Commenting Issues

Owing to some sluggishness on the backend, several recent posts apparently had comments unintentionally disabled.  I’ve corrected the problem manually.

Comments will go down for brief periods — intentionally — over the weekend as some cleaning up and consolidation of the databases is done.

Hopefully, the upshot will be increased site performance and an end to the sluggishness that’s plagued OTB of late.

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  1. TangoMan says:

    Is there anything you can do about the automatic bolding and text size reduction that happens in the first paragraph of a blockquote?

  2. James Joyner says:

    Oddly, I’m not seeing that. During production, blockquote text was smaller but I put the kibosh on that.

  3. TangoMan says:

    This is test comment #1. The following is a link to another post:

    While it’s yet another depressing reminder of the extent to which schools have failed to teach basic American history, or more importantly to instill in people a desire to learn about history, it’s not at all news. We’ve seen surveys like this before and I’m sure that we’ll see them again. I’m not at all certain that this means much of anything for the political system, though, because the people who are unable to identify the basic facts of American history are also unlikely to be the ones lining up at the polling place at six in the morning to cast a ballot.

    That’s one of the reasons that I’m personally not bothered by issues like low voter turnout; there seems to me to be little positive value in encouraging the willfully ignorant to participate in a system they know nothing about.

    Let’s see what happens.

  4. TangoMan says:

    I see the problem is gone. Here is an example of what I was referring to. The blockquote was automatically formatted in that fashion.

  5. G.A.Phillips says:

    With all not said and done it was very refreshing not to be able to write something I mostly regret after reading some of the comments and posts:)

  6. James Joyner says:

    TangoMan: Truly weird. I went in and looked at the source code and there was nothing that should have caused that — i.e., no extraneous code in what you posted. When I then republished, it was corrected.

  7. TangoMan says:

    I noticed that feature in some of the posts too. The first paragraph after a html link would do that and then the subsequent paragraphs would be normal. Subsequent blockquotes would format normally.

    One other bug I noticed in one of my comments was that when I bolded text within that first paragraph (which was automatically bolded and reduced in size) that the bold feature wasn’t turned off and the remainder of the comment would be bolded. That only happened to me once. I’d point you to the comment but I can’t remember which post it belonged to. I’m guessing thought that this is no longer an issue because of the bug fixes you’ve been doing. You may want to test it out though.

  8. TangoMan says:

    That blockquote formatting issue has reappeared in a new comment today. Here is the link.