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I will be moving my blog here to WordPress, but I’m still working out the details. In the meantime, my blog is still on Blogger, and you can reach it at Manboobz.com.

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Ion
Ion
9 years ago

I’ve lately been getting constant errors trying to post to the old blog, so hopefully things over here will be a little smoother. 🙂

Johnny Pez
9 years ago

How am I supposed to derail the topic when there is no topic?

Harumph!

Good-bye day, Sir.

I said GOOD DAY!

And no preview? This is an outrage!

Johnny Pez
9 years ago
Reply to  Ion

At least the reply function works. I think.

chocomintlipwax
9 years ago

Looks fine to me.

I was getting pretty tired of banging out a reply on the other site, only to get umpteen errors. I had even copied one comment and tried to post it 4 or 5 times, paring it down until it was almost nothing. Still didn’t work. Hopefully this is more reliable.

(Watch this comment get eaten …)

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
9 years ago

This is certainly.. Odd. I’m not quite a fan of having the “comments” and “leave a comment” links in the form of tabs when they don’t act as such.

Still. *shrug* whatever works. I like the idea of a reply button!

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
9 years ago
Reply to  Johnny Pez

I’ve kinda relied on the preview button to give myself some time to notice any new commments that have popped up while I was writing a comment, as well as to make sure all the html works. Preview would be nice if it could be brought back.

Susannah
Susannah
9 years ago

Posting from my smartphone. OH YEAH!

johnnykaje
9 years ago
Reply to  Johnny Pez

“How am I supposed to derail the topic when there is no topic?”

“You’re cherry picking quotes to make MRAs look bad, rape statistics are false, and oh hey let me show you this damning Andrea Dworkin quote!”

That, gentlemen, is how it’s done.

Triplanetary
9 years ago

My site’s powered by WordPress. I do some under-the-hood tinkering (CSS and PHP both) with it as well. So anything you need help with, let me know.

triplanetary@metagalacticllamas.com

Nahida
Nahida
9 years ago

YAY DAVID!

traindodger
9 years ago

Just out of curiosity, how easy is it to transfer a Blogger blog’s contents over to WordPress?

Joe
Joe
9 years ago

The theme is tolerable, except for the irritating right angle bracket before each headline. What theme designer thought that was cool?

PosterformallyknownasElizabeth
PosterformallyknownasElizabeth
9 years ago

Different layout will take some getting used to.

Anita
Anita
9 years ago

Haha, Johnny. However, there is indeed a topic: moving. And so, here are a couple of suggestions for derailing:

Talk about when you had to move and what how much worse/better/more exciting it was for YOU (or someone else you know), on and on ad infinitum. Until nobody even remembers that the post was originally about David moving in the first place.

Complain about how “da wimminz” are always screwing up moving: making it necessary to move, making the moving process more difficult, etc.

Hope that helps. 😉

David, best of luck. Hope this works out better for ya.

katz
9 years ago

Looks good so far. I’m sure your in process of doing all these things, but I’ll mention them anyway:

-No subscribe link.
-No long About description, Store, Faqs, etc (they can go in the pages up top)
-No boob roll

Also, you should think carefully about whether you want threading or not. Pros: clarifies the discussion, makes it easy to skip stuff that doesn’t interest you. Cons: Fragments the discussion, encourage people to reply without reading everything, makes it difficult to find and read just the new posts.

katz
9 years ago

I see you’ve turned on moderation; only moderate if you’re up for the sheer amount of moderation you’re going to need to do. People will get annoyed and leave if it takes half a day for their comments to show up.

PosterformallyknownasElizabeth
PosterformallyknownasElizabeth
9 years ago

I would say keep the reply function as it lets people argue within a response and may help with the post derailing.

Oh and my contribution to derailing-I just started reading Marriage, A History by Stephanie Coontz. One thing that seems to be apparent is the more that a society has private property, the more restrictions on women that start popping up. Guess that means that my bonobo society will require communal living when I conquer the island it will be on.

ApeMan1976
9 years ago

John Cusack is bad at accents. That is all.

triplanetary
9 years ago
Reply to  David Futrelle

Unfortunately there’s no way to add the preview comment feature to a wordpress.com blog. Adding plugins requires that your site be on your own hosting.

Sungold
9 years ago

I had a pretty smooth transition to WordPress, myself, apart from some old posts being doubled.

I set up the comment moderation as you have and it has worked beautifully. The trolls can be put into moderation forever. I moved in large part because I wanted better control over comment moderation, and I was glad I did it. I think you will be, too.

Drawbacks to WordPress: It’s totally fascist about embedding stuff. I can’t put a sound file stored at box.net into a post. Embedding Youtube is easy, but for other videos I use Vodpod to grab the embed code. The Vodpod extension no longer works with the latest version of Firefox (for Mac, anyway), so I’m using Chrome now if I want to embed a clip from the Daily Show, say.

Keep in mind that anytime you Google for info on how to use WordPress, you need to be alert to the distinction between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. The latter offers a lot more flexibility, but requires self-hosting and a level of technical understanding that I just don’t have.

Good luck with this! I’ll keep reading no matter what.

Johnny Pez
9 years ago
Reply to  triplanetary

The chief hazard of a no-preview blog is that you only find out about tag fails after you post.

Things can get really ugly if your tag fail affects subsequent posts.

Johnny Pez
9 years ago

So, after civilization collapses and humanity dies out, the bonobos will be able to carry on. A noble project. I wish you luck.

Thread derail: which species would you like to see succeed humanity after we’re gone? I vote for dogs.

Johnny Pez
9 years ago

Also, I see that the Girlz in the Hood post didn’t make it across.

PosterformerlyknownasElizabeth
PosterformerlyknownasElizabeth
9 years ago
Reply to  Johnny Pez

Since I am watching Aqua Teen Hunger Force, giant rolling balls of meat named Meatwad.

And I mean humans will have a bonobo society where women run things but men get lots and lots and lots of sex. Actually, everyone will get lots of sex.

Johnny Pez
9 years ago
Reply to  Johnny Pez

Actually, everyone will get lots of sex.

An even more noble project.

tawaen
tawaen
9 years ago

So will there be a collapse comment thread function? That’s my one complaint about the reply function, it can make replies all squished and go on forever and argh.

And also that it means there’s no chronological order to the comments, so you have to scroll the whole thing to find new comments rather than just go to the end. So I guess that makes two minor gripes. 🙂 I like the new formatting otherwise!

Iris Vander Pluym
Iris Vander Pluym
9 years ago

On a blog like mine that usually gets only a hundred hits a day and doesn’t generate a ton of comments nested comments are not a big deal, but on a blog like yours it would be a HUGE drag: on long threads it becomes impossible to keep up with the discussion without reading, refreshing, and re-reading the whole damn thread just to see what’s been added. It’s easy enough to reply to an earlier comment by quoting it or otherwise referencing it, especially with the better HTML options available to commenters here on WordPress.

Put me down for an emphatic vote for NO NESTED COMMENTS.

Db0
Db0
9 years ago

Great to see you moving to a sensible blogging platform. I would also suggest you host it yourself and get your own domain name (it’s not that difficult) but even if not, this is a significant improvement.

Db0
Db0
9 years ago

Also remember, once you finish the migration, you can setup a feedburner RSS feed for wordpress, replace blogger’s RSS feed with it, and then everyone subscribed to you via RSS will be seamlessly transitioned to your new blog.

victor
victor
9 years ago

Dude, please get on with it. It is totally fucking impossible to post comments on the ‘old’ site, and I have been able to do so in the past without issue.

victor
victor
9 years ago

And I have a super awesome comment I want to post on your most recent thread, but I can’t even get to your email address to email it to you and ask you to post for me because I get the same goddamn blogger error when I try to click on your profile as when I try to post a comment and you don’t have your address posted anywhere else.

Johnny Pez
9 years ago

I also vote for NO NESTED COMMENTS. Multiple ongoing conversations are more fun, and are more likely to result in cross-pollination of topics.

titfortat
9 years ago

And I mean humans will have a bonobo society where women run things but men get lots and lots and lots of sex. Actually, everyone will get lots of sex(PFKAE)

I guess that means youre willing to take one or two for the team. 😉

briget
briget
9 years ago

I actually like the nested comments FWIW. One of the main things that drove me batty with blogger is that if someone is late to the game leaving a reply they are replying to one of your original comments and you don’t know what the hell they are talking about. I give a huge thumbs UP to nesting

Lady Raine
9 years ago

David,

When you want to use the wordpress widgets and copy code from other places for things (like a twitter button or RSS buttons in your choice of color or whatever the case) you want to use the “text” box widgets in the dashboard widgets area. There are unlimited text boxes that you can click and drag into the “active” area to the right and then you will have a touch more freedom to add things that you want in the sidebar(s).

But you can also always change your themes until you get one with the freedom you want. Some of them have 2, 3, or 4 different layout options, edit comments options, more sidebar options, etc.

I’m sure you know all this already, but the “text box” is a lifesaver for code that doesn’t show up correctly otherwise in the mess of the widgets area wordpress gives you to use.

Lady Raine
9 years ago

Correction: I should have said *for CUSTOM widgets that you don’t find on wordpress, paste them to the text box, drag them, and drop them*

PosterformerlyknownasElizabeth
PosterformerlyknownasElizabeth
9 years ago

Tit, there is no power on earth to make any woman that will be in the society I will be creating that will be willing to even let you step onto the island. So no, we would not be taking one for the team since you are not allowed to be on the team.

We want people who are honest in their discourse at the very least.