Welcome to the new Slugger website!

Hi folks, I have been working with Mick to revamp the site. Don’t panic: we have kept the general look and feel of the site. The changes are mostly under the bonnet.

New features include:

Responsive design: the site will now scale to your screen, so you can now easily read slugger on your mobile.

New comments system: the old system was getting extremely difficult to manage, so we have switched over to disqus to power the comments. Disqus has some nice features:

  • You can login with your Facebook/google/twitter id
  • You can reply to specific comments
  • You can vote comments up and down

All your existing comments on the site are still there but you will need to register with disqus to put up new comments. Once you register, disqus will recognise your email address and link all your previous comments to your new disqus account. You can keep using your existing slugger username.

Notes for contributors: you now login to the site via the login link on the menu.

Google site search: we now use google to power the search. This makes it extremely fast.

Get posts by email: you can now get new posts emailed to you. Just enter your email in the box on the side bar on the right.

Please do let us know what you think of the new site, and please tell us if you find any bugs.

Known bugs:

Sometimes the comment numbers have different styling or wording, we are looking into it.

  • John Ó Néill

    I could be wrong – but there is a suspiciously retro hum off the look and feel part of the *new* format. It looks like Slugger did a few years ago (and more or less the same comment system that was experimented with). Not a complaint – just an observation.

  • mickfealty

    I was keen to try to keep much of the look and feel and focus on improving functionality.

    One problem with disqus can be that the editing function freezes when you’re typing on mobile

  • John Ó Néill

    Seems to be an improvement – I just wondered if you were deliberately looking to go back to the appearance of one of the earlier incarnations.

  • Jag

    It loads first time! Well done (Brian also)

  • mickfealty

    Not really some of the limitations were working with may forced that on us in parts, but there was not strategic plan to retrench to the past!! 🙂

  • The active discussions don’t appear to be updating.
    And it looks as if we have to sign in separately from Slugger to be able to comment. Which is annoying.

  • mickfealty

    The alternative Pete was to keep posting a comment function, which was one of the things that was killing the site. Its annoying but it’s a one off once its done…. You’re in…

  • Is that an answer to the first point? The second? Or both?

  • mickfealty

    Second, sorry… Pete, the recent comments thing should kick into life. I’ve just been talking to Brian, and he’s saying that it may be related to a caching issue…

    Not sure about this endless threading either…

  • mickfealty

    Whoops, looks like we’re off again

  • Greendub

    Where the hell did Greendub come from ? I’ve been posting as Greenflag for years ? Not sure yet about changes

  • Greendub

    Mick wheres Greenflag gone -Can’t register as my -e-mail is already in use on previous site ? weird .BTW I’m not having an identity crisis .

  • Greendub

    Greenflag’s comment NOT Greendub

    For those of us who are not twitters , facebookers , or googlers are we consigned to silence ?

  • mickfealty

    Can you not change the name in Disqus? We’re essentially pushing all the comments serving off site to free up resources. Greendub must be in the system somewhere…

  • Brian O’Neill

    You can still login with your email, but you do need to register it with disqus.

  • Zeno

    I like it. It clean and once you figure out how to log in it’s good.

  • With tried-and-tested off-the-shelf themes/websites available etc. this seems a little bit like reinventing the wheel. Sometimes a back-to-basics approach is better. Not a fan of Disqus, it has a habit of messing things up not to mention privacy issues. Still good luck with the revamp. Like others it seems to me to hark back to an older reincarnation of SO’T which is not necessarily a bad thing 😉

  • Mister_Joe

    Hope this puts and end to Slugger crashing and slowing up my browser.

  • Mister_Joe

    I note that comments which have previously been deleted have reappeared. Also there are no red flags showing although they have been issued and should still be in effect. Has the carding system gone?

  • Brian O’Neill

    Hi joe can you give me an example of a deleted comment reappearing? The card system is gone. Disqus has it’s own moderation tools

  • mark

    Like the personal ” Howdy ” touch .

  • Mister_Joe

    Brian, a number of comments on the “Unionism: Bourbons with Big Drums” thread were removed” on Monday/Tuesday. They were removed by mick because they may have posed a threat to the site.
    I obviously can’t repeat them publicly but you might email me for specific details.

  • Mister_Joe

    The “Rules” of the site including how to contact the editor have disappeared from the bottom of the home page. Do they need to be stated somewhere?

  • Brian O’Neill

    They are at the top joe under about.

  • Mister_Joe

    Disregard the “contact” comment. I now see a contact link at the top.

  • Mister_Joe

    Thanks, Brian. I;m obviously not very observant.

  • npbinni

    Yea, needed a bit of a lift. Looks great.

  • Dáithí Murray

    Well done Mick and Brian. Looks great on iPhone.

  • Andrew Gallagher

    Sorry lads, but disqus sucks on mobile. I can’t edit my settings on the iPad. Also, there seems to be no equivalent for the old subscribe to comment replies function which I used to rely on – unless it’s in those uneditable settings…

  • Katie-o

    Really nice site, looks lovely.

  • Son of Strongbow

    No fan of disqus, bye now!

  • Brian O’Neill

    Hi Andrew the subscribe option is the mail icon below all the comments on the left. To edit your settings click your name in the top right of the comments and the settings option is there. I am typing this on my iPad and all is working ok.

  • Brian O’Neill

    What’s your objection to discus?

  • Andrew Gallagher

    Ah, see that doesn’t look like it does what it does. It’s under the “other content on this site” panel and so isn’t visually connected to the thing it relates to. That’s poor design.

    Still no joy with editing settings tho.

  • USA

    Took me forever to work out how to sign in with Disqus 🙁
    Glad to see the commenting has reverted back to the way it was a couple of years ago. No scratching or biting ladies (unless you are Luis Suarez). Sorry to hear the yellow, red + black cards are gone. I assume it is still “play the ball and not the man”. One word GERMANY….

  • SeaanUiNeill

    “Once you register, disqus will recognise your email address and link all your previous comments to your new disqus account.”

    Not in my experience. While my comments are still up on the threads (I think!) Discus tells me I have never commented on Slugger.

    Quite liked the old system of being able to see where you were on more than one thread by accessing profile. Also checking other posters comments on threads I’d not usually read, so I may quote other poster’s earlier comments where they may support my arguement and against their current opposition to my point. Now you are putting me to much more work to do this.

    And, if we have to suffer Discus, at least can we have a revision tool, such as those commenting through Discus on the Daily Telegraph threads have? Not all of us wish to parade our illiteracy to posterity……..

  • SeaanUiNeill

    Right! Sorry for the earlier complaint about the revision tool. I see I now have one, and there are at least three recent postings I’d not have been given a Cárta Buí for had there been one earlier.

  • SeaanUiNeill

    Will genuinely miss your insightful acidity, Gilbert! Please re-think…..

  • Devil Eire


  • Joe_Hoggs

    Have I done it correctly?

  • Joe_Hoggs

    In what order do comments appear?

  • Brian O’Neill

    Hi Sean if you click on your name in the top right, then go to edit settings, then click on the merge tab it should merge your old posts.

    Also you can edit your comments by clicking the edit link under your comments.

  • Brian O’Neill

    HI Joe the default order is ‘best’ comments can be voted up or down. But you can change the order in the top left of the comments area.

  • Joe_Hoggs

    Perfect that works nicely. I notice that when I log in a message comes up stating ‘you do not have sufficient privledges to acceess this page,’ to get around this I exit the site and go back on.

    Also is it always necessary to log-on twice e.g. Slugger and Disqus?

  • Brian O’Neill

    Basically if you are only commenting only ever login to disqus. The slugger login is now only for the writers.

  • Joe_Hoggs

    Thanks, that explains the privledges error message.
    One final query – active topics don’t appear along the top right hand side of the screen and some of the older topics such as “Weak Parade’s Commisson” have lost a lot of posts.

  • Mister_Joe

    Didn’t notice that about the order. I like it. It was a pet peeve of mine having to click “end” button to see the latest comments. There are a lot of things I like about the revamped site.

  • SeaanUiNeill

    Thanks Brian, waiting to see if its going to happen! Just noticed the revision tool. Perhaps I can now have sober second thoughts and actually cut out the small inconsequentialities that used to get me yellow carded! Again, thanks.

  • Reader

    Looks like I don’t actually need to register with disqus?

  • Reader

    Or actually, maybe that’s exactly what I just did…

  • Comrade Stalin

    Don’t go SoS. Give it a bit of time and you’ll get used to it.

  • Annie AuldIrn

    To re-iterate Pete Baker’s earlier comment:
    “The active discussions don’t appear to be updating.”

    Is anyone investigating?

  • McSlaggart


    Black ball Mc Slaggart

    Disqus is not a good idea for anyone who does not want their posts to be directly attributed to their real self.

    You should post tips how to remain invisible on line if you are going to use such a service.

    Bye I was glad to give you the fish.

  • bad eddie

    Looks great – my first comment – yero

  • mjh

    Just posted my first comment since the change. Was rewarded with a pop-up profile which informed me that I was a “bat lover and superhero” and that I live in Gotham City.
    Is there another mjh out there? Or………

  • MalikHills

    So we can’t log in under our old Slugger identities then, have all my pearls of wisdom, I’ve been posting here under my old name since 2005, disappeared?

  • GranniTrixie

    Thought I’d never make it. Glad to check in.