It may be true that you can’t always get what you want, but sometimes you do.
List of recent changes/fixes to the new site:
- Replies display @commenter every time
- Amazon and PayPal links have been added to the front page
- Russian trolls (and others in spam) no longer show up in Recent Comments
- John’s twitter feed in the sidebar is cleaned up and now scrolls
- Posting / updating a comment now strips the extra line breaks left at the end of some comments
- RSS feeds now include the name of the Balloon Juice author
- Snark items are now displaying in posts as they should
Frequent Questions from the Balloon Juice Mailbag (aka Site Feedback)
I miss the blogroll. I’m a longtime reader, infrequent commenter. I start my day off here and use the blog roll to explore the other worthwhile liberal blogs. I know, I know: Why can’t you lurkers bookmark your favorites? But I’m frequently TDY or deployed, and I can only remember two website URLs: balloon-juice.com and dkos, and the Great Orange Satan got rid of their blogroll years ago. I use B-J as a home page for getting to many other great sites.
Dear You’re Not the Only One Who Said They Miss the Blogroll,
Never fear, the blogroll is closer than you think. Just take the bullet train (down arrow in the white bar up top) down to the Footer. The blogroll is right there as the middle item in the footer. We’ve got Readers and Friends of Balloon Juice; On the Lighter Side, with frequent shade from the Word of The Day, and a few other sites that will help you start your day with
a balanced breakfast a bit of perspective; followed by Non-Political Blogs, News Sites and, of course, Political Blogs.
If you are a Jackal and have a blog of your own, we can add your blog to the list, and you are welcome to nominate other blogs for inclusion on the blogroll. If you are a lurker Jackal with a blog of your own, you might just have to consider de-lurking so we can include your blog, too.
Why can’t the down arrow work like it used to? In the old site, one if the navigation arrows took me to the comment box at the bottom, which is much more useful than going all the way to the bottom. Not that I don’t love John’s Twitter feed, but I don’t need to go straight to it very often. :-)
Dear That’s Okay, What You Want is Hidden in Plain Sight,
It’s true. The down arrow is the express train to the Footer, and as we discovered in the reply just above, there is now a reason to go to the footer. And not just for our great tag line – Come for the politics, stay for the snark.
What you want is the COMMENT button, hidden in plain sight, on the other side of the white bar at the top. If you touch, press, or click COMMENT – depending on your device – it takes you right down to your favorite place, the comment box.
Thanks, WaterGirl for all your hard work on the site. I’m mostly a lurker so now you can say that the lurkers support you in email!.
Dear What a Nice Thing to Say,
Thank you for your kind words, and for making me laugh!
THAT’S ALL THE LETTERS FOR TODAY. I’LL DO THIS FOR A BIT UNTIL EVERYBODY IS UP TO SPEED.