Slack archives. (A Slack account is required)