For the Gravatar-lovers amongst us, Anne Laurie sent this link to an interesting discussion of the security implications of Gravatars. They’re not major, but it appears that the Gravatar client sends a hashed version of your email to Gravatar even if you didn’t opt in for the service, which is a bit of an issue, since it allows them to do a bit of anonymous tracking of non-Gravatar users.
My take on Gravatars is that a site that averages a hundred comments a post doesn’t need to push out a hundred images to slow down those comments, so I agree with John’s decision to shitcan them.
While we’re talking redesign, we turned on the mobile theme, which senses the type of browser you’re using and pushes out a stripped-down version if you’re using a mobile device. If you would rather see the non-mobile version of B-J on your smartphone, just scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the link that says “Switch to the regular site”. Your choice will be preserved. If you want to switch back to the mobile site, there’s a link at the bottom of the left siderail, right under the Sitemeter image.
Update: Some people are reporting that it takes a couple of tries to get their smartphone to switch to the mobile site. Reloading, or re-selecting Balloon Juice from a bookmark seems to help.
For Internet Explorer users, if you can’t switch to a real browser like FireFox or Chrome, turning on compatibility view (Tools/Compatability View) solved some appearance issues for me, at least when I was testing in IE8.