February 1, 2007

If you're trying to comment...

On those last two posts, you're probably getting an error message, right? I'll just assume you're out there, sharing the hate... But I'm afraid readers are abandoning me because the site has become so sluggish... or because they're waiting to see evidence of updates in the feed.


vbspurs said...


I feel bad for you, Ann.

Don't start the day out on the wrong foot. Turn that frown, upside down!



PeterP said...

Can be very slow to load the site, comments are occasionally rejected, the word verification doesn't always work and if you make the wrong choice about viewing secure/non-secure items on a page it collapses all together.

Apart from that all is fine.

Usual technological advance thing. No big deal. Quite habitually comforting really.

[Comment rejected twice. Third time lucky?]

AllenS said...

Click no on the first "Security Information"

Click yes on the next one to go back.

AllenS said...

If you get a server error, click refresh. Doesn't fix anything, but allows an addict to keep getting his fix of the drug Althouse.

Barry Pike said...

Not to just, you know, pile on, but, yes, it does suck. If it doesn't get better PDQ, I'm going to bail.

Joan said...

One of my favorite Heinlein quotes: Anything free is worth what you paid for it..

I've been irked by New Blogger ever since I switched a few months ago, but I'm not so invested in my blog that I'll actually purchase a better system like TypePad. Then again, it hasn't been taking me 17 clicks to get a comment published. I don't know what that's all about.

Ann, you've said that you make a not insignificant amount from ad revenues. You could certainly afford to pay someone to port the blog and set up everything all nice and pretty for you if you're really so bothered.

I'm figuring that it is, as Peter Pallada says, typical upgrade-itis. They'll work out the quirks eventually. Or they won't, and people will leave them in droves, and their revenue model will collapse.

I also wouldn't worry about a one-day drop in traffic because you were offline or subjected to slower response time for a day or two. It sounds a bit obsessive, you know? Unbecoming.

Simon said...

I don't think any of the regulars are going to abandon ship.

Allen - perhaps it could go something like this:

I (don't) want a new blog
One that wont go away
One that wont keep me up all night
One that wont make me sleep all day

One that wont make me nervous
Wondering what to do
One that makes me feel like I feel when I'm with you

I'm such a dork. LOL. You know those mac commercials with the stuffy PC guy and the hip, cool mac guy? I'm definitely the PC guy. ;)

MadisonMan said...

Guess I'll keep my own miserable blog in original blogger land.

I'm guessing the kinks will originally be worked out.

Anonymous said...

Like Madison Man, I'll probably keep my decidedly miserable blog in Blogger-land.

Althouse will have to do differently.

Althouse is in the process of committing blogging suicide and should move to another service immediately.

The experience on this blog is now totally unacceptable, and there will be few readers willing to put up with interminable delays and server errors.

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Simon said...

Theo -
"The experience on this blog is now totally unacceptable, and there will be few readers willing to put up with interminable delays and server errors."

I don't think Ann's blogging attracts fairweather friends any more than it creates fairweather enemies. This is just a bump in the road. It'll pass.

Ann Althouse said...

Sippican: I hope the blog reappears and suspect it will. I have been backing up my blog with Webgrabber out of fear it will all disappear some day.

Blogger has had off days before. I've been very supportive of them when they have, but I'm really mad about this feed thing, which is obviously hurting my traffic, and when that is combined with the general sluggishness and frequent error messages, I can't take it any more.

But Blogger has no reason to cater to me -- other than the bad press I can give them -- because their business is about the millions of little blogs, though why these people think it's worth it to have AdSense I don't know.

Laura Reynolds said...

Google reminds me of early 1990s Windows, when they gave up any pretence of product support, "we're big enough now, you're on your own"

Who are you going to complain to?

These guys are big thinkers and more than willing to tell us what's right but how you treat the little guy especially in the PRC, tells me you're not so much more than a modern version of a Dickesian workhouse manager. And we are Olivers with a Pentium Twist.

Conserve Liberty said...

Hi - just thought I'd bump the traffic counter and tell you that a little latency doesn't bother me, but I did experience a withdrawal event during the conversion. However, I do not have and DO NOT WANT a Google account - thankfully, if the tiny text below the inx to log in with my Google account is correct ("You can also use your Blogger account."), I'll be able to post this.
my blogger UserId

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vbspurs said...

This reply is for Dr. Helen. *waves*

You have hit on the 4 archetypes of commenters, and described them well.

But in analysing "types", sometimes I feel that psychiatrists overread or misconstrue interpersonal dynamics so much, as to be a bit comedic.

(My mum is a child psychiatrist, so I have seen this phenomenon first hand...)

Take my reply, e.g., which was the very first one in the thread.

At face value, it's one of those positive, friendly replies you characterised as 'helpful'.

And, at heart, it was. I thought the photo would make Ann smile, as well as my fellow Althousians.

But I was also taking the mickey, as is my wont, by making fun of the situation in my own way.

That is my narcissicist compulsion to remove myself from a given situation, and yet, be a part of it by aiming to circumvent its self-important, serious nature, as if to suggest I'm above it all.

Dr. Helen, people know who they are. And sometimes, they are all 4 of the people you describe, because the bundle of neuroses and goodnes that we human beings are, can't fit into neat categories.

I'm sure you are well aware of that, but hey.