Commenting Issues Appear Fixed – NOT!

From the backend, it looks like the commenting issues are resolved. This doesn’t mean there won’t be a twitch or two, but I only saw one comment in trash since last night. I know that AL and Adam and perhaps others rescued folks from moderation; that’s different than ending up in the trash! Last night, there were hundreds of recent comments in the trash, so  there is clear progress.

I’ll keep an eye on things today as I can, but I think the Great Comment Crisis of Ought-17 is finally at an end! Huzzah!


ETA: FYWP.  I’m turning off and on a few things…prepare for turbulence! :)


Open thread, and be sure to check out Raven’s pix tomorrow morning!

Comment Issues, Open Thread

Hearing from Adam that there’s some issues with comments, I changed one thing but it’s bedtime, so I won’t be up to see if commenting improves tonight or not.  I did upgrade the WordPress version this afternoon, so I’m sure that’s had some side-effect and made our anti-spam engine twitchy.

So…for whatever reason, our connection to Akismet’s anti-spam service is suddenly wonky and so comments aren’t being treated normally. I’m sorry for the inconvenience but I suspect it’ll right itself shortly. I’ve tried to rescue hundreds of comments from trash/hell and hopefully new ones won’t be so-consigned overnight while I sleep.


Meanwhile, open thread!

Site Issues

I’m doing some urgent work on the back end of the site as a result of an unauthorized user.


All Frontpagers, you will need to login again on all your devices, and will be forced to choose a new password (do that once on one machine and then you’ll have to use that password on your other devices).

Mobile Site Blues



Just a head’s up: I’ll be working on the mobile site in the next little bit. To solve some issues with it, I’ve got to undo many of the customizations, then see how it looks and works, then redo them. Apparently the mobile theme was radically updated and so what worked before is having some side-effects now, and some changes aren’t taking.

None of this should affect the desktop site  – this is just for the mobile site.

Thanks in advance for your kind words, challenges, and sass-talk.

Open thread!

Tech News: Update WordPress NOW!


I’ll be launching the new and improved Buttons plugin later this morning and making a few small tweaks. Please note – improved by Major Major Major Major, in his first help-behind-the-scenes.  Please give him a well-earned pat on the back.

But the real focus of this post is to encourage you who have WordPress sites to update them ASAP. There is a critical security bug in 4.7.1 that’s been fixed, and tens of thousands of WordPress sites are being hacked because folks haven’t updated them to 4.7.2. So, if you have a WordPress site, no matter how tiny and under-read, please take 5 minutes to update it to this more secure version.

I have a big tech post half written for next week covering a bunch of privacy and security ideas, and a more personal one that I hope to publish soon.

And as a reader-turned-client has encouraged me, know that I am available for hire to help on your site, to sort out tech issues in general, and to help secure your privacy and digital stuff.  Just use the Contact a Frontpager form and I’ll get back to you asap. No issue is too small, and I am happy to refuse things that are too big or out of my skillset.

Besides all that, have a great weekend, and keep all Americans, our residents, and guests in your thoughts and prayers. There are a lot of scared people among us, something not felt since the Red Scare.  That drove my mom to live overseas as she couldn’t stand the cultural environment back then. She has confided in me the temptations to move overseas again, but I’ve convinced her that this is home, and we resist.

Open thread

Quick Tech Update and Open Thread


I’m working with Master Programmer Major Major Major Major (only his hubby can call him Master Master Master Master!) to add the missing button we need so that we can use one uniform set of buttons for both desktop and mobile site.

There are, of course, a few other things I’m working on. I’m trying to squeeze in as much as I can over the next week, but competing time-suckers may mean that some things trickle out more slowly than I’d like.

That said, Open Thread!

My fault folks – some mis-config between test server and the live server. I’m killing test server and rebuilding so it doesn’t happen again. My apologies.

New Buttons – Please Tell Me What You Think


The eagle-eyed may have noticed that I just changed the buttons. They are a different beast and don’t work 100% like the other ones. The plus is that they work on both desktop and mobile site and are standard – so no special tweaks to functions and css filed. So less work, less to go wrong going forward, and they are easy to setup and use on any new theme in the future.

On the other hand, there is no “jump to bottom” button; you will need to tap the down arrow multiple times.  I’ll ask the plugin maker if that’s something that can be added. I just reduced the scroll time to 1 millisecond – so whenever you tap or click the button, it should move down one screen at a time, but quickly.

I can also change how many screens down/up the click takes you. Right now it’s set for 1 screen, but I can make it a half-screen, or 4 screens, or whatever I want.  So I can force the down button to go most/all the way to the bottom and the up button go most/all the way to the top and not use the “jump to top” button.


So, that all said  – what do you folks think, and what’s your vote –

  1. two buttons that go up/down a bit at a time, with a jump to top button,
  2. a top/bottom button that go 10 screens up/down (or whatever ends up being close enough to “top” or “bottom”).
  3. buttons as they are now, but add a “jump to bottom” button