Trying to Catch Up… Again!

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I’m way behind in my work today, the viewership is way down–and the WordPress problem that I had last week, with the comments failing to display… it’s baaaaack!

Man, this is getting old. Welcome to the Age of Nothing Works.

(And suddenly Robbie only wants dry cat food… What’s that about?)

Going about my chores last night, a new character for the book I’m writing, Ozias, Prince in Peril, popped into my head, along with what she’d be doing in the story. I’ve learned that it’s usually a good idea to stop what I’m doing and write it down in case I forget it overnight. Enter Aylen, the old nurse of the late King Flosi, who may have a loose screw somewhere but is otherwise sharp as a tack.

Where do these characters live when they’re not breaking into my plots? It’s so cool, the way that happens. It’s like I knew these people, once upon a time, and now they’re coming back. Do you think that’s weird? Welcome to the world of fantasy-writing.

Now They’re Doing It To All Of Us

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This is getting bad, real bad. The Tucker Carlson video has been pulled from YouTube, and when you try to view it here, where I posted it this morning, all you get is a video of babbling Biden. I went back to YouTube, but now the Carlson broadcast isn’t there.

You can still (as of a minute or two ago!) view it on Citizens Free Press: I recommend going there directly, before they lose it, too.

Tucker Carlson obtains copy of DOJ subpoena…

Meanwhile, I’m having all sorts of problems answering your comments. Due to another WordPress glitch, I can’t read them and reply to them as I normally do on this site. The normal procedure doesn’t work. Wish me godspeed, trying something else!

I don’t know how long WordPress will be crippled. The point is, someone made that Tucker Carlson video go away. And what next? Do I get my door smashed in by the FBI in the middle of the night? They’re not just going after big fish anymore.

Here in the good old USA, we have never been closer to losing our freedom than we are now.


Shout-Out to ‘Unknowable’

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I wanted to thank you for your comment on the Werner von Braun post, but WordPress is subverting me again.

The stupid robot didn’t recognize you because you spelled “Unknowable” wrong. This simple typo made the damned thing go crazy.

Your comment does appear attached to the “Werner von Braun” post–but no opportunity for me to reply.

I can’t very well demand that readers not make typos! Who doesn’t hit the wrong key now and then? It would be nice of the robot didn’t have fits every time it saw one.

About Those Comments…

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I’d have to be crazy to say we were out of the mud-hole; but it looks like most of the comment problems here have been laid to rest. We still have a couple of regular commenters who need their names back, and one or two who still seem to be getting blocked. But compared to what it was–!

If you’ve been following this farce, you know my biggest problem was comments un-approving themselves right after I approved them. Well, well! It seems WordPress made this teeny-weeny itsy-bitsy change whose effect was to make my approvals “unapproved” and my “unapproved” approved. Result: a towering mess. My webmaster, Jill, spotted that and fixed it.

The WordPress “Happiness Engineers” have two bad habits that they need to break. 1. Stop thinking everybody who asks you for help is a techie. If we were big techies we wouldn’t need you! 2. Stop directing users whose nerves are already frazzled to perform some kind of Joe-computer operation that they don’t know how to do. “We’ll walk you through it” isn’t good enough. You wouldn’t like it if your surgical team said that!

Oh, Gabr’el, am I tired!

Shout-out to Erlene and Dave: Webmaster Jill has been working to unblock your comments. I hope to see more of you soon!

Still in Computer Hell

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So when I turned on the computer this morning, I found all the comments had un-approved themselves. Some of them did it again within two or three seconds of me re-approving them.

And a message from a WordPress engineer, asking “Where you been, dude? Haven’t seen you in four days.”

What??? I’ve been here, you weevil, spending hour after hour with you guys, begging and pleading for help and not getting any! I thought “engineers” were supposed to be able to fix things! What are you doing out there–flipping baseball cards? Mostly suggesting that I fix the computer problems. Then maybe later I can take out my appendix.

My last hope is my webmaster at Chalcedon, Jill. Maybe she can straighten this out.

How I’m supposed to get a novel written with all this sideshow going on is more than I know.

Computer Hell, Day 4

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The chaotic hopeless mess this blog is turning into is now, after four days of trying to fix it, a bigger disaster than ever.

Comments un-approve themselves over and over again, no matter how many times I approve them.

Comments float around on my stats page but do not appear on the posts to which they ought to be attached.

Regular users are blocked, or can’t see their comments anywhere (let alone replies to their comments).

And most of what I get from the WordPress engineers is a lot of tech-talk, not a word of which I understand, they might as well be speaking Martian, and a lot of we-can’t-do-that talk.

No, I don’t know why your comments don’t appear!

I work to fix this mess every day and get freakin’ nowhere. Is this how our peaceful, harmless little blog community comes crashing to an end?

Oh,fap! Heaven know where this post will wind up.

Driving Me Totally Crazy!

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Let’s see… What will today’s computer nightmare be?

Ah, there it is! Comments un-approve themselves as fast as I can approve them. It’s a hellish form of Whack-a-Mole.

I’m tryin’, I’m tryin’, I’m tryin’! Yesterday viewer numbers sank back into the abyss, too. That’s because WordPress simply doesn’t count a lot of them, so I have no idea what’s going on here.

Well, let’s post a hymn or something…

Yes, I’m Still Working On It

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The colossal mess that this blog turned into during the week has almost been cleaned up. Approved comments still un-approve themselves, again and again, until finally that stops. A regular reader, Thewhiterabbit, is still being called “anonymous” or “somebody.” Honest, Dave, I’m trying to get your name back.

Stay tuned! Tomorrow is a big day for Violet Crepuscular: Chapter 500 of Oy, Rodney! I mean, if the thing is still working tomorrow…

I was going to say we’ve solved the bottomed-out viewership problem, but you know what happens if you ever say a thing like that. General Custer’s last reported words: “We’ve got ’em now, boys!”


Struggling Along

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My blog is broken, but still struggling along, trying to get out of the quicksand. Comments I approved yesterday were unapproved this morning so I had to approve them all over again. That’ll get old fast.

I’ll be forward readers’ complaints to the WordPress Happiness Engineers in hopes that they will finally solve the bleedin’ problem. I’ve spent hours on this already (this is not how books get written!) and expect another siege today. *Sigh*

Please be patient! Rest assured I want your comments posted! So far no one’s figured out what’s wrong.


The Comment Fiasco, Chapter 2

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All the pieces in this jigsaw puzzle have the same shape! I wonder if WordPress designed it.

If your comments are still getting blocked (*sigh!), I’m still working on the problem. Here is the latest word from WordPress.

It’s “required that the commenter be logged in, or fill in the name and email fields when leaving the comment. If any of these fields is empty, the comment won’t post and they’ll get the filling-out-all-fields error.” Then they turned off a setting, whatever that means.

If you’re still blocked, please email me “with as much detail as possible” so they can keep working on this problem.

Your comments are very important to me! Please stay with me, I’m doing all I can to straighten our this mess.