Upgrade Beginning

Someone’s car died in the driveway tonight and I was able to get it going again, mainly through total luck, so I’m migrating to the new theme right now while I’ve got a hot hand.  Things will be wonky for a bit. I’m turning comments off just so I have a good restore point if things go really bad.

Update: You’re looking at the new theme. If something looks strange, hold down your shift key and hit reload (which is the circle with an arrow someplace on your browser bar). Here’s a short overview of the changes:

  • We’ve gone back to the three-column layout, and we’ve widened the site since this is 2013 and people have bigger monitors.
  • The center content column is wider so we can post bigger pictures.
  • The only search that we have now is Google search, accessible from the search box on the top of the rightmost column.
  • The mobile theme is unchanged for now. Long story short: we pay money for it, it was recently upgraded, and the upgrade was actually a step backwards.
  • The toolbar on comments is a little different because our old toolbar plugin was years old and didn’t work with the new theme. This toolbar might not work with Internet Explorer.

If you’re having an issue, post the browser version and operating system you’re using. Example:  I’m using Chrome on Windows 7.

Update 2:  There are no recent posts listed because that box requires a join on a 3 million row table that kills the database.

Update 3:  Comment font size increased.

Update 4:  For those of you who don’t like the width, play around with your browser window width. As you narrow it, the layout adjusts dynamically to show only the center column.

Update 5: Non-linked commenter names are now black.

Update 6: Activated the iPad mobile theme.  See if that’s better.

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135 replies
  1. 1
    mistermix says:

    Test comment. Bold. Italic

    quotation here.

  2. 2
    mistermix says:

    Another Test Comment.

  3. 3
    David Koch says:

    Skynet becomes self aware

  4. 4
    dexwood. says:

    Oh no, I’m not touching this thread. I’ll sit over there, wait things out…

  5. 5
    RobertDSC-PowerMac G5 Dual says:

    So far, it looks good. Crossing fingers and toes for a solid effort.

    FYI, my browser info: Mac OS 10.4.11, Safari 4.1.3

  6. 6
    joel hanes says:

    I see the fnords kerning

  7. 7
    scav says:

    interesting. is this on? tap tap

    ETA. mr Ipad looking much better than last go-round. sec. . .

  8. 8
    YellowJournalism says:

    Mobile looks good.

  9. 9
    Redshirt says:

    Sweet! Nice and clean!

  10. 10
    joel hanes says:

    Comment editing seems to work fine.

    I see no reply button on my own last comment, though — is that intentional?
    No replying to self ?

  11. 11
    NotMax says:

    Okay in FF with Win7; perhaps a little flat, color-wise.

    Might suggest darkening the ‘Posted by’ and the print for the tags and comments a notch or three. Sort of faded out and a bit of a strain on older eyes.

    And pretty please update the link for 538 in the Blogroll?

  12. 12
    YellowJournalism says:

    Okay never mind. Just read mobile hasn’t hanged.

  13. 13
    Redshirt says:

    Yay! There‘s buttons!

  14. 14
    joel hanes says:

    Ah. No reply button after editing, but there is a reply button on unedited comments.

  15. 15
    gogol's wife says:

    So glad the text is in the middle and is BLACK not gray. The text of comments is a little small but I’m not complaining.

  16. 16
    NotMax says:

    Clarification to #11:

    and the print for the tags and comments within the front page post itself.

  17. 17
    Xantar says:

    Looks pretty terrible on iPad, I have to say. The right column is way too wide which leaves the center column with about the width of a newspaper column.

    On the other hand, if I turn the iPad to landscape orientation, things actually look pretty good.

  18. 18
    different-church-lady says:

    I HATE THIS!!! IT’S DIFFERENT!!! I HATE IT!!! CHANGE IT!!! I HATE YOU ALL!!! I WISH I HAD NEVER BEEN BORN!!!!

  19. 19
    scav says:

    Looks ok on my old OS Crome platform, and has buttons to test! boldem

    OK, this is typed in

  20. 20
    RobertDSC-iMac G5 says:

    Testing in Safari 5.0.6, Mac OS 10.5.8. No issues so far.

  21. 21
    The Dangerman says:

    *kicking virtual tires*

    ETA: New blog smell, how lovely

  22. 22
    David Koch says:

    inb4 I blame obama

  23. 23
    scav says:

    Looks same in my Firefox option too, but no edit buttons. Might be old, Firefox 20.0.1 and is downloading an update.

  24. 24
    Svensker says:

    Tee hees toe toes, I eat peas and touch my nose. Wait, what?

    Apparently it doesn’t know underline, but I’ll deal.

  25. 25
    scav says:

    @scav: Now there are buttons. Huh?

  26. 26
    LeftCoastTom says:

    Using FF on Mac OS X 10.7 (the “X” seems pretty redundant…). Buttons in addition to “you may use these HTML tags and attributes” would be good. Or, alternatively, a “quote” “button” next to the “Reply” button. I like the overall appearance here, won’t try it today on my iPod due to your warning (I use the mobile site there), guess I should try on the iPad (I usually hate mobile versons of sites there).

    Edit: edit button appeared for me.

    Overall, the theme seems reasonable. Don’t really like the garish blue “Submit Comment” button, but I know that’s a current “thing”.

  27. 27
    Alison says:

    Looks fine overall, though I’d love to see the Recent Posts box and the Newsmax ad switch places.

  28. 28
    dance around in your bones says:

    I don’t see any html buttons on top of the comment box :(

    Where are those lovely grey curved comment numbers?

    I guess I should shut up until you are totally done – but then, look out!

    eta” of course, as soon as I say there’s no html buttons, they show up. Shut my mouf!

  29. 29
    Steeplejack says:

    Looks pretty good. I’m actually surprised at how good it looks, after that psychedelic interlude the other night.

    This totally farkled my Stylish style that “fixed” the previous version, but I think I’ll actually have fewer things to fix this time around. The main thing is a font change so that posts and comments are in a readable font.

    I am really glad to see that the comment time stamp has been moved back to the top of the comment, where it makes much more sense, since (pro tip) you can click on it to scroll that comment to the top of the browser page. A nice navigational aid once you get used to it.

    Are blockquotes going to be a problem?

    I guess I’ll have to post this to get the answer to my question.

    ETA: Bummer. I would really like blockquotes to have a background color to make them stand out a little more. I fixed it in my previous Stylish style; will have to see if I can do it again.

    Also, the font for editing comments is different from the one for composing comments. I like the editing one better.

  30. 30
    scav says:

    @scav: And they’re gone again. that’s an interesting non-pattern.

  31. 31
    Funkula says:

    A quick question about the mobile format. Is there any way to either make it

    a) remember that you’ve turned it off for more than a couple of days, or
    b) redirect to a URL (e.g. balloon-juice.com/nomobile) that I can bookmark?

    Because it’s ugly, it obfuscates info, and it makes the site actively harder to use on my phone.

  32. 32
    mistermix says:

    @Xantar: I was hoping we could switch to a new mobile theme with better pad support but they need to do some work before it’s ready for prime time.

  33. 33
    A Ghost To Most says:

    Things look good on IE10 on my surface pro

  34. 34
    Suffern ACE is a Basset Hound says:

    I think I need to read Where’s my Cheese again. It always helps me get through this kind of stress.

  35. 35
    RobertDSC-PowerMac 466 says:

    Testing on Camino 1.6.11 Mac OS 10.3.9, minor image placement issue for BJ logo at top of page. Three columns look good at 1280×1024. Both of my previous comments are on 1440×900 size.

    The buttons don’t show up on this page because I have Javascript disabled. This old Mac can still do work, but not Javascript.

  36. 36

    The layout is so wide, my laptop can’t get it all on the same page. I’m using Chrome on Windows 7. I’ll check Chrome on Windows 8 when I get home.

    This is not a dealbreaker. Just reporting my experience.

    ETA: And checking my settings, Chrome was set to 125% Zoom! Who the hell did that? At 100%, everything is fine.

  37. 37
    mistermix says:

    @Funkula: Really? I use and like the mobile format.

    I can’t control how many days you have it switched off. But the good news is that the switch back and forth links appear at the very bottom of the site now, if you’re on a mobile device, and you can use them to switch back and forth between the mobile site.

  38. 38
    NotMax says:

    Again, minor, but sort of odd to allow the del /del HTML and not also the ins /ins code.

  39. 39
    scav says:

    Firefox 21.0 now, first comment HAS buttons., all else looks good.

  40. 40
    geg6 says:

    Turned off the mobile format. Looks great IMHO. Good work, all.

  41. 41
    Xantar says:

    @mistermix:

    Meh. I’ll just have to expend the calories to turn my iPad sideways to landscape when I visit this site. It’s an awful inconvenience, but sometimes you gotta deal.

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  43. 43
    scav says:

    Now any comments I do has no buttons but NB has clock running one comment 39.

  44. 44
    RareSanity says:

    I like it…I like it a lot!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28GLa9T2CtI

  45. 45
    Steeplejack says:

    Jeez, is this blog designed for people who read on their 60″ plasma TVs?! I mashed Ctrl-0 to go back to the default page size, and the text is tiny. I have to goose it up to about +4.

  46. 46

    Looks like Obama stole your title font serifs.

  47. 47
    stoned stats says:

    Looking great! Love it fosho. But why do you people refuuuuuuuse to put a timestamp on the front page posts??? That, and center the BJ masthead.

  48. 48
    Irish Steel says:

    Snazzy!

  49. 49
    RSA says:

    @RobertDSC-PowerMac G5 Dual:

    Mac OS 10.4.11, Safari 4.1.3

    Old school! Looks good on my Mac OS 10.6.8, Safari 5.1.7. (Also not the latest and greatest.)

  50. 50
    Valdivia says:

    no recent posts? recent comments? I only see the newsmax headlines.

    eta: I love the look btw. so kudos for that. :) though I would still like the balloon guy back too.

  51. 51
    RobertDSC-PowerMac G5 Dual says:

    Testing on TenFourFox 17.0.5, Mac OS 10.4.11. Columns OK, no buttons for commenting.

  52. 52
    Yatsuno says:

    Seems to be an integration with the mobile layout. I kinda like it. I still think the Newsmax headlines should die. With fire.

    Oh and submit comment button is a different size when mouse is over it as opposed to when not hovering. IE8 (I think, it’s whatever POS browser that’s on my work computer).

  53. 53
    NotMax says:

    Is it perhaps my settings, or have the date and time of the front page posts gone bye-bye?

    And good riddance to the small caps. Wise choice.

  54. 54
    cintibud says:

    Looks good! Firefox 20.0.1

  55. 55
    Lizzie says:

    I like the new design.

  56. 56
    mistermix says:

    @NotMax: @stoned stats: Timestamp back in.

  57. 57
    Calming Influence says:

    Everybody’s handle looks like a link (blue) Plus I’m really disappointed in the pitifully weak level of bitching about the new format by the other commenters.

  58. 58
    scav says:

    Buttons still gone athough the clock ran out on earlier comments. So much for that theory. I also lost edit privs on both concurrent comments. Will be testing that just now . . . .

    ETA, but this one can be edited.
    ETA: two, all this done in the Firefox as that’s the only one I’ve seen issues in.

  59. 59
    Anya says:

    Wait till Eric Holder gets a hold of this redesign and sends his spy masters. Your kitchen counters better be clean. Or maybe you should be afraid of the IRS. I can’t keep track of which Nixonian Obama administration head is screwing with people.

    But seriously, I have no complaints. I mean, I didn’t even pay the $19.95 membership fee, so all I have to say is thank you!

  60. 60
    RobertDSC-PowerMac 466 says:

    @RSA:

    This Mac is even older school. Firefox 2.0.0.20, JavaScript on, no buttons to comment. But with JavaScript off, the Reply button in the lower right corner of the comment didn’t work. With JavaScript on, it works.

  61. 61
    RareSanity says:

    @Calming Influence:

    We’ve given mistermix enough shit for the day…

    We’ll wait till he finishes, then the bitching shall begin.

  62. 62
    Irish Steel says:

    @Calming Influence: We could complain about complaints about the new format. Too meta?

  63. 63
    Uncle Cosmo says:

    FUCK your “3-column format”–I read this fucking blog on a 12.1″ screen & now the middle column is TWO FUCKING INCHES WIDE! Meanwhile the fucking ads sprawl everywhere…

    (ETA: OK, I can use “ctrl -” to widen the middle column–up to maybe 5″ before the fonts become too small to read. Peachy. It still sux.)

    Jeebus only knows what this dogforsaken site is gonna look like on this machine when you assholes start posting multimegapixel pictures of your fucking pets, like the ones in Cole’s house that are ALL SMARTER THAN HE IS.

    FTR I’m using Firefox 20.0.1 on a Windows XP operating system.

  64. 64
    dance around in your bones says:

    @Steeplejack:

    “Jeez, is this blog designed for people who read on their 60″ plasma TVs?! I mashed Ctrl-0 to go back to the default page size, and the text is tiny. I have to goose it up to about +4. ”

    (buttons disappeared again)

    On my NoSquint settings, I have to use 175% text zoom to get the text to a readable level for me. FF 20.0.1

    It’s gonna be a long night of fiddling to get things readable. And gosh darn it, I was loving those old-style curvy grey numbers. I hate to bring it up for the 800th time ;)

  65. 65
    daveX99 says:

    wheeee! fwiw: google nexus tablet running maxthon browser. i think this looks pretty good. can’t tell which theme i’m looking at, though (regular vs. mobile)

  66. 66
    NotMax says:

    @mistermix

    Mucho mahalo.

  67. 67
    Amir Khalid says:

    The comment text size is back to being smaller than the post text size. When I embiggen text with NoSquint, it makes the post text too big. That’s my only grouse.

  68. 68
    sneezy says:

    The new layout looks good! Thanks for your efforts.

  69. 69
    lojasmo says:

    Hey, previous/next thread buttons at the BOTTOM! Neat!

  70. 70
    Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason says:

    Looks OK on Firefox 20.0.1 on Windows XP. Now, regarding the comment text:

    THE FONTS ARE TOO DAMN SMALL!!!

    Ahem. That is all.

  71. 71
    Calming Influence says:

    @mistermix: I’m sure this has been beaten to death at some previous upgrade that I missed, but why no “Preview” for comments?

    Otherwise, looks good. Cheers.

  72. 72
    Yatsuno says:

    @mistermix: There is also a block of dead space right at the end of the FPer’s comment at the top. I might be the only one seeing this as I am the only one to mention it so far. It looks like something might be going there but nothing is showing as of yet.

  73. 73
    Steeplejack says:

    @Steeplejack:

    Turned on my previous Stylish style, with predictably horrible results, but things look promising. My tasteful light wheat (#FFFFbb) background for blockquotes holds up, as does the font change for comments. Just need to fiddle with the size of that a bit.

  74. 74
    Violet says:

    @NotMax: Don’t think the old site had the dates and times of the posts on the front page. It was a pet peeve of mine. Would love to see them added.

  75. 75
    trollhattan says:

    Hmm, seems to work okiedokie on a Win7box with firefox, although on chrome I get a bonus JC post featuring the Captain and Tennile, so I’d fix that motherfucker stat.

    Also, too, formatting buttons AWOL.

    Can’t WAIT to see it on the workplace IE8 (“We’re rockin’ the oldies, with Loverboy”).

    Nothing blows up, so carry on.

    Also, also, too, edit button she works, kitptin.

  76. 76
    Steeplejack says:

    @Calming Influence:

    Everybody’s handle looks like a link (blue).

    Good point! It would be nice to be able to tell the difference when someone really does have a hyperlink in their nym.

  77. 77
    dexwood. says:

    I like how the J breaks the line in the masthead. Was it always like that? My memory sputters.

  78. 78
    Studly Pantload, the emotionally unavailable unicorn says:

    Looks like Snorg is putting shots of Krystal (red-headed model) back into rotation, to I’m hoping if I use the Snorg name frequently in my comments, pictures of her will grace this page each time I visit. (Besides, I was past getting tired of “I pooped today” girl.)

    ETA: Site looks different. Is that just me, or did you do some sort of tweaking?

    Double-plus ETA: Ah, my plan worked! Now I can get my daily doses of poli-snark and red-headed cutie at one site. FSM, I love BJ!

  79. 79
    Calming Influence says:

    @Irish Steel: You’ll need to complain about me complaining about the dearth of quality complaints about the new format before I’ll even think about being happy with this new format.

  80. 80
    Violet says:

    @Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason: Yeah, the fonts are kind of wonky. I’ve had to adjust my NoSquint settings quite a bit.

  81. 81
    TaMara (BHF) says:

    quotation here.

    HTML bar is missing on this post, but worked fine in JC’s post. Looks good mistermix. Nice save.

  82. 82
    scav says:

    @trollhattan: I just discovered my mother’s IE 8 on my box (which I didn’t know I had inherited, I use the start->Programs blah blah so rarely) so you’re in good (?) company. I’m not seeing any buttons hereeither, but I don’t know what Java constraints she might have wired into this program.Otherwise looks the same

    ETA: and golly, do I now remember why I avoid the bloat.

  83. 83
    TaMara (BHF) says:

    There are no recent posts listed because that box requires a join on a 3 million row table that kills the database.

    What I read was gakfjaoueoahfcnlvasdhfoehyaodfulahflksdahj so I’ll just have to believe you.

  84. 84
    trollhattan says:

    Confess I miss the trial run level header typeface (serif initial cap w/ small caps body). This one is bleh, but that’s a design thang that will disappoint 25%, be ignored by 70% and be liked by 5%.

  85. 85
    Steeplejack says:

    @Mistermix:

    There are no recent posts listed because that box requires a join on a 3 million row table that kills the database.

    God, that is some seriously awful database design! (I know, not your fault.)

    Also, as Amir Khalid pointed out upthread, the text size for the post is different from the text size for comments. That ain’t right.

  86. 86
    Libby says:

    I’m on old laptop still using XP, Chrome browser. Tried the shift reload trick. Didn’t change a thing. I’m seeing 1/4 pg left column, 1/4 page middle column and 1/2 page right column on the visible screen. If I roll the scroll bar past the left column, I have a huge column of white space.

  87. 87
    trollhattan says:

    @scav:

    Veddy good, thanks! IE8 is the Rabbit diesel of browsers; delivers almost nothing but corporate and gummint America are committed to keeping it alive for Just.A. While. Longer. (IIUC because there are still a ton of WinXP-based internal systems that don’t play nice with newer browsers.)

  88. 88
    Studly Pantload, the emotionally unavailable unicorn says:

    OK, I’ll try to be a little bit helpful with feedback. I’m surprised that clicking on links still opens them in the same tab, whisking one away from this site, rather than opening in a new tab. Is this not an item that can be addressed? Or perhaps ye PTB prefer this arrangement?

    ETA: Snorg. Tees.

    Carry on.

  89. 89
    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    There are no recent posts listed because that box requires a join on a 3 million row table that kills the database

    that’s what an index is for.

  90. 90
    CorbinDallasMultipass says:

    We’ve gone back to the three-column layout, and we’ve widened the site since this is 2013 and people have bigger monitors.

    The idea that no one uses that extra real estate two display two smaller windows was clearly absent then, and that makes me sad.

    Not everyone browses maximized.

  91. 91
    askew says:

    I am not one to complain but the font size is absurdly small and there is a ton of white space on both sides of the page that could be used to hold comment text. I personally liked the old site and don’t know why you changed it to make it more difficult to read.

  92. 92
    NotMax says:

    @Libby

    Try Ctrl-Shift-R to force a refresh.

  93. 93
    Steeplejack says:

    @The prophet Nostradumbass:

    You don’t even need an index. Just a “give me the last [most recent] n entries in the comments table.”

  94. 94
    Violet says:

    @askew: Yeah, the comment font size is small. I had to change my NoSquint settings significantly and they’re pretty standard across most sites. The font for the box you type your comment into is noticeably larger than the actual comment font itself. Weird.

    Agree that forcing the post/comments into the middle column feels like wasted real estate. Especially as the threads get long. Further up the page it probably makes sense, although the other columns could be smaller and the post/comment middle column could be wider.

  95. 95
    kerFuFFler says:

    @askew: Agreed x 10.

  96. 96
    JGabriel says:

    I like the new layout. Thanks, mistermix! And thanks to anyone else involved in its design or implementation!

    .

  97. 97
    RinaX says:

    Agree on the font size being too small. Everything else is not completely terrible, I guess.

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    scav says:

    @Libby: I can replicate that in my Chrome browser, it seems to be a column width thing. Play with the width of your window and there seem to be a few behaviors. My machine screen is wide enough that everything can fit. Left column skinniest (1/5th?) middle col widest, right col about 1/4. If I keep dragging the screen smaller, it tries to hold those proportions (moving parts of the post off-visible screen), and then crunch, the middle column collapses down to filling whatever space is free (which might not be much). The edge columns are fixed width hard because of the ads, probably. Do you have space on your screen to find something that works for you?
    NB. If you really squeeze the window size down, the edge columns drop to underneath the text column, weird as the middle column doesn’t snap back. This is basically a moderate example of the single-word wide column some of us saw last go-round.

  99. 99
    JGabriel says:

    askew:

    I am not one to complain but the font size is absurdly small and there is a ton of white space on both sides of the page that could be used to hold comment text.

    Hit Control and the + (plus) key together.

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    askew says:

    Thank you for increasing the font size. This upgrade is liveable now.

  101. 101
    Valdivia says:

    yay recent posts are back. real happiness if they were actually on top instead of below the Newsmax ad.

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    TooManyJens says:

    @JGabriel: I mentioned this on another thread, but I’ll repeat myself because I think this is the official “I have problems” thread.

    When I use Cmd-+ (on the mac) to increase the font size, the middle column gets much narrower. Here’s a screenshot:

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1924530/comments.png

    So that may not be the solution.

    I’m using FF 20 on OS X Mountain Lion.

    Edit: Also, I have this weird thing where the reply button overlaps with the number of the next comment. That happens whether or not I increase the font size. I’ve tried clearing cache and shift-reload.

  103. 103
    mistermix says:

    @The prophet Nostradumbass: I would never have thought of that! Thanks, man.

    Jesus Christ I’ve been running and tuning MySQL for 15 years. The issue is a subtle bug present in the version the production site runs. I’ve tuned it out of my test site by changing some startup parms but not in the production site, yet.

    @Steeplejack: There’s a join necessary because WordPress has a comment table and a commentmeta table, and commentmeta tells you whether the comment in question is spam or not.

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    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    @mistermix: you’re welcome.

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    TaMara (BHF) says:

    Ok. There are some bugs which I’m sure you’re working on, so I won’t worry about those.

    Here’s what I like: center column for content, font is good, colors are excellent, love having the previous and next post titles at the bottom of the page, block quote different color is great

    Don’t know if its a bug or not, but if we could flip recent posts and newmax boxes, that might shut a lot of people up.

    And the left side is really chaotic between the ads and the actual BJ stuff…maybe an every other box (BJ, ad, BJ, ad), but that’s really nitpicky. I guess that says how much I like the new design, if that’s all I got.

    And with that I say, thank you for your hard work and good night.

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    I'mNotSureWhoIWantToBeYet says:

    Thanks mistermix, it looks pretty good.

    At the moment I’m using FF20.x on Win7 on a Toshiba R835 laptop (1366×768). I’ve got to run FF full screen and bump up the font size a few steps to have it almost comfortable to read. I’d like to make the font a little bigger, but then I get a horizontal scroll bar. :-(

    It’s not a big deal, but I would prefer not to have to run things this way. If you could yet again tweak things a little, I’d be happy. If not, that’s ok.

    Thanks again.

    Cheers,
    Scott.

  107. 107
    TriassicSands says:

    Change number eleventy ten gazillion and nothing is better. This time maybe it’s worse for the way I read BJ, but that wouldn’t be noticed by 99+% of users.

    Oh, wait, I see TwoManyJens does have the same problem. I’m using XP Pro and Firefox (on this computer) and when I enlarge the font by hitting Ctrl + the center column gets very, very narrow very fast. By the time the font is the ideal size, the column is about a quarter of the width of the screen and only about four or five words wide with an unbelievable amount of empty real estate.

    I’m very far away from my monitor, but if I weer up close, ii.e., normal viewing distance) and set the font size accordingly, it still looks like an awful lot of empty space.

  108. 108
    NotMax says:

    @TriassicSands

    Is ‘Zoom Text Only’ checked (enabled) in your FF View-Zoom options?

  109. 109
    Walker says:

    Site is broken when viewed from an iPad in portrait mode (landscape mode is fine). The center column is incredibly thin, fitting roughly six words to a line.

  110. 110
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    The only search that we have now is Google search, accessible from the search box on the top of the rightmost column.

    Megadouche Mark Penn, Mister “Bing is better because it’s from Redmond, so suck on it” would like to have a word with you about your poor choice.

    Personally, Mr. Penn can sit on it and spin. Spinning is after all what he’s paid to do.

  111. 111
    TooManyJens says:

    @TriassicSands: Oh hey, that fixed my issue with the center column width. Thanks!

    Reply button’s still borked, though.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @mistermix:

    Okay, point taken. Then go with Nostradumbass’s index idea.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @I’mNotSureWhoIWantToBeYet:

    Go to View | Zoom and check “Zoom Text Only.” Then you should be able to bump up your font size without changing the column layout.

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    Steeplejack says:

    This is a minor thing I just noticed. I just submitted a comment, which is the last one on the thread, and the font size is larger than that of all the comments above it. I presume it will change when the five-minute edit window expires? Weird.

    Also, I kind of miss the basic Courier font in this “compose comment” window.

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    I'mNotSureWhoIWantToBeYet says:

    @Steeplejack: Ah. Shazam. Thanks muchly.

    Featureitis strikes again. In a good way for a change.

    [edit:] That helps, but makes the horizontal scroll bar permanent for me. Oh well.

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    Plantsmantx says:

    @Steeplejack:
    This is about as good as I’ve ever seen the Suffusion theme look.

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    Studly Pantload, the emotionally unavailable unicorn says:

    “Update 2: There are no recent posts listed because that box requires a join on a 3 million row table that kills the database.

    Update 3: Comment font size increased.

    Update 4: For those of you who don’t like the width, play around with your browser window width. As you narrow it, the layout adjusts dynamically to show only the center column.

    Update 5: Non-linked commenter names are now black.”

    Day-um, this really is a full-service blog. Nice!

    Formatting buttons are still “now you see me, now you don’t.” Yeah, I know, probably on the to-do list.

    And, again, if I’m supposed to click on the NewsMax links to generate Tunch kibble, it’d be nice if a right-click weren’t needed to ensure I’m not swept away from this site. Wouldn’t wanna chip a nail with all that right-clicking.

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    CorbinDallasMultipass says:

    “Update 4: For those of you who don’t like the width, play around with your browser window width. As you narrow it, the layout adjusts dynamically to show only the center column.”

    Right. It takes a lot of shrinking to get to that point. For a lot of intermediate widths, that means a really narrow center column that isn’t much fun to read.

    But okay, I get it, people should use their browser to reconfigure the site the way they want because this is hard stuff.

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    past contingent says:

    If denormalizing the comments table is too evil, there are other tactics. Users don’t expect recent comments to update in real time, so you can skip “update the recent posts scratchpad” on a comment serial number match, time since last scratchpad update, or both. The other is that nobody is gonna cry too much if you don’t hit the post count goal. Pull last 30 comments, join the metadata, take any remaining 15. If less than 15 are left, oh well.

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    past contingent says:

    If denormalizing the comments table is too evil, there are other tactics. Users don’t expect recent comments to update in real time, so you can skip “update the recent posts scratchpad” on a comment serial number match, time since last scratchpad update, or both. The other is that nobody is gonna cry too much if you don’t hit the post count goal. Pull last 30 comments, join the metadata, take any remaining 15. If less than 15 are left, oh well.

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    MikeJ says:

    @past contingent: I wouldn’t expect mix to rewrite either wordpress or the recent comments plugin.

    BTW, May 27 is the 10 yr birthday of wordpress.

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    LT says:

    You’ve done good, Mix.

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    PhoenixRising says:

    On Mac OX 10.8.3, Firefox 20, the third column is the same width as the center.

    Which, since the ads are whatever size ad graphics standard out at, looks really stupid.

    Also uses a third of a 15 in monitor, leaving a third for the actual content.

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    PhoenixRising says:

    OMG if I command – to turn down font size alla sudden the center column uses 66% of the browser window, leaving about 20% left and 15% right (and yes, I’m not getting out a measuring tool so that’s 101% and bite me).

    So is that a CSS effect or some weird shit?

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    TriassicSands says:

    @NotMax:

    Thanks, for a moment I thought that might work, but…

    With Zoom Text Only unchecked (disabled) the three columns take up the entire width of the screen, but the font size is too small for my current viewing distance. When I increase the text size, the center column becomes very narrow. With Zoom Text Only enabled the three columns are narrowed and about a third of the screen is empty margin divided between the left and right sides. Now, when I Zoom the text, the center column doesn’t shrink, but it is already quite narrow.

    I have another option — I’m using a wireless mouse with a magnifier setting…

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    black onion says:

    Testing, testing, testicling testes, 1, 2 testes.

    Just checking. A roadie did this at a show I saw years ago for the mic check. I was 14 then and I still am now.

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    Kris Collins says:

    I almost always use my phone to read b-j and have always had to turn off mobile view to comment. Still did that just now but commenting is much easier, typing doesn’t dance around and create stupid typos for no reason.

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    Narcissus says:

    It scrolls weird. I’m using Opera version 12.02. The center of the page scrolls faster than the sides of the page.

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    bob h says:

    I like it.

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    Ecks says:

    Hm. Testing
    abbr
    acronym
    cite
    code
    del datetime.

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    Jerry says:

    @NotMax: Ditto on bolding/increasing font size on Poster’s Name.

    Eyes are definitely getting older and dimmer :-)

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    Walker says:

    Woke up to new iPad theme. I like.

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    EthylEster says:

    I got no blog roll.
    These days I mostly come for the blog roll.
    So I’m devastated. ;=)

    Firefox 20.0.1
    Win XP

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    akaMom says:

    mistermix,

    I’m on a wireless network in Walchsee, Austria (MBAir OS 10.7.5; Chrome) and the site update looks great. Thx.

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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    @NotMax: Tusend tak, as they occasionally say in Denmark–with “Zoom Text Only” enabled I am no long faced with the choice of abandoning this site or going blind.

    Of course to some (most?) of the regulars here, that is probably so not a good thing…

    Still not looking forward to see how media works out…

    FTR Cole’s ongoing bamboozlement at the paws & jaws of his hongry K9s brings to mind the ending of this SF classic. Gee, I wonder why…

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