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We’re Back! And Welcome to We Hunted the Mammoth 2.0!

The Future is Now

Welcome to the new, improved We Hunted the Mammoth!

We’ve moved from WordPress.com and replaced the old WordPress theme with a streamlined custom theme. And we’ve been able to implement a number of long-requested features that will make navigation easier and commenting more pleasant. In related news, the Blockquote Monster has resigned to spend more time with his family.

Moving a blog with 2471 posts and 573,557 comments (yes, really) to a new server is a messy job. We were offline for longer than we expected while we tried to get all the old content up. And we’re still sorting through issues with plugins and widgets and so on. If you notice some weirdness going on please let me know in the comments below. Or send me an email.

And let me know what you think of the new features.

HUGE HUGE HUGE thanks to Tracy Bradley, who handled the redesign and the big messy move and dealt with all the technical glitches that came up. For free. Without her help the new site would look crappy and not work and my head would have exploded from frustration about a dozen times. Hire her for stuff!

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dhag85
dhag85
4 years ago

I thought David said the nested comments were unintended and they’re working on it. Did I misunderstand that? I misunderstand things very often. 🙂

Hambeast, Social Justice Beastie
Hambeast, Social Justice Beastie
4 years ago

I’m liking this on my Thinkpad running Unbuntu. Haven’t looked at it on my Android phone or PC yet, though.

LindsayIrene
LindsayIrene
4 years ago

Just posting so I can get out of moderation. Since I can’t sign in with my Twitter account any more, it’s like I got a whole new identity.

katz
4 years ago

Hey, my tablet has finally decided to let me see the site! It looks good! And no one will ever be able to say they didn’t see the comment policy again. I agree that the font size (especially commenter names) is really big. But it seems to load fine in mobile, when the old site frequently lagged out.

I too hope that nested comments are an error because I’d thought we agreed that we really didn’t want that feature.

newbie
newbie
4 years ago

Looks good, David — big and bold, like a mammotheer should. The buttons, including edit, are an especially welcome feature.

If you are looking for an inspiration for a future post, may I suggest heading over to Dalrock, where even more than usual retrograde moaning commenced after the decision to open all combat positions to women was announced.

Cuz

Like Eve in Eden, women are envious of a position they don’t have, and are grasping for that which they should not grasp.

Yep.

The comments are equally, erm, good.

Rabid Rabbit
Rabid Rabbit
4 years ago

Seconding the “Bring back top posts” — or maybe getting rid of the random post sidebar? I don’t know why it’s annoying me so much, but I’m finding it very distracting. Not that I want to erase the privileging of the glorious history of WHTM. I don’t think I’d mind so much if it was just the thread titles, and not their images.

jrochest
jrochest
4 years ago
Reply to  Jo

I’ve got the opposite problem, on my laptop — teeny-weeny text as a default.

Thus go the problems of web design…

And hurrah! The edit button works, and I can comment!

Mizuki
Mizuki
4 years ago

I’m so happy that the comments now have pages so you can easily start at the beginning or move around. I’ve been wanting that as long as I’ve been on this site.

Paradoxical Intention
4 years ago

@Mizuki: The comments section has always had pages though? : ?

Unless you mean that we can now see page *numbers*.

Argenti Aertheri
Argenti Aertheri
4 years ago

PI — it used to just be next/previous, which got annoying when, say, a certain troll of infamy spent 17 pages on the word “vile”. Or the more common knowing you were on page two of the comments when you went to bed and then having to click previous until you got there.

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I really don’t like nested replies, just, as a rule. You either end up with it being super mammoth indented, or it being hard to tell who’s replying to what when this get started:

Comment
— reply
—— reply to reply
—— reply to reply
—— reply to reply
——— reply to reply to reply… wait are you replying to the original comment? No, to the first reply? No… to another one of the replies to the first reply? OW MY BRAIN
—— reply to reply
—— reply to reply
— reply
— reply

AAAtheist
4 years ago

Well done, David!  Well done.

Hooray!  ☺

raysa
raysa
4 years ago

Just testing to see if I am moderated.

Hello, all!

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
4 years ago

Speaking only for myself, I think the number of recent comments on the sidebar is just about right. If anything, I’d see a few more.

Argenti Aertheri
Argenti Aertheri
4 years ago

I’m stuck under a cat loaf (our former stray is such a lap cat!) so I’m on my phone and the site lacks a right margin. Not the black edges, those are there, but the white main background has no right edge, no padding/margin. It’s useable as is, just really disconcerting.

Mieze
Mieze
4 years ago

It’s fantastic!

ETA: An edit.

Okay, I got carried away.

Sorry…

Auntie Alias
Auntie Alias
4 years ago

I like seeing lots of Recent Comments. Is there more information per entry now? It’s okay; I was just curious as to why it seems different.

Thanks for getting rid of the Reply button.

redheadedfemme
4 years ago

Oooo, this is nice. Like the larger font for, er, mature eyes!

Scaly Llama
Scaly Llama
4 years ago

Hmm…this may take a while to get used to! I’m late to the party because I got emails from WordPress when new posts came out and I wondered why I hadn’t seen any. Shoulda looked earlier!

me
me
4 years ago

I know there’s a lot of pressure to change format but don’t think this one works. Sure if you are going for commercially related blog. Happy for you if it works out and you get more hits etc. Not working on my platform at this point in time. Takes too long to load and when it does it doesn’t grab you like it used to.

Dinosauriame
Dinosauriame
4 years ago

This is a tight, clean redesign. Well done. However, miss the quick links to silly reddit stuff. Creepy pms always cheers me up in the morning.

kupo
kupo
4 years ago

The page numbers at the top are showing 3 pages while the bottom is showing 2. Page 3 is empty if you click on it. Currently there are 118 comments on the thread.

kupo
kupo
4 years ago

Edit kicks you out if the time expires while you’re editing, just fyi. I looked at 2 other threads that were 68 and 92 comments long and both showed 2 pages for both the top and bottom page navigation. Also, when I first come into the comments, the top page navigation has 3 highlighted and the bottom has 2 highlighted. If I click on 2 in the top navigation, the page is refreshed with the same comments displayed, and if I then click on 3, that’s when it’s an empty page.

Daphne B
Daphne B
4 years ago

This is just to say thanks for intending to bring back the blogroll. I was gonna ask where it went — I hooked up with some good sites that way. Also thanks for existing and stuff.

throwaway
throwaway
4 years ago

OK. Nevermind, I see it now!

fridayjones
fridayjones
4 years ago

Does that cyberkitteh in the article’s photo have the gantry from Launch Complex 39 as part of its cybernetic implants? IMPRESSIVE!

pianophage
pianophage
4 years ago

Just commenting to get re-subscribed to the email notification list for new posts. (I couldn’t find any other way to do this. Is there an easier way?)

Nice site update, BTW. I really like the “random posts” section.

Oh, and I’m new. Hi!

chesselwitt
chesselwitt
4 years ago

I am loving the random posts. I’ve only been lurking for around a year, so it’s a great way to read some of the older stuff.

Tracy
Admin
Tracy
4 years ago
Tracy
Admin
Tracy
4 years ago

Woo hoo!

Now testing a blockquote

with

paragraphs

And a video embed!