Sunday, September 30, 2012

SERVICE ADVISORY.


Our much-hated but free commenting system is scheduled to shut down on Monday, so I have finally bitten the bullet and converted from the Old Blogger Template* to the New so I can use all the gee-gaws long available to more au courant cheapskates -- including Disqus, the new commenting system, which has already pissed off longtime kibitzers Aimai and Leeds Man (this must be some kind of record).

Any of you lovely people should be able to sign up for free at Disqus with an email account, like I did. If you try the email sign-up or the Google/Twitter signup and you still can't get on, you're perfectly welcome to bitch to me about it, but I warn you, I've been running this thing like a Geocities site for years, so I'm probably not the best tech support in the world. I'd do what I can, though. 

As for the memorable japes recorded by Echo/JS-Kit over the past few years**, I have initiated the launch sequence for what both E/J-K and Disqus promise is the migration of the old comments back to this site (that is, the ones that appeared pre-New Deal). They won't tell me when this will go through and, as I am not paying any of these people cash money, I doubt repeatedly smacking the bell at the front desk is going to get me any more solicitude than a gypsy would get asking a Paris sommelier for a glass of water. Who knows, maybe when we come to,  I mean wake up, in the morning the old comments will just be there like Christmas presents.

One day when I'm rolling in dough and can get the good service, we'll all be sitting around in the holodeck chatting like Hef's guests on Playboy After Dark.  Till then I'm afraid we have to wing it with castoff widgets. Sorry. You want high tech, go talk to Matthew Yglesias.

By which I mean, thank you for your patience.

(*I think Gary Farber is the now the last old-time blogger using the original template, God bless him. Wait a minute, he hasn't posted since December 2011. Ha ha ha, I am King of the Popes!)

(** Prior to which, longtime readers will remember, we had another commenting system which went down forever when the old friend who was running it pulled the plug, whereupon the earth halted on its axis and we all froze to death.)

UPDATE. A lot of you are having trouble with avatars. Here's what Disqus says. Not helpful, right? I experimented and had no luck, and I can't find a way to send Disqus a query, Maybe I'll wait for them to tell me that the old comments have been posted (when in reality the website is in flames) and try a reply-to. Meantime, pretend it's 1998!

UPDATE 2. Have tried everything involving avatars (and gravatars) to get mine to show in comments and nothing works. Found the buried Contact Support feature at Disqus and sent them a  note.

Listen... what do you guys think about the Blogger commenting system?

UPDATE 3. You know what? I think the comments here are Blogger comments,  and that the Disqus commenting system hasn't kicked in. But I can't figure it out -- this isn't helpful -- so I'll wait to see what happens when Disqus "importing" finishes. Sorry, I'm dumb.


134 comments:

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    1. It would be, if I could post to it...

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    2. Okay, I'll admit to being not very smart. Got a Disqus account, with my avatar and everything. What do I enter in "reply as:"?

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  2. Yay! At last I can see other comments :)

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    1. Anonymous5:07 AM

      Hurray! I've been in the same boat for months (no visible comments unless I mask my IP address).

      GregMc

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  3. Needs image uploading so I don't have to keep posting 1000 words.

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  4. This is the Blogger comment system, innit?

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  5. Or not Bugger, as my precious avatar didn't show itself, yet I was already logged in.

    P.S.: Why not use the Blogger comments?

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  6. Can't get it to work with Disqus.

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  7. Anonymous3:18 AM

    Testes, testes, 1, 2,... 3?!

    HA HA HA!

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    1. You have three?

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    2. We'll average out somehow.

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  8. Anonymous3:20 AM

    Bugger. I can comment as "anonymous" (and just did so) but nothing seems to go over Disqus.

    (Mrs "Maybe JSK wasn't so bad after all... nah; in spite of everything, FJSK" Tilton)

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  9. Spaghetti Lee3:32 AM

    What's with this sky-blue background stuff? Way too cheerful.

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  10. testing, anybody home?

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  11. Test, test...is this thing on?

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  12. Replies
    1. Ruh-roh. No bunny ears. HOW WILL PEOPLE RECOGNIZE ME?!!!

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    2. Who's that crazy lady with the rabbit ears???
      ~

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  13. John Borrego7:38 AM

    Is this jolly pastel blue Care Bear look permanent, or is it part of the transition process?

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  14. mortimer8:23 AM

    I love Blogger's Great Artist templates -- nice to see that Robert Ryman made one.

    I don't need no stinking avatar so it's all good by me.

    (Let's see if this thing can deal with old-fashioned style tags).

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    1. mortimer8:29 AM

      Yay. FJSK forever! Long live grunt-work HTML! Who cares if you have to select an effing profile each comment?

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  15. Derelict here, and finding myself unable to figure this Disqus thing out.

    Dang!

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  16. It doesn't have Disquis enabled yet.

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    1. What doesn't have Disqus enabled yet? Or are you using Disquis, the cheap knockoff that sends your commenters to a typist in Iowa?

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    2. Well, now we know tags work.

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    3. This thread will be interesting, once the Disqus is in place.

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    4. Bisquick: great for pancakes, not so much for comments.

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  17. How do I find porn on this site?

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  18. D. Sidhe9:28 AM

    If it helps, I don't miss the avatars. In the olden days, we had to use ascii art!

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    1. |>
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      ……….
      ………. >(‘> >(‘>
      ………. >()))*>
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    2. ...well, Jimmy, you've left a few things out of your proof (the numbers, mainly), so we can't give you full marks

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  19. This time for sure! Test!

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  20. Seems to work. Now if I had something to say....

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  21. Replies
    1. Uh-oh, Roy's getting testy!

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  22. I;m not seeing avatars for anyone at the moment.

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    1. Yes, me neither. Does anyone see Disqus avatars ANYWHERE on the internet?

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    2. Anonymous11:47 AM

      I think boingboing.net displays them.

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    3. Most everywhere that uses Disqus has them, Roy.

      Get your money back!
      ~

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  23. synykyl10:18 AM

    So js-kit has the last laugh, eh?

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  24. Anonymous10:37 AM

    Hello, hello?

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  25. You mean we're actually going to have to read the NAMES on the posts?

    Totally unacceptable.

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  26. Roy, Talking Points Memo's commenting is supposedly powered by Disqus and it has pix, but Josh may have paid money to customize it. Plus, I can't get my Gravatar there, I can only get the picture from the non-functional* Facebook page I had to set up to get into Charlie Pierce's comments.

    ________________

    *I have no "friends," do not post anything, etc.

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    1. I apparently have a Disqus account, per se, but I cannot sign in to it directly because I can't remember the password, and there does not seem to be a recovery process?

      So I'm signed in via Google? Or am I signed in via Facebook?

      This is all very confusing.

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    3. I had a Disqus accounts back when I used to read TPM, and "Raw Story". Then it refused to acknowledge my account password, so I changed the password, and it refused to let me comment, and I asked the "manager" for help and he ignored me. So sad. I just deleted those sites from my bookmark bar. But I WONT DO THAT WITH ALICUBLOG!!! NEVER NEVER NEVER!

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  27. but I warn you, I've been running this thing like a Geocities site for years, so I'm probably not the best tech support in the world.

    I had a geocities site!

    Where did it go, Roy? I've been trying to figure it out for a number of years now.
    ~

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  28. Anonymous11:24 AM

    Testing this shitty system, testing

    Okay, so I went to all the trouble of registering with this Disqus thing, and now I have this drop down menu that doesn't have any mention of Disqus. WTF do I do?

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    1. It doesn't have any mention of Blogger either.

      So...

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  29. Yeah, these are Blogger comments. It doesn't look to me like the Disqus widget is enabled -- at least, I don't see it anywhere in the page source. It should not be necessary to wait for the old posts to port over.

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    1. Perhaps there are thousands of bloggers hastily changing their comments sections at the last minute? All crying out in fury at the same moment?

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  30. Well, if I'm somehow signed in to the Blogger commenting system, it isn't using my Blogger picture, either (I manually uploaded my Gravatar to my Blogger account).

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    1. I tried to upload an avitar, but Blogger or Disquis or whoever told me it was a stupid, ugly pic.

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  31. Anonymous11:41 AM

    Okay, so...I was told to register at this Disqus thingy (I hate registering for anything, and it can suck my balls), and now you're saying there was no point to it?

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  32. tigris11:42 AM

    With Disqus will we be able to "like" comments? I know it's silly, but my liking finger is itching. Fucking JS-kit is fucking with me from the edge of the abyss.

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    1. TPM's Disqus system lets you like AND dislike the comments with little up and down arrows. But again, Josh Marshall may have paid to customize it.

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    2. Yes, you can get licked at Disqus.

      http://i49.tinypic.com/35hr9yg.jpg

      Better luck at MMfA than Eschaton, imho.

      Nobody likes anybody at Eschaton.
      ~

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  33. tigris11:58 AM

    Thanks guys, I enjoy clicking that link when someone says something that makes me laugh out loud or that stirs me profoundly, it's nice to know I'll be able to continue.

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    1. tigris12:00 PM

      Oh great, but I now can't delete misplaced replies.

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  34. Tehanu12:05 PM

    Yeah, I have Firefox, and I can't figure out anything because it's my computer geek son who does all this stuff for me. Without Sylvester... aaaaghh. OH well, the real reason to come here is still Roy and I can still read the comments.

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    1. Tehanu12:09 PM

      P.S. I do like the new look.

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  35. Roy, you might take a look at http://blogforadmins.blogspot.ca/2012/07/how-to-enable-disqus-comment-box-in.html - it has pictures! (Not sure that you can get licked there, though.)

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  36. Jay B.12:29 PM

    [unlike]

    Kidding! I love the Robin egg blue and the endless scrolling.

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  37. Is this thing on?

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    1. I dunno why at Drum's blog (which is Disqus) I only seem able to post with my actual, real, given, not-fake last name [Shanks]. I don't really mind but it seems to stand out and I don't like being a tall poppy (that Mao is a threat) and I have no idea how to change this. My post/like ratio is a thrilling 63/293, but I'm not sure if that's chez Drum only or if I am in at other sites too. Tomorrow will be so exciting.

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  38. Well, trying it - seems to work.

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  39. Wooooohooooo!

    Until Disquick becomes the law of the land there is a gravatar solution for this Bloggeriffic commenting system.

    Here are some instructions provided that you have a blogger profile.

    Lets see if this works as advertized.
    ...

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    1. Apparently I have not managed to untie the Gordian knot...yet.

      /shakes fist at invisible sky buddies
      ...

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  40. JS/Kit1:49 PM

    Miss me yet?

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    1. You're no Haloscan, Emm-Effer!!!!
      ~

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    2. We've already rented out your room, FJSK. And stop asking us to friend you on Facebook, it's just embarrassing.

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    3. And your Google+ circles are just lame.

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    1. This comment has been chastised, flogged, and then removed by the author.

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    2. calling all toasters2:43 PM

      OK, but which comment is "this"?

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  42. calling all toasters2:42 PM

    I want my likes! Get that Disqus here ASAP!
    ...and, no, this isn't it.

    Anyhoo, Disqus archives all your comments, so you can always go back and see how unfunny you really were. Bonus!

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  43. I am enabled for Disqus and have a little avatar there and everything. Interestingly enough, Winston Churchill sent a message to me but has not replied to my question about the Dardenelles.

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    1. Mr. Churchill has a plethora of emails that he needs to catch up on, Mr. Kiwi (IF that is your real name!).
      ~

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  44. Technology, prodded by that famous Invisible Hand of the Free Market, shambles forward, Because freedom.

    The old template (a lot more use-friendly and customizable, if you knew what you were doing) has been in use at my tiny spot since 2009, and while this makes undead Zombie Reagan happy, at some point Google will force an update, Because.

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  45. Disqus? They don't even know us.

    Ba Dump bum.

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  46. I think JS-KIT let its friends know that we were coming.

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  47. It's a bit sick, like pining for an abusive partner, but I miss JsKit.

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    1. 50 Shades of Grey is on sale at supermarkets all over the place. I'm just sayin'.

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  48. Mr. Wonderful3:51 PM

    Exam...exam...

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  49. Mr. Wonderful3:52 PM

    What th--? There's no LIKE function? What will I have to live for?

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  50. Testing... testing...

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  51. I'm signed up with Disquis but this seems to be some other commenting system... I can't log in via Twitter which is what I normally do with Disquis. Disquis also offers a like/dislike option and replying, so I take it this commenting system is an interim one? And not Disquis?

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  52. Just want to add, Disquis also permits editing of comments...that is, the commenter can edit their own comments after publishing them. This is what Disquis should look like.

    Here is a blog using Disquis...scroll past the blog post and you can see the options.
    http://drdawgsblawg.ca/2012/09/margaret-somervilles-concern-for-the-status-of-women.shtml

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  53. the next prescott niles4:27 PM

    Microphone check one two, what is this?

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  54. Well let's try this and see if my little icon photo comes up.

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  55. I like the other Simpsons technical difficulties card, the one with the drunken camera operator.

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  56. M. Krebs6:13 PM

    I miss the black and white photo of those two dudes sitting on steps. Who are they anyway?

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    1. James Thurber and E.B. White, if memory serves.

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  57. This place looks weird without the old theme

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  58. hells littlest angel9:29 PM

    I keep telling myself I spend too much time commenting on blogs, so this is really awesome!!!!!

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  59. M. Krebs10:09 PM

    I blame facebook.

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  60. It feels so different without being squeezed through the anus that was the teensy Echo comments window. Is this what freedom feels like? Or at least a bigger pen? Whatevs. I'll celebrate by leaving this here.

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  61. Shocked the hell out of me to see the new template.

    Now I just have to figure out which of my many logins to use.

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    It is important to remember that while you may have a commenting profile you must also set up a blog profile.

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  64. Provider_UNE12:08 AM

    WooooHooooo!

    Roy got's it figgured out.

    Sweet!
    ...

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  65. All those comments are gone!

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  66. DocAmazing1:55 AM

    Mine were nothing I'd care to brag about.

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  67. Halloween_Jack7:45 AM

    It's like a preview of Alzheimer's, which may be related to diabetes, something else for me to look forward to. Say, have we met before?

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  68. Merle Z. Ternswallow10:11 AM

    The TV station mascot just messed things up again.

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  69. aangus4:28 PM

    Works fine for me.
    ; )

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