Weblog update: fixed some problems

Sorry about the comment outage a few hours ago. I had to reset the Spam Karma logs and forgot I was supposed to reinitialize them, hence the error. The problem was that some people (including Ross McKitrick) immediately fell foul of the spam filter so I had to tell Spam Karma that these were nice people again. Let me know if you feel unjustly labelled a spammer…

Also fixed (although I don’t know why it stopped working) is the live comment preview. When you start typing your comment, a preview of what it looks like with all the tags in place appears below the comment box.

For Steve, he’s got his file uploader back (this is all background stuff that WordPress users will know about but everyone else could care less about)

There are some other little tweaks I might experiment with which will improve the look of the site somewhat, and give more superpowers for Steve.

Oh well, back to reading the R manual….


  1. TCO
    Posted Apr 2, 2006 at 10:35 AM | Permalink

    I lost several posts (that had been on the site). A few were spammy/trolly, but one was short and good content and not even machine-gun interrogation.

  2. fFreddy
    Posted Apr 2, 2006 at 11:07 AM | Permalink

    When did the world stop saying “I couldn’t care less about…” and start saying “I could care less about …” ?
    Makes no sense.

  3. JerryB
    Posted Apr 2, 2006 at 1:07 PM | Permalink


    My guess about the “I could care less” form is an implied “if I tried hard enough”. I remember being puzzled when I first heard that form. It was over 30 years ago in NYC.

  4. ET SidViscous
    Posted Apr 2, 2006 at 1:43 PM | Permalink

    Alternatively the implied

    “I could care less” “But I don’t see how.”

  5. John A
    Posted Apr 2, 2006 at 3:26 PM | Permalink

    Everyone’s a critic

  6. Paul
    Posted Apr 2, 2006 at 4:56 PM | Permalink

    I’m not sure where this belongs, or “how” it belongs, but it seemed relevant to me. I’d like to be on the positive side, even if I don’t live in Britain.

  7. John A
    Posted Apr 2, 2006 at 5:23 PM | Permalink

    Re #6

    It’s not easy to be positive against cynical abuse of the public by special interest groups. It looks like recklessness and delusional optimism.

    There are many things wrong with the world, but in order to best address them, we need to find out which are real and which are imaginary, and of the real ones, what can we do about them.

  8. ET SidViscous
    Posted Apr 2, 2006 at 5:28 PM | Permalink

    Lot of good articles like that on the telegraph in the past few days. Chuck out Junkscience for a few more, and drudge has a couple of good articles at the moment, one in particular from George Will.

    Funnily enough last night I was just thinking about this as the current Doom show on Discovery to come from England is Megaflood, after supervolcano, and the superasteroid etc. etc. etc. all produced in England I assume they are showed over there even more.

    How the people of England can bring themselves to get out of bed for all the doom around them I have no idea.

  9. Chris Chittleborough
    Posted Apr 2, 2006 at 10:50 PM | Permalink

    Thanks, John A, for fixing this problem and all your other work on this site.

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