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  1. Yngvar says:

    I assume Ignore Commenter is a cookie. Is there limit to entries? I keep on adding the same people…

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  2. Ron Unz says:
    @Yngvar

    I assume Ignore Commenter is a cookie. Is there limit to entries?

    Sure, it’s stored in a cookie. I’d say you’d be safe if the total length of all the Handles is less than 1 KB, so probably 70-80 should be fine. At worst, your local website cookies will just get clogged up, and you’ll need to clear them out.

  3. Posted here again for reference. Can’t anwer your query in original thread because I posted three times.

    Here’s the result: “Too Much Commenting on This Thread (Limit of 3/Hour). Take a Break.
    RETURN TO COMMENTING SECTION
    Comment Text
    Opinion

    One more try, which should be rejected given my earlier post today.

    BTW, I block Alexametrics because it sounds pernicious, and I don’t use Alexa.

    What about polyfill.io ?

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  4. Still can’t get edit window (Win10, FireFox70)
    I’m wondering if it’s one of the scripts.

  5. Ron Unz says:
    @Mr McKenna

    Here’s the result: “Too Much Commenting on This Thread (Limit of 3/Hour). Take a Break.
    RETURN TO COMMENTING SECTION

    Fixed.

    • Agree: Mr McKenna
  6. CBTerry says:

    When I go to “My Comments” it says “42 Comments” “4,200 Words” but then incongruously only displays: “No Comments Found.”

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  7. Ron Unz says:
    @CBTerry

    When I go to “My Comments” it says “42 Comments” “4,200 Words” but then incongruously only displays: “No Comments Found.”

    That’s odd, I just checked it on a couple of different browsers and it worked fine. Just try clicking on your Handle:

    https://www.unz.com/comments/all/?commenterfilter=CBTerry

    • Replies: @CBTerry
  8. CBTerry says:
    @Ron Unz

    Operator error: I did not check the date parameters. My apologies.

  9. Anonymous[133] • Disclaimer says:

    What would improve the site a bit, and cut down on excessive posting is to make it possible for commenters to reply to more than one post, and of course to blockquote more than one poster. Also I think it would be fun to add a hyper mainstream democrat columnist, not someone who is independently leftist such as Vltchek, Ted Rall etc, but someone who seriously thinks that Kamala Harris is the best of the democratic candidates.

    • Replies: @Dissident
    , @Anon
  10. Dissident says:
    @Anonymous

    What would improve the site a bit, and cut down on excessive posting is to make it possible for commenters to reply to more than one post, and of course to blockquote more than one poster.

    1.) The blockquote feature (an HTML tag) can already be used for any text one wishes to quote– whether copied from one or more comments in a thread, copied from anywhere else, or typed.

    2.) The main drawback with replying to more than one commenter in a single post, however, is that the only one who will be notified of one’s reply via email is the individual who posted the comment that one specifically clicked “Reply” for*. See: https://www.unz.com/announcement/strong-traffic-and-commenting-restrictions/#comment-3421638

    (*If he opted accordingly when posting, and if the feature is working; in the past at least, I’ve gotten many replies for which I never received an email notification.)
    ~ ~ ~
    Is no one else at a loss to make sense of the fact that Patreon has allowed this site for as long as it has (and continues-to)? Or that Google AdSense would even allow UR, much less solicit Mr. Unz as he reported that they had? Haven’t numerous YouTube channels been de-monetized and even ousted entirely for content/conduct that was considerably less transgressive of current-year sensibilities than much of that which abounds here at Unz Review?

    Also I think it would be fun to add a hyper mainstream democrat columnist,

    The Unz Review: An Alternative Media Selection
    A Collection of Interesting, Important, and Controversial Perspectives Largely Excluded from the American Mainstream Media
    (Emphasis mine- Dissident)
    ~ ~ ~
    TIP: When composing a comment of any length, write it in a text-editor/word processor (or even using one’s email client, as if one were composing a new email), SAVE it, then copy and paste into the comment box here. The benefits should be obvious.

  11. Just for Gilad’s header on the front page.. ‘the wondering who’, or ‘the wandering who’. Cause his book was titled ‘the wandering who’, so the header may be a typo 🙂

    • Replies: @Hail
  12. Hail says: • Website
    @Ilya G Poimandres

    There are sometimes problems displaying embedded images in articles on the UR mobile version. It doesn’t give an error message, it just shows blank space.

    The chance of an image failing to display on the mobile version is highest when the image is the first thing in an article. Strangely, this problem does not seem to exist for comments; only main articles and blog posts.

    This is not much of a problem in cases where the image is just ornamental within a long essay, but sometimes it is crucial. In extreme cases, as in this post the post is meaningless without the image. Are others also not seeing the images on the mobile version on that post?

    • Replies: @Ilya G Poimandres
  13. dux.ie says:

    Fixed size font tag for displaying table of numbers or words without spacing distortion.

    Allow attachment upload of small graphics with max size of say 640×480 pixels and size less than 50 kb, rather than referencing from elsewhere. Externally referenced graphics might be gone if the sources disappear.

  14. @Hail

    Apologies, I may have explained myself badly! Not about images, these have worked fine for me. On the front page, in the Columnist sub-section, which starts Ron Unz/Editor-in-Chief, Gilad’s nickname is spelled ‘Wondering Who’, not ‘Wandering Who’. Not so much a technical issue as a bit of pedanticism 🙂

  15. Dissident says:

    I have modified the limit to a total of three Reactions per any eight-hour period.

    How is the eight hours counted? Is each 24-hour day divided into three such periods, starting at midnight UTC? Or some other calculation?

    Thanks in advance for answering.

  16. (please do not publish before looking into this)

    For commenters with a comma in their handles, the pop-up tooltip says:

    See Commenting History – Over Array Comments Since 2015

    Not sure how serious this particular issue is but generally string validation/sanitization are serious matters.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  17. Ron Unz says:
    @Haruto Rat, with a comma

    Thanks for noticing that. A fairly harmless bug, now fixed.

    • Replies: @Hail
  18. Just wondering if you can help. After my last system update (Windows 10) I lost Spellcheck on this site only. It works on email, facebook, and on every other site I visit. Any idea what could be causing the problem? Thank you.

  19. Hail says: • Website
    @Ron Unz

    A similar comma-in-handle bug:

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/was-paul-johnsons-modern-times-right-about-einsteins-general-theory-undermining-european-civilization/#comment-3551792

    […..]

    Economics matters.

    Disagree: John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan

    A dual problem: (1) The comma makes it look like two users have disagreed, but it is just one person; (2) You cannot click onto the Disagreer’s comment history, instead linking to two non-accounts.

    I think this particular bug only exists with Reaction buttons.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  20. Anonymous[128] • Disclaimer says:

    unz.com does something weird to the sound. Using Ubuntu and latest Firefox browser.

    If I go to, say, YouTube after unz, and play a video, the sound has static. Restarting Firefox fixes the sound.

  21. Anon[325] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    Why do you want a hyper mainstream democrat here? The number of conservative outlets is dwindling and they are constantly under attack by crazed, eyeball-popping liberal programmers convinced they are DOING GOOD by trying to force them off the internet. Every single site I read, and I truly mean every single one, has been attacked by leftists trying to shut it down and silence it for good. So why do you want to let a bleating liberal columnist in here?

    There are tons of sites where liberal viewpoints rule. Turn on the TV if you want to know what liberals think. EVERYONE already knows what liberals think. We don’t need to be told even more of it. We were all raised as liberals until we wised up. All we got in school was a solid wall of liberal propaganda, therefore we don’t need any more here. Do you still need to be minded by a nanny, or have you grown up yet?

    When you open the door to someone who really, really wants to burn your house down, you are a naive dumbass.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  22. Ron Unz says:
    @Hail

    A dual problem: (1) The comma makes it look like two users have disagreed, but it is just one person; (2) You cannot click onto the Disagreer’s comment history, instead linking to two non-accounts.

    Thanks, fixed.

  23. Thanks and congratulations, Mr. Unz, for adding E. Michael Jones to the roster of columnists. He is
    an always-interesting writer.

  24. Small bug:

    When I post a comment to a video, it disappears. There is no trace that I posted it, except that, if I go back and repost, it detects a duplicate comment. But I don’t have the 5-minute window for editing the comment, and I don’t see the comment as waiting to be moderated.

    Recent example:
    https://www.unz.com/video/theyoungturks_stephen-miller-s-horrific-emails-exposed/#comment-3558942

    This happened to me before, but the comment did end up being published:
    https://www.unz.com/video/theyoungturks_ilhan-omar-vindicated-on-stephen-miller/

    So the comment just appears to vanish when commenting videos.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  25. Ron Unz says:
    @European-American

    When I post a comment to a video, it disappears. There is no trace that I posted it, except that, if I go back and repost, it detects a duplicate comment. But I don’t have the 5-minute window for editing the comment, and I don’t see the comment as waiting to be moderated.

    Unfortunately, until the first comment has been approved, no comments are visible, including those under moderation. This seems to be a problem with the complex underlying WordPress core we use, and I doubt it can be easily fixed.

    Since individual videos tend to get very few comments, you notice the problem there.

  26. This week, someone else’s screen name showed up in that field, but far worse, his e-mail address, which looked like a real one, was in that field, too. It happened a second or third time as well.

    This was on the Silk browser on a Kindle Fire. It hasn’t happened in IE, Chrome, Mozilla, or Brave, and never on any other device. I haven’t used the iPhone recently, but assume it unlikely to happen there.

    This means the addresses aren’t necessarily hidden, as promised. If I have his, he could have mine, or anyone else’s.

    The other commenter was “RouterAI”, “RouterA1” or “RouterAl”. He hasn’t posted in some time; did someone hijack a dormant account?

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  27. Ron Unz says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    That sounds like a very strange problem, and I’m not sure about the cause.

    I vaguely remember that the Kindle Fire device may have used some sort of special Amazon page caching system to improve its performance, so perhaps it somehow downloads an exact copy of the same previous page someone else on the Kindle network had used, including the field values.

    I’ll be interested in hearing whether anyone else has experienced anything similar, especially on a different device.

  28. Dissident says:
    @Ron Unz

    I’ll be interested in hearing whether anyone else has experienced anything similar, especially on a different device.

    I distinctly recall reading at least one other commenter somewhere here at UR a while back report experiencing the very quirk that Reg described. (Namely, finding someone else’s name and email address in those fields.) I have not experienced the quirk myself. (I do not use any Amazon devices.)

    I vaguely remember that the Kindle Fire device may have used some sort of special Amazon page caching system to improve its performance, so perhaps it somehow downloads an exact copy of the same previous page someone else on the Kindle network had used, including the field values.

    That sounds entirely plausible to me (though I’m far from an expert in such matters). Another possibility is manipulation by a rogue actor (such as the classic MITM attack; packet injection). As has been pointed-out in a number of past comments, properly-configured HTTPS is said to offer at least a considerable degree of protection against such attacks.

  29. Anonymous[253] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    Why do you want a hyper mainstream democrat here?

    so they can face unz style commentary and see how they react. I am not wanting to give them more of a voice, but wanting them to hear our voice. On their websites they control the comments, but I want to see how they react when they don’t. Granted I think most of the comments here are trash, some are pretty good. The new columnist can also see how the left and right fringe both agree with each other but disagree with his or her mainstream policies.

    • Replies: @JackOH
  30. [This is not an “Open Thread” but intended for bugs and suggestions. Off-topic comments will be trashed.]

  31. JackOH says:
    @Anonymous

    ” . . . so they can face unz style commentary and see how they react.”

    A253, your idea has merit! I had to look at your brief comment a few times before it sunk in that a mainstream liberal Democrat with gumption might be interested in reaching out to the UR audience. My area is a typical busted-up Midwestern Democrat stronghold that attracted surprising Trump support. And many readers here are Trumpophiles to some extent. If Ron were interested, he could pitch the idea of a regular liberal Democrat columnist to Democrats of his acquaintance by saying Unz Review is a forum to win back alienated Dem voters.

    Maybe offer a guest columnist slot on a three- or six-month trial basis.

    BTW-I’m a longtime Libertarian voter, and preferred Trump to Hillary. I’m a registered Democrat only because mine is a one-party area where the primary is often the general election.

    • Replies: @JackOH
  32. Anonymous[921] • Disclaimer says:

    Something seems to be wrong with the search function. Whatever I search the iSteve blog for (for example, “race” or “immigration”) I get “No results found.” This happens whether I fill in other fields or not.

    • Replies: @schnellandine
    , @Ron Unz
  33. In mobile view on iPhone/Safari, tapping ‘SETTINGS’ merely highlights the option. However, other menu items still work. Been that way for at least a few weeks. Definitely worked on this phone within last year.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  34. @Anonymous

    Try:

    https://www.unz.com/?s=race+immigration&Action=Search&ptype=isteve

    This morning, search from main page (JavaScript off) pre-populated to ‘Comments? Only’ and some commenter name I’d not heard of (‘haruto rat’), assuming it even exists. If haven’t, check all options for something like that clogging the works. Site doing all sorts of crazy things this morning.

    Far as I know, all searches can be controlled by simply changing the URL text, so that should be a good backup once you know the option codes, if link above works for you.

  35. Ron Unz says:
    @Anonymous

    Something seems to be wrong with the search function. Whatever I search the iSteve blog for (for example, “race” or “immigration”) I get “No results found.” This happens whether I fill in other fields or not.

    Fixed earlier this morning.

  36. Ron Unz says:
    @schnellandine

    In mobile view on iPhone/Safari, tapping ‘SETTINGS’ merely highlights the option. However, other menu items still work. Been that way for at least a few weeks. Definitely worked on this phone within last year.

    The problem was that the Settings popup window was displaying off the screen. It’s now fixed, though it may take a bit of time for the change to propagate across the Internet.

    • Replies: @schnellandine
  37. iffen says:
    @Ron Unz

    This just happened to me for the 2nd time. The first time was a couple of weeks ago and weirdly enough I noticed it and typed over with my handle and fake email. Today I just went ahead and clicked submit and it accepted it. I cut it and reposted after I had typed over with my handle and email.

    I use a plain vanilla Windows PC and use the Edge browser.

  38. Why are comments closed for the Paul Craig Roberts articles? I’m guessing it’s at Roberts request, but if that’s the case, it’s kinda strange that someone who makes a tidy living off writing screeds for others to read refuses to let readers comment.

  39. Sparkon says:

    I am waiting to see if my recent comment will appear under Stephen Cohen’s article “Why are we in Ukraine?” which I submitted at around 0450 GMT, but no edit window appeared. After a few minutes, I tried submitting my comment again. This time, a message box popped up “Duplicate comment detected; it looks like you’ve already said that,” or something to that effect.

    My comment includes a link to an article at Russia Insider, and was posted not too long after comment 340 by PeterMX at November 21, 2019 at 4:13 am GMT.

    Now UR has gone down temporarily and back up by 0512, but still no sight of my comment under Mr. Cohen’s article, still with 340 comments.

    • Replies: @Sparkon
  40. So, Ron…

    Any idea of what caused this crash?

    Incidentally, while we’ve certainly disagreed in the past, and may well do so again in the future, I’d like to express my appreciation for the work you apparently put in on this site and for the way in which you run it.

    • Agree: Mr McKenna
    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
  41. There is a bug in which, when replying to another comment, the “@username” locator at the top of the reply is not displayed. It’s as if somewhere along the way the script forgets the comment was supposed to be a reply to another comment. Was this fixed already? I appear to be not the only one who had this problem. Some comments are phrased so to be evidently replies to other comments, but with no “@username” identifiers.

    There are other minor bugs. If I post a comment and load another page, then hit “back” in the browser, the countdown for editing it appears to reset (it doesn’t actually reset) even if it has been a good while since the comment was posted. Also, sometimes a thread will be said to have, for example, 20 comments, but when going to its own page to display the comments, there will be only 19 (or fewer). More rarely, the thread webpage will state it has only 19 comments at the top, but it will actually have 20 (or more) comments.

  42. @Colin Wright

    It was one of the worst I can remember here. My initial guess was that we were under sustained attack, and I attributed this to the fact that UNZ.COM has been getting so much more traffic in recent months. This raises its profile and causes it to attract even more attention–some good, some bad.

    TPTB will descend upon this place at some point, if they haven’t already, and they’re generally good at covering their tracks. More to the point, they’ll engage in public attacks and private ones. They’ll carefully maintain plausible deniability with regard to the latter, of course.

    • Replies: @iffen
  43. Hail says: • Website

    I see a new(?) section called “Newsworthy / Promoted Again by Current Events” (https://www.unz.com/hotnews/) has been activated.

    If “hotnews” is to replace the old and long-neglected https://www.unz.com/forum/, I’d suggest a reader-input mechanism similar to the one apparently set up at unz.com/forum. But a bug to report — at unz.com/forum, “Forum Suggestions” is a dead link. It yields this for me:

    about:blank#blocked

  44. iffen says:
    @Mr McKenna

    Have all your hours at TUR been a complete waste such that you can’t recognize an obvious false flag operation?

    • LOL: Reality Cheque
  45. Sleep says:

    On mobile, copy/paste does not work in the main section of an article. Is this intentional? It only works for me when my phone is slow, leading me to believe there’s a script running that sometimes triggers, sometimes not. Instead, I get the “LINK | BOOKMARK” prompt, which causes the browser’s internal “copy” popup to disappear.

    Also, search does not seem to work on mobile.

    I nearly always use a big screen PC now but for a long time I was primarily a mobile user so I noticed these things a while ago.

    Thank you for your time,
    Sleep

  46. Counterinsurgency [AKA "abcd"] says:

    Hi, Counterinsurgency here. I switched to a VPN service and Unz.com doesn’t recognize my e-mail anymore (e-mail was a string of randomly chosen characters, not real e-mail). Any way to I can recover the tag?

    Counterinsurgency

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  47. Ron Unz says:
    @Counterinsurgency

    Hi, Counterinsurgency here. I switched to a VPN service and Unz.com doesn’t recognize my e-mail anymore (e-mail was a string of randomly chosen characters, not real e-mail). Any way to I can recover the tag?

    Counterinsurgency

    The problem is that if you change your IP and have forgotten your Email or don’t use one, there’s no way to verify your identity. So you’re stuck.

    However, if you’ll tell me the country or American state your old IP used, I’ll that as proof you’re who you claim to be, and fix things up. I realize that you’re probably paranoid, but given the population sizes, you wouldn’t exactly be revealing your true identity. However, you should henceforth start using a single Email and sticking with it.

    • Replies: @Counterinsurgency
  48. Counterinsurgency [AKA "abcd"] says:
    @Ron Unz

    Ron

    Thanks. Hate to put you to this trouble.

    My apologies for employing cybersecurity measures. I got hacked once (by an Aerospace company, so its employees said, back in the 1980s, and the employes might have been lying to protect an informant) and now I try to practice good tradecraft. So far, no successful hacks that I know of for over three decades, perhaps because of no attacks, I can’t tell.

    My previous IP was United States. The new VPN at first routed me through the UK, but we’ve changed options and it now routes me through the US (using several different ISP identities). It isn’t impervious to traceback, of course, but VPN makes the tracer work a bit harder.

    Now, something that might interest you: I still have my old e-mail, but since the new VPN it isn’t recognized by unz.com.
    I sort of fudged the e-mail requirement by treating it as a “unique ID” requirement, using a string of random letters that were not really an e-mail. For your use in confirmation, first letter in the string is “L”, capital L. 6th letter is “r”, lower case r. This is the “e-mail” string submitted with my rejected comments.
    I offer no interpretations here, just a report, and you might consider getting a confirming report from another user before reacting to my report.

    It could be that you are enforcing the requirement for an actual e-mail address by (say) batch checking e-mail validity. If so, please tell me (this is a request, no more).

    Counterinsurgency

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  49. Ron Unz says:
    @Counterinsurgency

    Thanks. Hate to put you to this trouble.

    My apologies for employing cybersecurity measures.

    Well, I think you’re probably “Counterinsurgency” as you claim to be, so I’ve now merged your comments, and you can go back to using that Handle.

    Since you’re probably just one of the many paranoid crackpots who hang around my website, I suppose there’s no huge harm if I’m mistaken.

    However, you are NOT currently using a (real or fictitious) Email. You need to do so to confirm your identity for the future and DO NOT CHANGE IT. The Email is your identifier and you need to use one. Otherwise, I think I’ll just arrange to have all your future comments trashed.

  50. Sparkon says:
    @Sparkon

    I‘m continuing to experience no 5 minute editing window after hitting the “Publish Comment” button.

    Same drill earlier today with this comment

    https://www.unz.com/article/the-umbrella-man-the-sins-of-the-father-and-the-kennedy-curse/#comment-3572500

    which did appear with the first batch of new comments some time later, including an unfortunate minor typo I didn’t get the opportunity to correct.

    This is just FYI, and I trust my recent comment submitted for publication just recently (under Laurent Guyénot’s Umbrella Man article) will appear eventually. I trust also that I made no grievous typos, and this transitory no edit window bug will be eliminated in due course.

    Thank you

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  51. Ron Unz says:
    @Sparkon

    I‘m continuing to experience no 5 minute editing window after hitting the “Publish Comment” button.

    The comment-editing feature uses a cookie, so maybe your cookies have gotten clogged up. Maybe try clearing them (while remembering the important ones), and that might solve the problem.

    • Replies: @Sparkon
  52. Sparkon says:
    @Ron Unz

    I don’t know what the important ones are. I deleted a ton of them, but left yours (8+24) and a few others for now, but set Firefox to delete them all when it closes next time.

    I remember now that you’ve addressed this problem in the past and recommended clearing cookies to fix it, so having done that, I’ll try publishing this and see if I get the edit window.

  53. Sparkon says:

    The edit window did not pop up, and no indication my comment was awaiting moderation. I shut down Firefox, and opened Chrome, deleted all cookies and navigated here, where I can now see my comment 54 is awaiting moderation.

    Likely these problems are local here and related to my stuffed up live media in addition to a ton of cookies, as you note.

    I’ll try again now out of Chrome. Later, I’ll burn a new copy of Mint.

    —–Edit—–

    Success. Thanks again.

  54. I wish there were a way to contact other commenters privately.

  55. Unz.com is becoming an important web site, Ron. I am just one reader, but I want to tell you how much the site is appreciated by me.

    Something strange is happening here, though. The site seems inadvertently to be becoming America’s premier forum and clearinghouse for anti-Semitism. Now, I am a Gentile and don’t mind anti-Semitism, but—well, I don’t know how to say it, precisely. If you are not a Gentile, then there seems something odd in your being the publisher of all this, doesn’t there?

    I used to listen to Eric Striker’s podcasts once in a while. He’s an entertaining guy. I admire you tremendously for having the guts to publish his recent articles, but where is all this publishing leading, precisely? I mean, someone might want Auschwitz 2.0, but is that someone you?

    With all affection for the vocally inimitable Eric Striker, may I observe that Unz.com trades in the written medium? Striker is not an especially good writer. It can hardly be the sparkling quality of Striker’s prose that induces you to publish him. It must be something else.

    There is no Jew in the public sphere in the United States in whom I have greater confidence than in you, nor is there any other Jewish public personage to whom I would take the trouble to write. I believe that you will do the right thing, but won’t some Meyer Lansky character eventually appear and force you to stop? Less courageous than you, I write pseudonymously for a reason. Three decades ago, I served in the U.S. Army, less dangerous than your publishing, I think. You’re a brave man.

    You are free to publish the message you are reading in whole or in part if you think publication helpful but publication is unnecessary as far as I am concerned. I write the message for your eyes. Meanwhile, keep up the good work and try somehow not to get yourself in deeper trouble than you can handle.

  56. Yngvar says:

    It would be nice to have a scrollable (is that a word?) Tweets by frame. It is static now (at least on iSteve), so if a Unz blogger tweets or re-tweets a big image it push out everything else he or she tweeted. We end up with the Tweets by field only occupied by the last 3 tweets or less. I humbly suggest this is not the way it should be.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  57. JackOH says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Ron and all!

    The analyses here are about as good as it gets, and help confirm my own observations that criminal and civil misconduct, or credible threats thereof, play an important but untold part in policy-making.

  58. JackOH says:
    @JackOH

    Maybe a mainstream liberal Democrat could be balanced by a mainstream conservative Republican under the header, “The Party Line”.

    N. b., neither major party has had anything to say to me since the 1980s, when I was a very minor political operative for both. Still, I believe in giving people and parties a chance. If the Democrats and Republicans have anything worthwhile to say, let them say it here. What the hey?

    • Replies: @anonymous
  59. Yngvar says:

    What does the Endorsed Only button do? It radically shrinks the length of the comment field, but it leave bloviators (sorry!) with views not necessarily endorsed by me. Who or what decides who stay in the field?

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  60. Ron Unz says:
    @Yngvar

    What does the Endorsed Only button do?

    It hides all comments except those that have received any one of the following: (1) an Agree or an LOL; (2) comments marked as Notable or by a website Columnist; (3) commenters you have Followed.

  61. Ron Unz says:
    @Yngvar

    It would be nice to have a scrollable (is that a word?) Tweets by frame. It is static now

    It’s fixed. Since I don’t pay attention to Twitter, I never even noticed when it got broken, maybe a long time ago.

    I’ll probably need to eventually regenerate the older saved pages.

  62. anonymous[128] • Disclaimer says:
    @JackOH

    I doubt that many would accept the invitation. Besides, the Establishment gets its licks in via columnists like Mr. Buchanan and the departed “Judge” Napolitano. There’s also a biParty line on some issues, such as this gratuitous oddity from Mr. Kersey’s November 30 piece:

    “Conspiracy theorists can engage in wild ideas all they want, but Ockham’s Razor helps us understand the murderer of Seth Rich was probably just a black criminal[.]”

  63. keisuke says: • Website

    I want to see the Article about Klee’s “Pedagogical Sketchbook”
    by Reyner Banham ,Encounter, April 1954, pp. 53-58
    but I can’t browse this pdf.
    Could you tell me how to solve it?

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  64. Ron Unz says:
    @keisuke

    I want to see the Article about Klee’s “Pedagogical Sketchbook”
    by Reyner Banham ,Encounter, April 1954, pp. 53-58
    but I can’t browse this pdf.

    It seems to be working now, so maybe there was a temporary problem. Try it again and let me know if it still doesn’t work:

    https://www.unz.com/print/Encounter-1954apr-00053/

    • Replies: @keisuke
  65. keisuke says:
    @Ron Unz

    I can see the pdf that access to your URL.(I don’t know that why I can’t browse this ordinary methods. )
    Thank you for concerning and resolving the problem!

  66. David says:

    A function I’d find useful is the ability to block comments from those with very few comments, say less than 30. It seems like a big proportion of useless comments are in that category.

    Also, the ability to block replies to TD would be wonderful.

    • Replies: @Elsewhere
  67. Rebel0007 says:

    Ron,
    Just out of curiosity, why are comments to Paul Craig Roberts columns closed? Are comments open or closed for discussions the choice of the authors who also monitor their own comments?

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  68. Ron Unz says:
    @Rebel0007

    Just out of curiosity, why are comments to Paul Craig Roberts columns closed?

    He got annoyed about some of the nasty commenters and asked that I disable comments (unless each commenter was personally identified via Facebook). Every now and then he authorizes me to run a column with comments enabled.

  69. Rebel0007 says:

    @Ron Unz,
    Thank you for the explanation.

  70. Elsewhere says:
    @David

    Going off of this, perhaps we can have this could be tried site-wide. For example. perhaps all comments by commenters below a certain threshold of comments could have their comments clipped with a MORE tag after two lines.

    The MORE tag would be removed if the comment receives an AGREE, so the comment is now fully visible to be noticed by others who didn’t bother to click for more.

    Perhaps these commenters’ handles could be in a lighter color or some other distinction, so it’s apparent why there are suddenly MORE tags everywhere. The MORE should probably be replaced by a small box with an ellipsis inside, so as to not visually clutter the space.

  71. JackOH says:

    Reader service articles.

    I’m not quite sure what I mean by that, but “reader stroking” might fit the bill. Q and A with Ron or Steve, for example. Maybe something like, “Who Reads Unz Review?” with a profile of someone who reads these pages. IOW–feel-good stuff.

    Ron’s been generous enough to allow me 180,000+ words of comment, and some of the back-and-forth I’ve had here has informed some of my locally published writings.

    I’ve contributed financially and modestly to both Ron and Steve. I’m dialing back my readership and commenting, but I’d still like to be addressed as part of the community of contrarians and iconoclasts here.

  72. I’ve been trying to view Irving Howe’s “The Genius of Germinal,” from the April 1970 issue of “Encounter,” but the PDF won’t load. I’ve tried on Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge, all with the same result.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  73. Ron Unz says:
    @Samplemuster

    I’ve been trying to view Irving Howe’s “The Genius of Germinal,” from the April 1970 issue of “Encounter,” but the PDF won’t load. I’ve tried on Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge, all with the same result.

    Thanks, the PDF system somehow got temporarily broken, but it should now be working again:

    https://www.unz.com/print/Encounter-1970apr-00053/

    • Replies: @Samplemuster
  74. Dissident says:

    https://www.unz.com/comments/all/?commenterfilter=dissident

    I have just discovered that for the years prior to 2016, the comments that are shown under the handle “Dissident” are not mine.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  75. Ron Unz says:
    @Dissident

    I have just discovered that for the years prior to 2016, the comments that are shown under the handle “Dissident” are not mine.

    A potentially common Handle sometimes suffers from this sort of problem, and those older comments have now been changed. After your next comment, your Archive will be updated to reflect this.

    • Replies: @Dissident
  76. turtle says:

    Dear Ron,
    Thanks for the “your comment is awaiting moderation” preview, with the possibility to edit one’s comment before it is posted.
    Well done!
    One technical site I frequent gives posters the opportunity to edit posts even after they have been added, but something is better than nothing.

    As far as charging a subscription fee, I do “subscribe ” ($) to the L.A. Slimes.
    Having your site gratis is terrific, but it is certainly worth more to me than the Slimes.
    FWIW

  77. Hail says: • Website

    Possible bug: Unable to use Agree/Disagree/etc. in closed threads.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
    , @Ron Unz
  78. Ron Unz says:
    @Hail

    Possible bug: Unable to use Agree/Disagree/etc. in closed threads.

    When a thread has been closed to comments, that includes Reaction Comments as well…though perhaps I should consider changing that.

  79. In comments, under the Agree/Diagree tab, Please include a Thanks for that flag,

    There are some comments that merely require grateful acknowledgement, like this one from Old Palo Altan

    “Reminds me of the following (true) story:

    Prince Rupert Loewenstein, known to some as the financial brains behind the Rolling Stones, noticed one day that the svelte figure he had once enjoyed was fast disappearing. Deciding to try an American fat farm (he had a house in Beverly Hills), he paid his fee and showed up on the appointed date. A card was handed to him: this he was to fill out with the name he preferred to be addressed by for the coming two weeks. He smiled, filled out the form, and handed it to the waiting attendant. On it were written, with becoming modesty, the following two uncompromising words: “Your Highness”.”

  80. Ron Unz says:
    @Hail

    Possible bug: Unable to use Agree/Disagree/etc. in closed threads.

    Actually, I decided to go ahead and implement that, allowing Reaction Comments on closed threads.

    It was actually a little more difficult than I expected and, but it now seems to work, so let me know if you run into any problems.

  81. Elsewhere says:

    Could the comments be ordered by when they are approved? The time stamp could still be when they were submitted, so the author could claim precedence on something. This would simplify finding the new comments.

    Yes, I know they are in blue, but sometimes I refresh the page or don’t want to read all the new comments in one sitting, and I lose some of them. If they were in order, it would be much easier to identify the first unread comment, even if it lost its blue background.

    Also, I have noticed that when I click THIS THREAD or HIDE THREAD that numbers do not appear next to the comments, just bullets. It would be nice to have the original numbers from the main page, if possible.

    Also, if I click HIDE THREAD, then it takes me back to the top, rather than to the comment just below the one I hid.

  82. JackOH says:

    Articles or interviews with Black Republicans. I know a few prominent Black Republicans in my preternaturally Democrat area, but only on a howdy-do basis. I’d want to hear more from them.

  83. Erebus says:

    I’ve noticed an anomaly/bug when clicking different parts of an article’s front page presentation, in that they take you to different pages.

    EG: At the moment “Trump Creates a New Nation” front page offers several way to get to the article, by clicking on:
    – the picture,
    – the title,
    – the words ” 447 COMMENTS”, or
    – the words “20 NEW”

    At time of starting this post, clicking either of the 1st two indeed brought up the article, and the subtitle includes “447 COMMENTS” * “20 NEW”. The 447 link goes to Comment #1, but the “20 NEW” goes nowhere.

    Meanwhile, clicking on either of “447 COMMENTS” or “20 NEW” on the front page takes you to a version of the article that includes only “427 COMMENTS”. The 20 new comments are missing.

    Now there are 453 comments, but I still get only 427 unless I click the static links.

    I’m using latest Firefox, if that’s of any use.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  84. Ron Unz says:
    @Erebus

    I’ve noticed an anomaly/bug when clicking different parts of an article’s front page presentation, in that they take you to different pages.

    I think everything is working fine, and nothing in the code has changed in a very long time.

    The “New” is based upon a Javascript/cookie, that is updated whenever you visit the page. After you you visit the page, “New” is updated and has no effect the next time.

    If the comments are growing very rapidly, the totals may be slightly off because of a lag in having them refreshed.

  85. Rebel0007 says:

    For some reason, comments that I have left and attempted to leave with blogger Audacious Epigone are not being posted. Don’t know if there is a glitch. The comments were relevnt to the subjects and were not abusive, and contained important information relevent to the blog. They were not abusive rants or anything like that. Not sure. Maybe he works for a Fed member bank and dislikes the truth being told, or is related to a Fed member bank employee. Not sure what the censorship is all about with the blogger, or whoever is in charge of posting comments for Audacious Epigone.

  86. Dissident says:

    Some suggestions:

    1.) Add the option to receive notification by email each time one’s comment receives a “reaction” (Agree/Disagree/LOL, etc.)

    2.) Add the option to “watch” a thread and receive email notification each time anyone posts a new comment to it.

    3.) Add “Thanks” to the reactions.

    As noted by others who have made this same suggestion, “Agree” is not a substitute for thanking. Often, one may wish to thank someone for replying but not necessarily agree with all or even any of what they wrote in their reply.

    4.) Allow all viewers to rate each posted comment on a scale from 1 to 10 or at least 1 to 5 (or, better still perhaps, a scale from -5 to +5) and display the averaged total rating for each comment alongside it. At present, the number of visible responses that any individual comment receives– even at most– still only total a mere tiny fraction of the total number of individuals who view it. Implementing a rating system such as I suggest would provide a visible window into how each comment is received by the vast masses of silent viewers.

    5.) If you truly wish to generate more revenue, more options to contribute should be added alongside the Patreon one that at present is the sole option. If countless other sites and causes are any indication, there are no doubt many for whom the minimum $10.00 monthly option for Patreon is too much but who would make a one-time donation (of an amount anywhere from as little as half or less of that to many times it.) I am hardly the first to point this out.

    Many have expressed interest in being able to send cash, checks or money orders by postal mail. The lack of favorable and welcoming response to such inquiries is odd. As a counter-example, consider all the different ways to contribute that Steve Sailer provides.

    6.)Finally, to add a truly heartwarming touch, join with a number of Unz Review featured writers such as Israel Shamir, Gilad Atzmon, Andrew Joyce, Eric Striker, and E. Michael Jones for a special Chanukah Message for all your Jewish readers. Lead with a photo of all of you smiling in front of a lit menorah.

    • Replies: @International Jew
  87. Elsewhere says:

    I just noticed the “Trim Comments” feature. Thanks for working on that. I noticed, however, that comments that are trimmed short often say “More” even if there is nothing more to be seen.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  88. Elsewhere says:

    I wish the filtering were easier to use. I don’t like how it removes the numbers when you filter by endorsements. Instead of removing them entirely, I would love to see it work like the “Commenters to Ignore” feature, where the name still appears, but the contents are hidden, but may be displayed with a click. In fact, I’d love for the reactions and list of replies to still be visible as better indicators of if it’s worth it to click.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  89. Theodore says:

    I suggest a style changer so that the website can be viewed in a dark theme, which is easier on the eyes.

    I might make something simple that will work as a stylish theme (a browser addon that allows such things to be made by users for whatever websites)

  90. Ron Unz says:
    @Elsewhere

    I just noticed the “Trim Comments” feature. Thanks for working on that. I noticed, however, that comments that are trimmed short often say “More” even if there is nothing more to be seen.

    Fixed. Actually, I put it into the system a couple of years ago, but apparently it’s so rarely used that no one noticed when it somehow got broken, maybe many months ago.

    It’s always a little annoying when I take the time and effort to build something nice, but then nobody uses it, so thanks for your interest. And in partial gratitude, I’ll give some thought to possibly modifying the filtering system along the lines you suggest since I think it also currently gets very little use.

  91. Ron Unz says:
    @Elsewhere

    I wish the filtering were easier to use. I don’t like how it removes the numbers when you filter by endorsements. Instead of removing them entirely, I would love to see it work like the “Commenters to Ignore” feature, where the name still appears, but the contents are hidden, but may be displayed with a click. In fact, I’d love for the reactions and list of replies to still be visible as better indicators of if it’s worth it to click.

    Those were pretty good suggestions so I went ahead and implemented them. They were a little complex to build, so let me know about any problems you notice:

    https://www.unz.com/announcement/elevating-excellent-commenters/#comment-3629347

    • Replies: @Elsewhere
  92. Fred G10 says:

    Hi.

    I’m doing academic research. I’d like to access the following paper:
    Paul Piccone, «Rethinking Protestantism, Capitalism and a Few Other Things, Telos, No. 78 (1988), pp. 95-108.

    Posted at: https://www.unz.com/print/Telos-1988q4-00095/

    For some reason I can’t download the pdf or enlarge the page previews for that matter.
    Can you assist ?

    Thank you so much,
    Best

  93. Hail says: • Website

    Idea: A way to cancel reaction-button use within the same edit-window as given for comment editing.

    It could look like this:

    Agree (cancel): Ron Unz

    After the five minute window is up, the (cancel) would disappear, leaving

    Agree: Ron Unz

    I am a regular comment reader and have noticed that reaction-buttons are used by mistake at a regular, if low (1-2%?), rate; probably mistaken uses are most often by people posting from handheld devices. They are followed by a reply saying “Oh, sorry, I pressed the wrong button and here is my real reaction.”

    A cancel-button, if technically feasible, would smooth over this and related problems (e.g., clicking the right reaction button but to the wrong post; it could happen).

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  94. Ron Unz says:
    @Hail

    Idea: A way to cancel reaction-button use within the same edit-window as given for comment editing…

    I am a regular comment reader and have noticed that reaction-buttons are used by mistake at a regular, if low (1-2%?), rate; probably mistaken uses are most often by people posting from handheld devices. They are followed by a reply saying “Oh, sorry, I pressed the wrong button and here is my real reaction.

    Unfortunately, the Comment Edit window is a third-party Plugin, and it would be pretty difficult to modify it to work with Reactions, which are controlled by my own custom code.

    However, there’s an easier fix. I’ve designed the system so that if you leave a *different* Reaction on the same comment, it overrides and replaces the previous one. If you accidentally left an Agree, just apply a Disagree, which will completely replace it.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  95. JackOH says:

    Articles by former representatives and senators, either state or federal. Articles by former bureaucrats also. Ditto, other insiders willing to spill or vent.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
  96. JackOH says:

    An adult comic series, featuring characters Egghead and Surfer Dude, based loosely on our generous host Ron Unz and Steve Sailer. Old-fashioned-style morality tales of the real 2019 America.

    Don’t laugh. William Holmes McGuffey was deliberately recruited by a Cincinnati publisher to produce new readers that were less English and more American in substance and tone. America was becoming different; he responded.

  97. Elsewhere says:
    @Ron Unz

    Thank you! It looks great.

    I think it would be nice for HIDE THREAD to work the same way. I sometimes find that a discussion is getting tedious, so I’d like to hide all further replies, but HIDE THREAD removes numbers, and I simultaneously lose my place in the thread.

    Along these lines, something else that might be useful is to have a button which hides all replies of all threads, leaving only the top-level comments showing. Then, perhaps a button could be on each comment to show replies emanating from that comment (perhaps including the whole reply tree from that comment). I’m not sure how difficult this would be to implement.

    I will note that right now HIDE THREAD traces back to the top-level comment, and hides the entire tree, rather than hiding the tree from the comment clicked on. THIS THREAD behaves the same way. It would be nice to see just that comment clicked on and all emanating from it.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  98. Ron Unz says:
    @Elsewhere

    I think it would be nice for HIDE THREAD to work the same way. I sometimes find that a discussion is getting tedious, so I’d like to hide all further replies, but HIDE THREAD removes numbers, and I simultaneously lose my place in the thread.

    Okay, that was a reasonable suggestion and given the work I’d done on the previous change, it wasn’t too difficult for me to implement, so it’s now done.

    Your other suggestion, which amounts to adding Open Thread/Close Thread options would be quite a bit more difficult to implement, not least because of the additional buttons I’d need to add, which would have to look nice both in Desktop and Mobile versions, so I’ll leave that aside. Frankly, I’m not sure how many people actually use these nice filtering features that I built a couple of years ago.

    • Replies: @Elsewhere
  99. Elsewhere says:
    @Ron Unz

    Okay, that was a reasonable suggestion and given the work I’d done on the previous change, it wasn’t too difficult for me to implement, so it’s now done.

    Wow, thanks!

    Your other suggestion, which amounts to adding Open Thread/Close Thread options would be quite a bit more difficult to implement, not least because of the additional buttons I’d need to add, which would have to look nice both in Desktop and Mobile versions, so I’ll leave that aside.

    Yeah, totally reasonable.

    Does this mean that HIDE THREAD necessarily goes up to the top level and hides all below it? Would it be hard to have it just hide at that comment and replies to it? This is just a suggestion to reinterpret what “thread” means, so no new button would be required, although perhaps it’s more complicated than that under the hood.

    Frankly, I’m not sure how many people actually use these nice filtering features that I built a couple of years ago.

    I’m curious if you have found a good way to navigate long comment sections. What works for you that perhaps others aren’t aware of?

    If I don’t have time to read all the new comments on a post I’m interested in, I just scroll quickly looking for longer comments, comments with many replies or reactions, or comments with pictures or videos. This is still not satisfactory for threads with hundreds of unread comments, so I’ll be trying endorsed only for those. Although I suggested trimming comments at the first few lines, after trying it, I found that it doesn’t help like I thought it would, because I look for length as one of the cues of a substantive comment.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  100. Ron Unz says:
    @Elsewhere

    I’m curious if you have found a good way to navigate long comment sections. What works for you that perhaps others aren’t aware of?

    I don’t really know if there’s any ideal solution. Frankly, I do think the system I’ve built is far better at effectively handling long comment-threads than anything else of which I’m aware, mostly because of the dynamic reply-links. But threads of 1000+ comments totaling 90,000 words are just difficult no matter what approach you take. After all, that’s the length of a good size book.

    Personally, when I read a long thread I don’t use any of my fancy features, but just go straight down the comments, occasionally looking at the replies using the text-popups.

    If I discovered that lots of people were actually using these various filtering buttons I’d be much more inclined to put in the time to modify or enhance them, including in the ways you suggest.

  101. There’s a problem following a certain kind of link within this site.
    When I’m on my own page (unz.com/comments/all/?commenterfilter=International+Jew), if I click the name of someone who responded to me, I get taken to the correct location on the relevant page, but after a second or so (as more Javascript executes, I suppose) I get vectored away from there.

    I see this on Chrome running on Android 7.1.1. (It’s ok on Firefox and Opera Mini.)

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  102. @Dissident

    1.) Add the option to receive notification by email each time one’s comment receives a “reaction” (Agree/Disagree/LOL, etc.)

    2.) Add the option to “watch” a thread and receive email notification each time anyone posts a new comment to it.

    You might find this useful:
    addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/distill-web-monitor-ff

    • Thanks: Dissident
  103. And another Chrome-on-Android annoyance: copy&paste is broken. Not everywhere, but specifically in the text of the author’s own words. (I.e., I can copy&paste from readers’ comments, just not from the article itself.)

  104. Ron Unz says:
    @International Jew

    if I click the name of someone who responded to me, I get taken to the correct location on the relevant page, but after a second or so (as more Javascript executes, I suppose) I get vectored away from there.

    It’s probably a rendering issue. On long threads, after you’re properly positioned, additional videos or Tweets continue to expand, moving you away from the right location. The positioning is deliberately delayed by a few seconds to avoid this, but too many videos or Tweets overwhelm the delay.

    • Replies: @International Jew
  105. @Ron Unz

    Rather than that “few seconds” delay, you might try calling your positioning code like this:
    function unzPositioningCode() {…}
    $(window).on(“load”, unzPositioningCode);

    Maybe you’re calling it in $(document).ready(). $(document).ready waits for the DOM to load, but not the photos and such. For that you want $(window).on().

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  106. Ron Unz says:
    @International Jew

    Rather than that “few seconds” delay, you might try calling your positioning code like this:

    I’m not sure such an approach would be any more convenient…

    The problem really only arises with very long threads, containing many dozens of videos, Tweets, or embedded PDFs that take a great deal of time to fully render. If the system waited for all of them to fully appear before final positioning, it might take several tens of seconds, at which point the position would suddenly “jump,” which certainly would confuse people. Right now at least, the last “jump” occurs after 3 seconds.

    There’s simply no ideal approach on very long threads containing lots of slowly rendering items.

  107. Kali says:

    Suggestion/Request:

    Would it be possible to include an identifier below comments? (As well as above! – Messy/Cluncky?)

    So often I find myself reading a long comment and by the end I’ve forgotten who it is I’m reading. I then find myself scroling up and down a comment thread so I can get a handle on who’s who.

    Better yet, if the individual user could include a “sign-off” field to appear below each comment. (Personally I’d use such a field to include my riot.im id for off-site contact/comms.)

    Alternatively or additionally(?), when replying to anothers comment, that comment is directed @username.. Trouble is, that username doesn’t appear in the textbox and so the scrolling up and down problem reoccures. (Which could also be resolved by impementation of either of the above suggestions.)

    Thanks you for allowing me to use your website to communicate with such interesting, intelligent and diverse thinkers (and trolls and others). I appreciate all that this website offers (except Patrick Cockburn 🙂 ).

    Very best wishes for the year ahead to you and yours Ron!

    With love and gratitude,
    Kali.

    • Replies: @Kali
    , @Ron Unz
  108. Patricus says:

    I suppose the following was thought through long ago. When a comment is entered it would be convenient to find it directly below the comment that stimulated my comment. I know one can simply cut and paste but that could double the word count (and that is awkward with one device I use). Sometimes there is a response to one of my comments days or weeks after I posted. I could search for my old comment but some articles receive hundreds or thousands of comments. It would be nice to understand why a commenter calls me an idiot or stooge.

    Congratulations for an excellent site. I take a look every day and have read a score of the posted books. It must require many hours to maintain this enterprise.

  109. Kali says:
    @Kali

    Ron,

    I’ve just been exploring my own comment archive only to find that I seem to havw been merged with another Kali…. A hateful racist who’s views I do not share and would hate anyone thinking were mine!

    I’ve not weighed in on any of the race-related threads so far. I’m not sure I have the patience to describe my possition on what I see as essentialky unimportant.

    S/he (other Kali) seems to have stopped posting in 2018.
    I started posting here in March 2019.

    S/he made 4 comnents in 2017 and 1 in 2018. I didn’t look at the 2010’s archive.

    I’ve lived in Portugal since 2015, and have only ever commented from here. I’m guessing that should be revealed by my IP address.

    Please do what you can to unscramble our accounts when you have the time.

    Deepest gratitude,
    Kali (not a racist).

  110. Ron Unz says:
    @Kali

    Alternatively or additionally(?), when replying to anothers comment, that comment is directed @username.. Trouble is, that username doesn’t appear in the textbox and so the scrolling up and down problem reoccures. (Which could also be resolved by impementation of either of the above suggestions.)

    Sure, that’s a reasonable suggestion, and I’ve now added the name of the reply target to the “Cancel” button right above the comment block itself, which should partially solve the problem. The other approaches would be more difficult to implement or have other drawbacks.

    Also, I’ve now separated out those comments by the previous “Kali” that concerned you. The system is designed to prevent those sorts of duplications, but doesn’t bother checked for very small numbers of comments published several years ago.

    These changes should take effect fairly quickly.

    • Replies: @Kali
  111. I suggest Alain de Benoist to be republished here. He is French and a quick Google search apparently suggests that his articles are not currently being translated into English.

    https://www.bvoltaire.fr/?s=alain+de+benoist

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alain_de_Benoist

  112. Kali says:
    @Ron Unz

    Many thanks on both counts. Much appreciated.

  113. anon[846] • Disclaimer says:

    Hi Ron,
    Please bring on the frequent commenter tax. There’s a chap in one ISteve post at maybe twenty comments . How about ten comments per month then pay?

  114. When viewing replies immediately below a post, consider stacking the reply handles vertically instead of horizontally. That way, the reply is readable in its entirety without scrolling right. This is a quick fix only.

    The better fix is to open all replies below a post completely to the left of the screen so scrolling isn’t necessary regardless of where the link is found. Highlighting the handle that was selected might be a bonus.

    • Replies: @Elsewhere
    , @Ron Unz
  115. Elsewhere says:
    @RoatanBill

    I agree that it would be nice if the reply that appears when you hover over a handle always starts at the left edge of the column, so that it fits within the column.

  116. Ron Unz says:
    @RoatanBill

    That way, the reply is readable in its entirety without scrolling right….The better fix is to open all replies below a post completely to the left of the screen so scrolling isn’t necessary regardless of where the link is found. Highlighting the handle that was selected might be a bonus.

    That was a reasonable suggestion, and I went ahead and implemented it, though it was actually much more difficult than I initially assumed.

  117. @Ron Unz

    It doesn’t seem to be working right. Now when I hover over an @CommenterName, the text in the reply box isn’t text-wrapping.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  118. Elsewhere says:
    @Ron Unz

    Thanks! Though, it looks like it doesn’t completely work.

    Try hovering over your reply to Kali’s post 111. I see three lines, one for each paragraph, that are cut off at the right edge, instead of wrapping around.

    Also, minor nitpick, but it would be nice for the text to start not at the far left, but at the same x-coordinate as ordinary text.

  119. Ron Unz says:
    @Intelligent Dasein

    It doesn’t seem to be working right. Now when I hover over an @CommenterName, the text in the reply box isn’t text-wrapping.

    Thanks. I think it was probably a browser-dependent problem, but another change I just made should have fixed it.

    • Thanks: Elsewhere
  120. Hail says: • Website

    On the @UnzReview Twitter account,

    The past few days I’ve noticed a couple of changes, for the better, indicating that a human being is now at the helm (for the first time?). If this is a temporary experiment only, I’d urge it to be made permanent and even expanded:

    [MORE]

    The two positive changes I notice are:

    (1) There are now tweet-sized, representative excerpts being posted along with article links; this “playing to the platform” gives the many Twitter-huggers a LOT more willingness to interact with the tweets (if perhaps only minimally more willingness to click and read the articles; Twitter is in many ways a giant with feet of clay); this means more Likes, more Replies, and more Retweets — the echo-chamber effect kicking in. Much more Twitter attention to Unz Review material than the previous practice of the automated posting of bare links, and the prestige associated with higher follower counts. This is precisely why so many groups hve a paid employee to oversee and run their social media;

    (2) More UR content in general is being retweeted, in that blogposts; or some of them, anyway, at being tweeted. Previously, only main-section articles were tweeted (in bare link form that got little attention from Twitter-huggers (by which I mean people who tend strongly towards towards interacting with others and/or content on that platform alone).

    The increased engagement is already visible, and if it keeps up, the Unz Review’s twitter follower count will in time reflect its actual readership.

    Ron, based on reading your occasional comments about Twitter over the past dew years, I m sure you share the view that one of the worst things that could happen to this (Unz Review) project would be a form of “Twitterization” (by which I mean, a shifting of energies to tweeting itself or to comparable forms of discourse, of trolling as substitute for argument or analysis, of ‘clickbait;’ I think ‘Twitterization’ contributed heavily to the hollowing-out of Internet discourse over the course of the 2010s; I see the Unz Review as a bulwark against it). Still, for better or worse, one avenue of promotion is inevitably Twitter and other social media. As such, I’d reiterate a suggestion I made in an earlier comment to build upon this positive momentum:

    https://www.unz.com/announcement/comments-complaints-and-suggestions/?showcomments#comment-3535728

    A low-hanging-fruit suggestion would be to attach @[author of article], at the least, to new articles as they are tweeted out, which would allow the authors to see their article announcement and retweet it to their followers, which creates a feedback loop of attention (and followers) back to @UnzReview. Some of the authors here have substantial twitter followings (either by breadth or ‘depth’).

    For example, this recent tweet —

    — would get a lot more exposure if it were attributed the author as @_whitneywebb. Whitney herself, an active Twitter user with 28,000 followers, would presumably be highly likely to retweet it as it comes from a publishing entity; a win-win for herself and the Unz Review. (The Twitter echo-chamber club in action.) As is, I’m guessing she is most likely unaware of this tweet.

    • Replies: @Intelligent Dasein
  121. One non-fatal but annoying bug occurs when editing a comment while also viewing it in the Preview window, which is handy for editing posts with distracting HTML tags. Changes that are typed normally into the comment window appear normally in the Preview window. But changes that result from spell-checking or dragging text do not appear in the Preview window.

    Perhaps the cause of this is deep in the browser code, and so not fixable at Unz.com, but if it is an easy fix, it would make pre-editing of comments smoother.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  122. The Settings menu does not display for me on iPad OS on any browser (Brave/Chrome/Safari). Hasn’t worked for weeks.

    So I can’t disable those pesky Facebook and Twitter buttons. They have always looked like undesirable tracking to me (if they’re hosted on Facebook or Twitter). Also they are visual clutter that could just as well be consigned to the Agree/Disagree/Etc. dialog.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  123. @Hail

    I guess this means that UR is going more mainstream and that me and my comments are about get round-filed. Long live Talha and the other faultlessly polite Muslims.

    Oh, well. Good luck and godspeed, Ron. I’m sure you deserve it.

  124. Bumpkin says:

    A bug I’ve noticed for a user’s comment history page is that if they have very few comments, the “Earlier Items” link, which would link to more comments of theirs, links to some other commenter’s second page instead. See this example, where it links to Sean’s second page of comments instead. Btw, love that comment history feature, which I’ve asked for before on other forums that didn’t have it.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  125. Ron Unz says:
    @Almost Missouri

    Perhaps the cause of this is deep in the browser code, and so not fixable at Unz.com, but if it is an easy fix, it would make pre-editing of comments smoother.

    The Preview window is updated only on key-presses, so just insert a blank or something and it will update.

  126. Ron Unz says:
    @European-American

    The Settings menu does not display for me on iPad OS on any browser (Brave/Chrome/Safari). Hasn’t worked for weeks.

    Okay, I think it was probably a positioning issue and I’ve now fixed that.

    • Replies: @European-American
  127. @Ron Unz

    Sorry, it doesn’t seem fixed for me. It still doesn’t work on iOS.

    And it currently doesn’t work for me on the desktop (Windows), either!

    There are two “popup” menus that I know of: “SETTINGS” and “MORE…”:

    * On iOS, “MORE…” works fine, but “SETTINGS” does not.

    * On Windows desktop, neither popup works in any browser (Brave, Chrome, Edge, Firefox), with one exception: on Microsoft Edge, the “MORE…” popup works, but not “SETTINGS”.

    Hope this helps…

  128. Ron Unz says:
    @Bumpkin

    A bug I’ve noticed for a user’s comment history page is that if they have very few comments, the “Earlier Items” link, which would link to more comments of theirs, links to some other commenter’s second page instead.

    Well, I think I’ve fixed that problem, but since the Commenter Archives are cached, it may take some time for the fix to work its way through most of them.

  129. @European-American

    Actually, to be complete, on the desktop, it looks like the “MORE…” popup does work some of the time on any browser.

    For example, it currently doesn’t work on this “Bugs & Suggestions” page, but it does work on the home page, and for example on this page:

    https://www.unz.com/avltchek/irans-hero-has-fallen-and-now-the-world-is-an-even-more-dangerous-place/

    and it works on these pages:

    https://www.unz.com/book/
    https://www.unz.com/masthead/

    but not these pages:

    https://www.unz.com/tcategory/history/
    https://www.unz.com/video/

    • Replies: @European-American
  130. @European-American

    Actually, it doesn’t depend on the page. On the same page, the “MORE…” menu sometimes works, sometimes doesn’t.

    Sometimes after reload it will work, sometimes after reload it won’t.

  131. Ron Unz says:
    @European-American

    Sorry, it doesn’t seem fixed for me. It still doesn’t work on iOS.

    And it currently doesn’t work for me on the desktop (Windows), either!

    There are two “popup” menus that I know of: “SETTINGS” and “MORE…”:

    Well, I think I may finally have gotten it fixed. It was a little subtle, with the bindings having to be set after the cached segment loads. Things have actually been broken for some time, so it’s good it was brought to my attention.

    Anyway, let me know if everything now works.

    • Replies: @European-American
  132. @Ron Unz

    Wow, much better, thanks!

    I am able to bring up the settings both on desktop and on iOS, so I can set Social Media to None everywhere I want, hurrah.

    Still 2 small nits:

    * Oddly the popup menus still don’t display on the desktop on my current browser on article pages, such as this very page, or e.g. here:
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/a-weird-liz-warren-fact/

    But it does work fine for the same pages on iOS, and on other desktop browsers, or even on this browser if I open a private window. So no big deal.

    * The Settings dialog box doesn’t remember when I set Social Media to None. So every time I display the Settings it looks like Social Media is set to All, though it isn’t.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  133. Ron Unz says:
    @European-American

    But it does work fine for the same pages on iOS, and on other desktop browsers, or even on this browser if I open a private window. So no big deal.

    Well, it was working on Chrome and iOS, but it failed on FireFox, so I increased the latency from 500ms to 1sec and that fixed it. Maybe it will now work on your browser as well.

    The Settings dialog box doesn’t remember when I set Social Media to None. So every time I display the Settings it looks like Social Media is set to All, though it isn’t.

    You need to press the Save button to save those settings. That works at my end.

    • Replies: @European-American
  134. anon[113] • Disclaimer says:

    Ron,

    Can you post the Kim Iversen videos? She has been demonitized for contradicting mainstream position on Iran. Thanks.

    How Our Government Is Trying To Gaslight Us into A War With Iran

  135. @Ron Unz

    > Maybe it will now work on your browser

    Seems to work fine now, thanks.

    > You need to press the Save button to save those settings.

    Right, that has always worked fine. What I meant to say is that what the dialog displays next time I open it does not match what has been saved.

    For example, I successfully set “Social Media?” to “None” in an earlier session. And that’s working fine, I don’t see any FB or Twitter buttons. But if I click on “SETTINGS”, the dialog box shows “Social Media?” as “All”, when in reality it is “None”, so it should display “None”.

    It’s just a display problem, but it’s misleading, and if for some other reason I pressed “Save” again, say because I wanted to show word counts, then “Social Media?” would be set again to “All”.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  136. Ron Unz says:
    @European-American

    It’s just a display problem, but it’s misleading, and if for some other reason I pressed “Save” again, say because I wanted to show word counts, then “Social Media?” would be set again to “All”.

    Well, I made another fix and it seems to work on a couple of browser/devices I tried, so let me know if the display problem has now been solved.

    • Replies: @European-American
  137. @Ron Unz

    Yup, it all works perfectly now, thank you!

  138. Mr. Unz: Unable to forward any article on this site from last night until this afternoon. Instead of Mail Sent,it says Mailing Error.

  139. Elsewhere says:

    Is there a way to view my current “Commenters to Ignore” list?

    Also, is there a way to remove a name from the list so that I am no longer ignoring that commenter?

    • Replies: @utu
    , @Ron Unz
  140. utu says:
    @Elsewhere

    Perhaps stats on Commenters to Ignore would be useful.
    Or stats on commenters with most agree, disagree, troll responses per number of comments.

  141. Ron Unz says:
    @Elsewhere

    Is there a way to view my current “Commenters to Ignore” list?

    Sure. Just above the comments, there’s a “Commenters to Ignore” button that pops up your current list and allows you to view/edit it by hand.

    Also, is there a way to remove a name from the list so that I am no longer ignoring that commenter?

    Sure. Just unhide one of the comments and open the “Agree/Disagree” popup. Instead of the usual “Ignore Commenter” button, there will be an “Un-Ignore Commenter” that reverses the process.

  142. Derer says:

    To publisher,
    Please refute my notion that your/this site is a perfect data collection for the anti-Semitic list. It appears that some articles are obvious luring trap.

  143. The Scalpel says: • Website

    Ron,

    Did you ever think about adding a sign in option? Depending on where I access the site, I need to enter website, etc. info every time.

    Also, I note that “silver” sponsorship includes “Discord” privileges. I’m not familiar with that. Is that a Patreon thing or an Unz Review thing?

    • Replies: @The Scalpel
  144. The Scalpel says: • Website
    @The Scalpel

    Its a Patreon thing:

    “What is Discord?
    Discord is an all-in-one voice and text chat platform that creators can use to help connect with their Patreon community. Learn more about Discord on their website here.”

    https://support.patreon.com/hc/en-us/articles/212052266-Get-my-Discord-role

  145. Anonymous[212] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ron Unz

    Opposite reaction might be inappropriate too.
    “Cancel reaction” could be just like the reactions technically, just list of people not showing. This option may normally be either hidden or grayed. The 8 hour time limit could be tougher.

  146. JackOH says:

    Economist Walter E. Williams for an occasional piece?

    Yesterday my local mainstream paper ran his “Anti-White Hatred in Mainstream”.

    Williams’s concluding sentence: “The bottom line is that the new [anti-White] racism, born in academia, is just as ugly as the old racism.”

  147. Anon[291] • Disclaimer says:

    Ron ought consider making Michael Scheurer a columnist.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Scheuer

    http://www.non-intervention2.com/

    • Agree: Bumpkin
  148. Would it be possible for the IGNORE function to have an option of making the ignored poster totally invisible? I would really prefer to forget they ever existed, and seeing their usernames come up in a thread keeps reminding me of them. Also, I am completely uninterested in reading any replies to their posts, so I would like it if IGNORE made these replies completely invisible too.

  149. Kali says:

    Dear Ron,

    I noticed about a week ago that Laurent Guyenot is missing from the summary page. Nor does he show-up on either the columnists, authors or bloggers pages. And even searching for “Laurent Guy” (because I couldn’t quite remember his last name) he showed in the results, but about 6 or 7 results down the page. I thought it may have been a glitch, but the problem persists.

    I’ve just been reading through the comment thread on his article, The Umberela Man, and saw that his first 2 comments in that thread were not highlighted yellow, but his third is.
    I do hope this is a bug I’m reporting and nothing more.

    Kind regards,
    Kali.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  150. Ron Unz says:
    @Kali

    I’ve just been reading through the comment thread on his article, The Umberela Man, and saw that his first 2 comments in that thread were not highlighted yellow, but his third is.

    The highlighting problem has now been fixed.

    I noticed about a week ago that Laurent Guyenot is missing from the summary page. Nor does he show-up on either the columnists, authors or bloggers pages.

    That’s because he’s neither a regular columnist nor a blogger, but just a fairly frequent contributor. Go to the Author page on the top menu, and you’ll get a “dynamic cloud” containing all our hundreds of contributors. Type in the first few letters of his name, and the cloud will resolve to display his name.

    • Thanks: Kali
  151. Paul Kersey is deliberately failing to approve my posts on his blog. This is presumably because I bave posted a lot of data that conflicts with white nationalist propaganda about crime in America. Could you please remind him to approve all comments? Or why not just make all comments on his blog appear without moderation? Thanks for your time.

    • LOL: silviosilver
  152. Can you elaborate on why did you use first use first serve comment system instead of disqus/reddit style voting patterns? I’m an old hand, nad i’ve suggested to adopt them as soon as you started taking comments on the topic. Cheers. Very good interview, the one you did lately, any thoughts on how to get similar media out into the broader audience?

  153. The Scalpel says: • Website

    I have often been curious about how many people have followed and/or blocked certain commenter. (I am sure my numbers are small as I do not post a great deal) It might make me more curious about a particular commenter, for example. Such a “score” might appear if one clicked on the “This Commenter” link. Just a thought….

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