12 thoughts on “Testing out a new comment system

  1. Not sure of why you are changing, but it is your place we frequent here, mind sharing the reason?

    Have I just entered my email address into the Facebook, Twitter, or NSA sponsored and monitored data-base or that of either of those two “social media,” groups that censor intellectual and anti-capitalist and social democratic leaning discussion?

    Anyone notice that key activists in Ferguson and Madison and elsewhere get the twitter feeds blocked frequently? I’ve got a few disagreements with the surveillance state, even as I depend on it being there for so many other reasons.

    Also curious to see how the reply ladders down in a conversation.

    1. FYI

      After the initial comment screen layout, this reply box appears exactly as the previous one. Just sharing that nothing seems different here at all, than before, with this reply.

    2. I’ve already switched back to the old system…..I had some folks complain to me on Facebook about it.

      To be honest, I was just curious to test out a feature that comes with WordPress, but it appears it isn’t as user friendly as I was hoping it would be.

      1. Thanks,

        And thanks for a chance to explain a little about why I don’t FaceBook or Tweet. ;^)

        1. Nor do I bother with FaceBook or Tweet/nq!

          I believe a blog such as BB devoted to serious political discussions ( I like the occasional music breaks) based upon current events and informed and educated sources commented upon by learned, for the most part, members does a service for the public good.

          Amen and alleluia my fellow BB sisters and brothers.

  2. Zach,

    IMHO the feature that makes you blog popular is the topics for starters, and then the list of recent comments and those who recently commented. If I come back after a day or so, I can see the most recent comments. The sidebar on this post is now showing the “categories,” list. Useful but would not bring me back to see who said what about the most recent posts.

    I realize you are trying some options out with the blog and page appearance, and jfc on a crutch I admire your willingness to test a few things out, but if I saw a list of the 20 most recent comments, that is and has been the absolute strength of your blog. Don’t change that, please.

    I don’t have a blog because I have a life to live, thanks for what you do, sincerely.

    1. Just to tag onto this, I appreciate what you do as well – even when like today I disagree with the angle. You provide a much more important forum than 144 characters and anything the Journal Sentinel prints. The comments are really good. Keep on, keepin’ on.

  3. Thanks for all the feedback.

    I’ve made a few changes to the look of the blog, but the old comment system will remain in place, as the new system was giving folks too many problems.

    1. Gah….thanks. I’ll take a look at that.

      Edit: I think I fixed it….I had an older version of the blog’s template loaded. Let me know if you see any other bugs.

  4. I think your comment system is great, except that it allows an anonymous member of the consultant class who uses his exhaustive body of insider information to promote a woman with nefarious motives as a candidate for DPW Chair, using classic strategies such as misdirection, obfuscation, and other forms of lying . Thankfully, the blog administrator is able to identify the miscreant using simple tools such as his email address and the googles. And, if he would work the googles just a little bit harder, he might be able to confirm the veracity (or ‘not veracity’) of at least part of what said miscreant has claimed). Yes, I’m Scott Walker, working in concert with Mike Tate and Hillary Clinton, and I just realized that I’ll never be able to realize my diabolical scheme to install Martha Hening as DPW Chair, because of the comment system! The thing I really love about your comment system is that when someone implies that an open mind might be useful, the comment system has a built-in fix – a small pack of jackals who will tear the implication to shreds.

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