Fine. I Give Up, Zuckerwhatsyerface

This is the best I can make it look for you FB readers.

Only a year late.

I’m taking a nap now.

Last Site Maintenance Post For A While

Just a quick note, and most importantly, thanks to John for his patience, and to all of you for your patience, advice, help, and critiques. It’s a better site because of all of us.

I don’t think most folks realize how much time it takes to read all the feedback and then organize what needs to be done. So I’m moving slowly today as I’ve only tweaked a few things so far. Many more to come.  The rough plan:

  1. Finish desktop site
    • some more font tweaking
    • replacing single recent pots/comments widget with the original pair
    • edit them a bit – font, styling
    • a slight edit or two to comment spacing (right margin)
    • get Quick Links full configured correctly (menu stuff, nothing changes for you)
    • update/add a plugin or two
    • do a thorough go-over of the site back-end to ensure I didn’t miss copying some setting or option from the test server
    • remove credit crap for social media plugin at bottom of page
  2. Work on Mobile site
    • remove duplicate reply that causes threaded comments to appear
    • add date/time to comments
    • add comment number
    • perhaps the up/down arrow controls
    • adjust font sizes
    • investigate why it’s not working or switching on some tablets

And that should wrap things up for what you will see. Once these changes are done, they’ll be committed to our repository and I will work on a few more repository-related things.

I plan to throw up a Site Maintenance post every few months as a forum for complaints or suggestions, but don’t forget the Contact option under Quick Links at the top of the page.


Thanks to all who donated, John just paid me and I really appreciate all your generosity!

Site Maintenance Is Over. I Think.


According to Alain, we’re basically done. If you like what you see, hit the paypal tip jar so I can send him some loot. If you don’t like it, hit it twice since you’re probably one of the whining assholes who made this extended ordeal even worse.

Or if you just want me to spend money on hookers and blow, that’s cool, too. But put a note otherwise it goes to Alain.

Site Update News And A Feature Vote!

So last night went pretty well, and folks seem reasonably happy with things.

As you may have noticed, I’ve made a few improvements already today and am knocking out the list of things to tweak.

The LAST thing I’m going to do is normalize font sizes so please bear with me! I’ve already made them smaller but I’ll pause there.

To those who’ve offered some very helpful CSS suggestions, I’m happy to take more  such precise suggestions. I’m not going to radically redo anything at this time, even if it would make lots of sense.

I have a few more desktop site details to knock down right now, then work on the mobile site, then decide on whether to tweak the sidebar, so please vote (once please, though you can cheat this simple system should you so be motivated) so I can make the best choice. This will likely be tomorrow morning when I close the vote and enact the voted choice.

The voting has been closed. The results were 39 for single widget, 60 for two.  I will re-enable the two today.

Site Update Open Thread

So as Alain has said, he is updating the site tonight and it will be constantly changing while he slowing adds and subtracts things in what sounds like a tedious process.

Since it looks like many want to comment on these changes, and you’re ignoring the post he put up for comment, here’s a shiny thread to do it.

Complain and compliment to your heart’s content.

Ready, set, go….

Site Update Tonight


I know it’s an important primary night but the site will be updated a bit later tonight.

Most of the heavy lifting is done, but sometime right after 9 PM EDT tonight, I’ll enter the git command to load the new stuff and in a few moments, the new site will be live. I will need to do a bit of cleanup in the db and set some settings that are stored there manually, but the new stuff should hit immediately and without hiccup.

Major things you’ll notice:
fixed layout so sidebar and scaling controls work better
sidebar re-org and improvement
redo of menu with cool new Quick Links!
“back” returns to comments.
“page” controls return to bottom of homepage
improved readability
no new comment system, just the current one, tweaked
blogroll and Contact improved for iOS and other pop-blocking users
major security and back-end enhancements


I just wanted to post this before the returns post(s) so that folks have an area to comment or point out issues at launch. I won’t create another post for this tonight.



Exciting Site Maintenance Plans!

The Road Forward


Just a quick update and then open thread.

I just sent out a notice to our group of testers to take one final look at the test site.  The test concludes tomorrow, and I’ll then review and act upon their feedback. The goal is to launch on the live site Tuesday about 9 pm Eastern. The new stuff will all launch in an instant, but I will still need to do a bunch of back-end settings adjustments, so I expect the site will be fully ready by about 10 pm.

The big news that many might not yet know: we are not adding the new comment system; it had too many negatives for our testers. So I tightened up the existing system a bit. We experimented with reply-to-post/reply-to-comment notifications, but it was too quirky and had limited appeal, as it turned out.  We experimented with enhanced text/link/media buttons for comments, but there was too much to work through, so we’re sticking with the existing Bold/Italic/Link buttons.

I’ve re-organized the menu system and sidebar and rebuilt the site from the “stock” theme and plugin files. This gets rid of the “page controls” issue at the bottom of the page. Note – this won’t work until Tuesday night.

Some other highlights: the “back” function has returned to comments, the sidebar ad isn’t getting chopped off, improved fonts – style, size, font, etc. for many things, altered Blogroll and Contact so that iOS users and those blocking popups won’t have issues, and much more.


That should (finally!) wrap up this stuff for  me. I know that Mistermix had planned to do some magic to improved performance by combining and editing a number of site files. He had also planned to get our caching and CDN setup running smoothly. So this should make for a lightning-fast site, when he gets a chance to make those enhancements.

I’ll make an announcement Tuesday once the final test concludes to remind folks that there will be some major maintenance in the 9-10 pm Eastern hour.


Besides that, Open Thread!