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[Note Additions at Bottom]

I’ve released a new version of the website software, incorporating various changes. As usual, please refresh your browser so that the updated CSS and Javascript files will load and your pages will render properly.

(1) Based on a suggestion by Steve, I spent a couple of days building an “infinite scrolling” module into the blogs. Now, when you visit a blog only a handful of posts initially appear, reducing the page load time. However, as you scroll downwards, a Javascript function automatically pulls in additional posts with no upper limit, so that if you scrolled long enough every post would eventually appear. By eliminating multiple pages, this prevents older posts from being more easily forgotten. I was a little concerned about the possible performance, but by using a few tricks it seems quite good.

(2) Several people have complained that the blogs lacked any “table of contents,” providing a quick overview of the recent posts. This already existed, but to make it more obvious, I’ve added a “Teasers” link near the top. It provides convenient access to the full list of posts with short teasers.

(3) I have recently added new columnists, and will be doing so again in the future, gradually producing a list which may be inconveniently long for some readers. Therefore, I have also built a feature allowing the selection of columnists to be “customized,” with individual readers choosing which less interesting or agreeable ones they wish to demote to the bottom. The selection popup is accessed by clicking the menu icon ☰ next to the Columnist heading on the Home page, and the settings are saved in a cookie. With this feature in place, perhaps readers will stop objecting so much to those columnists they dislike.

(4) I spent some time moving more of the cookie-controlled layout parameters into Javascript, thereby allowing the cached HTML pages to be much more efficient. I’d think readers should have seen substantial improvements in page load times compared to a couple of weeks ago.

(5) One or two people missed the standard Sidebar on the old Mobile version. Therefore, I’ve added a Summary selection at the front of the top menu of the Mobile version, taking you to a page providing a convenient list of all the columnists and bloggers, together with their most recent writings.

(6) Based on reader requests, I’ve restored the old Facebook Share button.

(7) Comments in a long thread may be accessed in various different ways, including via the hover-popup windows in other comments to which they are connected, and this might cause users to waste their time rereading comments they’d already examined earlier on the thread. Therefore, after a comment appears in a hover-popup window the body of that comment in the main text becomes slightly grayed out.

(8) Since most readers are now already familiar with the nature and purpose of The Review, I’m removed the block of descriptive text below the “Why The Unz Review” link on the Home page. This raises the location and visibility of the column of bloggers.


(9) A considerable number of commenters didn’t like the new “Infinite Scrolling” feature on blog pages, and this gave me the incentive to finally add the User Customization module I’d been considering. If you click the “Menu” selection near the top of the page, the last item is “User Settings,” which allows you to select your personal preferences by disabling Infinite Scrolling (or the Facebook/Twitter buttons that other people disliked). This also allows you to override the device defaults and select between the Desktop or Mobile Versions of the website. All these settings are saved in a cookie and implemented via Javascript, so they don’t interfere with HTML page caching, and I’ll probably expand the range of settings over time.

(10) Since people found the “Teasers” view of the various blogs convenient, I made these more easily accessible via links on the standard Sidebar.

(11) Full HTML page-caching has greatly reduced the load-time for pages, including those with long comment-threads, so I’ve reenabled embedded Tweets and YouTube videos in comments (see below).

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  1. Bravo, that’s some good web development! You’ve responded to feedback and striven to provide a better user experience.

  2. The functionality where you can choose your columnists isn’t showing up for me. I’m running the latest version of Firefox and using an ad blocker. I also have my browser set to always be in “private” mode. Could that be the issue?

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  3. iffen says:

    a feature allowing the selection of columnists to be “customized,” with individual readers choosing which less interesting or agreeable ones they wish to demote to the bottom


  4. Facebook …. ugh.

    Liked that this was one of the few non-fb sites left!

  5. Ron Unz says:
    @Power Child

    I think there was a bug sometimes preventing the display of the “customized Columnists” popup. It should be working now.

  6. Doesn’t the mere presence of the facebook ‘like’ button track you? That’s what I understand. I don’t have a facebook account, but I understand that even that doesn’t matter, it builds a shadow profile of you.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
    , @BurplesonAFB
  7. Ron Unz says:
    @pork pie hat

    That’s a good question. I don’t use Facebook myself, so I’m no great expert on its details, but maybe someone else knows. Anyway, the Like/Share/Tweet buttons are just too useful to avoid using, and they’ve been part of the website from the very beginning.

  8. @pork pie hat

    You can block the scripts from, which are what manages all that.

    That said, I preferred the clean, simple, retro presentation. Social media buttons detract from the aristocratic feel.

    • Replies: @European-American
  9. frizzled says:

    Good work, Mr. Unz.

    Did you ever think about a Like and Dislike button, if it could be done without commenters logged in? In my experience, it works better if you show the number of Likes and the number of Dislikes separately. You can add a threshold whereby if a comment gets over a certain number of Likes, it gets a special color added to it, or it gets a direct link underneath the post, like the NYT does.

    If I ever ended up writing my own forum software, I’d try to figure out a way to cluster comments by exactly *who* was liking and disliking them, so you could show both sides of the discussion fairly… but that’s probably insanely hard :)

  10. BubbaJoe says:

    I don’t know how difficult/worthwhile this would be, but….

    How about have a section within the comments wherein all links posted by commenters are listed. In a given Sailer post, there’s usually about 5-10 external links. Some are garbage, some are gold. It’d be nice to be able to find them all in one place, rather than scrolling through 100+ comments.

  11. Chrisalus says:

    I know you can subscribe to whole comment threads, and commenters have pages collecting all their posts — but is there presently any way to subscribe to feeds for specific commenters across articles? Or a feed for selected collections of commenters? That would be a nice addition.

  12. I, for one, hate infinite scrolling.

    It makes it difficult for me to keep track of my place on a web page. The side scroll’s use as an indication of position within a page is destroyed.

    The page starts downloading new data unprompted. The page’s cache continues to grow as I read more posts, possibly causing the browser to crash. Browsers prone to crashing (like my phone’s) are unable to read posts past a certain point downward.

    The ability to use a text search to find a specific phrase on the page is eliminated.

    I much prefer pagination.

    • Replies: @a Newsreader
  13. inertial says:

    Is it possible to give us the ability to make the teasers view the default? Especially on the mobile. Also, the new messages feature seems to no longer work, at least on Chrome. You can see “X New” but when you click on it it doesn’t take you anywhere and there is no blue highlighting. I restarted the browser and everything.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  14. Excellent Mr. Unz, now I need you to do it again using Smalltalk.

  15. Re: infinite scrolling,

    Isn’t this like when cigarette companies add extra nicotine to their product?

    I suspected this site might be the evil, addictive work of Big Brother and the Party. Now I’m sure.

    I’ll never escape!

    Damn you O’Brien!

  16. Hail says: • Website

    The new mobile “Summary” feature serves a useful purpose. Thank you.

    Other things to consider (from my perspective as a loyal near-daily reader since the Sailer move and occasional reader before that):

    1.) On the “Summary” page (which re-creates the old sidebar) listing multiple columnist articles. Many people are not daily readers of Unz Review, of course, and even those who are likely don’t read everything new any given day, given people’s time constraints. Thus, many articles may be missed (especially with lower-profile and newer writers), unless people are very keen to do a lot of clicking and scrolling. This also applies to first time visitors. They see only a very narrow selection of material from each columnist (i.e., the very most recent only). An idea to solve this and give maximum visibility to published authors’ writings: List columnists’ x most recent articles on the summary page, or most recent articles over x period of time. Thus we could browse everything easily all at once, like the true table of contents of a magazine, rather than it being a “newest material only” that gets a huge majority of attention.

    2.) The main page, to the brand new visitor (and I have directed several friends to feels slightly like the featured articles are the only material published on the site, when in fact the site is now enormous. Featured Articles is a very useful feature, but it’s far from the only thing going on at Unz Review. Maybe the “Summary” page can also be affixed to somehow to give a true overview to the complete newcomer.

    3.) On mobile, I feel a certain “dead-ending” effect. Say I am reading Steve Sailer’s recent posts and finish with the ones newest to me. Suddenly I am slightly dead-ended, not sure what to go to next, because there is not a list of links to other articles handy. The new “Summary” button eases this for me, but it does require clicking back to it each time. I am not sure how to solve this smoothly. “Back to Summary”?

  17. @BurplesonAFB

    I’ll second the support for clean, simple, retro. In general it would be nice to avoid repetitive boilerplate. I don’t want to be too critical, this is all awesome, but there is a danger of bloat, so here’s my problem and a suggestion for a solution:


    Every comment now includes this line of text:


    and many have this longer line:


    Every article now has a line with icons and text like this:

    f Like f Share t Tweet X Email


    Have boilerplate stuff hidden under a little arrow or “Tools” text.

    For most articles and comments, I won’t need to access those tools. My eyes will thank you for not showing me this repetitive stuff.

    In the relatively rare cases where I do want to share, reply, star, like, print, email, thread, etc… I won’t mind an extra click.

    Thank you for your great work!

    • Replies: @European-American
  18. frizzled says:

    Mr. Unz, did you happen to just break the preview feature?

  19. Svigor says:

    Whatever you did, now my comments don’t show up as “waiting for moderation” after I make them. They just disappear. Seems to be the case whether I have JS turned off, as usual, or turned on.

    Doesn’t the mere presence of the facebook ‘like’ button track you? That’s what I understand. I don’t have a facebook account, but I understand that even that doesn’t matter, it builds a shadow profile of you.

    If you use Firefox or a Firefox-derived browser like Pale Moon (recommended; no homo), install the Ghostery addon. It blocks all that junk.

    • Replies: @Hippopotamusdrome
  20. New comments used to be highlighted in blue and clicking on “New Comments” in the description would jump to those comments. Both features seem to be disabled now.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  21. Ron Unz says:
    @Chris Mallory

    Those problems, as well as those with the comment-editing feature, the “under moderation” message, and a couple of others, were apparently caused by incompatibility between the newer third-party WordPress caching module and various other subsystems. We’ve reverted back to the previous version, and the problems seem to have disappeared.

    Meanwhile, I’m working on the user-settings module that will allow people to disable the “infinite caching” system if they wish.

    • Replies: @Chris Mallory
  22. @Ron Unz

    I am still seeing those problems, has the revert gone live? I am using Chrome Version 43.0.2357.124 m as my browser.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  23. Well I hate to say this but this is really an excellent site in form, function and content: could perhaps use a bit more from the lunatic left just for shits and giggles.

  24. Ron Unz says:
    @Chris Mallory

    That’s strange. I tried accessing the website as a regular user on both a desktop using Chrome and an iPad using Safari, and both seemed to work fine. Maybe try refreshing your browser or something.

  25. @a Newsreader

    Having read some more justifications for the infinite scroll feature, and having used the “Teasers” link on Steve Sailer’s blog today, I am comfortable with infinite scroll here. Unlike other sites that use infinite scroll, is not a bloated mess, and it actually works pretty well.

  26. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    I use an iPad and iPhone 6 Plus for all Internet (and book) reading. works extremely well all the time, everywhere, even when the phone signal is weak.

    There is one feature which would be really nice and educational for readers of Sailer, Khan, Derb, et al. To have an Unzipedia feature where you could click on idiosyncratic terms or shorthand to get its definition, background info, and maybe an example. E.g., NAMs, SJWs, WWG, World War T, Moynihan’s Law, etc. And maybe some frequently used terms which not are not specific to but used a lot by commenters, e.g., Overton window.

  27. @Svigor

    Firefox addon:
    NoScript [javascript]
    Shows list of all js on page. Allows selective blocking of each one, including

  28. Leopold says:

    Ron, have you considered open sourcing this content system you’ve designed? The comment system especially is the best I’ve ever used on any site. Great job regardless.

  29. Feature request.

    Have a page with edit box you can enter SQL queries. Another page could have a list of common queries, with each one linkable.

    Show comments posted today on articles by Steve and Unz:

    SELECT comment
    FROM comments
    WHERE ((author == Steve) OR (author == Unz)) AND (date == today)
    ORDER BY time_posted DESC

    This query could be made to be a link on the common queries page and could be clicked and bookmarked.

    Comment could have an extra “hashtags” field.
    WHERE (hashtag == “golf”)

  30. Ron Unz says:

    I’ve now added the “User Settings” module, allowing people to override the “Infinite Scrolling” about which many complained.

    Also, since caching has greatly improved page-load performance, I’ve now fully reenabled the automatic expansion of YouTube videos and Tweets in comments, as below:

  31. Ron Unz says:

    I just discovered that for a wide range of situations, a caching/Javascript problem has caused the “new comments” features—tinting them in blue and allowing readers to jump to the first—to no longer work.

    The problem’s a little tricky but definitely fixable, and I should be able to get it resolved within the next day or so.

  32. @European-American

    UPDATE: just saw the user setting, thanks! (I’d prefer opt in than opt out, but hey, it solves my personal problem now that I know how, anyway)

    And yeah, as others said, the Facebook (especially) and Twitter web bugs after each article make me nervous. If I had my druthers, would I choose to inform Facebook every time I visit Of course not.

    > the Like/Share/Tweet buttons are just too useful to avoid using

    Possibly for some, or for you all as content providers, definitely not for me. In any case, having one extra click to enable the share / “social” / web-spying tools seems an OK compromise. The wins: less clutter, distraction, and page load, and less suspicion of unintentional furthering of Zuckerberg’s schemes. The losses: tools slightly less easy to discover for those few who care, and one extra click.

  33. Tom_R says:


    Mr. Unz, I am sorry to bother you, and I do not know where else to report this, but I have noticed that, unlike most other writers, Mr. Razib Khan does not approve comments that disagree with him. This has happened to me on several occasions. Even national figures like Pat Buchanan and PCR allow comments that criticize them (they are so generous, they allow even derogatory ones) but Razib Khan does not accept even the most intelligent and well-referenced comments, if they disagree with him.

    For example, I posted the below comment twice on his post about “Aryan Invasion is Not Fantasy”, and was about the 4th to comment, but he did not approve it. As you can see, the comment is proper.

    I hope you will look into this matter and take appropriate remedial steps.


    The migration of Indo-Europeans from the Pontic Caspian Steppe (eg. Yamnaya Culture) to Europe, as far west as Aryaland (Ireland) and south to Aryaan (Iran) and places in between is an established fact and now proven by linguistics, archeology and genetics. These people called themselves Aryans is a well established fact, as is evident from the Rig Veda, the oldest text in the world that dates back to about 2000 to 1000 BCE.

    I have studied this topic for decades and happen to be more knowledgeable than the average person, and I want to clear up some misconceptions:

    1. The Indo-Europeans who entered these areas were NOT barbarians. This is quite offensive. The Indo-Europeans who invented the chariot that enabled them international travel in 2000 BC and wrote the wonderful hymns of the Rig Veda (and other similar books carried to the West also, but which were destroyed by Christianity in Europe and Islam in Iran/Syria) were probably the most advanced civilization of their times.

    2. It is presumed that Europe was already populated by some other people before the Indo-Europeans arrived. That may be incorrect. Or the people who were already there were Europeans who had arrived from the Pontic Caspian Steppe in previous waves, millennia before, we do not know.

    3. The Indo-Europeans were indeed white and some were blonde. The latter fact is evident from the Rig Veda where Indra, the God of Thunder (Thor in European mythology) has golden hair.

    “Thou, thou, when praised by men who sacrificed of old. hadst pleasure in their lauds, O Indra golden-haired.”

    4. You say blondes developed in-situ in Europe. But Europe is a modern geographical designation–there was no Europe in ancient times. Secondly, the Pontic Caspian Steppe is in modern Ukraine, which is exactly in Europe!

  34. iffen says:


    There is nothing wrong with Razib’s comment policy. He actually reads his comments.

    He likes for you to cite facts on the topic at hand; very few, if any, are found in your comment.

    He will publish opinions, just keep them short and on topic.

    Political lapdogs like Buchanan very likely do not read their comments so you are free to write whatever you want.

  35. Yeah, I have a comment or two..

    First, get rid of all columnists with whom I disagree. Or alternatively, force them to write only columns with which I agree. An example would be guys like Razib Khan always going on about DNA. Now I’ve never cared much for DNA as an acronym and therefore it must be changed to the more friendly “DAN.” Then, once Razib has switched to writing about DAN, he simply must agree with me that DAN has *nothing* to do with anything. DAN doesn’t determine how tall a person may grow nor how smart he may be. And DAN can’t tell us anything about a person’s heredity either. All that stuff is decided by the angle of exit of father’s contribution, ballistics of said contribution, and orientation of mother’s left index finger seventeen seconds after father’s completion multiplied by pi and divided by moon phase. If this Razib guy knew anything, he’d know that DAN only determines triskaidekaphobia. So either Razib agrees or you must ditch him.

    Second, anyone who disagrees with me is simply wrong. And you can’t just go publishing wrong. So commenters too must all agree with me. And you must collect from them and provide to me their home addresses and employer contact info.

    Third, everything is now, has always been, and must forever be all about me. So you need to change this site’s name. You can keep the “” for now, but in bigger and bolder letters you must add, “All Praise and Glory be to Stan – the Wise, Noble, and Most Manly Man.”

    Fifth, and last, for those senseless naysayers who might say, “Hey Jackass, this ain’t your site and nobody gives a rat’s pelvic thrust what you think about the columns or columnists. This ain’t your site, it ain’t here for your benefit, and if you don’t like it start your own site where your massive base of interested readers (your grandma) can find your collected works” – for those naysayers I point out that I can skip “four” or “for” whenever I choose. Obviously everything is (IS I screech) all about me (me, me, ME – I scream hysterically)!

  36. Some follow-up since we’re a few days in here:

    Infinite scrolling has resulted in longer load times for me when using a mobile device (Motorola Charm or Blackberry Curve) connected to wifi. In fact, on the Charm, the loading never really stops.

    Also now, I notice that when I’m the first commenter on a story, after I hit “save” or “submit” or whatever, my comment doesn’t show up to allow me edit it for the usual 5 minutes–it just disappears. Checking back a couple hours later, it’s there, but of course it’s too late to edit at that point. I don’t really mind not being able to edit it–that’s a luxury I try not to take for granted–but it’s disconcerting to see it disappear like that. My first impression is always that there was a mistake.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  37. Veracitor says:

    Please add a “button” sort of like the [Hide NN Comments] “button” to jump to the end of the comments list. On a PC, scrolling down to read the more recent comments is easy, but on my mobile devices it takes a lot of swiping. Every time I refresh the page I end up back at the top of the comments.

    It would be nice to hit a “button” (doesn’t even need Javascript, just a static link to a local anchor placed right above the earlier/later post links) to jump from the top of the comments list to the bottom (I could swipe/scroll up a bit from there).

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  38. Ron Unz says:
    @Power Child

    I’ll take a look at that “first comment” bug.

    Are you still having problems on your Blackberry even if you disable “infinite scrolling” using the Menu/User Settings option on the top menu?

  39. Ron Unz says:

    Since it was so easy, I’ve now added a button/link that takes you to the bottom of the comments just as you suggested. I’ll probably release it within the next day or two, along with a long list of commenting enhancements I’ve been building.

    • Replies: @Veracitor
  40. The user settings feature is great. Thanks!

  41. The “improved” software insists on serving up the Mobile version to my Tor Browser. Some damned javascript demon insists the Mobile version is the one I should want and I can’t convince it otherwise. The Mobile version is barely useable. Could you add a link to a full version without the “helpful” demon? Preferably with a modified URL so I can bookmark the less “improved” version.

    I remember the good old days when “improvements” didn’t need quotation marks. Those were good days.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  42. Ron Unz says:
    @Intentionally Left Blank

    Have you just tried overriding the device-detection default by setting the Version to “Desktop” in the Menu/User Settings menu option near the top of the screen?

  43. Pat Casey says:

    best software enhancement yet, getting that damn good man Andrew Bacevich on here. hooorah

  44. Harold says:

    Ron, put my vote down for the agree/disagree requirements being too tight.

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