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September 23, 2004

The other night I had a virtual conversation (the mechanics of which I hope to blog more about Real Soon Now but which for the moment I will ignore) with the Dissident Frogman, who is the man who designed - and more to the point engineered (so to speak) - this blog. I finally told him about the Comment Problem, and, fingers crossed, he has now fixed it.

The Comment Problem has been about number four or five on my list of Important Things To Do for as long as it has existed, and I apologise profusely to all those who have been hit by it, and in general for taking so long to deal with it. If deal with it I have. What happens is, you post a comment, with all the numbers, like you are supposed to, and instead of sticking it up, it comes back at you with some snarky irrelevance about how you have done it all wrong, and you say: well to hell with that no more comments from me at this damn place.

But, the other night, I told me he had found something wrong with the set-up of the Comment System. He didn't know how it had happened, but he had, he said, fixed it. Which sounds promising, I think you will agree.

Here's what I suggest. I will append a string of comments to this posting, with a view to seeing if anything goes wrong, and if you want to check out if things have been fixed, try posting comments here too. The more there are, from more people, the more grateful I will be. Then, if (IF) nothing untoward happens, I will declare the system working (touch wood and hope to die blah blah blah) and invite the resumption of comments of substance, on other postings.

Once again, my apologies for this craziness. I don't know who's or what's fault it was originally, but the delay in sorting it was definitely down to me. However, as I say, with luck, touch wood, it may now have been solved. As I also say, thanks in advance to any who join me in checking this out.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 02:55 PM
Category: Learning by doingThis Blog

Test comment number one. Here we go.

Comment by: Brian Micklethwait on September 23, 2004 03:03 PM

Number one good. Here's two.

Comment by: Brian Micklethwait on September 23, 2004 03:03 PM

Three. This time I will try to post without the number, and see if it survives.

It did. There was the snarky message (I don't remember at all when I inserted that) but the comment survives, and all I need to do is attach the number.

By the way, since typing in the number I added more text, including this bit.

Here we go.

Comment by: Brian Micklethwait on September 23, 2004 03:06 PM


Three had some problems. I am pretty sure that I typed in the right number, and it survived.

But apparently, if you do the number, and THEN add text: it makes you redo the number. But at least it doesn't lose the comment.

Once again, I have done (and this time triple checked) the number, but then added more text.

Comment by: Brian Micklethwait on September 23, 2004 03:07 PM

Well, four worked perfectly, despite the further post-number text.

Maybe I DID type the wrong number for three, first time round.

Now I'm typing in the number.

And now: this further text.

Comment by: Brian Micklethwait on September 23, 2004 03:09 PM

What I have learned:

It seems, basically, to be working fine. I have actually lost no comments whatever. However, I think I also did a "PREVIEW", and I suspect that if you do this, you have to redo the number afterwards.

Let's see.




Yes. The number I previously typed in has now vanished. It seems to be that the PREVIEW doesn't need any number, and if you type in one, it will ignore it, and just show what you've done.

PREVIEW again, this time with no number typed in. (Copy!)


Yes, PREVIEW worked with no number. Now I will type in the number and post, which I am virtually certain will work. (But copy again anyway.)


Comment by: Brian Micklethwait on September 23, 2004 03:13 PM

Well this is now my SEVENTH comment, and although there have been minor hiccups, NO TEXT HAS BEEN LOST at any stage.

The problem seems to have been fixed. Thank you Dissident Frogman. (No copy this time!)

Comment by: Brian Micklethwait on September 23, 2004 03:16 PM

Final comment. Again I added text after doing the number, and it made me redo the number. Which is a bit annoying.

But, once again, the comment survived, even though Sod's Law degreed that, since this was the one I had not copied, this would be the one I would lose.

In short, it seems to be okay.

Comment by: Brian Micklethwait on September 23, 2004 03:17 PM

Testing, one, two three...

Comment by: Chris on September 23, 2004 03:19 PM

You often say things I want to comment on, so Long Night of Brian's Comment System was a little frustrating. I thought it started working again a while ago, though - I seem to recall posting a couple of comments in recent weeks.

Comment by: Alan Little on September 23, 2004 08:02 PM


Thanks for the comment. No problems, presumably. (And Chris of course.)

My impression is it never completely went wrong. It just didn't always work. Why? Search me. Anyway, things seem to be okay now.

I am, though, very, very eager to hear from anyone who gets any comment scrubbed. Please, PLEASE, try to add another comment saying that this happened.

Comment by: Brian Micklethwait on September 23, 2004 09:29 PM

it works! Hurrah!

Comment by: Alice on September 23, 2004 10:09 PM

It works! (Or did it?)

Ok, nitpicks. Why make me take the trouble to type in a fake email address, if'n I don't want to leave one?

Also, the tab order of the anti-spambot entry field is off. (What do you call those things, captchas I think?)

Don't want to seem like a complainer, love the blog.

Comment by: Matt on September 24, 2004 12:53 AM


Yeah, plenty still wrong, but the vital thing is, what you said survived.

Comment by: Brian Micklethwait on September 24, 2004 12:57 AM

Comments seem to be working. I posted the below on the comments for your next posting and it came up without probs:

What I posted:

I am hoping you might see fit to give another libertarian-inclined education blog a plug:



Comment by: John Ray on September 24, 2004 05:31 AM

I just commented on the latest post, and it didn't accept the Turing number the first time (I'm sure I typed it correctly). Trying this to see what happens.


Rejected the number the first time again.

Comment by: Tim Haas on September 24, 2004 08:45 PM

Took it the second time, just as with my earlier comment. I'm going to try typing the code last thing and see if that makes a difference.

Comment by: Tim Haas on September 24, 2004 08:46 PM

Hmmm, it seems when I type the code before typing the comment it's rejected, but comment first then code works.

Comment by: Tim Haas on September 24, 2004 08:47 PM

What Tm Haas says.

Although I am only adding this comment for my own testing purposes.

Comment by: Brian Micklethwait on September 28, 2004 10:34 AM
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