A brief Sunday blog status update

I felt a brief update on the blog status is in order because the National Geographic overlords have actually rolled out some improvements on Friday.

First, the Last 24 Hours feed is reportedly working again, although, quite honestly, when I just checked it it appeared not to be working. The funny thing was, it did appear to be working yesterday. Oh, well.

One good thing that is working is that the tags for the number of comments, Facebook “likes,” Tweets, etc., are showing up on the main page of the blog, as they should. I am much happier about this now.

Unfortunately, still missing in action are variable post preview lengths. I like to be able to control the length of the “above the fold” part of my post, because I use that for dramatic effect. Also missing are direct links to comments, the exception being the links in the side bar to “Recent Comments” (or, as I like to call it, “Recent Insolence Returned”). Also not working yet are some of the system-wide categories. For instance, when I apply the “Medicine” category to my posts, they still don’t show up reliably in the Medicine feed and haven’t since May 28. Meanwhile, the inactive blogs need to be winnowed from the dropdown menu. Hopefully these are among new improvements promised in a week or two.

Finally, yes, I know I still haven’t gotten around to fixing up the look of the new Respectful Insolence as much as is allowed within the confines of the new template, but I plan on it. Really, I do.


  1. #1 Emil Karlsson
    June 10, 2012

    Content is king, so I think most readers do not mind.

    Oh wait, I mean Orac is king. My mistake.

  2. #2 Antaeus Feldspar
    June 10, 2012

    Any word from the overlords on when the old comments, the ones that weren’t supposed to disappear in the switchover, might be restored?

  3. #3 Orac
    June 10, 2012

    What old comments? As far as I know, they’ve been restored.

  4. #4 Narad
    June 10, 2012

    Also missing are direct links to comments, the exception being the links in the side bar to “Recent Comments”

    Which has merely been reset to the afternoon of June 7 in its not-updateyness, hence this comment to get it to reset.

  5. #5 Antaeus Feldspar
    June 10, 2012

    Well, check the post on Patricia Finn, the antivaccine lawyer. There are only 6 comments on it now; there were definitely more than that before.

  6. #6 david
    June 10, 2012

    The “last 24 hours” feature only sort-of works. It lists the most recent blog posts on page 1, but there’s no second page. So it only shows a half-dozen recent posts. If I’m off for a couple of days, it won’t help me find new blog posts over that time period, as the old version did.

  7. #7 ildi
    June 10, 2012

    I wonder if the “most active” tab will ever be restored? I notice the “editors’ picks” is back.

  8. #8 brian
    June 10, 2012

    Thanks for the update. It’s clear that you’re making progress, although the most recent ‘insolence returned that I can see is five days old. However, as Emil Karlsson noted, content is king.

  9. #9 ArtK
    In recent comment limbo
    June 14, 2012

    Posting from this computer so that the recent comments will update properly. That and to say that I thought that WordPress was supposed to be a mature, stable platform. This one bug shows that to be very wrong.

  10. #10 Narad
    June 17, 2012

    Had to kill -9 the browser. Post is solely to get the recent comments to functtion.

  11. #11 Shay
    June 19, 2012

    Post is solely to see recent comments from work laptop

  12. #12 Damned Skeptic
    June 20, 2012

    I wouldn’t blame you if you question my sense of humor but I laughed when I saw the “In partnership with National Geographic” across the top of the page because it was a short article about treating stress in rats with acupuncture in the June issue of National Geographic that started me on the trail that eventually led here.

  13. #13 Narad
    June 22, 2012

    Test, sorry.

  14. #14 Narad
    June 22, 2012

    Trying to get a trace. Again, please ignore me.

  15. #15 Narad
    July 30, 2012

    Just refreshing the recent comments.

  16. #16 Narad
    July 30, 2012

    Again, sorry. I seem to have a problem with the power-supply connector.

  17. #17 Narad
    August 11, 2012

    Stop looking at me!

  18. #18 Narad
    August 18, 2012

    Once again.

  19. #19 Narad
    August 25, 2012

    Yeah, yeah, yeah.

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