Overthinking, overtanking

Wednesday 5 June 2013, 5.11am HKT

4.36am local time, 26°C (78°F), hot and humid with some rain patches

YOU will tank yourself out if you overthink, instead of simply thinking inside the box for a solution, never mind thinking outside the box.

From the WordPress.com support forums about an hour ago, this must surely be a classic example of overthinking over something inconsequential that could’ve been solved just by turning down the ‘drama’ volume:—

(Emphasis mine)

“To cut a long story short, I’ve had a really difficult time with little niggling problems on the blog. One of which was not being able to create a line space between a video and the text underneath it. Eventually I was told that I need to use a non-breaking space [& n b s p — spaces added].

“I said to the Happiness Engineer (I think it was anyway) that I used to use them on eBay until I found out that on some people’s screens they did not show up as a hard space but as & n b s p.

“He said oh well they might have done that on eBay, but that doesn’t happen on WordPress.

“Would you believe I’ve just tried to use one on my latest post and guess how it shows up?

“Yes, that’s right.”

No, actually, we don’t know and unable to believe unless there’s a screenshot. We’re readers, not mindreaders, thankyouverymuch.

“Please can someone help me out here as it is extremely frustrating to have suffered so much stress over the problem of not being able to put a simple line space between a vid and some text and it does look pretty awful that way.


“The blog I need help with is [REDACTED].com.”


The Naked Listener writes back to help:—

No need to fret. Try the “Good Ole’ Movie/TV Captioning Cop-out Workaround” — use a fullstop/period (.) or asterisk (*) in place of your required linespace. Then ‘colour’ it the same as your background (which is easy enough since your blog’s background colour is white anyway). In doing that, your readers will be none the wiser and visually there is a linespace.

For example (textually):

. <– change this period to your background colour


. <– change this period to your background colour


What happens on other sites like eBay, etc, are a completely different ballgame. On WordPress, we need to think ‘worpdress.’

Hope this helps. Good luck.


This is how I roll, boys and girls:—


victim of your own mind


Your own mind is your own victim


See those asterisks? I usually use fullstops (periods) instead because they’re smaller and therefore less obtrusive. Then I just colour them out to match the background colour.


Disclaimer: I’m not taking the mickey out of that blogger. Just using the example to make a point. Just sayin’.


(Image via the Socially Disconnected group on Facebook)

[The irony is almost unbearably palpable for the image source.—Editor]



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