Comment System Update: We’re working on it…

So that was fun!

The comment system I deployed allowed people into the backend of the site. I appreciate those of you who reached out and let me know. Thankfully, we flipped the switch on a low traffic day and I can’t see any torn guibos on the inside. Additionally, when someone logged in with an account to comment, be it WordPress, Twitter, Google, or Facebook, the system was creating new Users on the back end. And giving them Editor status to boot.

So… I’m sure this is a nice comment system but I’m clearly not certified to get it cranking over correctly. I’m going to run the default WP comment system for the time being while I hunt down a proper replacement. Or just pay someone to get this other system working properly, because it sounded promising (and I paid for a bunch of the extra features, which I didn’t even get to yet because fuck me, right?).

So… stand by for now, but please dive into the standard-ass regular-looking WordPress comment system. It works for now. My apologies and have a good weekend everybody!

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20 responses to “Comment System Update: We’re working on it…”

  1. Sjalabais Avatar

    After listening to the great podcast the other day, I was half expecting you’d get yourself fired…from your own blooger site. 😛 Good luck, and my first glance at the commenting setup was promising. Simple, clean…almighty.

    1. Batshitbox Avatar

      I’m still befuddled as to what constitutes an “account” and where to sign up for one. I did a little research on WPDiscuz and it turns out that the ‘login’ link that leads to absolutely no option to register an account is actually exactly how the system is supposed to work.
      “wpDiscuz doesn’t have registration functionality, you need to use some additional registration plugin or enable wpDiscuz social login. ”


      It makes about as much sense as anything else in the past year that there’s a commenting software that can’t allow you to become a commenter unless you already have a commenting account that they won’t tell you how to get.

      I’ll be filling out my Form 27B/6

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        You have no idea how sanity-restoring your comment is to me. At work, I very often have to help a bunch of digitalization-naysayers to do often the same stuff over and over again. 2020 has helped a bit to accelerate the acceptance that computers have come to stay, with chopped office times.

        But, now, I sure felt like a total fool not finding a proper way to registrate. Read some of the stuff you refer to, logging in via the big companies, yet I thought such a blatant data grab is very un-2021 (that said, Disqus had its planned leaks, too).

        I am confident that this will work out just fine, but it is an eye-opener of sorts.

  2. Salguod Avatar

    I think it means that it doesn’t implement a proprietary registration system, it allows people to use their existing FB, Twitter, Google or accounts to log in here.

    So, presumably, if you don’t have one of those, you’ll have to create one at their respective websites first.

    1. Bathsitbox Avatar

      I tried to get a WordPress account, but recent forensics reveal that I had followed a link to the wordpress-dot-org website and not the -dot-com site. The -dot-org site puts you through a couple hoops before you get to the ‘create account’ page.

      At any rate, I had noticed the WPDiscuz ‘social login’ supported Disqus and figured after the smoke cleared I’d be able to just use the existing Batshitox account to log in.

      Which still may happen, it’s wide open at this point. I’m just a commenter sitting in a bath in a box.

  3. Scoutdude Avatar

    Thanks for opening things back up. I couldn’t log in as mentioned I could find a log in screen but no way to register for this sight

    1. Crank_case Avatar

      I concur

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        You sure you don’t #$@&%*!?

  4. Lokki Avatar

    Look ma! No problem!

  5. neight428 Avatar

    I think I nearly signed up to be an editor, but stopped short. Of course, as it sits now, I could be MDHarrell pretending to be neight428.

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      I used my temporary powers as editor on Friday evening to send Jeff a couple of emails alerting him to the problem, then went to bed. It was a brief but pleasant career from my perspective. I should probably add it to my CV.

  6. Jeff Glucker Avatar
    Jeff Glucker
    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

  7. Aaron Graham Avatar
    Aaron Graham

    So….are we still working on it?

  8. Sjalabais Avatar

    I’ve got to say that the current iteration of comment system is one chubby mess. Just two short one liner comments take up my PC screen; on mobile, I can’t tell who replied to what, the buttons are ridiculously oversized, and once you have commented, there’s a “recommendation” for other threads that blocks >half the screen. The “vote and share”-line takes up way too much space, too. The first almighty setup might not have worked technically, but it looked wonderful and appeared to be efficient.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      Also, this:

      Thank you, Sjalabais ! Your comment has been submitted for this post. If at any point in time you want to make changes or delete your comment, contact us.

      It appears without any contact info. This surely is just a temporary fix, but it goes to show that pretty bad comment systems continue to exist. Still better than Kinja, I guess, though… 😛

  9. Zentropy Avatar

    It’s giubo (not guibo) by the way. Sorry, but after owning two 80s-era BMWs, correcting that common misspelling is almost second nature.

    1. Lokki Avatar

      Yup….and there’s a reason: Giubo ™️ is a brand name…

  10. Fuhrman16 Avatar