Double Messages and Updating Argh


Nicole and Micki are getting double notifications from this blog.  Is anybody else?  If so, could you explain in the comments so Mollie can fix it?  I’m assuming this is part of the transfer of the blog from one to server to another–and we were so sneaky about it, too–so it should be fixable.  

And while you’re at it, you might mention anything you think might be improved or added here–that got you “Like” buttons and Good Book Thursdays last time–and we’ll talk about it. I will get the WIP tab above filled in with content, I’m just not sure how much.  I hit you with a ton of pages last Dec/Jan, and I think that was overwhelming.   And I’ll keep going through and cleaning the place up.  We’ve got almost two thousand posts on here; thatsa lotta words to wade through and recategorize.  Argh.

 

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39 thoughts on “Double Messages and Updating Argh

  1. Headings would be amazing. Heading 1 for the main sections as they are now, with Heading 2 for parent messages and Heading 3 for the child messages. This would do so much toward making responding something other than a massive slog for me, as right now I have to go through every message or reboot my screen reader to do a search. (It’s got some issues, so if it’s been running fr more than a few minutes it doesn’t want to pop up child windows to do things like searches or link lists) And why doesn’t every reply have a respond link below it?

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    1. Last question: The blog will only nest so far. I think it’s five replies but it might be less. That’s because the comments section is the thing that most often breaks the blog; we get into the 200s and it goes haywire, which is why I end comments there and start a “continued” post.

      I’m going to copy your comment to Mollie, but she might need more info from you to understand it. Is it all right if she e-mails you?

      Edited to add: “message” means “comment,” right?

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      1. Yes, it’s fine if she emails me. I can’t give her specific code, because it’s been a decade and a half since I fiddled with any web page code, but I can give her plenty of description regarding what I’m typing about.

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        1. She can do the code. She just needs to understand what you’re asking for.
          We want the blog to be accessible to anybody, so this is a good ask. I don’t know if it’s possible, but it’s great that you brought it up.

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          1. Of course, and I’m happy to help. I suspect, based on what I knew back in the day, it’s simple to do, but I don’t know what CMS you’re using, so it might be a bit more to work out. In HTML it would be as easy as changing a text style for the targets.
            And BTW, I don’t seem to be getting double messages on this post.

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    2. If Mollie figures out how to put nested headings into the comments, I’d love to know how she did it. I’m suspecting your blog is within WordPress. I maintain 6 wordpress sites for an organization where I’d implement the solution on their blog(s). Right now your comments don’t have titles, just our names, so it will be interesting to see what Mollie wraps the heading around and how to get it to automatically nest correctly.

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      1. If it’s that tricky, I’m guessing she won’t do it. We do want it to be accessible for the visually impaired (especially since that’s going to be me with a few years), but if it takes a great deal of programming, she just won’t have time. If I ever finish Nita, we’ll get another professional redesign and then we can find a program that has that included.

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  2. The blog must be mobile friendly to all the browsers. Sometimes, during the last change, the page took so much ?something? (processing power – I don’t know), that it such the pages down and closed the browser.

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  3. I’m not having any issues with the blog so I’m going to talk about your “I hit you with a ton of pages last Dec/Jan, and I think that was overwhelming. ” comment.

    No, no, no! We like being overwhelmed. If it’s too much for me to read in one sitting, I keep coming back and reading a little more each day. More is better. I’m greedy that way.

    On the other hand, if adding more content and cleaning/organized the blog is cutting into your writing time, stick with the writing. Writing comes first.

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  4. Not getting double notifications but love Good Book Thursday and never worry about dumping too much material on us. We’re readers!

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  5. It would be great if the “Recent Comments” list could be increased. I don’t like getting subscription e-mails in general, so haven’t subscribed, so I use the Recent Comments to backtrack if I need to. However sometimes I miss comments if there have been a lot between my visits.

    Other than that I’m happy to be hit with a ton of pages, whenever you want 🙂

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  6. The only thing I can think of on the double notifications is to turn your computer off and on. Seriously. I’m thinking it has to be a cache problem since not everybody is getting doubles. I could be wrong, but it’s amazing how often turning the computer off and back on again solves my glitches.

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  7. I’m not getting double notifications, so that’s good news. But you’re saying there supposed to be a Like button now, and I’m not getting it either. I love the Like button. I want it, and usually, it appears just below the post. But I don’t see it here.

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    1. Like buttons are the hearts under the comments. I don’t think we have them on the posts. (I just assume you like everything and if not you’ll let me know in the comments (g).)

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      1. Whenever I hit the like button I get a broken heart. I don’t know if that shows up on anyone’s monitor than mine. I am hesitant to hit the like button because people might think someone is dissing her comment. I just hit the like button on this comment and Olga’s for example and the broken heart is showing on my screen.

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        1. I saw that someone (presumably you) has liked those comments, and the heart was whole, not broken. Then I liked a comment myself and the heart changed to a broken heart. So I suspect the broken heart means you’ve liked it and can’t like it again.

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        2. Broken heart just means that I have liked it. And I don’t think it’s possible to unlike it — I think the computer ignores that request. I see whole hearts on the items that other people have liked but I haven’t like yet. So, I don’t think it’s showing up as negative things for other people — the broken heart is just for the breaker’s eyes only.

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        3. Heart means you like it.

          Broken heart means you changed your mind and you want to Un-like it.

          So when you hit the heart, the number in the box should go up one and if you hit the broken heart, the number will go down one.

          Hope this helps.

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          1. I hit the heart or the first time because I appreciate your instruction, first time I’ve seen it. I got a broken heart.

            Can that be right?

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          2. Thea, as the others said, the heart ‘breaks’ and turns red when you hit it, just to show you that it’s registered your like. I haven’t tried hitting it again to cancel.

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          3. And now I’ve tried Bridget’s hit-again-to-cancel, but it doesn’t work. I really don’t think we need to be able to cancel a like here.

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  8. Sorry, haven’t been on the internet. I only got three double messages, which I will list at the bottom, and I only mentioned it because Nicole said something. I figured if there was a problem, someone could triangulate on it. Right now, I’m only getting single messages.

    Now that I have the like button, I’m pretty happy.

    Now, here’s the list:
    Nancy Sorensen comment # 138631 on What Makes a Story Unputdownable?
    Jenny comment # 138632 on What Makes a Story Unputdownable?
    Courtney De comment # 138635 on What Makes a Story Unputdownable?

    The next message I got was one for Good Book Thursday, and it came singly. (138638)

    Sometimes the internet burps; if it’s only the two of us, that’s not bad percentagewise.

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      1. When the heart at the bottom is whole and the number is zero, I click the heart to indicate I like the comment. What pops up is a riven heart and the number 1+.
        The broken heart is — wait for it — disheartening. Is that symbol indicating a like?

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        1. Something else: After all these years of reading, I decided to subscribe to this blog through RSS. When I click on the Subscribe indication, I travel to this same site in a slightly different format. There seems to be nowhere to enter my contact information.
          What am I doing wrong?

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          1. Hi Thea, This link should help you easily set up a subscription to Argh’s feed. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you need additional help.

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        2. If you look at the other posts, there’s a solid heart for the likes, no broken ones anywhere. The broken heart is only visible to you, just to indicate that you hit that button so you know that you liked that post.

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          1. Whoohoo. Thanks for this important bit of information. Mind at rest.

            Can you tell I’ve had experience with broken hearts, can you? Not necessarily exclusively mine.

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        3. The button tells you what you can do next. Before you have “liked” it tells you that you can like. After you have liked, it tells you you can withdraw that like. Its a classic UX problem when you shrink the interface to as little as possible – do you show what people have done or what they can do next? I think the number of messages about this show it wasn’t a very good UX decision!

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