Thursday, January 19, 2012

NOTICE: TO ALL MY BLOG FRIENDS (But Especially Sig, Marjorie, & Missed Periods)

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Doggs & Doggettes . . .

If you wish to contine leaving comments on my blogs, and would like me to continue leaving comments on yours, you need to read the following:

It seems such a simple and obvious rule that you’d assume no one would really even NEED to learn it, and yet some folks still can’t seem to mentally grasp it . . . particularly I.T. computer geek-like website builders. Personally, I think all but two of them should be publicly executed, just to make an example of people who simply can’t leave well enough alone.

The rule? The impossible rule to learn?

IF IT AIN’T BROKE, DON’T F-IN' "FIX" IT!

And yet these computer geeks can somehow never restrain themselves from tinkering with it, and tinkering with it, and tinkering with it until they have fixed fudged-up a perfectly fine thing.

If you once spent a lot of time at Amazon.com BigBitch.com like I did, then you saw it happen over and over again. Their website geeks kept tweaking things until they’d completely wrecked it. (It’s so bad there now that one can’t even access the Profile Pages of their Friends & Favorites.)

Well, Blogspot.com ain’t much different. I think the problem is that they keep a bunch of geeks on the payroll rather than just bringing them in and paying them on a job-by-job, project-by-project basis. And so in order to feel like the wages are being justified, the Blogspot.com geeks keep messing with a perfectly good thing, and each time they do, something BREAKS somewhere else.

The leg bone's connected to the knee bone
The knee bone's connected to the thigh bone
The thigh bone's connected to the hip bone, etc. 



Did you see what these nitwits did recently? Someone (with no aesthetic sense whatsoever) felt our Blogspot Profile Pages needed “fixing” and so they went to work redesigning them. Have you seen one lately? They look like absolute sh!t compared to how they looked just a couple months back. I can’t even stand to look at mine anymore because it just makes me cringe! It's just Amazon.com all over again!

I guess Blogger just doesn't have faith that WE will contact THEM when we feel something needs "fixing" or "improving".

I seriously doubt anyone sent an Email to Blogger saying, "Could you take my perfectly acceptable Profile Page and reorganize it in as ugly and eye-challenging a fashion that you are capable of imagining? Thank you!"

Anybody who thinks our Blogger Profile Pages look better “now” than they did “then”, well, Blogger probably has a job for YOU!

Just some days ago, the Blogspot.com geniuses did it again! Someone tweaked, adjusted, redesigned, or “fixed” something somewhere and the “blowback” (to use a political term) or “unintended consequences” from that “fix” was that suddenly many of us found we could no longer comment on each other’s blogs.

Now, thanks to Kittie Howard’s Blog, I learned this morning how to get around that problem. Or to put it another way: I learned how to fix what Blogger broke when they “fixed” something else or made something “better” for us. (Thanks, Blogspot Geeks! You guys do the bestest stuffs!)

Anyway, it seems it is the bloggers who are using the “Full Page” Comments format who are adversely affected by the “fixing”. If you or someone you are attempting to leave a comment for is using the “Full Page” format, you and they may need to change to the “Pop-Up Window” instead.

It’s too bad, because I really prefer the “Full Page” Comment layout to the “Pop-Up Windows” but Blogspot.com has taken that choice away from us.

When Farawayeyes and I both changed to the “Pop-Up Window” this morning, we found we were able to post comments on each other’s blogs again. (Thanks, Kittie!)

Sig, Marjorie, and Missed Periods are the owners/operators of three of the blogs I “Follow” and that I have been unable to leave comments for recently. (So, Sig, Marjorie, and Missed Periods, if you ever want to hear from me again, you’ll probably need to switch your Comment formats also. NOT switching, however, will be a very effective way of avoiding me from now on. Something to consider before changing.)

If anyone is unsure how to change from “Full Page” to “Pop-Up Window”, here are my easy, handy-dandy instructions:

Go to your DASHBOARD
Click SETTINGS
Then click COMMENTS (found just to the right of “Formatting”)
Scroll down to COMMENT FORM PLACEMENT and
Click the green dot into the “Pop-Up Window” option.
Scroll down to the very bottom and click SAVE SETTINGS.

You’re done. You’ll hear from me again. Unlucky you!

But don’t think this is the end of our Blogspot Bugs, people! The next “fixed” or “improved” thing is only weeks away. You’ll know when our host has completed the project because SOMETHING ELSE will go WRONG with your blogging experience.

Next problem! Next problem!
I love ya, next problem!
You're always
A “fix”
Away.

~ Stephen T. McCarthy

YE OLDE COMMENT POLICY: All comments, pro and con, are welcome. However, ad hominem attacks and disrespectful epithets will not be tolerated (read: "posted"). After all, this isn’t Amazon.com, so I don’t have to put up with that kind of bovine excrement.
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13 comments:

YeamieWaffles said...

You're so right with all of this Stephen, like down to a tee buddy. I just can't understand it, why websites such as Youtube, Facebook and of course Blogger keep changing, it makes no sense in the slightest to me, it really doesn't. Surely a business's efforts should be concentrated on reproducing something with a winning formula instead of changing that formula.

I mean, you don't see Coke changing their recipe and flavours almost every year so why should a popular website do it? It makes no sense to me and you're right mate, if it's not broken don't fix it.

Karen Peterson said...

I really hate what they've done to the Profile Pages. Totally agree with you that it looks horrible.

I was unaware of the comment issue, although I have noticed they've added a "reply" feature to the embedded comments. I like that. I just wish they had incorporated it into the full page and pop up comment boxes.

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

MATTHEW ~
Yes, sir! It's always "What can we do different?" rather than "Let's create something most people really like and then just MAINTAIN it!"

To quote from 'Plan 9 From Outer Space':

"Their stupid minds! Stupid! Stupid!"


KAREN ~
I'm not even sure what the "Reply" feature is/does. But since I was perfectly satisfied with the way things were before, I'll bet I can live without it.

And since it is apparently related to the "Comments" feature, I'd bet you dollars to donuts THAT'S the thing they did that has caused some of us all these "comment problems". (Some night I'm going to catch me a computer geek walking alone in a dark alley and it'll be an encounter he/she never forgets!)

~ D-FensDogg
'Loyal American Underground'

Eve said...

Sometimes I get so frustrated with Blogger! I switched to the pop-up window months ago for the same reason you mention...Blogger would not let me leave comments and people were not able to leave comments for me..sometimes I think they're all on glue!

farawayeyes said...

Ah,apparently my sentence is up, at least for the next fifteen minutes.

Thanks for the help. I've been here several times today to see if I could post. Hope you don't mind. I figured even if you did have a counter or locator you wouldn't mind being stalked or used (both in a good way, of course).

If you're reading this, blogger let it post. If not,I guess you won't know.

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

EVE ~
Hmmm... I didn't experience any comment issues until maybe this time last week. But it seems we both needed the same remedy.

And, yes, "GLUE" is the perfect guess - something really cheap and especially destructive to the mental faculties!


FARAWAYEYES ~
I'm very pleased to learn that you're back and able to post again. It would be a real shame if you could no longer leave comments for me and vice versa.

Perhaps the "Pop-Up Window" bit really was the answer, and the issues you experienced afterwards were related more to where you are located and the poor service there. Let's hope that's all it was.

And, hey, believe me, any 50-something year old man is going to be ecstatic about being stalked and used by a female! Any kind of feminine attention (good or bad) is better than being ignored.
[;o)}

Yak Later...

~ D-FensDogg
'Loyal American Underground'

mousiemarc said...

That's strange man. Now this place is going to hell in a hand basket.

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

BR'ER ~
Anywhere you find website designers with too much time on their hands, you will find changes being made simply for the sake of making changes. And anytime you find pointless, unwarranted changes occurring, you will also find unnecessary bugs being created to bug the website users.

It's ridiculous - causing people to experience frustration and headaches for no reason other than that some computer geek in an office somewhere with nothing better to do can say, "I altered something on the website today."

I wonder how many people stop blogging or stop utilizing certain websites just because they become more trouble than they're worth?

~ D-FensDogg
'Loyal American Underground'

Missed Periods said...

After some careful consideration, I have decided that I do want to hear from you again, so I will figure this out. Thanks!

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

MISSED PERIODS ~
Ha!
Is your judgment always this bad?

Well, I'm glad to learn you found for me instead of agin me.

I'm-a head on over to your blog right now and see if I'm able to leave comments again.

~ D-FensDogg
'Loyal American Underground'

Marjorie said...

My comments box is now of the pop-up variety. Thank you for letting us know!

walk2write said...

I never pay much attention to profile pages anyway. The "stuffs" (not the fluffs) is what I want when I click on a blog. I had the same full-page comment problem last year and went back to the pop-up one, though I don't like it nearly as well. When you're as old as I am, you tend to forget what you just read, and then your comment doesn't make nearly as much sense as it should. I think it's a conspiracy by Blogger to discourage us oldsters from blogging:)

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

WALK2WRITE ~
Yeah, like what would old people know anyway? Who'd wanna hear what they have to say?

"Never trust anyone over the age of nine."
~ Louie Banana


~ D-FensDogg
'Loyal American Underground'