Monthly Archives: February 2011

Problems With Comments

I’ve had e-mails/messages from several people that they have been unable to comment on my blog – or in Blogger in general. These are people I respect and whose input I value. Until a month or so ago I hadn’t had any of these problems, at least not that I know of, so I wonder if it has something to do with my revising the blog template about a month ago.

In any case, I will offer a couple of tips while understanding that some of the people having problems are experienced users and have been able to comment before – this seems to be much more a Blogger problem than a user problem.

I think the number one tip is to make sure you have cookies and third-party cookies enabled, or at least enable them for this blog. My browser settings are to always ask before setting cookies so I perfectly understand not having all that electronic dreck rattling around in your pc.

Second is to enable popups for this blog. Now I don’t use a popup for comments but in Blogger help a couple of messages indicated that popup blocker could mess with all comment formats. Again, I have a popup blocker but have enabled popups for Blogger.

Guy Halsall included a suggestion on his blog which may help.

I’ve gone into my comment settings and made them as open as I know how – I have zero moderation (I’ll remove spam after it’s been posted) and have removed the word verification settings. I have comments set to be embedded below the posts – the other options are as a popup or an entire new page.

I’m hoping this is a temporary glitch which will be fixed. If not, WordPress, Live Journal, etc., are options for me to move this blog to. I debated between WordPress and Blogger when I started out with this and am hoping I didn’t make the wrong choice.

For now, if you really want to comment and blogger doesn’t let you, PLEASE e-mail me. I promise to post anything which isn’t spam in its entirety. If you have a blog please include your URL which I’ll include at the start of the comment. You probably should also tell me which post you’re commenting on.

I’m going to link to this post in my About this Blog page. Comments and feedback are important – essential to me. There are a lot of folks I could learn from but not if they can’t provide input.

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Posted by on February 6, 2011 in Blogology


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Kalamazoo 2011 – May 12-15

Yup – I’m in. First day registration is up for the 2011 International Congress on Medieval Studies and I’m registered. Gotta uphold the standards associated with the title of this blog.

I’m not going to add much to my Geek’s Guide to Kalamazoo post from last year. Congress is still a great time, it’s still fairly inexpensive, I’m still scared of the dance, and there are still all those books!

Of course this past year I bought 60 books instead of 37, registration is now $140 instead of $135, etc. I should also note that the free wine has gone from disgusting to mediocre – a welcome improvement. But most of it’s still accurate.

I have more info on my Kalamazoo page and many medieval bloggers have posted Kalamazoo summaries which shouldn’t be hard to find. Also, there’s a Congress Facebook Page which will be helpful if you’re a first-timer with questions.

I encourage anyone who’s ever considered it to attend at least once. Don’t worry – if you don’t know a language beyond English, if you’re newly interested in Medieval History, or if you’re afraid you won’t know anybody there, you won’t feel out of place (or if you do nobody but you will know it). It’s a good time and I always learn a LOT (and leave with a few books).

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Posted by on February 1, 2011 in Conferences


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