Planning for Tomorrow’s Clusterfuck and Inevitable Server Meltdown

We have actually worked on a plan for tomorrow (GASP- PLANNING AHEAD?). What we are going to do is basically shut down every single post except for the Coveritlive livestreaming at 7pm EST. That way, there will be no need for refreshing the website and leading towards the inevitable crash.

What we need, though, is some user support. First, don’t visit old posts- there will be only one post on the front page, and that will be the coveritlive. Second, we need trusted users to help approve comments. Please, if you are a longtime commenters, email Mistermix with your username in the comments and let him know you would like to help out. Mistermix will have instructions above the coveritlive for the volunteers. Once the election is over and I think the server will be stable, I will open comments and old and new posts back up.

Thanks in advance for working with us.

61 replies
  1. 1
    gbear says:

    I blame Obama.

  2. 2
    Svensker says:

    You’re good people, Mr. Cole. Knowing that all plans are made and tomorrow’s outcome will be revealed in the fullness of time, I’m heading to bed.

    Say your prayers tonight, everybody, and do your duty tomorrow.


  3. 3
    Spaghetti Lee says:

    Wait, is there something happening tomorrow?

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    The Dangerman says:

    GASP! Trusted users?!

    Is sobriety a requirement?

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    geg6 says:

    I understand what you’re doing with the Coveritlive thing, but I just have to say how much I hate it. I know my laptop is ancient and all, but it freezes up a lot and when it’s not frozen, it scrolls by so fast I can’t keep up and I cannot seem to be able to comment no matter what I do.

    But I’ll sit back and do my best to follow along. Okay, done bitching now.

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    👽 Martin says:

    Bah, I’d love to help approve comments, but I have family in town and will be pretty busy. I’d be happy to help with this sort of thing in the future, though.

    But tomorrow is my birthday, and it will be a quite good day indeed.

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    lamh35 says:

    ya’ll should really watch the final rally in Iowa tonight.

    This is bittersweet. It’s the last time he will be rallying for his own election in his political career ever.

    He’s ending where it all started, in Iowa.

    Without Iowa in 2008, there’d be no President Barack Hussein Obama!

    FLOTUS and POTUS up now.

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    And Another Thing... says:

    John G. Cole you are a mensch. Thank you.

  10. 10
    Comrade Mary says:

    OK, I’m on board. I’ll mail the mister.

  11. 11
    Punchy says:

    What the fuck is coveritlive and why are you fucking up yo blog to use it? Is this Sully’s idea?

  12. 12
    West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.) says:

    @Spaghetti Lee: Orlando Magic vs. Chicago Bulls! Oh, something political I think, too. Also.

  13. 13
    AA+ Bonds says:

    it’s me, I’m the thread you can post in

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    Iriedc says:

    Thanks in advance to all the FPs & keepers of the keys.

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    kc says:


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    Comrade Mary says:

    One thing, John: won’t we be advised to go to the external CoverItLive site, or are you setting up the plug-in here?

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    West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.) says:

    @lamh35: Crap. All kidding aside, that is depressing. Maybe, like Clinton, he’ll prove helpful post-presidency (or, like Carter, go on to other humanitarian endeavors).

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    Loneoak says:

    Longtime commenter here, yet completely untrustworthy.

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    General Stuck says:

    Sure, I’ll help by approving comments.

    bwa hahahahh

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    Randiego says:

    read on twitter: It’s Election Eve, not Election Steve.

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    pseudonymous in nc says:

    I’m going to be with people and booze, and IRCing with sarcastic friends.

    If you want to do a quick whipround on getting MOAR DATABASE SERVER to deal with FYWP, I’d chip in, because the problem with coveritlive (as good as it is at handling crazy load) is that the archives are elsewhere, and I suspect there’ll be a fair bit that we’ll want preserved for the record.

  22. 22
    Narcissus says:

    Can I be a moderator

    I promise not to replace all links with meatspin

    Just some of them

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    MikeJ says:

    I will gladly approve comments, but I will not be sober, and I’ll be in a bar with a hojillion people using the iffy wifi (iffy wifi rhymes, doesn’t it?). So no.

    Anybody who on here instead of in streets celebrating deserves bad blog service.

  24. 24
    PeakVT says:

    Is the CIL client that was posted before the best thing they’ve got? The whole system seems like a step backwards from what IRC offered in the 1990s.

  25. 25
    AA+ Bonds says:

    I’ll mod BJers for three, but I’ll catch them, and kill them for ten. But you’ve gotta make up your minds

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    eemom says:

    @General Stuck:

    You ‘n me both, General. Cole’s Dream Team.

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    Donut says:


    He is a lucky man, this President, to have Michelle in his life. I freakin LOVE her for reasons I can’t even put into words. I wouldn’t have liked to miss these two speeches for anything.

    Well, I’ll take that back – if someone can guarantee me that Ann Romney will melt away like the Wicked Witch of the West when the race is called, then I’ll turn off the TeeVee now.

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    eemom says:

    @General Stuck:

    You ‘n me both, General. Cole’s Dream Team.

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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    I’ll be sober, but I think I might crack under the pressure or just do something accidentally that crashes the site. I’m not exactly a computer wizard. Also, I’ll be trying to do classwork in between frantically refreshing the various polls.

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    My entire election night will consist of projecting a CIL feed from a blog on my ceiling overtop of Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome looped in reverse, I am your target audience

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    It’s like watching them Decommission the Pleasure Dome

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    waratah says:

    @lamh35: I could not miss this tonight.
    My first time to see Michelle this election and she is wonderful.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    I just want to know where unlimited corporate cash will be tomorrow night.

  34. 34
    AA+ Bonds says:

    Just go to bed – I slept through 9/11 and I’m better for it

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    dead existentialist says:

    Oh shit. It’s over, people. God is making an intervention.

    It’s on Twitter, too. We’re doomed. (You know how many EC votes God gets? That’s right: as many as He wants.)

  36. 36
    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    I would offer to approve posts but I’m evil. :)

    Keep that shiny red button away from me!

  37. 37
    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    @Gin & Tonic: hiding under his bed.

  38. 38
    Spaghetti Lee says:

    @dead existentialist:

    Could God create an election so lopsided that not even He could win it?

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    dead existentialist says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    I just want to know where unlimited corporate cash will be tomorrow night.

    Finding its way into Democratic bank accounts.

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    dww44 says:

    @👽 Martin: No better person to have an election day birthday than one of the good BJ commenters. I take this as a propitiously good omen for tomorrow evening.

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    master c says:

    sounds like….a plan!

  42. 42
    Comrade Luke says:

    Wonder if CoverItLive will go down. Seriously.

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    dead existentialist says:

    @Spaghetti Lee: God doesn’t “create” elections; he appoints kings.

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    Genine says:

    I’ll volunteer. I’m on the West Coast but if it’ll be helpful…

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    BD of MN says:

    @dead existentialist: I dunno, shouldn’t they pray before the votes are cast, or is this a “pray for the software patch to work” thing?

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    Steeplejack says:


    On the bottom right of the CoverItLive gizmo there is a button you can mash to turn off auto-scroll. Then you can go through the comments at your own pace.

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    trollhattan says:

    I generally find “planning ahead” beats planning behind. Unless Scarlett Johansson is involved.

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    YoohooCthulhu says:

    @West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.):

    that is depressing. Maybe, like Clinton, he’ll prove helpful post-presidency

    It’s really not. I’m as glad to have Obama as president as anyone, but I DO have some sympathy for the man. After being termed out of what’s basically a hellish job and being ruthlessly villified in the public sphere for years, I think ex-presidents are entitled to take it easy, or at the very least be involved in politics exclusively on their own terms.

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    trollhattan says:

    And just like that, an ad for “Brazil Butt Lift” panties shows up atop the page.

    Sometimes, the interwebs demand we worship it.

  50. 50
    suzanne says:

    Can matoko—chan approve comments? PLEASE?!

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    Origuy says:

    For reference: Poll Closing Times

    Results from Dixville Notch, NH should be coming in any minute now.

  52. 52
    tam says:


    Results from Dixville Notch, NH should be coming in any minute now.

    It’s a tie, 5-5.

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    Dream On says:

    @Steeplejack: Thanks – I can actually enjoy tomorrow, then.

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    Felonius Monk says:

    Sounds like a plan — Thanks John.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @tam: RAZOR THIN!

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    NotMax says:

    Well, afterwards for moi then.

    Whatever this Coverit thingie is supposed to be, it sucks raw eggs on this end.

    So later, gators.

  57. 57

    YEY! I got chosen as a comment approver all because I adopted Tommy’s cat! Don’t tell me the Universe isn’t benevolent! hahahahha

    I’m a wee bit of a grammar Nazi so I’ll be vetting your comments for correct apostrophe use. Someone else can take the spelling portion. I’ll have my *hand’s* full with apostrophes! heheh

    See you all tonight!

  58. 58
    Brian says:

    You are taking all my sweet sweet old posts away?

    I guess I will just have to do the election day drinking game instead.

  59. 59
    Bixby says:

    Can I just say that I’m near-permanent lurker who checks in every day, and I don’t know a one of you, but I appreciate the way you’ve all kept me sane lo these many years.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @lamh35: I was too tired to watch it last night, but will hunt it down today. Such a historic moment. Feels like yesterday when he won the primary in Iowa in ’08.

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    General Stuck says:

    @Mystical Chick:

    I’m a wee bit of a grammar Nazi so I’ll be vetting your comments for correct apostrophe use

    I’m the Dillinger of incorrect apostrophe use. Catch me if you can, frau Mchick.

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