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UPDATE: I’ve now addressed a number of the comments and suggestions, fixing some bugs and adding various new small features.

https://www.unz.com/announcement/new-software-features-plus-open-thread-for-suggestionscomplaints/#comment-1936274

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Over the last few months, I’ve added quite a number of new software features to this website. Although some of these were connected with the development of my system for displaying books and other long-form content in HTML format, they are generally available on all the other posts and articles, so it makes sense to provide a summary description of them.

I’ve also come across several recent comments complaining about some of these features, claiming that they actually interfere with the use of the website, perhaps on smartphones and other Mobile devices, so this comment-thread will help me decide whether or not to modify or deactivate them in certain situations. Suggestions for additional features would also be welcome.

Here’s the brief summary listing of various new features, not exhaustive, and in no particular order:

(1) “Secure” https: protocol.

I recently switched the website over to the “secure” https protocol, which is being more and more strongly encouraged by Google and other browsers. Some of these “secure” https pages may contain residual non-secure images or other items, which generates browser warnings, so please notify me if you encounter any of these.

(2) Paragraph Double-Clicking, Linking, Bookmarking

Navigating, linking, and excerpting long-form content containing tens or hundreds of thousands of words such as books required me to build a great deal of new software, which was also activated on the rest of the website as well. Among other things, double-clicking (or pressing-and-holding) on a given paragraph tints the text and opens a series of buttons, allowing that paragraph to be linked or bookmarked, and also provides buttons to navigate to the top or bottom of the chapter or the entire page. Dragging/highlighting text with a mouse also activates those same linking and bookmarking buttons, corresponding to the highlighted text.

There have been some complaints that this feature inconveniently interferes with regular copy-and-paste operations, especially on smartphones. It would be easy for me to deactivate it by default for non-books, so I’d welcome the opinions of commenters.

(3) Bookmarking

As mentioned above, users may insert several different Bookmarks into locations in particular articles, which allow those locations to be permanently saved. Obviously, this feature is much more important for long books than for short blogposts.

(4) Tweeters Page

Although I don’t use Twitter myself, many other do, so the system now contains a Twitter Page allowing you to select up to 9 Tweeters to follow, with their most recent Tweets displayed in three columns on the screen.

(5) Columnist Customization.

For some time, the website has allowed users to modify the order in which columnists are displayed by dragging-and-dropping them, with the resulting order being saved in a permanent cookie. Columnists who publish very frequently now will also have up to three recent items from the last five days displayed on the screen. In addition, you can override these defaults and modify the number of items displayed for each columnist by positioning your mouse over a columnist bar for a couple of seconds. This opens up a selection-field, allowing you to choose 1-3 displayed items for each columnist.

(6) Automatic Comment Truncation Hiding

Many comment-threads are sometimes rendered less readable by very long comments. If the commenter is seen as worthless, he may be put on the “Ignore” list, but often this is not the case, and it is merely the length of the comment that is the problem. The User Settings popup on the top Menu now allows the “Comment Limit” to be be set to “Short” (about 400 words) or “Long” (about 1000 words), with the remainder of each comment being hidden, but fully displayable by clicking the “Read More”.

(7) Text Search Bar

Although browsers allow crude text searching using Ctrl-F, this approach doesn’t distinguish between article text, sidebar, or comments, and also lacks and/or capabilities. Most importantly, long-form works such as books are divided into numerous chapters, and the contents of these are usually hidden from the browser. Therefore, I added a much more powerful and sophisticated Search Text bar, which appears at the top of each article or post.

(8) Read Aloud

I’ve just added a “Read Aloud” feature, which reads via machine-voice the entire text of an article or a particular paragraph. It is activated by selecting “Enable Read Aloud” in the User Settings popup, which causes a “Listen” button to appear. Pressing this button begins the reading, with optional Pause/Resume/Stop features. Double-clicking on a particular paragraph allows the reading to being in that location. The default voice is “UK Female” but adding additional options would be easy.

There are quite a lot of other small recent software enhancements, but these are the ones that most immediately come to mind.

(9) Take this opportunity to provide your software suggestions and complaints

What prompted this Open Thread was that I happened to read a comment-thread which contained various software complaints. For example:

On an iPad this appears if you click on the text. I just ignore it. But I can appreciate that on an iPhone it might be worse.

It doesn’t bother me the way the “View all posts” that appears as an action while you are in a selected thread.

It should go not to post #1 but to the post that you selected that option on.

It really wrecks my ability to follow complex threads because I know I can’t use “this thread”. Unless I feel like scrolling down through dozens of posts.

My right arm arthritis is bad enough as it is.

https://www.unz.com/isteve/was-biggest-structure-fire-in-recent-l-a-history-blm-terrorism/#comment-1931850

Now I’m usually busy with my own work and only very rarely read the articles published on this website, let alone the enormously long comment-threads. Therefore, leaving software complaints in those comments is pretty pointless. There’s the opportunity to actually get them to my attention if you’d like.

 
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  1. My 2 cents:

    (1), (5), and (6) are all great. I customized columnists a few weeks back, and just switched on comment truncation.

    (2) greatly interferes with normal highlighting/copying, and don’t really see a need for the function outside books. Likewise for (3).

    It doesn’t impact on anything, but I doubt anybody will use (4). People who are on Twitter use the native platform or TweetDeck to follow other people.

    (7) is perhaps useful for books and the longest articles under some circumstances, but IMO it just looks really bad and out of place.

    I suppose some people might find (8) useful, though I suspect there are specialized extensions/apps for that anyway.

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  2. I wanted to thank Mr Unz for providing this site a service to the public.

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    • Replies: @Jus' Sayin'...
    I heartily second that. This site is my first or second stop every time I access the internet. The "opinions" on this site provide more real news than I can find in any other one location.
    , @JackOH
    Ditto, here. Ron, I've mentioned before your "American Pravda" article, with the "distorting mirror" phrase, which I've used to introduce a few junior faculty to the world of Unz Review. I've also used one of Anatoly's "futurist" articles. I run off a copy, invite them to take a look, and let them decide whether it's their cuppa. You're welcome, buddy.
    , @Eagle Eye

    I wanted to thank Mr Unz for providing this site a service to the public.
     
    Thank you Mr. Unz!

    Personally, I am impressed by the sophisticated and customer-oriented thinking behind the software changes.

    Although I may not use all of these new feature, they all make eminent sense to me and I will try to bear them in mind.

    The green highlighting appearing on my smartphone was at first perplexing, but the feature certainly seems useful and (now that I understand it) should not cause any problems.
  3. @epochehusserl
    I wanted to thank Mr Unz for providing this site a service to the public.

    I heartily second that. This site is my first or second stop every time I access the internet. The “opinions” on this site provide more real news than I can find in any other one location.

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  4. vinteuil says:

    As of a couple of weeks ago, unz.com is pretty much unusable on older android mobile devices.

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    • Replies: @Ron Unz

    As of a couple of weeks ago, unz.com is pretty much unusable on older android mobile devices.
     
    Well, I hate to be overly negative, but this seems like a totally stupid and *useless* comment...

    "Unusable" how? Does it cause your mobile device to explode? Is the screen completely blank? Does it crash the browser? Or is it just a couple of features that aren't working properly?

    I'm very glad to try to track down problems, but if you won't tell me the particular symptoms or where they occur, that's obviously not possible.

    Suppose you went to a doctor and just said "I feel really sick." Could you expect him to help you if you didn't say sick in what way?...
  5. Ron Unz says:
    @vinteuil
    As of a couple of weeks ago, unz.com is pretty much unusable on older android mobile devices.

    As of a couple of weeks ago, unz.com is pretty much unusable on older android mobile devices.

    Well, I hate to be overly negative, but this seems like a totally stupid and *useless* comment…

    “Unusable” how? Does it cause your mobile device to explode? Is the screen completely blank? Does it crash the browser? Or is it just a couple of features that aren’t working properly?

    I’m very glad to try to track down problems, but if you won’t tell me the particular symptoms or where they occur, that’s obviously not possible.

    Suppose you went to a doctor and just said “I feel really sick.” Could you expect him to help you if you didn’t say sick in what way?…

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    • Replies: @vinteuil
    Hey, I'm in Russia at the moment, heavily dependent on an old Samsung device. Don't like to spend a lot of time typing up comments when I'm not at all sure they'll post. Problem is as "Avery" describes in #6. Also, most pics show up as a blank with a question mark in the middle. Oh, and when one eventually finds one's way to the comments, they take up about twice the space they ought to, mostly because any comment that is a reply to another comment shows up twice - once immediately after the comment to which it's replying, and then again in its own place in the queue.

    All of this is new as of a couple of weeks ago, when the mobile version of this site worked just fine, even on my old Galaxyplayer 5.0

    , @International Jew

    Well, I hate to be overly negative, but this seems like a totally stupid and *useless* comment…

    Suppose you went to a doctor and just said “I feel really sick.” Could you expect him to help you if you didn’t say sick in what way?…
     
    No, but few doctors tell you you're being stupid either. Ron, if by some miracle you'd actually won one of those political races you've entered, your social skills would have been a handicap, once in office.
  6. Avery says:

    After the change to https the web page stopped displaying properly on an XP workstation running Chrome (no longer updated for XP).

    It just displays indented lines, with bullets:

    Home
    Summary
    Bloggers
    All Bloggers
    Steve Sailer’s iSteve Blog
    Anatoly Karlin’s Russian Reaction Blog
    Your Selected Tweeters
    All Columnists

    I ran unz.com under https for the Chrome, but it did not make a difference

    On the same computer UNZ.com works fine running Firefox, which I now use, but Chrome was lot faster.
    It’s not a big issue for me, because Chrome works fine on my Win10 laptop.
    But there might be some other XP users out there.

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    • Replies: @Ron Unz

    After the change to https the web page stopped displaying properly on an XP workstation running Chrome (no longer updated for XP).
     
    That's unfortunate but very useful to know. Everything works fine on my Chrome browser, as well as Firebox, Safari, and Explorer, but I'm using Windows 7.

    It sounds like the CSS files aren't being properly downloaded from the Cloud, so maybe I can figure out what's going wrong on your browser.
    , @Ron Unz
    Since it sounds like the CSS files aren't being properly downloaded on your XP/Chrome configuration, try just accessing them directly via a URL in the browser, and see if it works. Here's a link to try:

    https://www.unzcloud.com/COM_LIVE/web.css?vx=A1043a

    If it works, then the problem might be something else.
    , @Thorfinnsson
    Solution: stop using Windows XP.
  7. Elsewhere says:

    (7) would be better if it had a little magnifying glass symbol rather than the words “SEARCH TEXT”.

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  8. whoever says: • Website

    Re (8) Read Aloud, I think that’s terrific, because I just don’t have time to read all that I want to. I usually open items and try to get to them as I can through the day, but often I never do, and only read snatches here and there. Being able to listen while I do other things will be wonderful.
    Alas for me, received British accents cause me to react the same way chalk screeching on a blackboard does. Thus, despite really having tried, I cannot listen to John Derbyshire’s podcast, although I can read his columns. {Were he to read his column in a “yam yam” accent, I’m sure I’d enjoy it immensely — I wouldn’t understand it, but I’d enjoy it. (^_^) } So I’ll wait until other voice options may be made available. Some of the more excitable columnists could benefit by having their exhortations read in the voice of a Warner Bros. cartoon character ヽ(^。^)丿.
    Also I noted — though I don’t know that there’s anything you can do about it — that block quotes are not read aloud and apparently signal the reader to to stop. So your last point in this column, item (9), ends with “For example.”
    It would also be nice if the comments could also be read aloud. Some are better than the columns they are responding to.
    I join those in thanking you for this website. It’s great!

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  9. Ron Unz says:
    @Avery
    After the change to https the web page stopped displaying properly on an XP workstation running Chrome (no longer updated for XP).

    It just displays indented lines, with bullets:

    Home
    Summary
    Bloggers
    All Bloggers
    Steve Sailer's iSteve Blog
    Anatoly Karlin's Russian Reaction Blog
    Your Selected Tweeters
    All Columnists

    I ran unz.com under https for the Chrome, but it did not make a difference

    On the same computer UNZ.com works fine running Firefox, which I now use, but Chrome was lot faster.
    It's not a big issue for me, because Chrome works fine on my Win10 laptop.
    But there might be some other XP users out there.

    After the change to https the web page stopped displaying properly on an XP workstation running Chrome (no longer updated for XP).

    That’s unfortunate but very useful to know. Everything works fine on my Chrome browser, as well as Firebox, Safari, and Explorer, but I’m using Windows 7.

    It sounds like the CSS files aren’t being properly downloaded from the Cloud, so maybe I can figure out what’s going wrong on your browser.

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  10. ussr andy says:

    I get cert errors on individual article pages (but not the home page or authors’ pages). Android 6, Opera 42.7 (but not Chrome)
    it says the server’s “security certificate is not trusted by your device’s operating system (…)/Back to safety/Proceed anyway”
    Clicking “proceed anyway” then takes me to the article, but it’s plain http (not https)

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  11. Rob McX says:

    Thanks, I really appreciate what you’re doing here and the amount of time and effort you must put into the constant improvements.

    Now I must try listening to Steve Sailer in “UK female”.

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  12. benjaminl says:

    Mr. Unz, thank you for your tireless efforts and incalculable contributions.

    I just tried out this feature:

    (6) Automatic Comment Truncation Hiding

    I requested “comment limit” as “long,” but on my page of “Commenters to follow,” the “Read More” button seems to be popping up on every single comment regardless of length.

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    • Replies: @Ron Unz

    I requested “comment limit” as “long,” but on my page of “Commenters to follow,” the “Read More” button seems to be popping up on every single comment regardless of length.
     
    Thanks for letting me know. I think I've fixed the problem, but the overall system is quite complex, so let me know if I've missed something.
  13. Avery says:
    @Ron Unz

    After the change to https the web page stopped displaying properly on an XP workstation running Chrome (no longer updated for XP).
     
    That's unfortunate but very useful to know. Everything works fine on my Chrome browser, as well as Firebox, Safari, and Explorer, but I'm using Windows 7.

    It sounds like the CSS files aren't being properly downloaded from the Cloud, so maybe I can figure out what's going wrong on your browser.

    Thanks.

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  14. Ron Unz says:
    @benjaminl
    Mr. Unz, thank you for your tireless efforts and incalculable contributions.

    I just tried out this feature:

    (6) Automatic Comment Truncation Hiding

    I requested "comment limit" as "long," but on my page of "Commenters to follow," the "Read More" button seems to be popping up on every single comment regardless of length.

    I requested “comment limit” as “long,” but on my page of “Commenters to follow,” the “Read More” button seems to be popping up on every single comment regardless of length.

    Thanks for letting me know. I think I’ve fixed the problem, but the overall system is quite complex, so let me know if I’ve missed something.

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  15. Ron Unz says:
    @Avery
    After the change to https the web page stopped displaying properly on an XP workstation running Chrome (no longer updated for XP).

    It just displays indented lines, with bullets:

    Home
    Summary
    Bloggers
    All Bloggers
    Steve Sailer's iSteve Blog
    Anatoly Karlin's Russian Reaction Blog
    Your Selected Tweeters
    All Columnists

    I ran unz.com under https for the Chrome, but it did not make a difference

    On the same computer UNZ.com works fine running Firefox, which I now use, but Chrome was lot faster.
    It's not a big issue for me, because Chrome works fine on my Win10 laptop.
    But there might be some other XP users out there.

    Since it sounds like the CSS files aren’t being properly downloaded on your XP/Chrome configuration, try just accessing them directly via a URL in the browser, and see if it works. Here’s a link to try:

    https://www.unzcloud.com/COM_LIVE/web.css?vx=A1043a

    If it works, then the problem might be something else.

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    • Replies: @Avery
    Did not work.
    This is what is displayed, when I copy the link to Chrome and hit return.

    [This site can’t provide a secure connection

    www.unzcloud.com uses an unsupported protocol.
    ERR_SSL_VERSION_OR_CIPHER_MISMATCH
    Hide details
    The client and server don't support a common SSL protocol version or cipher suite. This is likely to be caused when the server needs RC4, which is no longer considered secure.]

  16. Avery says:
    @Ron Unz
    Since it sounds like the CSS files aren't being properly downloaded on your XP/Chrome configuration, try just accessing them directly via a URL in the browser, and see if it works. Here's a link to try:

    https://www.unzcloud.com/COM_LIVE/web.css?vx=A1043a

    If it works, then the problem might be something else.

    Did not work.
    This is what is displayed, when I copy the link to Chrome and hit return.

    [This site can’t provide a secure connection

    http://www.unzcloud.com uses an unsupported protocol.
    ERR_SSL_VERSION_OR_CIPHER_MISMATCH
    Hide details
    The client and server don't support a common SSL protocol version or cipher suite. This is likely to be caused when the server needs RC4, which is no longer considered secure.]

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    • Replies: @Ron Unz

    Did not work.
    This is what is displayed, when I copy the link to Chrome and hit return.
     
    Well, we may have located the problem.

    http://www.unzcloud.com uses an unsupported protocol.
    ERR_SSL_VERSION_OR_CIPHER_MISMATCH
     
    But did you make sure you used "https:" rather than "http:" in the URL? The "s" means "secure" and that's the version of the CSS file that should be downloaded. Maybe your older computer is converting "https" to "http" for some reason.
  17. Ron Unz says:
    @Avery
    Did not work.
    This is what is displayed, when I copy the link to Chrome and hit return.

    [This site can’t provide a secure connection

    www.unzcloud.com uses an unsupported protocol.
    ERR_SSL_VERSION_OR_CIPHER_MISMATCH
    Hide details
    The client and server don't support a common SSL protocol version or cipher suite. This is likely to be caused when the server needs RC4, which is no longer considered secure.]

    Did not work.
    This is what is displayed, when I copy the link to Chrome and hit return.

    Well, we may have located the problem.

    http://www.unzcloud.com uses an unsupported protocol.
    ERR_SSL_VERSION_OR_CIPHER_MISMATCH

    But did you make sure you used “https:” rather than “http:” in the URL? The “s” means “secure” and that’s the version of the CSS file that should be downloaded. Maybe your older computer is converting “https” to “http” for some reason.

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    • Replies: @Avery
    Yes: I 'copy and paste' the link exactly from your post.
    When the error is displayed, Chrome is still displaying https://
    But as you pointed out in the error display, something in my old computer is internally converting it to http://
    That is the most likely explanation.

    At this point, no need to investigate any further.
    It _is_ and old version of Chrome, which Chrome said some months ago, will no longer be supported under XP.

    Thanks for looking into it.

    , @anon
    Hmm, according to ssllabs there's some handshake error with Chrome on XP SP3:

    https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/analyze.html?d=www.unzcloud.com&s=104.28.15.174&latest

    (You may need to rerun the scan again, don't know how long they cache it.)

    (Can you believe this tool is FREE? What a world...)

    , @International Jew
    Https thing still a problem: Chrome on Android 5.1. Just got it when submitting a comment.

    I know some people who would ordinarily be happy to help me figure out what's wrong but, hey, it's not just anyone I want knowing I read a site that's hospitable to flagrant racists and antisemites.

  18. Avery says:
    @Ron Unz

    Did not work.
    This is what is displayed, when I copy the link to Chrome and hit return.
     
    Well, we may have located the problem.

    http://www.unzcloud.com uses an unsupported protocol.
    ERR_SSL_VERSION_OR_CIPHER_MISMATCH
     
    But did you make sure you used "https:" rather than "http:" in the URL? The "s" means "secure" and that's the version of the CSS file that should be downloaded. Maybe your older computer is converting "https" to "http" for some reason.

    Yes: I ‘copy and paste’ the link exactly from your post.
    When the error is displayed, Chrome is still displaying https://
    But as you pointed out in the error display, something in my old computer is internally converting it to http://
    That is the most likely explanation.

    At this point, no need to investigate any further.
    It _is_ and old version of Chrome, which Chrome said some months ago, will no longer be supported under XP.

    Thanks for looking into it.

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  19. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Ron, I’ve mentioned it before but just in case:

    You have single handedly developed the best blog/forum comments interface. Nothing else comes even close (e.g., the near unusable but popular bloatware called Disqus). Please consider packaging it in some generic form so that others can apply the interface to their sites. Might actually make a pretty penny in the process on top of making a valuable contribution to the public.

    BTW, nothing’s wrong with XP and unz.com on any of the browsers I tested. Even a five years old Firefox still displays everything just fine.

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    • Agree: German_reader
    • Replies: @Avery
    {...the best blog/forum comments interface. Nothing else comes even close}

    Agree.
    , @reiner Tor

    You have single handedly developed the best blog/forum comments interface.
     
    Absolutely true.
  20. vinteuil says:
    @Ron Unz

    As of a couple of weeks ago, unz.com is pretty much unusable on older android mobile devices.
     
    Well, I hate to be overly negative, but this seems like a totally stupid and *useless* comment...

    "Unusable" how? Does it cause your mobile device to explode? Is the screen completely blank? Does it crash the browser? Or is it just a couple of features that aren't working properly?

    I'm very glad to try to track down problems, but if you won't tell me the particular symptoms or where they occur, that's obviously not possible.

    Suppose you went to a doctor and just said "I feel really sick." Could you expect him to help you if you didn't say sick in what way?...

    Hey, I’m in Russia at the moment, heavily dependent on an old Samsung device. Don’t like to spend a lot of time typing up comments when I’m not at all sure they’ll post. Problem is as “Avery” describes in #6. Also, most pics show up as a blank with a question mark in the middle. Oh, and when one eventually finds one’s way to the comments, they take up about twice the space they ought to, mostly because any comment that is a reply to another comment shows up twice – once immediately after the comment to which it’s replying, and then again in its own place in the queue.

    All of this is new as of a couple of weeks ago, when the mobile version of this site worked just fine, even on my old Galaxyplayer 5.0

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  21. JackOH says:
    @epochehusserl
    I wanted to thank Mr Unz for providing this site a service to the public.

    Ditto, here. Ron, I’ve mentioned before your “American Pravda” article, with the “distorting mirror” phrase, which I’ve used to introduce a few junior faculty to the world of Unz Review. I’ve also used one of Anatoly’s “futurist” articles. I run off a copy, invite them to take a look, and let them decide whether it’s their cuppa. You’re welcome, buddy.

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  22. Disappearance of blue highlighting: When visiting an article for the second time, comments newly added since you last viewed the article are highlighted in light blue. This is useful for skipping over previously-read comments. But when you follow a link in one of the comments and then come back to the comments, the blue highlighting has been erased. It would be preferable (but technically impossible?), after following a link and then coming back, to keep the “yet unread” blue highlighting. (Is this description of the problem so garbled as to be unclear?)

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    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    Man, how does that even work at all? I was wondering if the browser had last window position, or cursor position saved in the cookie file. No, maybe it's in the dBase, cause I've used another computer, I think and still saw the right blue(?)

    Can't recall, but cool stuff. Gotta go.
  23. ussr andy says:
    @ussr andy
    I get cert errors on individual article pages (but not the home page or authors' pages). Android 6, Opera 42.7 (but not Chrome)
    it says the server's "security certificate is not trusted by your device's operating system (...)/Back to safety/Proceed anyway"
    Clicking "proceed anyway" then takes me to the article, but it's plain http (not https)

    seems to be fixed, thanks!

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  24. Avery says:
    @Anonymous
    Ron, I've mentioned it before but just in case:

    You have single handedly developed the best blog/forum comments interface. Nothing else comes even close (e.g., the near unusable but popular bloatware called Disqus). Please consider packaging it in some generic form so that others can apply the interface to their sites. Might actually make a pretty penny in the process on top of making a valuable contribution to the public.

    BTW, nothing's wrong with XP and unz.com on any of the browsers I tested. Even a five years old Firefox still displays everything just fine.

    {…the best blog/forum comments interface. Nothing else comes even close}

    Agree.

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  25. David says:

    Ron, thanks for this site.

    One little problem I noticed is that, when looking at the comments of a specific commenter, if you choose to reply to a comment from that page, you’re taken to the comment box at the bottom of the article, not to a reply-to-comment box under the comment being replied to.

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  26. @Avery
    After the change to https the web page stopped displaying properly on an XP workstation running Chrome (no longer updated for XP).

    It just displays indented lines, with bullets:

    Home
    Summary
    Bloggers
    All Bloggers
    Steve Sailer's iSteve Blog
    Anatoly Karlin's Russian Reaction Blog
    Your Selected Tweeters
    All Columnists

    I ran unz.com under https for the Chrome, but it did not make a difference

    On the same computer UNZ.com works fine running Firefox, which I now use, but Chrome was lot faster.
    It's not a big issue for me, because Chrome works fine on my Win10 laptop.
    But there might be some other XP users out there.

    Solution: stop using Windows XP.

    Read More
  27. BenjaminL says:
    @Ron Unz

    I requested “comment limit” as “long,” but on my page of “Commenters to follow,” the “Read More” button seems to be popping up on every single comment regardless of length.
     
    Thanks for letting me know. I think I've fixed the problem, but the overall system is quite complex, so let me know if I've missed something.

    It’s working now — thank you.

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  28. jim jones says:

    A fascinating, if weird, site but I would like upvotes/downvotes. All in all I prefer Disqus for comments. Happy Bastille Day to any Frogs on here.

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  29. 2) works poorly and apparently randomly on the iPad. If I long-press, the usual text selection happens, nothing else. I figured out a workaround: before long press, scroll a bit, then long press: that way text is not selected, and the paragraph turns green. It’s a pretty nice feature to be able to link to any paragraph. I long wondered why that’s not a default HTML feature. There was a w3c proposal called Xpointer, but it never took off, so people have to roll their own. Oh well.

    https://www.unz.com/announcement/new-software-features-plus-open-thread-for-suggestionscomplaints/#p_1_6

    5) never liked that feature, that messes with the UI on mobile or tablet. What I’d like is for the page to learn what I like and put that on top…

    7) the search bar is ugly and should just be a button anyway when not activated. Have not seen a use for it yet.

    8) read aloud feature is neat and may well be useful. I get a UK male.

    9) minor quibble: complaining in comments is not pointless, it can be a way to know if others have the same problem, to find workarounds, etc. If need be escalation to you can be a second step.

    I’d like a feature that tells me if anyone replied or reacted to any of my comments. Email is ok, but a little red button on the site telling me I have replies or reactions would be nice. When clicked it could link me to the comments in question. An easy to access link to all my last comments would be nice too.

    I’d like an additional option besides agree, disagree, etc. “Good” or “Nice” or “Praiseworthy” or, ugh, “Like” would be different from agreement. I may not agree or fully understand, or I may just be happy to have learned something.

    Bug: I couldn’t edit my last few comments after publishing, but I can edit this one, so probably just a passing glitch.

    Thank you for all your great work.

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    • Agree: Anatoly Karlin
    • Replies: @res

    I’d like a feature that tells me if anyone replied or reacted to any of my comments. Email is ok, but a little red button on the site telling me I have replies or reactions would be nice. When clicked it could link me to the comments in question. An easy to access link to all my last comments would be nice too.
     
    I like that idea as well. The individual commenter pages work OK as a work around though (and I think cover your last sentence above). Just search for "Replies:" on this page.

    https://www.unz.com/comments/all/?commenterfilter=European-American

    Thank you for all your great work.
     
    !!!

    One other request would be for a well documented way of flagging bugs (a permanent open thread like this?). The glitch where the new comments and popup windows for replies features were briefly broken was a good example. It was fixed quickly (thanks!), but it would have been helpful to know that it was reported.
  30. res says:
    @European-American
    2) works poorly and apparently randomly on the iPad. If I long-press, the usual text selection happens, nothing else. I figured out a workaround: before long press, scroll a bit, then long press: that way text is not selected, and the paragraph turns green. It's a pretty nice feature to be able to link to any paragraph. I long wondered why that's not a default HTML feature. There was a w3c proposal called Xpointer, but it never took off, so people have to roll their own. Oh well.
    https://www.unz.com/announcement/new-software-features-plus-open-thread-for-suggestionscomplaints/#p_1_6

    5) never liked that feature, that messes with the UI on mobile or tablet. What I'd like is for the page to learn what I like and put that on top...

    7) the search bar is ugly and should just be a button anyway when not activated. Have not seen a use for it yet.

    8) read aloud feature is neat and may well be useful. I get a UK male.

    9) minor quibble: complaining in comments is not pointless, it can be a way to know if others have the same problem, to find workarounds, etc. If need be escalation to you can be a second step.

    I'd like a feature that tells me if anyone replied or reacted to any of my comments. Email is ok, but a little red button on the site telling me I have replies or reactions would be nice. When clicked it could link me to the comments in question. An easy to access link to all my last comments would be nice too.

    I'd like an additional option besides agree, disagree, etc. "Good" or "Nice" or "Praiseworthy" or, ugh, "Like" would be different from agreement. I may not agree or fully understand, or I may just be happy to have learned something.

    Bug: I couldn't edit my last few comments after publishing, but I can edit this one, so probably just a passing glitch.

    Thank you for all your great work.

    I’d like a feature that tells me if anyone replied or reacted to any of my comments. Email is ok, but a little red button on the site telling me I have replies or reactions would be nice. When clicked it could link me to the comments in question. An easy to access link to all my last comments would be nice too.

    I like that idea as well. The individual commenter pages work OK as a work around though (and I think cover your last sentence above). Just search for “Replies:” on this page.

    https://www.unz.com/comments/all/?commenterfilter=European-American

    Thank you for all your great work.

    !!!

    One other request would be for a well documented way of flagging bugs (a permanent open thread like this?). The glitch where the new comments and popup windows for replies features were briefly broken was a good example. It was fixed quickly (thanks!), but it would have been helpful to know that it was reported.

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  31. Anonym says:

    I think it’s working very well. It’s a great site.

    Only quibble is that on Android, youtube videos show the left-hand half or 3/5 of their width on my phone. Sometimes I can get the gist of it, but it would be far nicer to be able to see the complete video in total.

    Thanks again for the great site and especially hosting Steve Sailer, Pat Buchanan, and the Derb… and some of the other guys prove interesting from time to time. I have enjoyed your own articles as well. I like that you have Norman Finkelstein on. I wonder if you would find Robert Spencer from Jihadwatch to be suitable for an occasional column.

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    • Replies: @Anonym
    Only quibble is that on Android, youtube videos show the left-hand half or 3/5 of their width on my phone. Sometimes I can get the gist of it, but it would be far nicer to be able to see the complete video in total.

    Whoa thanks Ron! It works great now.
  32. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    I read Unz.com on my iPad at home and an iPhone 7-plus when out and about. I love it. I love the contributors and the commenters. It is the best site for quickness of accessing/downloading and ease of use. I wish there were an Unz app. Or maybe a daily downloadable ebook function (mobi, epub, etc.) where I could have all the articles in a very readable Kindle or iBooks app. Obviously this wouldn’t include the comments, but just the contributors.

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  33. iffen says:

    When using the search feature, say for example if I enter Ron Unz as commenter, I only get page one. If I click on 2, it says page not found.

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  34. @Ron Unz

    As of a couple of weeks ago, unz.com is pretty much unusable on older android mobile devices.
     
    Well, I hate to be overly negative, but this seems like a totally stupid and *useless* comment...

    "Unusable" how? Does it cause your mobile device to explode? Is the screen completely blank? Does it crash the browser? Or is it just a couple of features that aren't working properly?

    I'm very glad to try to track down problems, but if you won't tell me the particular symptoms or where they occur, that's obviously not possible.

    Suppose you went to a doctor and just said "I feel really sick." Could you expect him to help you if you didn't say sick in what way?...

    Well, I hate to be overly negative, but this seems like a totally stupid and *useless* comment…

    Suppose you went to a doctor and just said “I feel really sick.” Could you expect him to help you if you didn’t say sick in what way?…

    No, but few doctors tell you you’re being stupid either. Ron, if by some miracle you’d actually won one of those political races you’ve entered, your social skills would have been a handicap, once in office.

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    • Replies: @Anatoly Karlin
    Wait, are you sure you live in the US?

    Politicians raise their ratings by body slamming journalists. I daresay vinteuil got off lightly!
    , @vinteuil
    Mr. Unz & I have some history, together. In 2010, I co-authored an article for Chronicles criticizing his use of statistics in his notorious "His-panic" article for American Conservative.

    Last year, in a quite remarkable episode, he permitted a certain "eggheadshadhisnumber" to publish my real name, other identifying information, and even my picture! alongside false & libelous accusations of anti-Semitism, on one of his own threads.

    I believe that I am still the only guy every to be "doxed" here.
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    Yeah, bedside manner may be a lost art in this ages of Government "Provided" CONTROLLED health care.

    I've run into this, but I didn't get called stupid. It's just that the guy pulled out big stitches like he was recycling an AIDS quilt - I said "OWW!" and then, "Oh, yeah, you are used to working on unconscious people, I forgot".

    On the other side of this, my Dr. friend told off one taxpayer-funded patient who came in 3 times to the ER for chest pains but wouldn't receive treatment - my friend chewed him out after he came the 3rd time in a helicopter (Do you people know how much that costs? - 10's of thousands of bucks, even for a 10 minute ride) . Then the hospital administrator berated my Dr. friend, but he ignored the asshole(s).

    I'm totally off Mr. Unz's subject, which probably explains why he can't get through all the comments on all the posts! I'll write another in a minute or two.

    Agreed on the bad manners - but since there's a "history" I don't know .... People reading this blog are not necessarily "customers" in the usual sense, so I guess they have to take a bit of guff from the owner and the authors. I say this, cause this site is more of a great service than a money-making deal of any kind, right? There are no ads, and above all the great software, that is the BEST part!
  35. @International Jew

    Well, I hate to be overly negative, but this seems like a totally stupid and *useless* comment…

    Suppose you went to a doctor and just said “I feel really sick.” Could you expect him to help you if you didn’t say sick in what way?…
     
    No, but few doctors tell you you're being stupid either. Ron, if by some miracle you'd actually won one of those political races you've entered, your social skills would have been a handicap, once in office.

    Wait, are you sure you live in the US?

    Politicians raise their ratings by body slamming journalists. I daresay vinteuil got off lightly!

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    • Replies: @vinteuil
    "in the US...Politicians raise their ratings by body slamming journalists" - heh.

    But only if it's *virtual* slamming. And only if they deserved it.
  36. reiner Tor says: • Website
    @Anonymous
    Ron, I've mentioned it before but just in case:

    You have single handedly developed the best blog/forum comments interface. Nothing else comes even close (e.g., the near unusable but popular bloatware called Disqus). Please consider packaging it in some generic form so that others can apply the interface to their sites. Might actually make a pretty penny in the process on top of making a valuable contribution to the public.

    BTW, nothing's wrong with XP and unz.com on any of the browsers I tested. Even a five years old Firefox still displays everything just fine.

    You have single handedly developed the best blog/forum comments interface.

    Absolutely true.

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  37. reiner Tor says: • Website

    On my iPhone the hyperlinks started a weird thing when I click on them longer (which is roughly the equivalent of the mouse right click). I normally don’t just click (left click) on hyperlinks because then I will lose the “new comments” highlights (or get extra comments and have to check if there are comments made earlier but approved later*), also I don’t want to disrupt my reading, so instead I just want to open it in a new tab. Sometimes I just press it long enough that I can read the URL (like if it’s a link to Twitter or BBC or whatever).

    But now it opens the page in the same tab, but on top of the original, leaving the original still open behind, and I should be able to scroll it (which means I have to read it immediately or go back to the original), a problem exacerbated by the fact that it disappears immediately after I remove my finger from the page. There with some difficulty I can still get the “open in new tab” button, but it’s difficult. It’s also extremely slow, especially if the internet is slow, because before opening it in a new tab, I have to wait until it opens in the present tab. It doesn’t feel like an improvement to me, to be honest.

    *Would it be possible to order the comments by approval time instead of sending time? Perhaps as an option. It’s always so easy to lose earlier comments that were approved later… Granted, it’s not a great loss for most threads, but occasionally I try to follow all comments.

    Ps.
    Right now the hyperlinks seem to be working fine. I hope it’s already fixed.

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  38. vinteuil says:
    @International Jew

    Well, I hate to be overly negative, but this seems like a totally stupid and *useless* comment…

    Suppose you went to a doctor and just said “I feel really sick.” Could you expect him to help you if you didn’t say sick in what way?…
     
    No, but few doctors tell you you're being stupid either. Ron, if by some miracle you'd actually won one of those political races you've entered, your social skills would have been a handicap, once in office.

    Mr. Unz & I have some history, together. In 2010, I co-authored an article for Chronicles criticizing his use of statistics in his notorious “His-panic” article for American Conservative.

    Last year, in a quite remarkable episode, he permitted a certain “eggheadshadhisnumber” to publish my real name, other identifying information, and even my picture! alongside false & libelous accusations of anti-Semitism, on one of his own threads.

    I believe that I am still the only guy every to be “doxed” here.

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  39. vinteuil says:
    @Anatoly Karlin
    Wait, are you sure you live in the US?

    Politicians raise their ratings by body slamming journalists. I daresay vinteuil got off lightly!

    “in the US…Politicians raise their ratings by body slamming journalists” – heh.

    But only if it’s *virtual* slamming. And only if they deserved it.

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  40. reiner Tor says: • Website
    @Anatoly Karlin
    My 2 cents:

    (1), (5), and (6) are all great. I customized columnists a few weeks back, and just switched on comment truncation.

    (2) greatly interferes with normal highlighting/copying, and don't really see a need for the function outside books. Likewise for (3).

    It doesn't impact on anything, but I doubt anybody will use (4). People who are on Twitter use the native platform or TweetDeck to follow other people.

    (7) is perhaps useful for books and the longest articles under some circumstances, but IMO it just looks really bad and out of place.

    I suppose some people might find (8) useful, though I suspect there are specialized extensions/apps for that anyway.

    I mostly agree, but not regarding #7. I think I’ve already used the search function, which was useful on my smartphone (my regular mode of browsing), so I hope Ron will keep it.

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  41. @International Jew

    Well, I hate to be overly negative, but this seems like a totally stupid and *useless* comment…

    Suppose you went to a doctor and just said “I feel really sick.” Could you expect him to help you if you didn’t say sick in what way?…
     
    No, but few doctors tell you you're being stupid either. Ron, if by some miracle you'd actually won one of those political races you've entered, your social skills would have been a handicap, once in office.

    Yeah, bedside manner may be a lost art in this ages of Government “Provided” CONTROLLED health care.

    I’ve run into this, but I didn’t get called stupid. It’s just that the guy pulled out big stitches like he was recycling an AIDS quilt – I said “OWW!” and then, “Oh, yeah, you are used to working on unconscious people, I forgot”.

    On the other side of this, my Dr. friend told off one taxpayer-funded patient who came in 3 times to the ER for chest pains but wouldn’t receive treatment – my friend chewed him out after he came the 3rd time in a helicopter (Do you people know how much that costs? – 10′s of thousands of bucks, even for a 10 minute ride) . Then the hospital administrator berated my Dr. friend, but he ignored the asshole(s).

    I’m totally off Mr. Unz’s subject, which probably explains why he can’t get through all the comments on all the posts! I’ll write another in a minute or two.

    Agreed on the bad manners – but since there’s a “history” I don’t know …. People reading this blog are not necessarily “customers” in the usual sense, so I guess they have to take a bit of guff from the owner and the authors. I say this, cause this site is more of a great service than a money-making deal of any kind, right? There are no ads, and above all the great software, that is the BEST part!

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  42. Ron, if you can get through all these, this is not a software comment, per se, but about instructions for etiquette in commenting. I don’t mean bad language either, as I’ve got a handle on that (via a 12-step program “My name is AE Newman, and I have a problem with cussing. You people got a problem with it? F__k all of y’all!” Yes I’ll probably have to repeat step 1 next Thursday evening.)

    Anyway, things are unclear to the reader on why some youtube videos will be seen embedded and some not. Who’s doing the moderating? (Steve Sailer on his part of the site, for real, or some goofball in Bombay? Or, is it a piece of software?) What is the policy on links in comments? I have felt fortunate to link to wherever – nothing you wouldn’t have an article about yourself though. Yes, I link to Peak Stupidity a good bit, but my personal policy is not to put any pure blog-pimp type stuff up, where all I say is: “Hey, I wrote about that HERE.”, even if I did and did a better job. I think there should be an explanation of why some commenters get moderated and some not (or is this even true? see, I don’t know). I realize you don’t want to give away the way commenters are saved in the DBase, etc., but I always wondered whether a real, working email address would change anything.

    I am very glad for 2 reasons this commenting system is your own, Ron, and not Disqus or whatever:

    1) Yours is truly the best I have ever seen. I can’t put it any other way. I would be glad if you made no changes to it, but I just hope you well test what you do change. (I use mostly a laptop, but sometimes a tablet, with still no problems.)

    2) We would be at the mercy of not just uncontrollable moderation but also software changes that we wouldn’t have any say in, such as now. (For the last 4 months or so, Discus will not show but 3 comments on any post, and tells me my browser is too old. This is why I am in the 12-step program referenced above.)

    Thank you for the best site on the web!

    (after Peak Stupidity and Zerohedge)

    OK, best-working site on the web!

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    • Replies: @Anon
    With respect to youtube videos and embedding, Mr. Unz explains himself here: https://www.unz.com/announcement/major-commenting-enhancements/#comment-1628417

    I don't know if that system is still in place, though.
  43. @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)
    Disappearance of blue highlighting: When visiting an article for the second time, comments newly added since you last viewed the article are highlighted in light blue. This is useful for skipping over previously-read comments. But when you follow a link in one of the comments and then come back to the comments, the blue highlighting has been erased. It would be preferable (but technically impossible?), after following a link and then coming back, to keep the "yet unread" blue highlighting. (Is this description of the problem so garbled as to be unclear?)

    Man, how does that even work at all? I was wondering if the browser had last window position, or cursor position saved in the cookie file. No, maybe it’s in the dBase, cause I’ve used another computer, I think and still saw the right blue(?)

    Can’t recall, but cool stuff. Gotta go.

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  44. Occasionaly, I happen to highlight a text, right-click and use the google search to follow through on some topics, terms, since the introduction of ‘quote’ function this has became a bother.

    On the ideological spectrum, an invasion of clueless marxists into unz’s economic commentary, gives me a pause. In no particular order karlin, hudson, petras, are all complete ignoramuses.

    There’s already enough of leftist commentary on the anti-war spectrum from the likes of pcr, stone, cockburn, margolis, reed, all as we libertarians say, economically illiterate, to make one annoyed by the even more extreme anti-market critiques given respect on this valuable medium.

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    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    Hello, yourself. This is supposed to be about software not content, but, hey, I can pile on here since you started it - what about this Engelhardt guy? At least in terms of his Global Climate Disruption(TM) writings he is some kind of stupid. Here we have Peak Stupidity, and I can't even categorize the kind of stupidity emitted by Tom Engelhardt. Engelhardt is to the point we just WISH he were an ignoramus.
  45. Would you consider implementing comment system like reddit sues, and I guess takimag does too, upvotes, downvotes, karma system perhaps? If not, why?

    Also, when it makes me give up my fake email address on this despicable alt-right site, I can never remember what I came up with before, some kind of permanent login system would be preferable, what would be it’s downsides though?

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    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    Mr. Handle,

    Just make up a fake email address that you CAN remember*, that's all it takes. It's damn well worth it to be a little more anonymous. NO damn Disqus, no other canned software - I explained already that then much is out of control of even Ron Unz (peace be upon him).

    If you think the site is despicable, then why do you care what damn software system is used?

    ... some kind of permanent login system would be preferable, what would be it’s downsides though?
     
    What do you think the downside would be, in terms of anonymity? See that's what I mean, morons shouldn't be writing on here, neither as commenters nor posters (like Engelhartd).

    * If you're incapable, well, it's possible that Huffington Post could really use a guy like you.
    , @reiner Tor
    I hate upvote systems, often the funniest (but not necessarily the best) comment gets upvoted the most, and it's usually detrimental to the quality of discussion. The agree system is enough.
  46. Anon says: • Disclaimer
    @Achmed E. Newman
    Ron, if you can get through all these, this is not a software comment, per se, but about instructions for etiquette in commenting. I don't mean bad language either, as I've got a handle on that (via a 12-step program "My name is AE Newman, and I have a problem with cussing. You people got a problem with it? F__k all of y'all!" Yes I'll probably have to repeat step 1 next Thursday evening.)

    Anyway, things are unclear to the reader on why some youtube videos will be seen embedded and some not. Who's doing the moderating? (Steve Sailer on his part of the site, for real, or some goofball in Bombay? Or, is it a piece of software?) What is the policy on links in comments? I have felt fortunate to link to wherever - nothing you wouldn't have an article about yourself though. Yes, I link to Peak Stupidity a good bit, but my personal policy is not to put any pure blog-pimp type stuff up, where all I say is: "Hey, I wrote about that HERE.", even if I did and did a better job. I think there should be an explanation of why some commenters get moderated and some not (or is this even true? see, I don't know). I realize you don't want to give away the way commenters are saved in the DBase, etc., but I always wondered whether a real, working email address would change anything.

    I am very glad for 2 reasons this commenting system is your own, Ron, and not Disqus or whatever:

    1) Yours is truly the best I have ever seen. I can't put it any other way. I would be glad if you made no changes to it, but I just hope you well test what you do change. (I use mostly a laptop, but sometimes a tablet, with still no problems.)

    2) We would be at the mercy of not just uncontrollable moderation but also software changes that we wouldn't have any say in, such as now. (For the last 4 months or so, Discus will not show but 3 comments on any post, and tells me my browser is too old. This is why I am in the 12-step program referenced above.)

    Thank you for the best site on the web!

    (after Peak Stupidity and Zerohedge)

    OK, best-working site on the web!

    With respect to youtube videos and embedding, Mr. Unz explains himself here: https://www.unz.com/announcement/major-commenting-enhancements/#comment-1628417

    I don’t know if that system is still in place, though.

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    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    Thanks, Anon - it seems like this info. along with other "housekeeping" stuff would be on (or just off via link) the home page here. So, it is the 1st 1/2 dozen for purposes of keeping the loading time under control, and Ron changed it to the same way on a user comment-home-page per request by FKA Max. That was as of November 16.

    What I noticed is that even if a youtube video does show up as embedded, if you do an edit (within the 5 minute time frame), it usually is not embedded anymore. In that case, I cntrl-a, cntrl-x my comment to zero it out, SAVE, meaning delete the comment, and then make a new one and paste in all the stuff. It's a workaround, and that doesn't bother me. As long as things don't work haphazardly, which is not what I've seen here, I'm cool with all of it.
    , @European-American
    I've lost my Agree/Disagree privileges for not commenting enough recently. It has always felt a bit strange, this reward for blabbing -- do we really want to encourage commenting in quantity? But hey it works ok, and though I miss a Like button in many places, I'm not sure public Liking is a healthy thing.

    Anyway (as another example of what I mentioned in an earlier comment), I didn't want to Agree or choose any of the other available choices, I want to say Thanks to Anon for answering the question and doing so in an elegant way that cites Unz himself.

    The reason I want to say Thanks is to give a small positive feedback for this kind of positive and perhaps unappreciated behavior. Comments take me a long time to write, and it can feel like a bit of a waste of time. But if you get a thanks, well, it feels more worth it.

    I would like to suggest that this Thanks not be public. It could be enough for it to be known to only three people: the Thanker, the Thanked, and of course the all-seeing, all-powerful Unz.

    Ron Unz could later tabulate these secret thank yous to get some measure of the popularity of a poster, for what purpose I'm not sure, but it could turn out to be handy.
  47. @Hello, hello!
    Occasionaly, I happen to highlight a text, right-click and use the google search to follow through on some topics, terms, since the introduction of 'quote' function this has became a bother.

    On the ideological spectrum, an invasion of clueless marxists into unz's economic commentary, gives me a pause. In no particular order karlin, hudson, petras, are all complete ignoramuses.

    There's already enough of leftist commentary on the anti-war spectrum from the likes of pcr, stone, cockburn, margolis, reed, all as we libertarians say, economically illiterate, to make one annoyed by the even more extreme anti-market critiques given respect on this valuable medium.

    Hello, yourself. This is supposed to be about software not content, but, hey, I can pile on here since you started it – what about this Engelhardt guy? At least in terms of his Global Climate Disruption(TM) writings he is some kind of stupid. Here we have Peak Stupidity, and I can’t even categorize the kind of stupidity emitted by Tom Engelhardt. Engelhardt is to the point we just WISH he were an ignoramus.

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  48. @Ficticious Handle
    Would you consider implementing comment system like reddit sues, and I guess takimag does too, upvotes, downvotes, karma system perhaps? If not, why?

    Also, when it makes me give up my fake email address on this despicable alt-right site, I can never remember what I came up with before, some kind of permanent login system would be preferable, what would be it's downsides though?

    Mr. Handle,

    Just make up a fake email address that you CAN remember*, that’s all it takes. It’s damn well worth it to be a little more anonymous. NO damn Disqus, no other canned software – I explained already that then much is out of control of even Ron Unz (peace be upon him).

    If you think the site is despicable, then why do you care what damn software system is used?

    … some kind of permanent login system would be preferable, what would be it’s downsides though?

    What do you think the downside would be, in terms of anonymity? See that’s what I mean, morons shouldn’t be writing on here, neither as commenters nor posters (like Engelhartd).

    * If you’re incapable, well, it’s possible that Huffington Post could really use a guy like you.

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  49. @Anon
    With respect to youtube videos and embedding, Mr. Unz explains himself here: https://www.unz.com/announcement/major-commenting-enhancements/#comment-1628417

    I don't know if that system is still in place, though.

    Thanks, Anon – it seems like this info. along with other “housekeeping” stuff would be on (or just off via link) the home page here. So, it is the 1st 1/2 dozen for purposes of keeping the loading time under control, and Ron changed it to the same way on a user comment-home-page per request by FKA Max. That was as of November 16.

    What I noticed is that even if a youtube video does show up as embedded, if you do an edit (within the 5 minute time frame), it usually is not embedded anymore. In that case, I cntrl-a, cntrl-x my comment to zero it out, SAVE, meaning delete the comment, and then make a new one and paste in all the stuff. It’s a workaround, and that doesn’t bother me. As long as things don’t work haphazardly, which is not what I’ve seen here, I’m cool with all of it.

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  50. I’m reading Mr. Unz’s 10/27/16 article on what were than all the newest features of the commenting system.

    I’m up to this:

    Although “Priss Factor” may have preferred to keep his(?) comments under their 397 separate handles, merging them together puts the total verbiage at a remarkable 1.5 million words, easily placing “Priss Factor” in first place among all commenters and ahead of nearly all our main writers and columnists.

    Congratulations, Priss Factor

    A couple of points here:

    I really, really still don’t get the idea of using Anon, or any variation vs. a made-up handle JUST ON THIS SITE. Or, are people picking a new version of “anon…” each comment? How does it help? Can’t you think of some random thing like “Fictitious Handle” that is not at all associated with anything you do and who you are? It’s not just something about “not taking you as seriously” per Ron, but more like “how do we know if you are the same guy with the very interesting reply from yesterday?” It’s just confusing for no reason, if you ask me. OK, don’t. ;-}

    I don’t think the people that got away with the multiple-handle thing were necessarily doing it for bad reasons, such as to up-vote one’s self or agree and say “that-a-boy!”. It could be to keep that anonymity going even more. I’m glad it’s gone (far as we know) or diminished.

    I just read about the profanity, so I’ll try to tone it down, especially after my return to my 12-step program this week. But, it’s not Thursday yet, and sometimes you just gotta say “what the fuck!”

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  51. mobi says:

    My only significant peeve with the site is the difficulty, or impossibility, of inserting pics into a comment.

    ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’, and all that.

    Doubly so, when attempts to insert pics (say, hosted on imgur) show up just fine when one chooses the ‘Preview comments’ button, then disappear without a trace in the actual posted comment.

    Other sites don’t seem to suffer from this problem, so it’s hardly unavoidable.

    Second (minor) peeve – if I want to focus on responses to my comments, it would be helpful if there was some way to go directly to my own comments page, instead of scrolling through blog posts until I find one of my comments, so I can click on my handle and get to my comments page.

    Ok – I have one more. Steve Sailer is the bread and butter of this site (more than all others combined). I get the idea of using him as a honeypot to increase exposure for all the others, but you’re overdoing it by relegating him to the right side, and limiting the number of his blog posts accessible from the home page.

    Lastly, I concur with the kudos to Ron Unz in general, for what he’s created here, and especially for his tolerance of discussions of Jewish influence in the affairs of the world, for good and bad.

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  52. Ivan K. says:

    Dragging/highlighting text with a mouse also activates those same linking and bookmarking buttons, corresponding to the highlighted text.
    There have been some complaints that this feature inconveniently interferes with regular copy-and-paste operations, especially on smartphones. It would be easy for me to deactivate it by default for non-books, so I’d welcome the opinions of commenters.

    1. When I highlight texts, I do it in much more complex ways than
    - restricting myself to five-six highlights per text
    - restricting myself to a sentence

    2. I also copy and paste extracts (for private study) from articles, and from books.

    Both highlighting and copy-pasting happen in ways that surprise even myself. They are kind of eccentric. And they are evolving. To some degree, they are “creative.”

    For both highlighting and copy-pasting, the introduced changes are an obstacle, and in response, my mind’s eye has already looked at the possibility of moving from this website to some unknown alternative ones.

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  53. reiner Tor says: • Website
    @Ficticious Handle
    Would you consider implementing comment system like reddit sues, and I guess takimag does too, upvotes, downvotes, karma system perhaps? If not, why?

    Also, when it makes me give up my fake email address on this despicable alt-right site, I can never remember what I came up with before, some kind of permanent login system would be preferable, what would be it's downsides though?

    I hate upvote systems, often the funniest (but not necessarily the best) comment gets upvoted the most, and it’s usually detrimental to the quality of discussion. The agree system is enough.

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  54. @Anon
    With respect to youtube videos and embedding, Mr. Unz explains himself here: https://www.unz.com/announcement/major-commenting-enhancements/#comment-1628417

    I don't know if that system is still in place, though.

    I’ve lost my Agree/Disagree privileges for not commenting enough recently. It has always felt a bit strange, this reward for blabbing — do we really want to encourage commenting in quantity? But hey it works ok, and though I miss a Like button in many places, I’m not sure public Liking is a healthy thing.

    Anyway (as another example of what I mentioned in an earlier comment), I didn’t want to Agree or choose any of the other available choices, I want to say Thanks to Anon for answering the question and doing so in an elegant way that cites Unz himself.

    The reason I want to say Thanks is to give a small positive feedback for this kind of positive and perhaps unappreciated behavior. Comments take me a long time to write, and it can feel like a bit of a waste of time. But if you get a thanks, well, it feels more worth it.

    I would like to suggest that this Thanks not be public. It could be enough for it to be known to only three people: the Thanker, the Thanked, and of course the all-seeing, all-powerful Unz.

    Ron Unz could later tabulate these secret thank yous to get some measure of the popularity of a poster, for what purpose I’m not sure, but it could turn out to be handy.

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  55. Ron Unz says:

    Thanks to people for the many helpful suggestions, and also the kind words. This thread has been so useful, I might try to always keep a software Open Thread readily available.

    In response to the comments, I’ve made quite a number of small changes and fixes in the system:

    Small bug fixes:

    (1) benjaminl/12:

    I fixed the Comment Truncation display bug.

    (2) Anonym/31:

    I fixed the YouTube display bug on Smartphones.

    (3) Iffen/33:

    I fixed the bug on the Search pages that were suggesting non-existent ones.

    Clarifications:

    (1) European-American/29:

    On an iPad, the system’s long-pressing feature is overridden by that of the OS. But the easy work-around is to long-press with two separated fingers simultaneously. The OS ignores it, so the system can use it.

    (2) Ficticious Handle/45

    All you need to do is select the “Remember My Information” checkbox when you leave a comment, and the system will save your Handle, Email, and other info in a cookie, so you don’t need to remember it. That will also also allow you to access to Agree/Disagree/etc, allowing you to more fully participate on this “despicable alt-rite site.”

    (3) Mobi/51

    Just use https://www.unz.com/isteve/ or https://www.unz.com/author/steve-sailer/ for the pages devoted to Steve’s posts.

    Changes/Small Enhancements:

    (1) A number of people complained about the Paragraph Highlighting/Double-Clicking being annoying, especially on Mobile devices. By default, it’s now disabled on the latter and active otherwise, but users can also override those defaults by always or never enabling it via the User Settings menu. (I could also disable it by default on tablets, depending upon people’s opinions.)

    (2) Meanwhile, various people complained about the “ugly” Search Text bar at the top of all articles, arguing that Ctrl-F works just as well. They have a reasonable point with regard to shorter pieces, and I built the module for searching books and other long-form content, so I’ve now restricted it to those on desktop systems. However, someone else pointed out that it’s useful on mobile devices, since their browsers don’t have simple search capabilities, so I kept it on mobile and tablet system.

    (3) I fixed the “Read Aloud” bug that was causing it to stop at block quotes, and also added a couple of extra voice options in the User Settings menu, so that you can select UK Female, UK Male, or US Female. If people start actually using this feature enough, I could easily add various other types of options.

    (4) When you go to any of the Comment Archive pages (via the Menu or any commenter), I’ve added a link near the top going directly to your own Comment Archive.

    (5) “Mobi” complained that imgur or other images weren’t getting inserted properly. Actually, they work fine, e.g.

    https://www.unz.com/tsaker/2016-the-year-of-russias-triumph/#comment-1714161

    The problem is that after several YouTube videos have been encountered and inserted, the system tries to prevent pages from getting too “heavy” by no longer expanding inserted items, which includes images and Tweets. However, since videos are so much heavier than almost everything else, I’ve reactivated the expansion for everything except videos. If the longer comment-threads start taking too much time to load, I may need to undo this.

    Under Development:

    (1) Various people using older devices or software are appearently experiencing severe problems, especially involving downloading the CSS files from the Cloud, because of the new “secure” HTTPS protocol. I’m going to try to modify the system so that people can go back to using the old “unsecure” HTTP protocol if they’d like, which should solve the problem.

    (2) “European-American” and a couple of other people said it would be very nice if individual users could be notified on the screen whether they have any new replies to their comments, and at first I assumed that something like that would be much too difficult to build. But after a little thought, it may be pretty doable, so I’ll try to add it and let people know if I succeed.

    So many changes, scattered throughout the code, are very likely to produce new bugs of their own, so please let me know if you encounter any software problems, regarding these issues or new ones.

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    • Replies: @FKA Max
    At the risk of sounding like a broken record... a big Thank You from me to you, too, for everything you are doing for all of us, Mr. Unz!

    I discovered a very minor potential bug. For guest authors on the Unz Review who have so far only had one of their articles published on the site, below their articles in the ``Recently from Author'' box it displays their name as a hyperlink , e.g., Friedrich Zauner, Spencer Quinn, Steven Yates, etc. and these hyperlinks take readers to the following pages: https://www.unz.com/guest-author/cap-friedrich-zauner/ and https://www.unz.com/guest-author/cap-spencer-quinn/ and http://www.unz.com/guest-author/cap-steven-yates/

    when they are probably supposed to take readers to these following pages instead: https://www.unz.com/author/friedrich-zauner/ and https://www.unz.com/author/spencer-quinn/ and http://www.unz.com/author/steven-yates/

    I did not notice this minor glitch with long-established authors on the site like Mr. Derbyshire, for example, who have had many articles published at the Unz Review. His name does not even show up as a hyperlink in the ``Recently from Author'' boxes below his articles: http://www.unz.com/jderbyshire/thank-you-for-warsaw-mr-president-and-especially-for-mentioning-katyn-massacre/

    P.s.: I have not encountered any other problems since you fixed them a few days ago: http://www.unz.com/article/trump-turns-the-corner-and-goes-on-the-attack-will-he-make-the-gop-follow/#comment-1932704

    Thanks so much again!
    , @Anatoly Karlin
    Thanks for removing the "Search."

    “Mobi” complained that imgur or other images weren’t getting inserted properly. Actually, they work fine, e.g.
     
    It automatically inserts imgur links, but not direct links to files ending in .jpg/.gif/.png

    E.g., direct link of the Ukraine map you linked to at the Saker's post:

    https://i.imgur.com/XSMQWDWl.png
    , @Avery
    UNZ.com under my old XP and old Chrome is working fine now.
    Just like the good old days.
    , @Dave Pinsen
    Ron,

    Re 5:

    Not sure if it was due to the length of the comment thread (currently at around 85 comments), but I just inserted a tweet that included an image of a newspaper article in a comment and although it displayed correctly initially, when I checked back a while later, all except the text of the tweet had disappeared, including the link to the original tweet.

    If it's too "heavy" to include an image, it would be good if you could at least keep the link to the tweet where people can find the image.

  56. FKA Max says:
    @Ron Unz
    Thanks to people for the many helpful suggestions, and also the kind words. This thread has been so useful, I might try to always keep a software Open Thread readily available.

    In response to the comments, I've made quite a number of small changes and fixes in the system:


    Small bug fixes:

    (1) benjaminl/12:

    I fixed the Comment Truncation display bug.

    (2) Anonym/31:

    I fixed the YouTube display bug on Smartphones.

    (3) Iffen/33:

    I fixed the bug on the Search pages that were suggesting non-existent ones.


    Clarifications:

    (1) European-American/29:

    On an iPad, the system's long-pressing feature is overridden by that of the OS. But the easy work-around is to long-press with two separated fingers simultaneously. The OS ignores it, so the system can use it.

    (2) Ficticious Handle/45

    All you need to do is select the "Remember My Information" checkbox when you leave a comment, and the system will save your Handle, Email, and other info in a cookie, so you don't need to remember it. That will also also allow you to access to Agree/Disagree/etc, allowing you to more fully participate on this "despicable alt-rite site."

    (3) Mobi/51

    Just use https://www.unz.com/isteve/ or https://www.unz.com/author/steve-sailer/ for the pages devoted to Steve's posts.


    Changes/Small Enhancements:

    (1) A number of people complained about the Paragraph Highlighting/Double-Clicking being annoying, especially on Mobile devices. By default, it's now disabled on the latter and active otherwise, but users can also override those defaults by always or never enabling it via the User Settings menu. (I could also disable it by default on tablets, depending upon people's opinions.)

    (2) Meanwhile, various people complained about the "ugly" Search Text bar at the top of all articles, arguing that Ctrl-F works just as well. They have a reasonable point with regard to shorter pieces, and I built the module for searching books and other long-form content, so I've now restricted it to those on desktop systems. However, someone else pointed out that it's useful on mobile devices, since their browsers don't have simple search capabilities, so I kept it on mobile and tablet system.

    (3) I fixed the "Read Aloud" bug that was causing it to stop at block quotes, and also added a couple of extra voice options in the User Settings menu, so that you can select UK Female, UK Male, or US Female. If people start actually using this feature enough, I could easily add various other types of options.

    (4) When you go to any of the Comment Archive pages (via the Menu or any commenter), I've added a link near the top going directly to your own Comment Archive.

    (5) "Mobi" complained that imgur or other images weren't getting inserted properly. Actually, they work fine, e.g.

    https://www.unz.com/tsaker/2016-the-year-of-russias-triumph/#comment-1714161

    The problem is that after several YouTube videos have been encountered and inserted, the system tries to prevent pages from getting too "heavy" by no longer expanding inserted items, which includes images and Tweets. However, since videos are so much heavier than almost everything else, I've reactivated the expansion for everything except videos. If the longer comment-threads start taking too much time to load, I may need to undo this.


    Under Development:

    (1) Various people using older devices or software are appearently experiencing severe problems, especially involving downloading the CSS files from the Cloud, because of the new "secure" HTTPS protocol. I'm going to try to modify the system so that people can go back to using the old "unsecure" HTTP protocol if they'd like, which should solve the problem.

    (2) "European-American" and a couple of other people said it would be very nice if individual users could be notified on the screen whether they have any new replies to their comments, and at first I assumed that something like that would be much too difficult to build. But after a little thought, it may be pretty doable, so I'll try to add it and let people know if I succeed.


    So many changes, scattered throughout the code, are very likely to produce new bugs of their own, so please let me know if you encounter any software problems, regarding these issues or new ones.

    At the risk of sounding like a broken record… a big Thank You from me to you, too, for everything you are doing for all of us, Mr. Unz!

    I discovered a very minor potential bug. For guest authors on the Unz Review who have so far only had one of their articles published on the site, below their articles in the “Recently from Author” box it displays their name as a hyperlink , e.g., Friedrich Zauner, Spencer Quinn, Steven Yates, etc. and these hyperlinks take readers to the following pages: https://www.unz.com/guest-author/cap-friedrich-zauner/ and https://www.unz.com/guest-author/cap-spencer-quinn/ and http://www.unz.com/guest-author/cap-steven-yates/

    when they are probably supposed to take readers to these following pages instead: https://www.unz.com/author/friedrich-zauner/ and https://www.unz.com/author/spencer-quinn/ and http://www.unz.com/author/steven-yates/

    I did not notice this minor glitch with long-established authors on the site like Mr. Derbyshire, for example, who have had many articles published at the Unz Review. His name does not even show up as a hyperlink in the “Recently from Author” boxes below his articles: http://www.unz.com/jderbyshire/thank-you-for-warsaw-mr-president-and-especially-for-mentioning-katyn-massacre/

    P.s.: I have not encountered any other problems since you fixed them a few days ago: http://www.unz.com/article/trump-turns-the-corner-and-goes-on-the-attack-will-he-make-the-gop-follow/#comment-1932704

    Thanks so much again!

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    For guest authors on the Unz Review who have so far only had one of their articles published on the site, below their articles in the “Recently from Author” box it displays their name as a hyperlink
     
    Fixed.
  57. @Ron Unz
    Thanks to people for the many helpful suggestions, and also the kind words. This thread has been so useful, I might try to always keep a software Open Thread readily available.

    In response to the comments, I've made quite a number of small changes and fixes in the system:


    Small bug fixes:

    (1) benjaminl/12:

    I fixed the Comment Truncation display bug.

    (2) Anonym/31:

    I fixed the YouTube display bug on Smartphones.

    (3) Iffen/33:

    I fixed the bug on the Search pages that were suggesting non-existent ones.


    Clarifications:

    (1) European-American/29:

    On an iPad, the system's long-pressing feature is overridden by that of the OS. But the easy work-around is to long-press with two separated fingers simultaneously. The OS ignores it, so the system can use it.

    (2) Ficticious Handle/45

    All you need to do is select the "Remember My Information" checkbox when you leave a comment, and the system will save your Handle, Email, and other info in a cookie, so you don't need to remember it. That will also also allow you to access to Agree/Disagree/etc, allowing you to more fully participate on this "despicable alt-rite site."

    (3) Mobi/51

    Just use https://www.unz.com/isteve/ or https://www.unz.com/author/steve-sailer/ for the pages devoted to Steve's posts.


    Changes/Small Enhancements:

    (1) A number of people complained about the Paragraph Highlighting/Double-Clicking being annoying, especially on Mobile devices. By default, it's now disabled on the latter and active otherwise, but users can also override those defaults by always or never enabling it via the User Settings menu. (I could also disable it by default on tablets, depending upon people's opinions.)

    (2) Meanwhile, various people complained about the "ugly" Search Text bar at the top of all articles, arguing that Ctrl-F works just as well. They have a reasonable point with regard to shorter pieces, and I built the module for searching books and other long-form content, so I've now restricted it to those on desktop systems. However, someone else pointed out that it's useful on mobile devices, since their browsers don't have simple search capabilities, so I kept it on mobile and tablet system.

    (3) I fixed the "Read Aloud" bug that was causing it to stop at block quotes, and also added a couple of extra voice options in the User Settings menu, so that you can select UK Female, UK Male, or US Female. If people start actually using this feature enough, I could easily add various other types of options.

    (4) When you go to any of the Comment Archive pages (via the Menu or any commenter), I've added a link near the top going directly to your own Comment Archive.

    (5) "Mobi" complained that imgur or other images weren't getting inserted properly. Actually, they work fine, e.g.

    https://www.unz.com/tsaker/2016-the-year-of-russias-triumph/#comment-1714161

    The problem is that after several YouTube videos have been encountered and inserted, the system tries to prevent pages from getting too "heavy" by no longer expanding inserted items, which includes images and Tweets. However, since videos are so much heavier than almost everything else, I've reactivated the expansion for everything except videos. If the longer comment-threads start taking too much time to load, I may need to undo this.


    Under Development:

    (1) Various people using older devices or software are appearently experiencing severe problems, especially involving downloading the CSS files from the Cloud, because of the new "secure" HTTPS protocol. I'm going to try to modify the system so that people can go back to using the old "unsecure" HTTP protocol if they'd like, which should solve the problem.

    (2) "European-American" and a couple of other people said it would be very nice if individual users could be notified on the screen whether they have any new replies to their comments, and at first I assumed that something like that would be much too difficult to build. But after a little thought, it may be pretty doable, so I'll try to add it and let people know if I succeed.


    So many changes, scattered throughout the code, are very likely to produce new bugs of their own, so please let me know if you encounter any software problems, regarding these issues or new ones.

    Thanks for removing the “Search.”

    “Mobi” complained that imgur or other images weren’t getting inserted properly. Actually, they work fine, e.g.

    It automatically inserts imgur links, but not direct links to files ending in .jpg/.gif/.png

    E.g., direct link of the Ukraine map you linked to at the Saker’s post:

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  58. Avery says:
    @Ron Unz
    Thanks to people for the many helpful suggestions, and also the kind words. This thread has been so useful, I might try to always keep a software Open Thread readily available.

    In response to the comments, I've made quite a number of small changes and fixes in the system:


    Small bug fixes:

    (1) benjaminl/12:

    I fixed the Comment Truncation display bug.

    (2) Anonym/31:

    I fixed the YouTube display bug on Smartphones.

    (3) Iffen/33:

    I fixed the bug on the Search pages that were suggesting non-existent ones.


    Clarifications:

    (1) European-American/29:

    On an iPad, the system's long-pressing feature is overridden by that of the OS. But the easy work-around is to long-press with two separated fingers simultaneously. The OS ignores it, so the system can use it.

    (2) Ficticious Handle/45

    All you need to do is select the "Remember My Information" checkbox when you leave a comment, and the system will save your Handle, Email, and other info in a cookie, so you don't need to remember it. That will also also allow you to access to Agree/Disagree/etc, allowing you to more fully participate on this "despicable alt-rite site."

    (3) Mobi/51

    Just use https://www.unz.com/isteve/ or https://www.unz.com/author/steve-sailer/ for the pages devoted to Steve's posts.


    Changes/Small Enhancements:

    (1) A number of people complained about the Paragraph Highlighting/Double-Clicking being annoying, especially on Mobile devices. By default, it's now disabled on the latter and active otherwise, but users can also override those defaults by always or never enabling it via the User Settings menu. (I could also disable it by default on tablets, depending upon people's opinions.)

    (2) Meanwhile, various people complained about the "ugly" Search Text bar at the top of all articles, arguing that Ctrl-F works just as well. They have a reasonable point with regard to shorter pieces, and I built the module for searching books and other long-form content, so I've now restricted it to those on desktop systems. However, someone else pointed out that it's useful on mobile devices, since their browsers don't have simple search capabilities, so I kept it on mobile and tablet system.

    (3) I fixed the "Read Aloud" bug that was causing it to stop at block quotes, and also added a couple of extra voice options in the User Settings menu, so that you can select UK Female, UK Male, or US Female. If people start actually using this feature enough, I could easily add various other types of options.

    (4) When you go to any of the Comment Archive pages (via the Menu or any commenter), I've added a link near the top going directly to your own Comment Archive.

    (5) "Mobi" complained that imgur or other images weren't getting inserted properly. Actually, they work fine, e.g.

    https://www.unz.com/tsaker/2016-the-year-of-russias-triumph/#comment-1714161

    The problem is that after several YouTube videos have been encountered and inserted, the system tries to prevent pages from getting too "heavy" by no longer expanding inserted items, which includes images and Tweets. However, since videos are so much heavier than almost everything else, I've reactivated the expansion for everything except videos. If the longer comment-threads start taking too much time to load, I may need to undo this.


    Under Development:

    (1) Various people using older devices or software are appearently experiencing severe problems, especially involving downloading the CSS files from the Cloud, because of the new "secure" HTTPS protocol. I'm going to try to modify the system so that people can go back to using the old "unsecure" HTTP protocol if they'd like, which should solve the problem.

    (2) "European-American" and a couple of other people said it would be very nice if individual users could be notified on the screen whether they have any new replies to their comments, and at first I assumed that something like that would be much too difficult to build. But after a little thought, it may be pretty doable, so I'll try to add it and let people know if I succeed.


    So many changes, scattered throughout the code, are very likely to produce new bugs of their own, so please let me know if you encounter any software problems, regarding these issues or new ones.

    UNZ.com under my old XP and old Chrome is working fine now.
    Just like the good old days.

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    Sorry, I take that back.
    Tried to 'comment' under it, and it went haywire: messed up display....
    But the Main page displays clean, like before.
    , @vinteuil
    Same here, on my ancient Samsung player, here in the 2nd most beautiful city in the world, Санкт-Петербург.

    Credit where credit is due.
  59. Avery says:
    @Avery
    UNZ.com under my old XP and old Chrome is working fine now.
    Just like the good old days.

    Sorry, I take that back.
    Tried to ‘comment’ under it, and it went haywire: messed up display….
    But the Main page displays clean, like before.

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    • Replies: @Ron Unz

    Sorry, I take that back.
    Tried to ‘comment’ under it, and it went haywire: messed up display….
    But the Main page displays clean, like before.
     
    I'm still working on some major new Commenting enhancements, and won't be able to move the code, which fixes many of the aforementioned bugs, to the Live server for at least another couple of days.

    But meanwhile, I decided to temporarily switch the default-config of the website back to the old http protocol, which should resolve your commenting problem, at least if your using the http version of the website.
    , @Avery
    I just commented under Chrome, and it worked just fine.

    Thanks Ron.
  60. This is the most com box friendly site I have seen. I have seen a lot of them. Thank you Mr. Unz. Also I have been banned from many sites. Here I can speak my mind. So again, thank you Mr. Unz.

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  61. Ron Unz says:
    @FKA Max
    At the risk of sounding like a broken record... a big Thank You from me to you, too, for everything you are doing for all of us, Mr. Unz!

    I discovered a very minor potential bug. For guest authors on the Unz Review who have so far only had one of their articles published on the site, below their articles in the ``Recently from Author'' box it displays their name as a hyperlink , e.g., Friedrich Zauner, Spencer Quinn, Steven Yates, etc. and these hyperlinks take readers to the following pages: https://www.unz.com/guest-author/cap-friedrich-zauner/ and https://www.unz.com/guest-author/cap-spencer-quinn/ and http://www.unz.com/guest-author/cap-steven-yates/

    when they are probably supposed to take readers to these following pages instead: https://www.unz.com/author/friedrich-zauner/ and https://www.unz.com/author/spencer-quinn/ and http://www.unz.com/author/steven-yates/

    I did not notice this minor glitch with long-established authors on the site like Mr. Derbyshire, for example, who have had many articles published at the Unz Review. His name does not even show up as a hyperlink in the ``Recently from Author'' boxes below his articles: http://www.unz.com/jderbyshire/thank-you-for-warsaw-mr-president-and-especially-for-mentioning-katyn-massacre/

    P.s.: I have not encountered any other problems since you fixed them a few days ago: http://www.unz.com/article/trump-turns-the-corner-and-goes-on-the-attack-will-he-make-the-gop-follow/#comment-1932704

    Thanks so much again!

    For guest authors on the Unz Review who have so far only had one of their articles published on the site, below their articles in the “Recently from Author” box it displays their name as a hyperlink

    Fixed.

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  62. anon says: • Disclaimer
    @Ron Unz

    Did not work.
    This is what is displayed, when I copy the link to Chrome and hit return.
     
    Well, we may have located the problem.

    http://www.unzcloud.com uses an unsupported protocol.
    ERR_SSL_VERSION_OR_CIPHER_MISMATCH
     
    But did you make sure you used "https:" rather than "http:" in the URL? The "s" means "secure" and that's the version of the CSS file that should be downloaded. Maybe your older computer is converting "https" to "http" for some reason.

    Hmm, according to ssllabs there’s some handshake error with Chrome on XP SP3:

    https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/analyze.html?d=www.unzcloud.com&s=104.28.15.174&latest

    (You may need to rerun the scan again, don’t know how long they cache it.)

    (Can you believe this tool is FREE? What a world…)

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  63. anon says: • Disclaimer

    Hopefully my last comment was useful enough to avoid this complaint being labelled unhelpful:

    When I open iSteve in Chrome on Windows 10, it takes an inordinate amount of time to respond. I’m okay with *loading* taking a while, like images coming in, but the whole tab is completely unresponsive to mouse or keyboard for 10-15 seconds.

    I’m running Ghostery and Ad Block Plus, so the “socials” shouldn’t be doing it, but maybe it’s something else?

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    Note, the problem is really only with isteve, not other authors.
  64. anon says: • Disclaimer
    @anon
    Hopefully my last comment was useful enough to avoid this complaint being labelled unhelpful:

    When I open iSteve in Chrome on Windows 10, it takes an inordinate amount of time to respond. I'm okay with *loading* taking a while, like images coming in, but the whole tab is completely unresponsive to mouse or keyboard for 10-15 seconds.

    I'm running Ghostery and Ad Block Plus, so the "socials" shouldn't be doing it, but maybe it's something else?

    Note, the problem is really only with isteve, not other authors.

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  65. Sowhat says:

    (1) “Secure” https: protocol.
    (2) Paragraph Double-Clicking, Linking, Bookmarking..I use an android tablet and bookmarking options could be placed “right justified” eliminating overlap with “copytext” options…I THINK
    (3) Bookmarking  great feature
    (4) Tweeters Page …please don’t.  If I want to Tweet or post a link to one of your articles, I copy the Title and the url and do it myself.  If anyone has any interest, there, fine. If you link to twitter, you’ll have some real yahoo’s ruining your comments sections.
    5-9 are great additions
    Thank you for the upgrades.
    I use an android tablet and always have a warning page referencing SSL’S and have to choose the “proceed to page, anyway button.” You may be missing talented, let and do eloquent visitors.
    Regarding commenters and eddicate, some idiots get nasty…well, one did. And I can choose to block him, if it continues.
    This is my favorite sites and I don’t mind all points of view. T.E. is a piece of modern art but his writings are sometimes worth the readings.
    Peace be on you.
    I would leave the login setup. Anyone with memory issues can use an app like Memory or Keep or software like Word or One Note to save their login info.

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  66. vinteuil says:
    @Avery
    UNZ.com under my old XP and old Chrome is working fine now.
    Just like the good old days.

    Same here, on my ancient Samsung player, here in the 2nd most beautiful city in the world, Санкт-Петербург.

    Credit where credit is due.

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    Санкт-Петербург - Never heard of it. Give me a country so I can guess.
  67. @vinteuil
    Same here, on my ancient Samsung player, here in the 2nd most beautiful city in the world, Санкт-Петербург.

    Credit where credit is due.

    Санкт-Петербург – Never heard of it. Give me a country so I can guess.

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  68. So…question. How exactly does this website make money? There’s no ads. Unz never asks for donations. Is this really all bankrolled by Unz out of his own pocket? Just curious.

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    • Replies: @Avery
    Look it up.

    Mr. Unz is a self-made millionaire.
    He made his fortune when he sold a financial software he developed in his Yute to some bank or some financial institution.

    Don't know Mr. Uns personally and don't know how UNZ.com expenses are paid for, but my guess would be they are paid for from Mr. Unz's personal funds.

    So say "Thank you, Mr. Unz: thank you very much".
  69. Avery says:
    @Senator Brundlefly
    So...question. How exactly does this website make money? There's no ads. Unz never asks for donations. Is this really all bankrolled by Unz out of his own pocket? Just curious.

    Look it up.

    Mr. Unz is a self-made millionaire.
    He made his fortune when he sold a financial software he developed in his Yute to some bank or some financial institution.

    Don’t know Mr. Uns personally and don’t know how UNZ.com expenses are paid for, but my guess would be they are paid for from Mr. Unz’s personal funds.

    So say “Thank you, Mr. Unz: thank you very much”.

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    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    Agreed. THANK YOU, MR. UNZ.
    , @Senator Brundlefly
    I knew he was a millionaire. Still, figured it would be beyond one man's capacity to run something like this. Websites like Reason or Vdare always have panhandling drives and they have ads. However he does it, thank you Mr. Unz. Your thoughtcrime webzine (and I mean that in a good way) is certainly refreshing, unique, and important.
  70. @Ron Unz

    Did not work.
    This is what is displayed, when I copy the link to Chrome and hit return.
     
    Well, we may have located the problem.

    http://www.unzcloud.com uses an unsupported protocol.
    ERR_SSL_VERSION_OR_CIPHER_MISMATCH
     
    But did you make sure you used "https:" rather than "http:" in the URL? The "s" means "secure" and that's the version of the CSS file that should be downloaded. Maybe your older computer is converting "https" to "http" for some reason.

    Https thing still a problem: Chrome on Android 5.1. Just got it when submitting a comment.

    I know some people who would ordinarily be happy to help me figure out what’s wrong but, hey, it’s not just anyone I want knowing I read a site that’s hospitable to flagrant racists and antisemites.

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    • Replies: @Avery
    {...hospitable to flagrant racists and antisemites.}

    Mr. Unz has allocated this separate, specific thread for software issues.
    Did you have to bring up alleged ' flagrant racists' and alleged ' antisemites' here?
    Lots of other threads to bring that up.
    Are youse that desperate for attention?
  71. Avery says:
    @International Jew
    Https thing still a problem: Chrome on Android 5.1. Just got it when submitting a comment.

    I know some people who would ordinarily be happy to help me figure out what's wrong but, hey, it's not just anyone I want knowing I read a site that's hospitable to flagrant racists and antisemites.

    {…hospitable to flagrant racists and antisemites.}

    Mr. Unz has allocated this separate, specific thread for software issues.
    Did you have to bring up alleged ‘ flagrant racists’ and alleged ‘ antisemites’ here?
    Lots of other threads to bring that up.
    Are youse that desperate for attention?

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  72. @Avery
    Look it up.

    Mr. Unz is a self-made millionaire.
    He made his fortune when he sold a financial software he developed in his Yute to some bank or some financial institution.

    Don't know Mr. Uns personally and don't know how UNZ.com expenses are paid for, but my guess would be they are paid for from Mr. Unz's personal funds.

    So say "Thank you, Mr. Unz: thank you very much".

    Agreed. THANK YOU, MR. UNZ.

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  73. Could you make the pages smaller? That is, despite the lack of advertising (thanks!), loading just one good post of Steve Sailer’s (with the comments of course) can blow through a megabyte. How about loading smaller pieces and giving us a “more” button at the bottom?

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    How about loading smaller pieces and giving us a “more” button at the bottom?
     
    Sorry but strongly disagree - much prefer to download an article in one piece and scroll down on my own computer/device rather than having to beg for "seconds."
  74. @Avery
    Look it up.

    Mr. Unz is a self-made millionaire.
    He made his fortune when he sold a financial software he developed in his Yute to some bank or some financial institution.

    Don't know Mr. Uns personally and don't know how UNZ.com expenses are paid for, but my guess would be they are paid for from Mr. Unz's personal funds.

    So say "Thank you, Mr. Unz: thank you very much".

    I knew he was a millionaire. Still, figured it would be beyond one man’s capacity to run something like this. Websites like Reason or Vdare always have panhandling drives and they have ads. However he does it, thank you Mr. Unz. Your thoughtcrime webzine (and I mean that in a good way) is certainly refreshing, unique, and important.

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  75. Anonym says:
    @Anonym
    I think it's working very well. It's a great site.

    Only quibble is that on Android, youtube videos show the left-hand half or 3/5 of their width on my phone. Sometimes I can get the gist of it, but it would be far nicer to be able to see the complete video in total.

    Thanks again for the great site and especially hosting Steve Sailer, Pat Buchanan, and the Derb... and some of the other guys prove interesting from time to time. I have enjoyed your own articles as well. I like that you have Norman Finkelstein on. I wonder if you would find Robert Spencer from Jihadwatch to be suitable for an occasional column.

    Only quibble is that on Android, youtube videos show the left-hand half or 3/5 of their width on my phone. Sometimes I can get the gist of it, but it would be far nicer to be able to see the complete video in total.

    Whoa thanks Ron! It works great now.

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  76. Eagle Eye says:
    @epochehusserl
    I wanted to thank Mr Unz for providing this site a service to the public.

    I wanted to thank Mr Unz for providing this site a service to the public.

    Thank you Mr. Unz!

    Personally, I am impressed by the sophisticated and customer-oriented thinking behind the software changes.

    Although I may not use all of these new feature, they all make eminent sense to me and I will try to bear them in mind.

    The green highlighting appearing on my smartphone was at first perplexing, but the feature certainly seems useful and (now that I understand it) should not cause any problems.

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  77. Eagle Eye says:
    @International Jew
    Could you make the pages smaller? That is, despite the lack of advertising (thanks!), loading just one good post of Steve Sailer's (with the comments of course) can blow through a megabyte. How about loading smaller pieces and giving us a "more" button at the bottom?

    How about loading smaller pieces and giving us a “more” button at the bottom?

    Sorry but strongly disagree – much prefer to download an article in one piece and scroll down on my own computer/device rather than having to beg for “seconds.”

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  78. Lot says:

    When using a mobile browser, you are of course served the mobile version of the site by default. However, those browsers have a “Request Desktop Site” feature that does not work on Unz.com.

    This is a shame because the site works perfectly with the desktop version on a modern mobile device.

    A work around is to log in and change preferences to desktop, but seems like an easy fix to make the site compatible with the “request desktop” feature.

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  79. New bug: I got that https error, and I pressed “Submit” again, curious to know if your duplicate-comment detector still works if a “transaction” has been interrupted. Turns out it does not; my comment got posted twice.

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  80. Harold says:

    Here is an example of a bug that probably no one will ever encounter:

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/a-million-words-of-comments-per-month/?highlight=a

    Scroll down to the comments. For me, in both Safari and Firefox, they are all messed up.

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  81. Dissident says:

    “Preview Comment” feature appears broken for me; clicking-on said button yielded same result as clicking-on “Publish Comment”.

    Thank you, Mr. Unz, for providing this forum and for all you contribute, both in terms of money as well as time and effort, to keep the site up and running.

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  82. I find the green highlight that comes up when I’m trying to scroll down the page on my iPad to be very annoying. I’d much prefer it if it was restricted to the books section.

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  83. David says:

    Just an idea, not sure if it’s a good one. What about making the time stamp for comments specific to the reader’s time zone? I have a personal obsession with knowing when what I’m reading was written and find making the calculation a bother.

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  84. biznit says:

    It’s obvious that this site was planned and built with no involvement from a designer. (unz.org also suffers from this.) Please recognize that design is important and that it requires a specialist, you can’t just do it yourself.

    I should also add that I appreciate the effort put into enhancing the functionality of commenting and such.

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    It’s obvious that this site was planned and built with no involvement from a designer. (unz.org also suffers from this.) Please recognize that design is important and that it requires a specialist, you can’t just do it yourself.
     
    Well, tastes obviously differ with regard to website design. Just out of curiosity, I wonder if you could point me to what you consider a particularly well-designed content-oriented website. Perhaps The Drudge Report?...
  85. I access blogs and news sites entirely through their RSS feeds (via the Sage reader on Firefox). This has always worked fine with unz.com but has been broken since June 16th. The feed appears but nothing happens when one clicks on the items listed except that they unbold themselves to indicate that they have been ‘read’ (even though that is impossible). All my other feeds (about 25) are working okay. I checked and the unz.com RSS feed address has not changed. I tried changing it from http to https but that made no difference. I read through all the comments above hoping to find someone else with the same problem. No joy. Perhaps very few people use RSS these days.

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    I access blogs and news sites entirely through their RSS feeds (via the Sage reader on Firefox). This has always worked fine with unz.com but has been broken since June 16th. The feed appears but nothing happens when one clicks on the items listed except that they unbold themselves to indicate that they have been ‘read’ (even though that is impossible).
     
    I'm terribly sorry. I don't use RSS myself, so I never noticed the problem. I just fixed it and things seem to be working now, though it make take a bit of time for the changes to propagate across the Internet.

    Meanwhile, I'm working on all those other fixes/changes/enhancements, and hope to have the new version of the software ready for the Live server within another day or two.
  86. Ron Unz says:
    @Jane Coles
    I access blogs and news sites entirely through their RSS feeds (via the Sage reader on Firefox). This has always worked fine with unz.com but has been broken since June 16th. The feed appears but nothing happens when one clicks on the items listed except that they unbold themselves to indicate that they have been 'read' (even though that is impossible). All my other feeds (about 25) are working okay. I checked and the unz.com RSS feed address has not changed. I tried changing it from http to https but that made no difference. I read through all the comments above hoping to find someone else with the same problem. No joy. Perhaps very few people use RSS these days.

    I access blogs and news sites entirely through their RSS feeds (via the Sage reader on Firefox). This has always worked fine with unz.com but has been broken since June 16th. The feed appears but nothing happens when one clicks on the items listed except that they unbold themselves to indicate that they have been ‘read’ (even though that is impossible).

    I’m terribly sorry. I don’t use RSS myself, so I never noticed the problem. I just fixed it and things seem to be working now, though it make take a bit of time for the changes to propagate across the Internet.

    Meanwhile, I’m working on all those other fixes/changes/enhancements, and hope to have the new version of the software ready for the Live server within another day or two.

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    I just fixed it and things seem to be working now
     
    Yes, it is working fine. Many thanks (and appreciation for your website more generally).
  87. Ron Unz says:
    @biznit
    It's obvious that this site was planned and built with no involvement from a designer. (unz.org also suffers from this.) Please recognize that design is important and that it requires a specialist, you can't just do it yourself.

    I should also add that I appreciate the effort put into enhancing the functionality of commenting and such.

    It’s obvious that this site was planned and built with no involvement from a designer. (unz.org also suffers from this.) Please recognize that design is important and that it requires a specialist, you can’t just do it yourself.

    Well, tastes obviously differ with regard to website design. Just out of curiosity, I wonder if you could point me to what you consider a particularly well-designed content-oriented website. Perhaps The Drudge Report?

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  88. @Ron Unz

    I access blogs and news sites entirely through their RSS feeds (via the Sage reader on Firefox). This has always worked fine with unz.com but has been broken since June 16th. The feed appears but nothing happens when one clicks on the items listed except that they unbold themselves to indicate that they have been ‘read’ (even though that is impossible).
     
    I'm terribly sorry. I don't use RSS myself, so I never noticed the problem. I just fixed it and things seem to be working now, though it make take a bit of time for the changes to propagate across the Internet.

    Meanwhile, I'm working on all those other fixes/changes/enhancements, and hope to have the new version of the software ready for the Live server within another day or two.

    I just fixed it and things seem to be working now

    Yes, it is working fine. Many thanks (and appreciation for your website more generally).

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  89. Ivy says:

    new topic and old topic
    Pseudoerasmus column about Where do pro-social institutions come from

    https://pseudoerasmus.com/2015/10/04/ce/

    Now resurfacing at Nakedcapitalism.com

    http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/07/pro-social-institutions-come.html

    good to see an i-Steve/UR topic getting into wider circulation

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  90. Ron Unz says:
    @Avery
    Sorry, I take that back.
    Tried to 'comment' under it, and it went haywire: messed up display....
    But the Main page displays clean, like before.

    Sorry, I take that back.
    Tried to ‘comment’ under it, and it went haywire: messed up display….
    But the Main page displays clean, like before.

    I’m still working on some major new Commenting enhancements, and won’t be able to move the code, which fixes many of the aforementioned bugs, to the Live server for at least another couple of days.

    But meanwhile, I decided to temporarily switch the default-config of the website back to the old http protocol, which should resolve your commenting problem, at least if your using the http version of the website.

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  91. Avery says:
    @Avery
    Sorry, I take that back.
    Tried to 'comment' under it, and it went haywire: messed up display....
    But the Main page displays clean, like before.

    I just commented under Chrome, and it worked just fine.

    Thanks Ron.

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  92. Daniel H says:

    How does one embed an image in comments? For instance, in this comment I do not see any button or instruction on how to do so.

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    You have to use a weblink; Unz.com doesn't do image hosting so far as I know.
  93. Anon says: • Disclaimer
    @Daniel H
    How does one embed an image in comments? For instance, in this comment I do not see any button or instruction on how to do so.

    You have to use a weblink; Unz.com doesn’t do image hosting so far as I know.

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  94. inertial says:

    Ron, thanks for great software updates!

    For those of us who subscribe to comments via RSS, would it be too hard to:

    - show the full comment in RSS as opposed to snippet, and

    - format the comment in HTML as opposed to plain text (including, if possible, links to replies, LOLs, etc.)

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  95. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Ron Unz
    Thanks to people for the many helpful suggestions, and also the kind words. This thread has been so useful, I might try to always keep a software Open Thread readily available.

    In response to the comments, I've made quite a number of small changes and fixes in the system:


    Small bug fixes:

    (1) benjaminl/12:

    I fixed the Comment Truncation display bug.

    (2) Anonym/31:

    I fixed the YouTube display bug on Smartphones.

    (3) Iffen/33:

    I fixed the bug on the Search pages that were suggesting non-existent ones.


    Clarifications:

    (1) European-American/29:

    On an iPad, the system's long-pressing feature is overridden by that of the OS. But the easy work-around is to long-press with two separated fingers simultaneously. The OS ignores it, so the system can use it.

    (2) Ficticious Handle/45

    All you need to do is select the "Remember My Information" checkbox when you leave a comment, and the system will save your Handle, Email, and other info in a cookie, so you don't need to remember it. That will also also allow you to access to Agree/Disagree/etc, allowing you to more fully participate on this "despicable alt-rite site."

    (3) Mobi/51

    Just use https://www.unz.com/isteve/ or https://www.unz.com/author/steve-sailer/ for the pages devoted to Steve's posts.


    Changes/Small Enhancements:

    (1) A number of people complained about the Paragraph Highlighting/Double-Clicking being annoying, especially on Mobile devices. By default, it's now disabled on the latter and active otherwise, but users can also override those defaults by always or never enabling it via the User Settings menu. (I could also disable it by default on tablets, depending upon people's opinions.)

    (2) Meanwhile, various people complained about the "ugly" Search Text bar at the top of all articles, arguing that Ctrl-F works just as well. They have a reasonable point with regard to shorter pieces, and I built the module for searching books and other long-form content, so I've now restricted it to those on desktop systems. However, someone else pointed out that it's useful on mobile devices, since their browsers don't have simple search capabilities, so I kept it on mobile and tablet system.

    (3) I fixed the "Read Aloud" bug that was causing it to stop at block quotes, and also added a couple of extra voice options in the User Settings menu, so that you can select UK Female, UK Male, or US Female. If people start actually using this feature enough, I could easily add various other types of options.

    (4) When you go to any of the Comment Archive pages (via the Menu or any commenter), I've added a link near the top going directly to your own Comment Archive.

    (5) "Mobi" complained that imgur or other images weren't getting inserted properly. Actually, they work fine, e.g.

    https://www.unz.com/tsaker/2016-the-year-of-russias-triumph/#comment-1714161

    The problem is that after several YouTube videos have been encountered and inserted, the system tries to prevent pages from getting too "heavy" by no longer expanding inserted items, which includes images and Tweets. However, since videos are so much heavier than almost everything else, I've reactivated the expansion for everything except videos. If the longer comment-threads start taking too much time to load, I may need to undo this.


    Under Development:

    (1) Various people using older devices or software are appearently experiencing severe problems, especially involving downloading the CSS files from the Cloud, because of the new "secure" HTTPS protocol. I'm going to try to modify the system so that people can go back to using the old "unsecure" HTTP protocol if they'd like, which should solve the problem.

    (2) "European-American" and a couple of other people said it would be very nice if individual users could be notified on the screen whether they have any new replies to their comments, and at first I assumed that something like that would be much too difficult to build. But after a little thought, it may be pretty doable, so I'll try to add it and let people know if I succeed.


    So many changes, scattered throughout the code, are very likely to produce new bugs of their own, so please let me know if you encounter any software problems, regarding these issues or new ones.

    Ron,

    Re 5:

    Not sure if it was due to the length of the comment thread (currently at around 85 comments), but I just inserted a tweet that included an image of a newspaper article in a comment and although it displayed correctly initially, when I checked back a while later, all except the text of the tweet had disappeared, including the link to the original tweet.

    If it’s too “heavy” to include an image, it would be good if you could at least keep the link to the tweet where people can find the image.

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    If it’s too “heavy” to include an image, it would be good if you could at least keep the link to the tweet where people can find the image.
     
    Actually, since Tweets are relatively "light" I changed the code so that they always get expanded, and it's just videos that are left as links after the first few in each thread.

    However, I got into doing a general overhaul of the commenting code, so it may be another day or so before I move all the changes over to the Live server.
  96. Dissident says:

    Testing “Preview Comment” function…

    EDIT: Still broken. Has no one else noticed this?

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    • Replies: @Dissident
    "Preview Comment" function now appears to be working again.

    Thank you very much.
  97. Ron Unz says:
    @Dave Pinsen
    Ron,

    Re 5:

    Not sure if it was due to the length of the comment thread (currently at around 85 comments), but I just inserted a tweet that included an image of a newspaper article in a comment and although it displayed correctly initially, when I checked back a while later, all except the text of the tweet had disappeared, including the link to the original tweet.

    If it's too "heavy" to include an image, it would be good if you could at least keep the link to the tweet where people can find the image.

    If it’s too “heavy” to include an image, it would be good if you could at least keep the link to the tweet where people can find the image.

    Actually, since Tweets are relatively “light” I changed the code so that they always get expanded, and it’s just videos that are left as links after the first few in each thread.

    However, I got into doing a general overhaul of the commenting code, so it may be another day or so before I move all the changes over to the Live server.

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  98. Ron,

    I tried to copy a paragraph using Chrome (OS Windows 10), and it’s basically impossible. The workaround is to copy more than one paragraph, then I can delete the rest, still it’s a bit annoying.

    Is there a way to do that? For example, when you ask “link bookmark”, you might ask “copy”, too?

    Thanks,
    reiner Tor

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    The problem only appears if I try to highlight exactly one paragraph. A little less or a little more, and it's OK.
  99. @reiner Tor
    Ron,

    I tried to copy a paragraph using Chrome (OS Windows 10), and it's basically impossible. The workaround is to copy more than one paragraph, then I can delete the rest, still it's a bit annoying.

    Is there a way to do that? For example, when you ask "link bookmark", you might ask "copy", too?

    Thanks,
    reiner Tor

    The problem only appears if I try to highlight exactly one paragraph. A little less or a little more, and it’s OK.

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  100. Ron Unz says:

    I tried to copy a paragraph using Chrome (OS Windows 10), and it’s basically impossible. The workaround is to copy more than one paragraph, then I can delete the rest, still it’s a bit annoying.

    Is there a way to do that? For example, when you ask “link bookmark”, you might ask “copy”, too?

    Just go to the User Settings popup in Menu, and set “Para Links” to “Disable.” That deactivates the highlighting that is causing your problem.

    But I’ll see about also adding a “Copy” button option.

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  101. I refuse to read anything by P C Roberts because he allows no comments.

    I also refuse to read anything by R Khan because he refuses to print comments that refute his holy word.

    Just sayin…

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  102. Dissident says:
    @Dissident
    Testing "Preview Comment" function...

    EDIT: Still broken. Has no one else noticed this?

    “Preview Comment” function now appears to be working again.

    Thank you very much.

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  103. utu says:

    About anonymous?

    I was wondering whether to answer some anonymous comment and realized that there is no way of finding what were the past comment of this “person’.

    In some cases you may want to know the past history. Is he going to offend you or spit at you and so on if you address him? Is he sincere?

    I do not mind having anonymous category as long as they are separated according to their IP’s and have their histories available. Otherwise anonymous in present form promote too much of drive by behavior.

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    • Replies: @Ron Unz

    I was wondering whether to answer some anonymous comment and realized that there is no way of finding what were the past comment of this “person’.
     
    Unfortunately, there's no way of getting around this problem. Originally, I wanted to require everyone to use a handle, but a huge number of commenters strongly objected, arguing they needed to maintain the strictest confidentiality given the controversial topics. Some of them were particularly paranoid about having someone discover their identity by browsing their comment history, and wanted to make sure that "Anonymous" stayed absolutely, positively unidentifiable.

    Since "Anonymous" (or "Anon") is completely anonymous, it can be used for all sorts of nasty back-biting, and the solution is just to take anything said by "Anonymous" with a considerable grain of salt.
  104. Ron Unz says:
    @utu
    About anonymous?

    I was wondering whether to answer some anonymous comment and realized that there is no way of finding what were the past comment of this "person'.

    In some cases you may want to know the past history. Is he going to offend you or spit at you and so on if you address him? Is he sincere?

    I do not mind having anonymous category as long as they are separated according to their IP's and have their histories available. Otherwise anonymous in present form promote too much of drive by behavior.

    I was wondering whether to answer some anonymous comment and realized that there is no way of finding what were the past comment of this “person’.

    Unfortunately, there’s no way of getting around this problem. Originally, I wanted to require everyone to use a handle, but a huge number of commenters strongly objected, arguing they needed to maintain the strictest confidentiality given the controversial topics. Some of them were particularly paranoid about having someone discover their identity by browsing their comment history, and wanted to make sure that “Anonymous” stayed absolutely, positively unidentifiable.

    Since “Anonymous” (or “Anon”) is completely anonymous, it can be used for all sorts of nasty back-biting, and the solution is just to take anything said by “Anonymous” with a considerable grain of salt.

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    • Replies: @FKA Max
    Mr. Unz,

    I had an idea that could potentially remedy or at least somewhat mitigate/defuse this problem.

    How about if every anonymous comment automatically gets the ``
    An Optional Website or Link'' hyperlink attached to it, like it is optional for non-anonymous commenters, which refers/takes (especially new) Unz Review readers to some sort of disclaimer like your comment here:


    Since “Anonymous” (or “Anon”) is completely anonymous, it can be used for all sorts of nasty back-biting, and the solution is just to take anything said by “Anonymous” with a considerable grain of salt.
     
    - http://www.unz.com/announcement/new-software-features-plus-open-thread-for-suggestionscomplaints/#comment-1945191

    , this section of one of your past announcements:

    http://www.unz.com/announcement/major-commenting-enhancements/#p_1_7

    , or a specifically worded post/announcement/disclaimer on this particular issue, like a combination of your comment here and your past announcement, like this:


    As mentioned, commenters may always freely use “Anonymous” or “Anon” as handles, but such comments are likely to be taken less seriously by readers. Use of a distinct handle is a privilege not a right, and single-use handles will soon be marked as such, while being eventually converted to “Anonymous” in the archives to discourage such drive-by commenting. I’ve also implemented various checks to make it much more difficult for commenters to casually change their handles let alone attempt to false-flag another commenter by stealing his identity. Obviously, since our website does not require registration, any substantially motivated individual could easily circumvent these defenses, but such simple checks should be sufficient to discourage casual misbehavior.

    Since “Anonymous” (or “Anon”) is completely anonymous, it can be used for all sorts of nasty back-biting, and the solution is just to take anything said by “Anonymous” with a considerable grain of salt.
     

    ?

    I did it as an example on this comment of mine on the ``Website'' hyperlink, see above, linking to the specific section of your past announcement on this issue.

    , @FKA Max
    There seems to be a bug in the image display code on every article that I checked, at the moment. That was not the case just about an hour ago. It is the worst on Mr. Thompson's recent article: http://www.unz.com/jthompson/fear-and-loathing-in-psychology/

    Every embedded image on that article is replicated three times, and one can see the boken-up source code:

    " href="

    ">

    " alt="Fear and loathing" width="960" height="1440" />

    , @JackOH
    Ron, I just saw your disclaimer appended to a comment by an "anonymous". The comment was pretty good. I had some wiggle room to respond to the good comment by "anonymous". Why didn't I? Because I can't tell which "anonymous" might reply to my response. So the value to me of an "anonymous" comment is very much diminished. The disclaimer looks like a pretty good idea, maybe especially for newcomers.
  105. FKA Max says: • Website
    @Ron Unz

    I was wondering whether to answer some anonymous comment and realized that there is no way of finding what were the past comment of this “person’.
     
    Unfortunately, there's no way of getting around this problem. Originally, I wanted to require everyone to use a handle, but a huge number of commenters strongly objected, arguing they needed to maintain the strictest confidentiality given the controversial topics. Some of them were particularly paranoid about having someone discover their identity by browsing their comment history, and wanted to make sure that "Anonymous" stayed absolutely, positively unidentifiable.

    Since "Anonymous" (or "Anon") is completely anonymous, it can be used for all sorts of nasty back-biting, and the solution is just to take anything said by "Anonymous" with a considerable grain of salt.

    Mr. Unz,

    I had an idea that could potentially remedy or at least somewhat mitigate/defuse this problem.

    How about if every anonymous comment automatically gets the “
    An Optional Website or Link” hyperlink attached to it, like it is optional for non-anonymous commenters, which refers/takes (especially new) Unz Review readers to some sort of disclaimer like your comment here:

    Since “Anonymous” (or “Anon”) is completely anonymous, it can be used for all sorts of nasty back-biting, and the solution is just to take anything said by “Anonymous” with a considerable grain of salt.

    http://www.unz.com/announcement/new-software-features-plus-open-thread-for-suggestionscomplaints/#comment-1945191

    , this section of one of your past announcements:

    http://www.unz.com/announcement/major-commenting-enhancements/#p_1_7

    , or a specifically worded post/announcement/disclaimer on this particular issue, like a combination of your comment here and your past announcement, like this:

    As mentioned, commenters may always freely use “Anonymous” or “Anon” as handles, but such comments are likely to be taken less seriously by readers. Use of a distinct handle is a privilege not a right, and single-use handles will soon be marked as such, while being eventually converted to “Anonymous” in the archives to discourage such drive-by commenting. I’ve also implemented various checks to make it much more difficult for commenters to casually change their handles let alone attempt to false-flag another commenter by stealing his identity. Obviously, since our website does not require registration, any substantially motivated individual could easily circumvent these defenses, but such simple checks should be sufficient to discourage casual misbehavior.

    Since “Anonymous” (or “Anon”) is completely anonymous, it can be used for all sorts of nasty back-biting, and the solution is just to take anything said by “Anonymous” with a considerable grain of salt.

    ?

    I did it as an example on this comment of mine on the “Website” hyperlink, see above, linking to the specific section of your past announcement on this issue.

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  106. FKA Max says:
    @Ron Unz

    I was wondering whether to answer some anonymous comment and realized that there is no way of finding what were the past comment of this “person’.
     
    Unfortunately, there's no way of getting around this problem. Originally, I wanted to require everyone to use a handle, but a huge number of commenters strongly objected, arguing they needed to maintain the strictest confidentiality given the controversial topics. Some of them were particularly paranoid about having someone discover their identity by browsing their comment history, and wanted to make sure that "Anonymous" stayed absolutely, positively unidentifiable.

    Since "Anonymous" (or "Anon") is completely anonymous, it can be used for all sorts of nasty back-biting, and the solution is just to take anything said by "Anonymous" with a considerable grain of salt.

    There seems to be a bug in the image display code on every article that I checked, at the moment. That was not the case just about an hour ago. It is the worst on Mr. Thompson’s recent article: http://www.unz.com/jthompson/fear-and-loathing-in-psychology/

    Every embedded image on that article is replicated three times, and one can see the boken-up source code:

    ” href=”

    “>

    ” alt=”Fear and loathing” width=”960″ height=”1440″ />

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    • Replies: @Ron Unz
    Corrected. I was just making the fix as you published your comment, but thanks for catching it so rapidly.

    I'd just uploaded a new release of the software to the Live server, and am tracking down another couple of additional bugs.

    And that's an excellent suggestion regarding Anonymous/Anon, which I'll think about implementing.
  107. Ron Unz says:
    @FKA Max
    There seems to be a bug in the image display code on every article that I checked, at the moment. That was not the case just about an hour ago. It is the worst on Mr. Thompson's recent article: http://www.unz.com/jthompson/fear-and-loathing-in-psychology/

    Every embedded image on that article is replicated three times, and one can see the boken-up source code:

    " href="

    ">

    " alt="Fear and loathing" width="960" height="1440" />

    Corrected. I was just making the fix as you published your comment, but thanks for catching it so rapidly.

    I’d just uploaded a new release of the software to the Live server, and am tracking down another couple of additional bugs.

    And that’s an excellent suggestion regarding Anonymous/Anon, which I’ll think about implementing.

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  108. JackOH says:
    @Ron Unz

    I was wondering whether to answer some anonymous comment and realized that there is no way of finding what were the past comment of this “person’.
     
    Unfortunately, there's no way of getting around this problem. Originally, I wanted to require everyone to use a handle, but a huge number of commenters strongly objected, arguing they needed to maintain the strictest confidentiality given the controversial topics. Some of them were particularly paranoid about having someone discover their identity by browsing their comment history, and wanted to make sure that "Anonymous" stayed absolutely, positively unidentifiable.

    Since "Anonymous" (or "Anon") is completely anonymous, it can be used for all sorts of nasty back-biting, and the solution is just to take anything said by "Anonymous" with a considerable grain of salt.

    Ron, I just saw your disclaimer appended to a comment by an “anonymous”. The comment was pretty good. I had some wiggle room to respond to the good comment by “anonymous”. Why didn’t I? Because I can’t tell which “anonymous” might reply to my response. So the value to me of an “anonymous” comment is very much diminished. The disclaimer looks like a pretty good idea, maybe especially for newcomers.

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    • Replies: @Ron Unz
    Thanks. Someone had suggested it upthread a day or two ago, and it seemed like a good idea:

    http://www.unz.com/announcement/new-software-features-plus-open-thread-for-suggestionscomplaints/#comment-1945294
  109. Ron Unz says:
    @JackOH
    Ron, I just saw your disclaimer appended to a comment by an "anonymous". The comment was pretty good. I had some wiggle room to respond to the good comment by "anonymous". Why didn't I? Because I can't tell which "anonymous" might reply to my response. So the value to me of an "anonymous" comment is very much diminished. The disclaimer looks like a pretty good idea, maybe especially for newcomers.

    Thanks. Someone had suggested it upthread a day or two ago, and it seemed like a good idea:

    http://www.unz.com/announcement/new-software-features-plus-open-thread-for-suggestionscomplaints/#comment-1945294

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  110. David Fan says:

    When are you going to syndicate David Cole Stein’s column? No offense but he is many orders of magnitude better then at least 10 of the authors you have now on this site.

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