A brief blog update

I just thought I’d give a brief update on the transition to the new blog platform. After nearly a month, things have finally settled down, although I’m still bugging the powers that be about some of the problems that still exist. One thing I have noticed over the last day is that one of our “favorite” trolls has been trying to crash the party. Thanks to my turning on the setting “Comment author must have a previously approved comment,” sockpuppet activity is way down because every time someone invents a new sockpuppet I have to approve it.

And, of course, I don’t approve sockpuppet comments; I send them to spam.

Indeed, one of our “favorite” morphing trolls has been rather amusingly trying to break through. So far, he’s failed. No doubt at some point he’ll figure out a fake identity or spoofed e-mail address, combined with restraining his loonier language to the point that that I don’t catch one of his comments, but for now it’s been blissfully silent. Instead of his getting through and my having to recognize and delete his posts, now he never gets through in the first place. You know, if the powers that be finally fixe the remaining niggling problems with this WordPress setup, I might actually start to like it here better than the old setup.

Now if only they’d redesign the template. The current one is kind of ugly. I guess it’s always something.


  1. #1 Darwy
    Røde grøde med fløde
    June 22, 2012


  2. #2 MikeMa
    June 22, 2012

    Getting used to the format. Meh.

    Echoing other requests:
    Preview would be quite a welcome addition as I am apt to screw up html tags, not to mention spelling & grammar, and like to check before I post.

    Comment numbers also a convenience.

    Does wordpress publish allowed html tags?

    Over all the transition has been quite good and the loss of a troll or 2 is a nice bonus.

  3. #3 Lawrence
    June 22, 2012

    Don’t mind the loss of the trolls – since I believe we have a good idea of who it might be…..I’m getting used to the interface, though I still think it needs quite a bit of work.

    Could always be worse.

  4. #4 Passionless drone
    The corner of dude and catastrophe
    June 22, 2012

    The “recent insolence returned” list continues to show comments from several weeks ago across browsers and devices. The should be the simplest goddamn thing to have operational on a blog.


  5. #5 Orac
    June 22, 2012

    This is one that I’ve never seen, despite a few people complaining about it. Those feeds work for me on multiple computers and devices. they’ve always worked for me on multiple computers and devices. I’ve sent the complaint along, but I just don’t see it; it doesn’t affect me, and I’ve tried to see if I could get it to.

  6. #6 Mephistopheles O'Brien
    June 22, 2012

    “Recent Insolence returned” is always up to date on my system.

  7. #7 Mephistopheles O'Brien
    June 22, 2012

    Posting comments is significantly faster than the old site.

  8. #8 novalox
    June 22, 2012


    I think it depends on certain browsers. I’ve accessed the site via IE and have had the experience that pD has described. But I’ve had few problems using Firefox and Chrome.

  9. #9 W. Kevin Vicklund
    June 22, 2012

    The “recent insolence returned” list continues to show comments from several weeks ago across browsers and devices. The should be the simplest goddamn thing to have operational on a blog.

    Every device I’ve used experiences this behavior until I post a comment from that device. Once I comment, everything is good, and a lot of other people have noted the same. It has to be some sort of cookie that is being utilized. I might try clearing the cache on one of my devices this weekend and seeing if that returns it to the non-updating behavior.

  10. #10 W. Kevin Vicklund
    June 22, 2012

    Note: behavior as described occurred on IE, Chrome, and Firefox browsers.

  11. #11 brian
    June 22, 2012

    What pD said.

    The most “recent insolence returned” that I see listed (Windows 7 professional, Chrome) is from 12 June. Of course, that’s not a big deal; at least, for me, not as big a deal as those features that MikeMa mentioned.

  12. #12 Beamup
    June 22, 2012

    I’m just glad the spurious “posting too quickly” errors have apparently been resolved. They frequently made it almost impossible to comment.

  13. #13 Composer99
    June 22, 2012

    I used to get the out-of-date comments feed all the time. Now it seems to be working correctly for me.

  14. #14 Denice Walter
    June 22, 2012

    I have had virtually NO real problems with the new platform since Day 1 on this computer**. The updates were never not timely and comments were taken up much more rapidly than on the previous. The “posting too quickly” seems to have been resolved. I have adapted to the lack of preview: I think that it’s good for me.

    ** I didn’t try it on the other- separate magisteria or suchlike.

  15. #15 Sialis
    June 22, 2012

    Comment numbers would be helpful.

    This comment is a test to see if posting a new comment will force the “Recent Insolence Delivered” listing to update on Firefox.

  16. #16 Sialis
    June 22, 2012

    Posting a new comment does make the “Recent Insolence Delivered” listing update itself on Firefox.

  17. #17 herr doktor bimler
    June 22, 2012

    “Recent Insolence returned” is always up to date on my system.

    It works as long as cookies are accepted. Clear the cookies — or read RI from a different machine — and the Recency function resets to that months-old default.

  18. #18 Narad
    June 22, 2012

    resets to that months-old default

    It’s currently 10 days from where I sit, after a browser ‘kill -9’ that I need to do anyway. There’s something about the four-minute time error that really gets on my nerves. I will hit submit at 19:25:00 UTC.

  19. #19 Sauceress
    Over There
    June 22, 2012

    You’re four minutes late! (:)

    The lack of numbered comments is a serious pain, especially when on a catch up mission.

  20. #20 Science Mom
    June 22, 2012

    The “recent insolence returned” list continues to show comments from several weeks ago across browsers and devices.

    Me too but it isn’ t consistent. I use

  21. #21 Science Mom
    June 22, 2012

    Oh blimey, I posted before done.
    …Mozilla Firefox. I too would like a preview and numbered comments and also a better contrasting text with background.

  22. #22 Chemmomo
    Re Comment Numbers
    June 22, 2012

    On the bright side of the lack of comment numbering: the time of the comment to which you respond does not get changed when other comments are released from moderation.

    On the downside of that, it’s not easy to tell if moderated comments that might be worth reading have been released.

  23. #23 Autismum
    June 22, 2012

    Not enough flamingos

  24. #24 lilady
    June 22, 2012

    Autismum…I see you’ve been busy as a guest blogger. I’ve already posted there…still in moderation!


    Why no flamingos on your guest blog, Autismum?

  25. #25 Thomas
    June 22, 2012

    This is a test post – I’ve changed the cookies setting on Firefox to see if that helps the problem with “recent comments” listing.

  26. #26 Thomas
    June 22, 2012

    Success. Accepting cookies from scienceblogs.com works.

  27. #27 MI Dawn
    June 22, 2012

    On my home computer, with Firefox (iMac) I see current comments. On my work computer, with IE8, they are very old. I’ll see about the cookie settings later and see if that helps on it.

  28. #28 autismum
    June 22, 2012

    I’d replace awful picture with a pinkamingo. Out the editor wouldn’t I bet. We all need more flamingos.

  29. #29 Narad
    June 22, 2012

    The underlying issue is that this should not be a cookie-based function in the first place. There is no reason for a site to refuse to update itself unless one phrases the request extra-special-like.

  30. #30 Pareidolius
    Planet Claire
    June 22, 2012

    I just found out yesterday that our band Baby Seal Club, is opening for the B-52s on Sunday. Feeling somewhat stunned. What will I wear? That is all.

  31. #31 Denice Walter
    June 22, 2012

    @ Pareidolius:

    You can never EVER go wrong with pinstripes provided that the background is charcoal or black. Trust me.

  32. #32 Comrade Carter
    June 22, 2012

    I’ve had no problems with Safari, on the Mac os course. And I don’t “normally” accept cookies. I have Safari on the iPad as well. I could check with Linux, but that would take work.

    I don’t use Winders.

  33. #33 Narad
    June 22, 2012

    I could check with Linux, but that would take work.

    Same stale list on NetBSD 4.0.1 with a “naive” lynx 2.8.7. This may seem like an idle observation, but hang on.

  34. #34 lilady
    June 22, 2012

    @ Pareidolius: I just listened to “Electrocutie”…good luck with the gig.

  35. #35 Narad
    June 23, 2012

    OK, so that was marginally interesting. You’ve got three cookies, one of which is aimless:

    comment_author_=Narad; expires=Wed, 05-Jun-2013 08:54:14 GMT; path=/
    comment_author_email_=[munge]; expires=Wed, 05-Jun-2013 08:54:14 GMT; path=/
    comment_author_url_=deleted; expires=Thu, 01-Jan-1970 00:00:01 GMT; path=/

    I’m also quite suspicious of the clearfix in the widget.

  36. #36 Autistic Lurker
    June 23, 2012

    Firefox 13.0.1 on windows 8 seem to work well here. Same with chrome 19.0.1084.56 on windows 8.


  37. #37 Chris
    About to curl in bed with a book...
    June 23, 2012

    Embrace the cookies.

    (I have used posted with Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer, and it updated. It is all about the cookies.)

  38. #38 Narad
    June 23, 2012

    About to curl in bed with a book…

    I had to curl the whole damn thing. Clearing cookies is enough to reproduce the issue, but it doesn’t explain the mechanism that b0rks the widget. Again, there’s no reason for this to occur.

  39. #39 DLC
    June 23, 2012

    Blah blah blah antivaxtrollingpoints blah.
    There. got that out of my system.
    If I had any skill at editing I’d do a “Hitler learns that RI is changing formats” Downfall Parody.

  40. #40 Donna B.
    June 23, 2012

    Comment numbers would be good.

  41. #41 MaryP
    Lost in cyberspace
    June 23, 2012

    Preview would be nice. Also finding that I cannot comment from the email address I normally use. It says @yahoo,ca is not valid.

  42. #42 Ahcuah
    June 23, 2012

    Could you get the powers-that-be to also work on the 24-hour page? It doesn’t say which blog each entry comes from (just the author, and I don’t always remember which author goes with which blog). And actually, it would be nice if it showed more like the past 3 days, not just 24 hours. That way if I haven’t checked in in a while it is easier to catch up.

  43. #43 Pariedolius
    Idaho (the private part)
    June 23, 2012

    Denice and Lilady, pinstripes sound divine. Electrocutie is way better live, but do check out our video for Zeroes and Ones featuring the worlds most spoiled poultry. Talk about divas. Lord Draconis art directed.

  44. #44 Denice Walter
    June 23, 2012

    @ Pareidolius:

    I was about to consult the Oracle ( Cousins’ Network -esp. the fashionista and the architect)- about what to wear *with* the pinstripes ( black trousers, I assume) but instead by the process of recursive thought and ratiocination, I have conjured up the following choices:

    black t- shirt
    black or charcoal silk shirt
    ancient black t-shirt with super-imposed shredded flag
    black t-shirt with image of the aurora borealis
    black t-shirt with an image of a map
    contrasting Hugo Boss striped shirt
    non-contrasting Hugo Boss striped shirt
    1890s vintage French silk shirt, off-white
    black dinner jacket with black t-shirt
    something bright red
    -btw- all of theses items- save the last- are or have been in my own personal collection. If you choose a shirt, you might need a tie. I wouldn’t go that far myself.

  45. #45 Pariedolius
    53 Miles West of Venus
    June 23, 2012

    Wonderful grist for the fashion mill. I shall consider it all carefully. Is there any subject you cannot help with?

  46. #46 Myaushka
    June 23, 2012

    The new layout is a lot easier on my iPhone eyes. I miss the Trebuchet font, though.

  47. #47 Sauceress
    June 25, 2012

    Another cookie please.
    I cleared my cache and cookies.

  48. #48 bad poet
    June 25, 2012

    Posting sometimes fails from my Android phone. Html links are rough, and I do miss comment numbering. Recent Insolence Returned is nice.

  49. #49 Sauceress
    June 25, 2012

    Having problems with my wordpess account.
    Cleared that last cookie as well..can I have another.

  50. #50 Pareidolius
    June 25, 2012

    Denise and lilady,
    I settled on age inappropriate, black, skinny jeans with a very fine pinstripe, a black tee with the Joy Division Unknown Pleasures graphic on it, my black cowboy hat, cobalt blue converse kicks, a fluorescent red tint to my beard and some bitchen shades. We rocked it! As for the B-52s, Cindy and Kate are da bomb and were kind and gracious even though they drove 13 hours from Portland and hit the stage for a sound check. Their show was off the hook fun. Thanks for your sartorial advice!
    Uncle Stabby

  51. #51 Denice Walter
    June 25, 2012

    @ Pareidolius:

    I *knows* my clothes!

  52. #52 Narad
    June 25, 2012

    I *knows* my clothes!

    OK, so if one is going to risk brown shoes with a nearly black suit bearing a quarter-inch pinstripe, what color’s the belt?

  53. #53 Denice Walter
    June 25, 2012

    @ Narad:

  54. #54 Denice Walter
    June 25, 2012

    Oh, and the shoes had better be the RIGHT brown. Or else.

  55. #55 Chris
    Avoiding taking out the trash...
    June 26, 2012

    Ms. Walker, since I have met Pareidolius, I know he would rock that look. Woot! I am glad fun was had with the B-52s.

    (and yesterday while working in the yard I saw a B-17 fly over, it was stately in a WWII kind of fashion)

  56. #56 lilady
    June 26, 2012

    @ Pareidolius:

    Zeroes and Ones…superb… on YouTube. Who did the hens’ coiffures?

    We know that none of the pampered ladies or their eggs were “harmed”… how did you fare?

  57. #57 Denice Walter
    June 26, 2012

    @ Chris:
    I’m imagining Uncle Stabby to be about 5’11’, 50+, white boy, not heavy, with fair hair and a tan.
    and -btw- about men’s fashion, I seem to have a lot of that in my background because of my sartorially splendid male ancestors, my father, uncles, various cousins, exes, SOs, family connections to the business and uh… observation, lots of observation. Actually, in you peered into my closet , you might wonder if it’s “his” or “hers” – however, while I am decidedly not taking cues from either Annie Hall or Annie Lennox, I don’t necessarily limit my purchases to the women’s section.
    – it just looks differently on me.

  58. #58 Sauceress
    June 26, 2012

    @ Pareidolius:
    Zeroes and Ones “liked” and shared.

  59. #59 ArtK
    Looking for a cookie
    June 27, 2012

    Posting to get the Recent Comments widget working on this device. Who wrote this piece of garbage?

  60. #60 Narad
    July 1, 2012

    As above. Perhaps there could be a dedicated thread for this activity, so that nobody bothers looking.

  61. #61 Narad
    July 2, 2012

    As above.

  62. #62 Sauceress
    July 3, 2012

    I can haz mor cookeez too

  63. #63 Sauceress
    July 3, 2012

    Le Sigh…

  64. #64 Krebiozen
    July 5, 2012

    Ditto – cleared cache and cookies and hurtled back in time a few weeks.

  65. #65 Narad
    July 7, 2012

    This isn’t a mess, I put it here.

  66. #66 Krebiozen
    July 8, 2012

    It seems the ‘Medicine and evolution, part 13: The fly in the ointment of personalized cancer therapy’ is now closed for comments, unless it’s my PC. Is that because it is 3 months old? It’s perhaps not a bad thing considering the amount of verbiage being deposited there, but it feels odd having an active comment thread suddenly terminated like that.

  67. #67 W. Kevin Vicklund
    July 8, 2012

    After 90 days, comments get closed automatically now.

  68. #68 Antaeus Feldspar
    July 11, 2012

    Can someone talk to the NatGeo overlords about the ads? Twice now I’ve had an ad show up on my iPad that forcibly redirected my browser to an iTunes page, which in turn launched the App Store app, trying to get me to download “Slots Journey” by “FishSticks”.

  69. #69 Antaeus Feldspar
    August 4, 2012

    I’ve found an older article where unclosed tags caused all comments to eventually be bolded and italicized: http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2010/01/07/the-price-exacted-by-the-anti-vaccine-mo/ Perhaps someone can fix it?

  70. #71 Marc Stephens Is Insane
    August 13, 2012

    Cookie please?

  71. #72 Narad
    August 17, 2012

    I see that the lag in recent posts has been reduced to about 48 hours. All the same, I’m still stuck with this.

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