Hey, Lastango…
Bill Quick

To eliminate at least one possible source for the problems you’ve been seeing, I’ve rewritten the live comment preview. It’s no longer a plug-in performing event-driven surgery upon the page after it’s loaded; instead, it’s coded directly into the comment form. Is it any better now? any worse?

(As the plugin code was written, it was trying to install hooks on every Daily Pundit page — including the Admin pages — rather than confining its attention only to the single-post pages, so you may see improvement across the board from this.)

Everyone else: Let me know if you see any problems with the live comment preview.

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Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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Hey, Lastango… — 7 Comments

  1. Bill: My laptop took a stroll out of the office this afternoon, so I’m limited in what I can do until I get it replaced. If there are any problems with this change, the rollback instructions are:

    1) In the “tonus” theme directory, rename “comment-form.php” to “comment-form_sav.php” (do not delete, because this is right now the only copy of this file).

    2) In the same directory, rename “comment-form_old.php” to “comment-form.php”.

    3) Under Plugin Management, reactivate the “live comment preview” plugin.

    I have limited access to my email account through webmail. I can do ordinary WordPress maintenance through the admin pages, but I don’t have the URLs for the cPanel and FTP access right now. I should have them on another laptop at home, though, so hopefully I’ll be able to take a backup this evening, and we’ll be back almost where we were.

    I’ve also lost the source code for the site maintenance utilities I’ve written (the flooder finder, e.g.), but those won’t be too difficult to re-create, if I decide I need them again.

  2. Most comment threads are opening normally, but some are still freezing. Two that freeze:

    A flat proposal

    You get two, two, two hillbillies in one

    The previous style of freezing still happens. That is, if I click the post title, the screen changes to show the post in isolation, along with the comments. Then it freezes.

    However, there’s also a new style. If I click the “comments” tag below the post, the screen won’t even change to show the post in isolation. Instead, the main screen freezes.

  3. The only difference between the two links is, the second addresses the “#comment” anchor, and the first just goes to the page. Try clicking a different link that addresses an anchor — perhaps the “#3″ on the header of this comment. Does it bring up the single-post page, and does it lock up?

    Did this new style of lockup start yesterday, or before then?

  4. A couple of things, Lastango:

    First, since Bill kept banishing the debugging conversation just when it was getting going, I set up a different way of getting to it. The link will show at the top of the main page for the two of us (provided we’re signed on), but not for anyone else.

    Second, I’ve been thinking about what you’ve said about only certain posts locking up, and the only thing I can think of that fits the bill — the only thing that would behave differently for different posts — is the Kontera context ads, which would be triggered, or not, as different words showed up here and there. I’ve added code to suppress the Kontera ads for the two of us, but not for anyone else. Does that make any difference?

  5. The Kontera ads are, I assume, those highlighted words that appear in the text of a post or comment.

    I notice that they disappear when I’m logged in, but appear when I’m not.

    I’ll let you know how it goes.

  6. Yesterday and today I’ve started getting lockups just accessing the front page of the blog.

    This has never happened before.

    To be able to make this comment I went to another web site to bring up the browser, and de-activated scripting.

  7. I’ll take a look. Bill added something a couple of days ago to work with Feedburner; that might be it.

    Incidentally, you can disable scripting, or change whatever other settings you wish, without bringing up a page, by right-clicking on the IE icon on the desktop and selecting Properties.

    Other than that, how has it been acting, since I disabled Kontera?