Technical Difficulties.

We appear to be having technical difficulties with commenting. Technicians have been scrambled. But this site is based on the perl language, so the technicians were probably already scrambled.

Actually, I’m thinking it is a problem in the interface between the sql server and the apache server. If you think I’m wrong, go ahead and leave a comment!!!!


But seriously, maybe this would be a good evening to get to bed early. I know that works for me, I have a long day planned for tomorrow.


see you on Facebook!!!!


  1. #1 Dan J
    September 17, 2009

    I’m only noticing the issue with Firefox (and Epiphany, also mozilla-based), specifically where Scienceblogs inserts the “Find more posts in: [genre]” block below the post.

  2. #2 D. C. Sessions
    September 17, 2009

    Sorry, Greg — it’s got to be in the presentation front end.

    Konqueror works like a champ.

  3. #3 Greg Laden
    September 17, 2009

    Well, somehow the HTML is screwy. And, it wasn’t then it was. …. so …. something must have ….. GONE WRONG!!!!!

  4. #4 Dan J
    September 17, 2009

    something must have ….. GONE WRONG!!!!!


    It is surely a sign of the end times!

  5. #5 gruebait
    September 17, 2009

    huh. I haven’t noticed. That’s with Firefox 3 and NoScript, which is not running a whole bunch of scripts; it is set to allow only

  6. #6 Dan J
    September 17, 2009

    I’ve only seen the issue on certain pages. This page, for instance, displays just fine. The previous post, Watergate Plumbers, stops the post display after the block I mentioned above.

  7. #7 Dan J
    September 17, 2009

    I found it! The span tag for that block, <span class=”channelLinks”> isn’t closed.

    Any post that is included in the channel links is messed up.

  8. #8 Greg Laden
    September 17, 2009

    Good going, Dan! I’ve passed that information on to the fixers!

  9. #9 Dan J
    September 17, 2009

    And if Sb would like to put me on remote staff, just let me know.

  10. #10 Greg Laden
    September 17, 2009

    I think they should!

  11. #11 Dan J
    September 17, 2009

    I’ve got experience with Perl, PHP, (X)HTML, CSS, JavaScript, etc., but I don’t do Windows unless absolutely necessary, and that’s rarely necessary as far as I’m concerned. 😉

  12. #12 JohnV
    September 18, 2009

    Are the broken posts going to get fixed or are they gone forever?

  13. #13 Greg Laden
    September 18, 2009

    I have not heard any details yet. I assume everything will be restored and fixed eventually. I’ll post any news when I get it.

  14. #14 Dan J
    September 18, 2009

    The posts (and their comments) are still there. They are quite visible and usable in browsers such as IE, Konquerer, Safari, etc.

    Mozilla-based browsers, such as Firefox and Epiphany will not display the pages correctly because of an unclosed HTML tag (The <span… tag that I mentioned above is the culprit I suspect.)

    The browsers in the first group are more “forgiving” of the way certain HTML is presented to them. Mozilla’s engine, however, is less forgiving, depending on the way that the HTML is presented.

    Posts which are not included in specific “channels” (Politics, Biology, etc. as listed on the main page) are not affected.

  15. #15 Dan J
    September 18, 2009

    And it looks like they got it fixed while I was posting! Thanks, Sb team, for keeping things on track for us.

  16. #16 Greg Laden
    September 18, 2009

    I am now informed, just a few moments ago, that the site is fixed. If anyone sees any problems, try refreshing your browser. If the problem persists, let me know.

    Dan had in fact identified the problem correctly! Thanks, Dan!

  17. #17 CyberLizard
    September 18, 2009

    Nice job Dan! You win the internets!