site meta & aug. crescent moon open menu

large sigh; i did a live chat with a WordPress ‘happiness engineer’ on tuesday morning.  it took the first twenty minutes of the hour and a half i spent…getting the ‘happiness’ guide to understand what the problem is: comments by regular commenters, even enabled authors, far too often being sent either to Spam [up to a thousand a day, wth?] or Trash [far fewer].  but once he/she twigged to the fact i hadn’t meant they were being sent by the site to my email’s Spam or Trash  (wot?), we still failed to…communicate well.

in the end, happiness was a warm gun (h/t john lennon) and the only advice i got was to monitor which comments were blocked, then maybe they could er…figure out something.

one i showed him/her was a medium-length one of davidly’s, and was told…hmmm; maybe it was too long.  ‘is there a de facto word count New Rule or something?’ i asked.  ‘noooo, there’s no New Rule’,  i was advised.   no, not too many links, one just got through with three links, i have the max set to three before going to Moderation for approval.

but two things i will change: i’m closing comments on diaries after 30 days, which will slow down the Spammers, and suggest that if you anticipate ahead of time that your comment might be long, type it on some app like a Word document so i) you won’t need to try and reconstruct a comment that never made it in, and ii) so if it looks pretty lengthy, for now at least, you might split it into two comments.

one personal preference i’d add is that given the limited column space here, if you’re quoting some amount of noteworthy snippets from a piece, use [snip]  at the end of one quote, then start another  again to save space.  if you have no idea what i’m even talking about, i’ll take care of it for you in edit.  ;-)

i may have an offering soon, but if so, i’ll add it in a bit.

8 responses to “site meta & aug. crescent moon open menu

  1. “…Love ruled over my soul, which was so early espoused to him, and he began to assume over me such assurance & such mastery, through the power that my imagination gave him…” Dante, Vita Nuova

    looks like capitalist Cronos will eat all his children rather than step aside, huh? better dead than Putin, I guess.

  2. allegro! allegro! thanks. and better dead than xi jinping.

  3. not quite as classy as brahams, of course, but h/t disappeared bruce in florida (hope he’s okay)…this is how i ended my ‘‘a potentially explosive Tweet from WikiLeaks’ wd, c99%; the love and hundreds of hours the mixer took to create such a sillywonderfulluscious masterpiece is breathtaking. hold onto your hats.

  4. and more from 21st century wire.

    i don’t subscribe to their points of view, i’m far, far more suspicious given:

  5. Hi, WD!

    Quick shoutout–hope everything’s going well for you and yours!

    Really, really enjoy the beautiful photos in your banner/carousel–they’re absolutely incredible images!

    We’re going to be tied up pretty heavily with Mr B’s (spouse’s) medical matters for a bit, but trying to at least lurk everywhere, as I can. Except for catching a couple of Sunday political program replays (on XM) today, I’ve been out of commission–newswise–for several days. Actually, it’s sorta therapeutic to take a break once in a while. ;-)

    Oh, think I’ll post this Tweet url, and see if it works the same as a photo url. Hey, if it creates too much clutter, feel free to get rid of it. Testing–here you go,

    Hey, have a nice Sunday evening.


    • mornin’, blue onyx, and thanks for the good wishes, sadly not much doesn’t suck for us lately. but i sure do hope mr. blue onyx’s (‘mr. BO’ doesn’t work too well, dos it?) does well w/ his medical issues.

      dunno what xm is, but then i dinnae grasp why one of your laptops is able to comment here, the other at c99. did you get my email w/ the step by step directions to try and discover what’s up with your wifi and maybe repair it? a lot of people sign in w/ fake addresses, so…you may not have.

      but the banner photos are easy on the eyes, and i’m so glad i was able to get so many good shots when i was more able. yep, tweets embed here with just the urls, unlike c99. and i adjusted the css code (with help) to downsize them and videos a bit, also easier on mine eyes. best t oyou,

  6. Thank you for the ‘fix,’ WD! And for the downsizing. Looks real good.
    Not sure that I know enough about CSS code to follow suit, but, welcome an assist from you when a Tweet posts really ‘bigly.’ ;-)

    You nailed it about Mr B’s ‘descriptor!’ Of course, while I was using Music City Mollie (or Mollie, for short), I called him Mr M, since, as you know, our sweet Bailey was ‘Mister B’ or ‘the B.’ Anyhoo, it’s relatively consistent, since I’ve always signed as ‘Blue’ when using my BO moniker.

    No, haven’t seen the email. And, ‘no,’ I never use a phony email address, and the one you used ‘is’ valid. HOWEVER, I avoid logging in to that account (as well as a couple other email accounts) due to concerns about them being compromised. Had a heavy duty malware attack within past year, so, I’ve changed many of my computer/blogging habits. And that includes setting up a new/safer–I hope–email account.

    I’ve got to run right now and tend to Mr B. But, before the day’s out, will send you my ‘good’ email address to be used to contact me. Honestly, I check email so infrequently, that if/when you need to reach me, it’d be a good idea to give me a shout out, so that I’ll be sure and see it. If it’s too much hassle to re-do or copy and past the message, don’t sweat it. If you prefer, could just shoot me the url, and I can look up the info. I am puzzled how making recommended virus deletions could hobble my ability to connect to Wi-Fi.

    Later . . .

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