New commenting system

At last after donations from a number of kind and generous readers, followed by a near record upgrade (it took 41 hours and 23 minutes to effect – Slugger has to be one of the largest sites of its type) and finally some teething difficulties, we now have the new comments facility from Movable Type.

The new system allows reader to comment in one of two ways: registered or unregistered. The main difference is that if you register with Typekey your responses will go up on to the site immediately (though at time of writing we are trying to get rid of a non substantial error message that appears after posting). We will not see the details you give to Typekey. So if you choose, you can remain annonymous.

If you don’t register, then your post will get up there as and when I or one of our too small band of moderators can find the time to let it through.

But please note, in the case of weekends this may be two days, or in the case of holidays a week or even a fortnight. Says he after two gruelling days of ticking every single comment that’s come in.

Enjoy!

  • Paul A. Fitzsimmons

    Wanted to see whether the TypeKey now works for me.

    Thanks, Mick.

  • peteb

    Error message seems to be sorted too Mick.

    And a thumbs-up on the new interface from here – at least for now ;o)

  • peteb

    That’s better!

  • George

    Works a dream even removes my e-mail address now.

  • Mick

    It’s not working for you yet Paul. What happens when you hit the sign in link at the bottom of the story?

  • George

    Nope, it obviously doesn’t remove the e-mail.

  • Mick Fealty

    George, try signing out and then removing it manually from the Slugger site. Then tick the remember again, and see if that works?

  • prater

    test

  • George

    Box wasn’t ticked Mick. Also, do I have to register for each thread individually?

  • George

    test

  • North Antrim Realist

    Hi

    Just a test like the rest!

  • George

    E-mail address remains and I only have to sign in once.

  • Cahal

    George et Mick
    There is a problem with email anonimity. I have never used my real email address here before. I signed up with typekey, specified not to give slugger access to my email address. When I posted, there it was for all to see.
    This post is not through typekey, hence the fake email address again.

  • Colm

    i am just testing nothing to say at the moment

  • Paul A. Fitzsimmons

    Mick:

    I hit the “sign in” link, and it took me right back to this (the first time, it seemed to “take” with TypeKey).

    Paul

  • Mick

    It just did the same with me. It seems to forget people after a rebuild. We’re taking it up with MT.

    I’m off now. Please pass on the word that registered users only will get their posts up until Sunday at the earliest.

  • JeremySheahan

    When I enter my name, password and handler accept the Ts & Cs and submit it takes me to the login page. There it wont accept my submissions.

    Any of you guys had a similar problem?

    Jeremy

  • maca

    Enjoy the craic Mick!

  • maca

    Enjoy the craic Mick!

  • Mick Fealty

    Jeremy, it has just done the same to me. Arrggghhh!

  • maca

    Maybe yer not pressing the button hard enough, give it a good aul wallop!

  • JeremySheahan

    I saw on the moveable type page that you have to set up an author profile. Thats what I suspected would need to happen – provide the hint etc. I dont get to that page. I hope its something simple I am overlooking!

    Jeremy

  • brian

    But what if I have a red card cuz I am a republican dissident who advocates a return to the war with the Orange sub-species and the british colonizers?

  • Mick Fealty

    Brian, you got the red card for making abusive comments like this one. And, bizarrely, impersonating other people protesting your yellow card.

    It’s now lifted (it’s an important principle at Slugger that no one is permanently banned), but only so long as you’re prepared to talk politics.

  • Young Irelander

    Oh the times they are changing….

  • Cahal

    test.

  • Cahal

    test..

  • Cahal

    I give up.

  • Levi

    test

  • Mark McGregor

    Test.

  • Levon Helm

    1-2-4

  • James

    2:39 PM under clear skies and 75F in the warm California sun.

  • D’Oracle

    Bloody complicated-innit !

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    My browser does not recognise the link to confirm, after I have received their e-mail. Anyone else having this problem

  • Mick Fealty

    Which Browser are you using Pat?

  • Aidan Farrell

  • Carrier

    I think someone may be in the process of stealing my identity!!!!

    I tried to register with the name Rob c (which I have used on this site for months) but it said that someone already had that name. I’ll probably come home to find this imposter sleeping in my bed next.

  • Prater

    test again

  • Inithgabh Mointoidhea

    Pat, can ya just copy and paste the link or what sort of an error are ya gettin?

  • Emmett

    test

  • trish

    (testing typekey)

  • Cahal

    test

  • Phil

    1,2
    1,2
    testing…
    1,2

  • trpd

    Ah, but I fear we have lost The Guggler with this new system.

  • Alan

    Test

  • Ciaran

    Test

  • ShayPaul

    I don’t know if everyone has the same problems as I.

    I have the typekey facility set up, but continually get sidelisted for posting.

    On workaround is to log out and log in again.

    Or I am simply on a red list of “must be screened” posters.

    If so please let me know, or my paranoia will devour me ….

  • Inithgabh Mointoidhea

    I get the same problem SP. My best guess is that the cookies have a short session time … or sumthin to dat e-fecked.

  • Ciaran

    Testing again….

  • ShayPaul

    Yep,

    and I have the bad habit of jumping to other threads, the system don’t like that even if it says I’m signed in.

    It really breaks up the flow of exchange, and IMHO heats everyone up a little, which isn’t a recommended condition for debate in this place,

    Thanks for putting my paranoia on a diet ….

  • Ciaran

    Lads, how do you get your e-mail address not to appear?

  • shaypaul

    Ciaran

    I think it was an option on typekey – you can change it using your account options

  • ShayPaul

    Ciaran

    I think it was an option on typekey – you can change it using your account options

  • Inithgabh Mointoidhea

    I don’t think that option is on typekey. Guessing here (I should check) but I think that option only refers to your profile page.
    When you have logged in Ciaran are you also filling ou the “URL” text field above this “textarea”?

  • Inithgabh Mointoidhea

    For some reason it used my email address this time but not last time … Mick there’s a few gremlins in the system i reckon.

  • ShayPaul

    The system is imploding on me …

    Signs me out regularly.

    It doesn’t indicate this so very hard to anticipate as it declares me as signed in even when i refresh the page to avoid surprises

    I give up … haven’t the time to carry on

  • Phil

    testing again…

  • willowfield

    Sahypaul

    If you’re using ‘history’ pages to return to threads, click refresh before you post.

  • Alan

    Test

  • Alan

    second test

  • Inithgabh Mointoidhea

    Refresh often takes it from the cache, better to reload from the server if possible. Hint: give up Internet Exploder.

  • willowfield

    I’m having problems today – it is very irritating.

    Even once I am logged into Typekey I’m being prevented from posting in some threads.

  • Inithgabh Mointoidhea

    Mick, current version of MT is 3.01D, bug fixes etc. Upgrading is very easy and shouldn’t take long if your webmaster has 10 minutes to spare 😉
    Have no idea if it’s related to the problems we are having though.

  • peteb

    Maca

    I think Mick is still celebrating :o)

    (this post will, of course, be duplicated)

  • Inithgabh Mointoidhea

    “I think Mick is still celebrating “

    I think Mick has the right plan, what the are we doing here?

  • peteb

    Mine’s a pint, Maca! :o)

  • Inithgabh Mointoidhea

    … if I could send it by email I would Peteb 😉

  • Stephen Copeland

    One problem that I have run up against with the new commenting regime is that the system sometimes delays the appearance of a post – but then inserts it in its ‘correct’ place, i.e. in chronological order based on time of posting by me. This means that a discussion may have moved on (and changed direction), before my post finally appears, and since my post is slotted in so far above the ‘live’ discussion that it is unnoticed and irrelevant.

    This practice has the side effect of bringing strands up to the top of the ‘Readers comments’ top ten list, even though nothing appears to have happened – i.e. the last displayed comment is not new. I puzzled over this for a while, and thought it was gremlins, until I scrolled up and saw a previously missing post of mine, half way back up the page.

  • PS

    Mick, does the typekey site run on a dodgy server or anything like that?

    I’ve found it literally impossible to get signed in. I can get tot he typekey homepage no problem when when I click on log in to try to register I constantly get a This page cannot be displayed message. The same happens when I use the “If you have a typekey identity sign in” link above the name and email slot on each comment page.

    I’ve even tried getting a friend to register my details (I think I like this site too much!) but when i received the veriication email, the link produced another “cannot be displayed message”. I use a very low powered internet connection but still wouldn’t have this trouble with a website usually. I was wondering if you’ve enocutered this problem with anybody else or if you have any ideas how I can get registered.

  • joc

    Test comment.

    Checking typekey entered comments.

  • squashed_insect

    did anyone ever work out how to get the email addresses not to appear?
    the option isn’t on the typekey page.
    a free smiley face in response for the person who can tell me.

  • drought

    Re Water charges

    Durkan and Trimble didnt personally dream up the water charges wheeze nor the rates rip-off. These were the brainchild(ren) of their respective political/economic advisors. These “advisors” brought in at