Posted On: Friday - April 17th 2020 10:15AM MST
In Topics:   Websites
Thanks to the Kung Flu and the huge nation-changing panic-fest that was likely purposefully implemented in response, comment numbers are up! The staff will celebrate later with a case of Corona, at a safe social distance from the porcelain goddess, of course.
I feel I'd better emphasize the little trick you have seen and see in the screen-shot above though. This had to be done for SPAM avoidance reasons*, and I hate to put this out there for some asshole to work with, but it's been working very well.
The problem is, if you don't do this, your comment will be COMPLETELY LOST! No, I don't have it, it's not in the glove box, under the couch cushions, or under the caked-up crud behind the sink. It's GONE! Why can't I do it differently, such as saving the comment elsewhere, with a message back? It would defeat the purpose, as whatever was jamming things up before would still be jamming it. Believe me, I've thought of this as part of an eventual site improvement week. I doubt you all want "captcha". It's just annoying, in my opinion.
I apologize profusely to any commenters that have had long comments sent directly to pixel purgatory**. It's something that can cause a SOL! I've done it myself, though not lately. It becomes ALMOST automatic to do it right, but I recommend, and this goes for lots of sites, copying and pasting it to a Notepad file, Notes on the tablet, or whatever before you mash the "Submit" button. Please get in that habit if you like Peak Stupidity, as I feel bad for anyone who loses his writing AND want new readers/commenters to not get disgusted and leave forever.
OK, I have about 3 posts in mind, 2 of them only marginally related to the Kung Flu, and one not whatsoever. With everyone being home most of the time, my writing time is limited, sorry to say. The ideas keep coming, though! The stupid stops for NO MAN!
PS: Right, I mentioned improvements: Yes, I know very well that the scrolling function (proper page placement?) sucks. I did not write the software, though I can understand and modify it, but I'm trying to live with it. When you refresh, you get to the main page - that sucks. Let's see, the other biggie is no search feature. One must try different topic keys to find older posts.
I need a week of 4 hours a day. I can't write and do this programming. It's not that I don't have a "sandbox" (in computer-geek parlance), assuming in a few years it hasn't been metaphorically used as a cat box (meaning deprecated software), in which to work on and test apart from the site. It's a matter of dedication of time. For the last 3 years, I wanted to keep writing. I'll give advance warning when I (ever) do some "very important software work"***.
* See Quick site note ... it's the Russians.
** "Pixel purgatory" sounds cool (just made it up), but it's not accurate, as you are still existing.
*** TM, unz incorporated.