The Contact Form Is Offline


The contact form is offline and shall not return, but do not fret, we’ve still got email addresses you can use. We just don’t like to publish them in machine-readable format to reduce the bots harvesting them, then harassing us.

I copied these instructions from Watergirl’s post last evening:

Quick note: I have mentioned several times that we are changing the method for contacting a front pager, but in case anyone has missed it, I wanted to call attention to it in the title.

You can reach any front pager by email simply by addressing email to their nym at  If their nym has is made up of multiple words, you put a dash in place of the space.  If the front pager is Humpty Dumpty, you would send email to Humpty-Dumpty at; and yes, sending email to humpty-dumpty at also works.

This system has been in place for at least a couple of months now, but the Contact a Front Pager form is being taken down tonight, so please start using the new method now.

Since some folks may have missed that post last night, I wanted to ensure that the announcement had maximum exposure.


Open thread, I’m not around, just wanted to post this and now, back to packing.

20 replies
  1. 1
    rikyrah says:


    I thought that you were sorta back…well, good luck with packing.

  2. 2
    Spanky says:


    ETA: Deleted due to poor reading skillz.

  3. 3
    Formerly disgruntled in Oregon says:

    First Fortnite, then this?!!

    Haha – I wouldn’t know what to do with myself if Balloon Juice went down for days…

  4. 4
    Alain says:

    @rikyrah: I will be posting on making grape jelly in a few days, the one non-moving fun I had last week was going to an orchard, getting my grapes, then juicing them and making jelly. Since this is for gifts as well as a 2 year personal stash, I made a ton!

    And thanks for saying that, I miss being here often as well. Like I’d projected, my time and attention won’t free up much before early November. I do plan to post a bit more once I get past late next week.

  5. 5
    Alain says:

    @Formerly disgruntled in Oregon: it’s just the form and it’s a license issue, no point in renewing for a year when only a brief period is needed.

  6. 6
    Elizabelle says:

    Good luck with your packing and move, Alain. You are missed, and look forward to your return.

  7. 7
    West of the Rockies says:

    Would we type “at” in the email address or use the “@” sign?

  8. 8
    Steeplejack (phone) says:

    @West of the Rockies:

    You would use @.

  9. 9
    Fred Fnord says:

    Just save yourself a lot of work and put an image of the contact info in the sidebar. Maybe with a hand-drawn distinctive at-sign, like a spiral or something.

    Yes, there are OCR bots. They are few and far between and not terribly good.

  10. 10
    Alain says:

    @Fred Fnord: all you need to do is use parts of that graphic as a
    CAPTCHA and humans will happily type the text, accurately, if given the chance to view porn or what-have-you. So bots not really needed except to scrape the graphic and feed it to a site.

  11. 11
    MisterForkbeard says:

    Okay, but what if I have a deep and abiding need to load the Contact page?


  12. 12
    WaterGirl says:

    @MisterForkbeard: I am saving that one to look at again during rollout, when it’s certain that someone will hate some new thing we did, thinking that everyone would love it.

  13. 13
    NotMax says:


    Some one?

    You new to the ‘net?


  14. 14

    Good luck with the packing Alain, it’ll all be worth it in the end.

  15. 15
    WaterGirl says:

    @NotMax: ha!

  16. 16
    WaterGirl says:

    @NotMax: I am already guessing that you will not be the biggest fan of the new site. But as my Dad always used to say: “that’s what makes the world go round”.

  17. 17
    NotMax says:


    Now, now. I intend to go into it with an unbiased eye*, treating it as if B-J is a brand new entity, avoiding “but on the old site!” kvetching if at all possible. Major concerns shall be on the lookout for are:

    1) Elements which don’t function as advertised, do so inconsistently or negatively impact navigation.
    2) Accessibility and legibility issues.
    3) Intuitiveness or lack thereof of the interface.
    4) Extraneous, obsolete or needlessly repetitive elements; also visual clutter.
    5) Weaknesses in or outright broken elements which are brought to light by fiddling with browser settings.
    6) Anything which may require more than the minimum number of clicks necessary to perform.

    *Can’t speak for the status of the other eye. ;)

  18. 18
    WaterGirl says:

    @NotMax: Seems like a pretty good list, and #6 is my pet peeve. Not that you asked my opinion. :-)

    Not sure what you mean by this one, though, and I would love to know: Extraneous, obsolete or needlessly repetitive elements. I mean, I obviously know what all those words mean but I don’t immediately get how that might relate to a website. thanks.

  19. 19
    NotMax says:


    Things like the link on every front page comment to Google+ (which no longer exists) on the current site, differently worded or displayed items which lead to the same thing, etc.

  20. 20
    WaterGirl says:

    @NotMax: Thanks, I get it now.

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