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August 24, 2009

Comments (testing, testing)

Thanks for all the emails about the Great Pumpkin Massacre of 2009. I'm sorry I can't respond to all of them... all eleventy-nine thousand... but I read them and appreciated your notes. Also, let me just say that if I ever want to exact revenge on anyone who has greatly wronged me I know who I am coming to for ideas. Oh yes I do.

I know that it is annoying to have to do all communicating by email especially with someone who hates email and often breaks it or avoids it. Last October I needed a little silent time and turned off the comments. Then after a while I got over myself and one day I tried to re-open the comments but with some very minor code modifications and I broke them entirely. Nice work!

Now, a mere nine months later, I am getting around to attempting to fix this mess. Testing new settings below. Let me know if it mysteriously eats your comment, which it started thanks to my "fixing" it. Mind you, I can't fix it or anything, and it only happens sporadically but there it is. Your name still appears underneath the comment. I can't fix that either. Gack. I'm officially halting all efforts trying to fix this website and designing a newer fancier website which will be ready sometime when cars fly and jetpacks are the preferred method of commuting. Or in 2010, maybe.

Also: I delete comments that I think are mean-spirited, nasty, abusive, spam, or blatant attempts to get free advertising. Probably some other stuff too. It's not a policy, it's just common sense and it's how I roll. I'm not a corporation, I'm simply a person and I won't pay to host crud. And I might have times when I don't want public feedback -- not because of something you did but because I am occasionally just too thin-skinned for my own good, so on those times I close the comments. I know many people disagree with that approach. Luckily, they get to do whatever they want on their own website. Viva la difference and all that.

Finally, and most importantly, I want to thank every person who was surprised when I shut off comments, then annoyed they never came back but kept reading anyway. Thank you. Thank you to all the people who emailed, who wrote just to say hi, who laughed at me and with me at my dorky internet ways and understood that sometimes I am just fallible and persnickity and want to hide in a cave. I appreciate it more than you know.

Thank you! I'll go hide in my cave now.

Posted by laurie at August 24, 2009 5:42 PM