Quick Site Updates Incoming

‘Morning to all Juicers and a fond “have a great time” to those going to the LA Meetup later today.

I am performing a few quick updates. I have not yet fixed the Read More function but will check to see if/what the theme support folks have to say if I get a chance later.

More pressingly, valued failed-candidate Baud reported that the mobile site is/has been flaking, and someone else also reported this. I just renewed the license which had just expired, and am going to update it, WordPress itself, and a few other plugins in a few minutes.

This should all go smoothly, but should there be a hiccup or two, please say two curses at Alain, and the site will be OK. I have made some notes from the post late last week, but for anyone else, please feel free to report issues, ask for features, etc. I’m not promising to fix them all but will see what I can do over the next few days.

Here’s praying for a miracle tomorrow and that we somehow avoid the dystopian future rushing towards us all.

Christmas Comes Early – Tech Style

Hi Folks, I hope you are all doing well this cold December day. Hard to believe we’ll soon be ushering in 2017, and with current events I still wonder if I’m in a fever dream. I just. can’t. seem. to. wake. up.  Aside from this mortal terror, I hope that you and yours have a wonderful Holiday.

So I’m putting this post up to get some fresh tech issue reports/requests and to help solve the “Read More” issue. It appears to be the theme malfunctioning so I’m working with their great support folks. I’m making this post for them to analyze and help me fix the issue.

Read more

Small Site Edits Incoming

Just a little warning. I’ll be working with Watergirl to adjust some things on the site, based on others’ feedback to her.

I don’t expect anything massive, but if things go wonky for a few, I hope you’ll understand!

Otherwise – open thread.

Note: I will not be monitoring this thread for your comments; once I’m done working with her, I’ve got other fish to fry, and will finish the list of issues she provides later, over the weekend, etc.

Quick Tech Note Regarding Comments

I just fixed an issue that made some comments disappear for a user or two. And that made me want to reach out to everyone so that I can improve your Balloon Juice commenting experience.

So – when/if a comment disappears or goes into moderation, please use the contact form to send me a note and let me know:
1) Your nym
2) the time the comment was made
3) the words used
4) the email address you used with your nym for the comment

I’m finding that comments that disappear don’t really disappear – they trigger the blacklist and go into the trash. Which gets filled up with real junk and then emptied. This is triggered by keywords; some made things go to moderation, some to the trash. If you let me know what you said, I can try to fix this annoying issue.

So really, it hasn’t been FYWP some of the time, it’s been poorly-constructed blacklists to stop spam and assholes, mostly assholes.

ETA: Omnes/Steeplejack/Adam, I think I fixed the issue from yesterday but should you re-encounter it, please let me know!

Additional information: I removed sheeple last night; I just removed Watson. So both should work now. Rejoice!

Quick Tech Question

Some users report their comments ALWAYS going into moderation or disappearing. Some others report moderation after editing a comment (but not all users).

This is most worrisome as you can’t report the issue in a comment if it disappears! So if this happens to you, dear reader, please use the Contact option in Quick Links at the top to send me details so that I can make it better for you.

Details I need:
1) what happens
2) nym
3) email address you fill out for the comment form
4) does this always happen at home but work elsewhere, or vice-versa?
5) what’s your IP address? go to Google and type “what’s my IP address” and include the number

Open thread (until Betty posts)

Quick Tech Note and Open Thread

Due to many reports of resource issues, I changed the video ad back to non-secure. I suspect that making it secure (using https) was causing the resource drain issue. So hopefully if you had that issue recently, it should be solved.

I am still hoping to make a small tweak to the Read More function and such, but please use the Contact Form to report issues to me – I am not monitoring threads for reports.

Finally, I am not in charge of ads here, so please do not complain about them to me!

ETA: Should you be a collector, I just put up for sale a 1980’s never-used Dupont Chinese Lacquer lighter and will be soon selling two Parker Chinese Lacquer fountain pens. Feel free to use the contact form to let me know if you are interested or know a collector who would be. They are gorgeous!

ETA: Pix:

Parker Pen 2

Parker Pen 2

Parker Pen 1

Parker Pen 1

Dupont Lighter

Dupont Lighter

Open Thread

Update Done: Use This Post To Report Issues

Folks, the update hit last afternoon and it was pretty undramatic. There are likely a few issues here and there, so please use this post to report them. I will be working on other things this morning and early pm, but will check this post before I consider my work done.

There is no guarantee that I will fix everything or do what is asked, but I will see what I can do for things that make sense or are truly bad. Thanks to all for your kind words and help in identifying remaining issues.

ETA: Back button is fixed and HTML help hidden for now. I know there are a few small issues to solve on the mobile site too, but since most users access the desktop site, it’s my priority right now.