March 12, 2004

12 Reasons Housekeeping

I had to do some housekeeping on the 12 Reasons post and its comments.

It’s creeping ever closer to 200 comments, some of them rivaling Russian novels in length. Every time someone clicked that link in a search engine, they got that whole page whether they wanted to read it or not. Everyone who wanted the latest comment got everything. There was no good automatic way to handle it, so I did some meatball surgery.

The old permalinks will not work because the file location has changed, but you can link into the new “permanent” location.

The links to peoples websites are broken because of the way MT obfuscates weblinks (an anti-spam measure). It was not easily fixable by hand. Enjoy the quicker load time… for now.

[Update: I’ve closed comments on that entry. See here for details.]

Posted by James at March 12, 2004 11:35 PM
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Showing the postings in reverse chronological order would make it easier to get to the most recent ones quickly. Of course, that would mean that drive-by commentators would even have to scroll through the previous posts, never mind read them, but from the look of it, they're not reading them anyway.

Posted by: Julie at March 13, 2004 2:26 PM

Sorry, that was supposed to say "drive-by commentators WOULDN'T have to" etc.

Posted by: Julie at March 13, 2004 2:27 PM

I've considered reverse chronological ordering. But often comments are responses to subsequent comments. Imagine having to read the last three posts, and one of them is 6+ screen pages long. That is a lot of back-and-forth scrolling and searching. Chronologically with the oldest at the top, you merely have to find the top of the post that is newest to you, and then read down (no more searchin gnecessary.)

In any case, finding the newest posts was only a fraction of the problem, which is why I have now completely closed off comments for that entry. If bigots want to post on my weblog, they can find another entry to post on, or discussion can flow to the Yahoo Group.

Posted by: James at March 13, 2004 2:51 PM

Perhaps this is the end of a _very_ long chain of comments.


Posted by: Patti at March 15, 2004 9:45 AM

Since I post at least once per day, on average, there should be plenty of fodder if people still want to rant here. :)

And rants are, of course, always welcome.

Posted by: James (DrM) at March 15, 2004 10:33 AM

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