Monday, December 28, 2009

PARDON OUR DUST: In connection with a comments upgrade currently in process, things may look a little strange around here today. Don't worry--everything will be back to normal (or at least as normal as we get around here) shortly.

38 comments:

  1. Be patient. This will not last.

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  2. Lurker David12:13 PM

    Holy Toledo!!  Me no likey!

    (I know, it won't last....)

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  3. acbonin12:16 PM

    Basically, here's what happened -- Haloscan is forcing us to upgrade to Echo for comments, but to do that, I have to change the blog's template from Blogger Classic (i.e., raw HTML) to its new Layouts format. (New 3-4 years ago, but we didn't change then.)

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  4. Well, seems like the new comments are working now.

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  5. kevbo nobo12:22 PM

    (cough) Have you checked for lead?

    Do these little pictures mean people are gonna get avatars like @ Deadspin?

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  6. acbonin12:32 PM

    This is supposed to be a popup window.  Grr.

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  7. Paul Tabachneck12:49 PM

    I don't know that I miss the popup window so much -- this is nice. 

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  8. Things we still need to fix:
    1. Pop-up comments.
    2.  Size of text in sidebar
    3.  Importing of 110K+ existing comments.

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  9. But will they thread?

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  10. The Pathetic Earthling1:11 PM

    I actually like this sort of window.

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  11. I like this sort of window (provided it works from my mobile device), but wish we didn't have the double click-through to get there.

    The search is also quite nice.

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  12. Adam C.2:03 PM

    Jury is still out.  Two clicks to comment or read comments, as Matt notes, is not good.  Missing the lo-fi Blogger Classic look, but I suspect that won't be a dealbreaker.  Haven't tried search yet -- once the old comments are migrated over, will they be searchable as well?

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  13. I do not believe comments will be searchable, but the new search is otherwise neat.  The double-click is annoying as hell and we will make it stop.

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  14. I'll note from a mobile perspsective that my iPhone permits me to see and read the first three or so comments, but not to post comments.  It should resolve readily.  Fortunately, we know setting it up on Halo so it works the way we want it to is possible (Atrios has done so), so it will come.

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  15. isaac_spaceman2:11 PM

    I think the silhouette is Shaggy from Scooby Doo. 

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  16. Adam C.2:16 PM

    Yeah, the comments pop-up is pretty much useless on the iPod Touch as well.

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  17. Well, let's see how this works.

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  18. On my iPhone, I couldn't post and I couldn't read more than the first three comments.  Nice look, though.

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  19. Andrew3:05 PM

    I don't mind the in-page popup, but hopefully you can fix the double-click issue while still preserving the comment count on the home page (which Atrios doesn't seem to have with this new-fangled Haloscan thingamajig.)

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  20. Jenn.3:09 PM

    Progress is scary.

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  21. kevbo nobo3:15 PM

    OK, I'm on board.

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  22. calliekl3:24 PM

    I don't know how I feel about not being able to see that front page from the comments, but I'm sure I'll get used to it!

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  23. Can we get the comments to be numbered? 

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  24. KCosmo5:48 PM

    Hm.   I'm a little confused about actually getting to the comments, but having arrived here, they don't look bad.

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  25. D'Arcy8:52 PM

    Don't like the two clicks to comment, but mostly I'm commenting just to try giving myself an avatar.  Haven't figured it out yet.

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  26. Nancy8:34 AM

    Jinkies! It IS Shaggy!

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  27. Nancy8:36 AM

    Asking:  have we lost the ability to preview before posting? Or am I just missing something?

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  28. Genevieve1:05 PM

    Are those "Mad Men" avatars?
    And I never learned how one goes about creating an avatar - once one does so (somewhere or other), do you add it here via "add images" or in some other way?

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  29. Yes, this is a Mad Men-Yourself Avatar, and I did it through linking my Twitter Avatar to my comments here.

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  30. tortoiseshelly4:37 PM

    I rather like the new layout. Comments look pretty good on my blackberry thus far.

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  31. KCosmo8:20 PM

    Matt, can you be a little more specific about how to link your twitter avatar here?

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  32. If you click on the "from" and choose "My Twitter Account" from the drop-down menu, it should be self-explanatory.  It's fairly user-friendly.

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  33. Like this?

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  34. Marsha10:06 AM

    Hm, that worked.

    Do you guys know that comments are now showing up from a few days ago that were invisible before? Yesterday, the "best 30 mins of comedy" post had 6 comments, this morning it has 15, and most of the "new" ones are from before the 6.

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  35. Yes, we are aware.  Things are working as they should (though we're still trying to fix the two clicks to comments issue).

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  36. Marsha12:12 PM

    OK - I'm not complaining, just wanted to make sure y'all were aware. Looking forward to the two click to comment thing being changed  - it's annoying.

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  37. <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #808080;">I dislike change of any kind, but so far the new format doesn't look too bad, despite the two-click comments.  Just wanted to say thanks to all of you for putting in the behind-the-scenes technology gobbledygook work to keep the blog going. </span></span>

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