Your Miscellaneous Comments

Cidu Bill on Mar 16th 2017

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51 Responses to “Your Miscellaneous Comments”

  1. larK Mar 16th 2017 at 08:44 pm 1

    I’ve built an archive for the recent comments, so you can see more than just the last 10 or 15 or whatever it’s set to. CIDUBill has even linked to it below the Recent Comments.

  2. Arthur Mar 16th 2017 at 08:58 pm 2

    Thank you. I’m pleased to see that it even works without
    requiring active scripting.

  3. Olivier Mar 17th 2017 at 05:12 am 3

    This is great. Thank you.

  4. Kilby Mar 17th 2017 at 08:31 am 4

    @ larK (1) - I’m not sure whether it would be possible, but is there any chance that your harvester script could build a parallel list of threads (posts), in the order of the most recent comment in each thread? That way, an old post that receives a new comment would bubble to the top of that list.

  5. larK Mar 17th 2017 at 01:33 pm 5

    Kilby: I aim to please ;-)

    The new drop down has threads from the last 7 days in order of which has had a comment most recently.

  6. larK Mar 17th 2017 at 05:20 pm 6

    To clarify: the drop down has active threads from the last 7 days, in order of most recent comment. They can all be ancient threads, as long as they have a recent comment; conversely, a new thread, if it has no comments, will not be listed.

  7. Mitch4 Mar 18th 2017 at 09:11 am 7

    Thanks for trying out these tabs. They seem to be working as intended! May I suggest that the color scheme is somewhat unintuitive — I would expect the brighter one to be the selected one and the dark ones to be the in selected ones.

  8. Mitch4 Mar 18th 2017 at 09:16 am 8

    Thanks, larK, for that cool tool! And Kilby for the excellent twist!

  9. Kevin A Mar 18th 2017 at 11:56 am 9

    I noticed today that all the comments, that were still in the FAQ two days ago, are gone (or not visible). Any comment :-)

  10. larK Mar 18th 2017 at 12:08 pm 10

    @ Kevin: I have two comments: 1) all the comments you refer to aside from your recent one are from last year and beyond, so outside my gathering period; 2) it’s very weird: you click on the FAQ tab, you get no comments; you use my archive to find your recent comment and click on it, and there is the thread, old comments and all. I assume the two got disassociated somehow in being promoted to a tab rather than just a mere thread, and the tabbed version doesn’t show comments, ever? But if you post a comment, it goes to the thread, but the only link to the thread is the Recent Comments link, not anything on the tab…

  11. larK Mar 18th 2017 at 01:17 pm 11

    Cool: If a comment makes it out of moderation in time for it to still be within the last 10 comments on the RSS feed, then my system pops it to the top rather than putting it in its proper place in the flow. Technically speaking, this is a bug, but I think many of us (certainly me) prefer this behavior, so I’m not gonna “fix” it.

    CIDUBill: is it possible to up the number of comments in the RSS feed from the ten it currently has?

  12. Cidu Bill Mar 18th 2017 at 01:23 pm 12

    “Comments in the FAQ,” Kevin? I didn’t there had been any yet.

  13. Cidu Bill Mar 18th 2017 at 01:28 pm 13

    LarK, the RSS feed is something WordPress sets up by default. I hadn’t known there WAS one until somebody mentioned it.

    I’ll root around and try to figure out how to change the number.

  14. Kilby Mar 18th 2017 at 03:43 pm 14

    @ larK (11) & Bill (13) - Is the “7 days” you mentioned @6 because the archive system is only 7 days old, or is that an effect of the RSS feed only providing results for the last seven days? If the latter, can that be upped to two weeks or a month? That would make this an awesome tool for catching up after a two-week vacation.

  15. larK Mar 18th 2017 at 04:07 pm 15

    It’s an arbitrary limit I put in to keep the drop down list from getting too long.

    I think you’ll find, though, that after your two week vacation, you can just set the two date fields to the time period in question, and set the number of comments to 1000 or similarly large number, and have all the “recent” comments from the two week period.

    Being as the my archive hasn’t even been in place for a week yet, I’ll leave it at 7 days for now and see how ugly it gets, and you can try the other aspects of the system. If you still feel that it would benefit from covering a longer time period of recent comments, I can always change it.

  16. B.A. Mar 20th 2017 at 05:18 pm 16

    Tom Batiuk named the fictional comic book company in his strip after HIMSELF?

  17. Kevin A Mar 22nd 2017 at 12:09 pm 17

    @Cidu Bill
    So that’s why you never replied there (and maybe told us to skedaddle); :-) :-) comments have been accumulating there for years, for lack of a general comment area, I guess.
    Since there were comments since 2009, I thought I could add mine there (and, honest to god, thought I’d ask about a general comment area).

  18. Cidu Bill Mar 22nd 2017 at 12:29 pm 18

    Kevin A, I probably went a year or two between looking at the old FAQ page.

  19. mitch4 Mar 22nd 2017 at 11:24 pm 19

    So, over in “Sshh” there was the admin comment We seem to have our consensus, so I’m shutting down comments. Bill, I don’t think I’ve seen that here before. Trying out admin tools? Or concern the only place for a tangent to go would be serious political fighting?

    Just saying, one of the joys of CIDU has been the tradition of productive tangent farming. Not that I had anything special to add on this one, tho.

  20. Cidu Bill Mar 23rd 2017 at 12:56 am 20

    You nailed it, Mitch4: once the question was answered, I didn’t see any gain in stepping into the Trump minefield.

    For the record, that tool was always available, and I have used it in the past, but very, very rarely.

  21. larK Mar 25th 2017 at 09:30 pm 21

    So Kilby, my recent comments hack has been running for a little over a week now. The drop down list still has every subject that came up since its inception (the first one all the way at the bottom is “Testifying” — no one has commented there, and it will certainly fall off the list by Thursday, unless someone adds a comment to it).

    What do you think? Is it unwieldy yet, or could it be twice as long (if I upped the limit to two weeks instead of the current 7 days)? I see what you’re saying about being able to catch up, but what is the golden mean?

  22. larK Apr 3rd 2017 at 07:51 pm 22

    So, what’s with the sudden revival of threads from 2009? Did I miss something?

  23. Cidu Bill Apr 3rd 2017 at 08:26 pm 23

    Do they all seem to be resurrected by the same person? That might go a long way toward explaining it.

  24. larK Apr 3rd 2017 at 11:01 pm 24

    no, it seems at least two people independently chose today to resurrect threads from 2009 — weird.

  25. Cidu Bill Apr 4th 2017 at 12:30 am 25

    I’m seeing three ancient threads resurrected by Jayk.

  26. larK Apr 4th 2017 at 01:11 pm 26

    Winter Wallaby revived one from (ok, not 2009) 2008:

  27. DemetriosX Apr 7th 2017 at 06:57 am 27

    Heh, Fleenguy Gary Tyrrell has his own IBB. Check the Spam of the Day at the bottom of today’s post:

  28. B.A. Apr 19th 2017 at 05:02 pm 28

    The Squirrel never deserved to die as much as he does today.

  29. sanford sklansky May 7th 2017 at 12:42 am 29

    I assume 9 Chickweed Lane is on vacation?

  30. B.A. Jul 12th 2017 at 02:10 pm 30

    Why am I suddenly, after all these years, receiving e-mail notifications about new messages on threads I’ve commented on?

  31. Cidu Bill Jul 12th 2017 at 06:54 pm 31

    You are not, I’m sure, expecting any sort of useful response from me.

  32. James Pollock Jul 13th 2017 at 12:40 am 32

    I’ll go ahead and provide the technical answer.

    Unseen forces are at work.

  33. Arthur Jul 13th 2017 at 01:02 am 33

    B.A., the answer comes from deep in my quotes file:

    The overwhelming likelihood is that you are the unfortunate victim of the
    “ordinary strange shit and bugs” that plague computer systems.

  34. Cidu Bill Jul 13th 2017 at 02:43 am 34

    I thought the technical answer is “reboot the machine.”

  35. B.A. Jul 14th 2017 at 08:22 pm 35

    I got to sound clever today by stealing from paraphrasing Cidu Bill: “If in doubt, Cole Porter lyrics are always about sex.”

  36. larK Aug 4th 2017 at 09:31 am 36

    So I stumbled across this site that had statistics on the CIDU site:

    So according to this site, all you “overseas readers” are actually just Russian hackers…

  37. Olivier Aug 4th 2017 at 10:07 am 37

    What about the mysterious 15.3% neither from the USA (83.3%) nor from Russia (1.4%)?
    I’m a Frenchman usually working in Belgium but currently in England.

  38. Kilby Aug 4th 2017 at 10:56 am 38

    @ Olivier (37) - Perhaps the remainder is divided so finely that no other country cracks the 1% line? Unlikely, of course, but possible.

  39. B.A. Aug 4th 2017 at 04:58 pm 39

    Regarding the August 4 Frazz (

    Can we beat the smugness out of him now? Please?

  40. James Pollock Aug 4th 2017 at 05:17 pm 40

    “Can we beat the smugness out of him now? Please?”

    I think the point is that he ISN’T an athlete because he’s particularly good at it. He’s an athlete because he loves doing it. It’s a lot easier to be humble/classy when the stakes are low.

  41. B.A. Aug 4th 2017 at 05:33 pm 41

    There’s nothing classy about correcting somebody and telling them they should call you classy. In italics, no less.

  42. Kilby Aug 4th 2017 at 06:01 pm 42

    @B.A. (41) - I was just about to hunt through the comments here for something in italics when I realized you were referring to Frazz @39. That font isn’t really “italic”, but it is some sort of emphasis.

  43. B.A. Aug 4th 2017 at 06:04 pm 43

    I was being kind: that ornate font was FAR more obnoxious than italics.

  44. James Pollock Aug 4th 2017 at 07:26 pm 44

    “There’s nothing classy about correcting somebody and telling them they should call you classy.”

    OK. but, a technicality, Frazz didn’t do either of these things. At least, not in the cartoon linked at 39.

  45. Kilby Sep 4th 2017 at 08:08 am 45

    @ larK (1) - I have a new idea for a potentially (very) useful feature (even though I have doubts about its practicality):
    Would it be possible to add a “tag” filter, to search through all threads that carry a particular tag?
    I was hunting for a comment that I new was in a “Barney & Clyde” thread, but I didn’t know which one it was.

  46. larK Sep 4th 2017 at 09:07 am 46

    Kilby: I don’t collect tag information, only thread (title), link, user, and date (see the RSS feed) — so, the data’s not there, and I don’t see an easy way to start collecting it for the future. :-(

  47. Kevin A Sep 11th 2017 at 11:56 pm 47

    On this special day in the life of Edda and Amos, I want to thank CIDU for introducing me to “9 Chickweed Lane”; it has been an especially moving part of my life. When I’m lucky enough to have work, it is the only comic I check in on regularly. It hits the spot that moves me to be more direct and honest, and their love, and their willingness to be themselves and express themselves, inspires me. I think I’ve been reading it for between 15 and 20 years.

  48. B.A. Oct 18th 2017 at 03:21 pm 48

    Has anybody else had enough of the unpleasant storyline featuring the unpleasant Leslie and his unpleasant mother (who interact with one another like bitter former lovers) in Luann?

  49. Olivier Oct 26th 2017 at 02:30 am 49

    I’m sorry the “more recent comments” button doesn’t work any more: it was very useful to me.

  50. larK Oct 26th 2017 at 09:14 pm 50

    Sorry Olivier, we upgraded the server this week, and still haven’t worked out all the kinks. It will be fixed soon. Meanwhile, you can use this link to get there:

  51. Olivier Oct 27th 2017 at 02:40 am 51

    All fixed, I see: thanks !

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