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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.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
  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
    • Replies: @bjondo
  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
    , @Usura
  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
    , @Hart
  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
    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  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….

  154. I have had agreement on this (quoted from something I posted on Steve Sailer):

    “As for LOL: I do not use it in what you describe as the Unz way. I would hate to think that those I have LOL’d in the past thought I was showing disdain for their comment. Surely I’m not the only one here who uses it appreciatively?
    Perhaps Ron should give us two different LOLs/ Maybe LOL (disdain) and LOL (amusement)?”

    What do you think?

    • Replies: @Dissident
  155. Honky says:

    Why no easy link to share on Facebook ?

  156. Dissident says:
    @Old Palo Altan

    Perhaps Ron should give us two different LOLs/ Maybe LOL (disdain) and LOL (amusement)?

    Wouldn’t “amusement” still be ambiguous, though? One can be amused at wit, as well as amused at idiocy, lack of self-awareness, etc.

    I’ve used LOL both in the laughing with someone sense as well as in the laughing at them sense. Sometimes the intended sense can be deduced from context. In the case of a comment for which it is clear that the intent was serious, a “LOL” could, I would think, safely be assumed to be an expression of ridicule.

  157. Dear Ron,

    Paul Kersey is failing yet again to approve my comments. But that’s not what I came here to complain about.

    Instead, I offer the following suggestion; why not drop this guy? I can’t imagine a less talented writer than him. His only gimmick is to pick an American city and list the ratio of murders committed by blacks. On an odd day, he posts an example of a white murder victim. He is basically a personified version of the “Newslinks & Articles” sub-forum at stormfront.org.

    Your website is way too high quality for that. This guy is a blight on your website. He tells this community nothing it wasn’t already aware of, and seems to be incapable of any originality of thought or opinion of any kind. The people who comment on his articles are stupid & cliqueish, and never offer any constructive debate to anyone who challenges them — only childish insults about other people’s significant others, racial ancestry, or intelligence. The contrast between the quality of content and audience as compared with more notable writers around here (such as Sailer, Derbyshire, yourself and others), is really garish.

    Is this kind of echo chamber something you actually want for your website? Because any time your website is critiqued in the mainstream media, Paul Kersey is likely to be a major rationale behind descriptions of this place as a “white nationalist echo chamber”. I see no reason for him to get a bully pulpit here when stormfront.org already existed.

    Respectfully,

    Jonathan Plywood

    • Replies: @bruce county
  158. geokat62 says:

    Hey, Ron. Just noticed a potential s/w glitch. It pertains to Phil Giraldi’s most recent article. I first selected the “LOL” button and then I decided to append a “thanks” and instead of showing both, the “thanks” button replaced the LOL.

  159. JackOH says:

    Intro to Unz, a 60-minute or so DVD featuring 5 or 6 of Unz Review writers summing up their stances on a dais, maybe in front of a small audience.

    Phil Giraldi, Steve Sailer, Paul Kersey, you pick ’em.

    The gimmick? A hard-assed, no-prisoners interlocutor. Allow Phil, or Steve, or Paul 6 or 7 minutes to lay out what they’re talking about. Then allow an interlocutor 2 minutes to drill them. Then a response. Cut to the next Unz Review writer. End the DVD with a sales pitch for people to read Unz Review for those “interesting, important, and controversial perspectives”.

    Example:

    Q (from interlocutor): “Oh, come on, Mr. Sailer! Isn’t your HBD just cover for scientific racism that would peremptorily deny people of color and many others equal opportunity to compete in today’s competitive workplace?! Don’t you really want Blacks to go back to Stepin Fetchit, women to go back to the kitchen, and Jews to go back to the golden ghetto?”

    The “trick” for the respondent, of course, would be to recognize that today’s topsy-turvy America and its blather about “diversity” and “equal opportunity” are cover for schemes with the force of law and corporate acceptance that lower wages and salaries, and force people at the lower end of the food chain to pay the price of social friction exacerbated by those schemes..

  160. How come setting tab is not opening?
    How do i edit my profile?

  161. @JohnPlywood

    Oh ..looks who here..Go cry on Hillarys baby blanket

  162. My first comment. I started to skim a little reading some of your longer quotes from past articles until I realized that you were extending and revising the argument behind the narrative that you are proposing.

    With each new article further study as well as feedback from the comment section is incorporated in your argument and the historical narrative is broadened and expanded. This addresses one of my criticisms with most discussions groups is that they rarely go anywhere.

    I could envision that a next step might be a study group composed of researchers who are articulate, kind and have already done their homework. Your articles or other admired respected articles could act as the starting places. The purpose of the group would be to do what you have already done –to expand and revise the argument and the narrative. The net result would be a document that is updated as the knowledge and understanding grow. 

    I could go on …

  163. Ron: The quality of language in various comment threads is declining precipitously. I’m just talking about profane and obscene language. Way back when, I remember you asked contributors to mind their language so that we could conduct discussions on at least a slightly elevated plane here.

    Nowadays it’s worse than ever. I feel like I’m wading through ‘Woke’ Twitter where each person has to include four-letter words–several to a sentence–because they think it helps them make their point. For many of us it detracts.

    I just quit reading the latest P.J. Buchanan thread in disgust because I got tired of the foul language. Why is it necessary? What is the best solution, or doesn’t it bother you any more? Some sites have routines which automatically replace the common offenses, but I’m not even sure how effective that is.

    A lack of civility is increasingly characterizing public discourse in this country. Seems to me we should aim higher. Edit: Aww crap, I already said this last year!

    • Agree: Dissident
  164. eah says:

    If you are the first to comment on an article, there is no editing window; your comment just disappears into moderation — if/when it is approved, it appears later.

    • Replies: @eah
  165. JeffRader says:

    I may be missing the obvious, but in browsing your essential archive of Collier’s, I cant seem to get beyond the first page of any article. I’m using the Safari browser, but wonder if there’s another problem…

    Thanks!

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  166. Ron Unz says:
    @JeffRader

    I may be missing the obvious, but in browsing your essential archive of Collier’s, I cant seem to get beyond the first page of any article. I’m using the Safari browser, but wonder if there’s another problem…

    It works fine for me on Chrome and others. Maybe try a different browser/device combination and see if that fixes the problem.

  167. Lot says:

    Arguably a bug: a link to a twitter user’s main page has an “endless” embed.

  168. Rob says:

    Hi Ron,

    I don’t know if this thread is either alive or if you’re still reading it, but i have a suggestion. I just got a new iPad, and was googling about for ways to maximize battery lifespan, and one of the suggestions is turning down screen brightness. I figure white rext on a black background is as dim as possible. Problem is, when I use either Invert or Smart Invert, with Dark Mode on, the light blue background of new comments doesn’t turn into light purple, it just disappears.

    I much prefer light on dark, but miss having the emphasis on new comments. Is this something you could fix?

    If you have an iPad, it’s accessibility -> Display & Text Size Smart Invert button.

    It would just be great if you could fix that.

    • Replies: @schnellandine
  169. Lee says:

    I don’t see any other place on your website to make this request. Please send my email address to commenter Rurik so he can contact me regarding his terriffic comments on your amazing Mossad assassination article. Thanks.

    • Replies: @Kali
  170. Kali says:
    @Lee

    Use the “email replies to my comment” function when you comment, and Rurik will, presumably, have that option available to him. 😉

    Kali.

  171. Mr Unz, in light of what’s happening to Sanders, you might re-highlight Jonathon Cook’s excellent piece on Corbyn from 18 months ago.

    “Corbyn Is Being Destroyed – Like Blowing Up a Bridge to Stop an Advancing Army”

  172. When I click on the blue print: Subscribe to This Comment Thread via RSS
    I am transferred to a “computer program lines content page”
    SOMETHING IS WRONG. PLEASE HELP.
    [email protected]

  173. Avery says:

    re the TROLL flag.

    Ron, not sure what your rational was for including this flag, but it seems it has outlived its utility.

    People just used it to, basically, insult other posters.
    It’s a crutch: instead of retorting and debunking particular points in a post, the opposing poster just takes the easy way out and flags it as TROLL.

    How many readers really care who is labelled a TROLL ?
    By now, old timers have a pretty good idea of who is who and what they advocate.

    And you know the TROLL flag has become meaningless when your handful, highly select “Gold Star” posters call each other “Troll”.

    • Agree: Dissident
    • Troll: Tusk
  174. bjondo says:

    Comment #3: 3 comments/hr/thread.

    My limit seems to be 2 comments/hr/all articles.

    ?

    5ds

  175. Hart says:
    @Ron Unz

    On a related note, two scenarios:
    1) Quickly begin and post a comment – an “edit” button is shown with a count-down timer
    2) Begin a comment and take over 5 minutes to finish and publish it – NO edit button is shown.

    Suggestion: start “edit” count-down timer from moment of “publish” not from start of edit.

    More suggestions:

    All JavaScript libraries should be hosted on “unz.com” – none should be on “google.com”

    Mobile issues:
    Lots of comment causes lots of javascript activity, slow page loads.
    Lots of “controls” and dynamic html – e.g. “Teaser” overlay, and bookmarking with long press.
    Both of these should be optional, somehow, e.g. a mobile view of the website / article

    Thank you Ron !

    • Replies: @Hart
  176. Hart says:
    @Hart

    Also, another “issue” when I double click on a word to select it, it is “de-selected” and a “Link Bookmark” control appears. This “behavior” is probably “as designed”, yet it is unique to this website and unexpected.

  177. Anonymous[376] • Disclaimer says:

    A user is spamming identical content in different threads:

    https://www.unz.com/gdurocher/brussels-bureaucrats-ably-visualize-the-eus-decline/#comment-3734549

    https://www.unz.com/akarlin/corona-will-kill-millions-crater-the-world-economy/#comment-3735201

    I also have a suggestion. Anatoly Karlin and any other cunt who wants to block anonymous commenting should be told to suck it up and de-cuntified with extreme prejudice.

    • Disagree: Lot
  178. I’m all for Freedom of Speech, but when someone hijacks a blog, posting a comment that has more words than the original post, that’s not right.

    I’m specifically referring to the post by Mr. Giraldi, entitled “Musical Chairs in the White House,” and the way too long comment, #19 by a ‘ZARD.’

    https://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/musical-chairs-in-the-white-house/

    Maybe there should be a 1,000 or a 500 word limit to each reply, because a 2,700 word reply to a column that contained 2,200 words is absurd.

  179. With the lethality and transmission rate of COVID-19 still undetermined, you would be performing a service to your readers if you had a clearinghouse of the latest, vetted analyses of the disease.

  180. Anon[313] • Disclaimer says:

    Hi Ron,

    First of all, I’m a huge fan of your work. I’ve read pretty much every article you’ve written on this site and I want to thank you for both your own high quality contributions and for all the courageous work you’ve done and continue to do with the Unz review.

    Now for my suggestion. Some of the articles posted here include a large number of links to external websites, and were these links to become unavailable in the future it would negatively impact the quality (and possibly the credibility) of the articles themselves.

    For instance, the recent article from metallicman regarding the corona virus contains a large number of links, some to obscure blogs and some to more established sites. How many of these links will be possible to reach in five, ten or twenty years? I can see blogs ceasing to exist, articles being deleted, file structure changes or paywall implementations leading to much of the content becoming unavailable. I’m sure there can be many other problems causing broken links.

    Would it be possible to create a system which automatically archives all external links on uploaded articles? I guess this could be implemented with some sort of toggle that allows readers to switch between an article with archive links only and one that keeps the original links.

    I’m not sure how much effort and cost it would take to implement something like this, but it seems to me that a few years down the line this could have a positive effect on at least some articles, and the value added by this approach to each individual article with links would increase as the years go by.

    BR,
    Anon

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  181. Ron Unz says:
    @Anon

    Some of the articles posted here include a large number of links to external websites, and were these links to become unavailable in the future it would negatively impact the quality (and possibly the credibility) of the articles themselves…Would it be possible to create a system which automatically archives all external links on uploaded articles? I guess this could be implemented with some sort of toggle that allows readers to switch between an article with archive links only and one that keeps the original links.

    That would be fairly difficult. However, Archive.org does already save copies of old webpages, so if you run into that sort of “broken link” it should be fairly easy to use Archive.org to locate a saved version of that page.

  182. Kali says:

    Hi Ron,

    Many of the articles on this site provide information, research and analysis of great value. Rather than clog/fill comment boards with “thanks for a great article” type comments, would it be possible (desirable) to include a simple “thank you” button which counts up the thanks/appreciation of articles?

    Thanks,
    Kali.

  183. Elsewhere says:

    Slight bug: Go to https://www.unz.com/isteve/biden-wins-in-south-carolina, and go to the first comment. If you hover over @SMK, you’ll find that the yellow box that pops up is all the way over to the right because the border increases the size just enough to put the commenter’s handle at the beginning of the next line.

  184. Suggestion: a correspondence map of commenters – whereby users would be able to see for example, (approximately) where apparently-ideologically-different commenters nevertheless ‘Agree’ on something (and vice versa).

    From my reasonable amount of experience (I read almost all the comments on pieces that I read), the Unz kommentariat is both varied and much much brighter than the average.

    It would be really instructive to see that/if/when people who have wildly divergent opinions on (say) Palestine, are of one mind when it comes to (say) immigration or race-IQ-realism.

    Viewing each user as a ‘node’, Unz.com has millions of directional ‘edges’ (since each ‘Agree’ or ‘LOL’ or ‘Disagree’ or ‘Troll’ is a directional edge between the user who clicks ‘LOL’ (say) and the user who makes the comment).

    Say it turned out that there were a weird number of edges that showed @JRoss or @Achmed saying ‘LOL’ or ‘Agree’ with Tiny Duck.

    The results really could be fascinating. Probably publication-worthy.

    (You all know that ‘fascinate‘ derives from Roman cock-worship cults, right?… just sayin…)

  185. Small thing, but yesterday and today I have found that my “insert more tags” are not appearing when I publish the comment. I like to put them in as a courtesy as my posts are on the longer side. The last two posts where I used them though were in posts where I used them twice. So, if there is a rule against >1 more tag per post than there is no bug.

    Here, let me try

    [MORE]

    Hi, Ron!

  186. I’m gonna try two more tags. Okay?

    Ciao, Ron!

    Ciao, Ron!

    • Thanks: Mario Partisan
  187. bjondo says:

    Suggestion: More than two(2) comments per hour per UR – my limit, anyway.

    My access to computers limited so I post comments fairly rapidly.

    5ds

    • Replies: @Dissident
  188. JavaScript (editing comments for typos) is at times moody.

  189. Dissident says:
    @bjondo

    Isn’t the per-hour comment limit three per thread/ ten total?

    Incidentally, what is the meaning of the “5ds” that you sign your comments with?
    ~ ~ ~
    Testing the MORE tag

    [MORE]
    I think it can be used multiple times,
    [MORE]
    , was I right? Let’s try one more
    [MORE]
    MORE
    Yep! Wonder what the problem was for Mario.

    A total of three MOREs worked as expected for me. We shall see, assuming this comment will be approved, how it will then appear.

    • Replies: @bjondo
  190. Dissident says:

    A little while ago, upon visiting Audacious Epigone’s blog, I encountered what is shown in the screenshots that should appear below. Basically, the page rendered in my browser appears with an overlay at the top of menu options that would appear to be based upon one or more cookies and/or saved cache entries from a login either by AE himself or someone impersonating him. I have no idea how either of those could have gotten into my browser,

    [MORE]
    as I have never attempted to impersonate AE or anyone else with administrative privileges for his or any other part of this site. As with the previous time(s) I encountered this phenomenon, it did not persist. Subsequent page loads (both other pages as well as the same page reloaded) show no trace of the mysterious overlay initially encountered. Upon clicking on one of the menu options found within the overlay:Upon clicking either ‘cancel’ or ‘ok’:

  191. bjondo says:
    @Dissident

    My limit seems to be 2/hr/all UR articles.

    5ds short for 5 dancing shlomos
    which I can’t get to work.
    Probably my ignorance.

  192. Hi Ron,

    If I make first comment on an article, I do not see a “Click to Edit” button.

    Thank you,

    Also, if I re-edit a comment, there are no BOLD , BLOCKQUOTE controls.
    Also, if I re-edit a comment, sometimes it is in fixed-length font ( courier ).

    • Replies: @Simple Simon
  193. @Simple Simon

    If I make first comment on an article, I do not see a “Click to Edit” button.

    Also, I do see the comment at all when it is “awaiting moderation”.

  194. Ipsescit says:

    I’ve only been reading Fred for about two or so years. He seems to have a large storehouse of knowledge in many areas, although I am not knowledgeable enough to say if he does or doesn’t. But knowledge is not judgement, and therein I can say he lacks it. I’ve seen him criticize everyone and everything, which even I could do. But I don’t recall in those couple of years any instances where he has suggested better ways of doing anything he criticizes accompanied about how to do those better things.

    Wouldn’t want to have a glass of wine and dinner with him. Too much of a cranky old man.

  195. We are graciously allowed a five minute edit window or so to correct for any Posters Remorse.
    Any danger of getting a 30 second version under Agree/Disagree etc.
    I hate it when I accidentally hit the latter and meant the former- it’s currently irrevocable.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  196. utu says:

    Comments are published in the order of submission time but some are withheld and delayed and published later. This confuses the counter of new unseen comments that points to the position of comment that has no been seen. So for instance my browser shows the unseen comments counter at 15 but when I click on 15 it might be actually only one comment at position 15 counting back form the last comment.

    Perhaps comments should be posted in order of when they pass moderation and in their time stamp an additional field of how long they were held in moderation purgatory could be added.

    • Agree: Dissident
  197. Ron Unz says:
    @Bill Jones

    Any danger of getting a 30 second version under Agree/Disagree etc.
    I hate it when I accidentally hit the latter and meant the former- it’s currently irrevocable.

    Just apply an “Agree” to the same comment and it will replace the previous “Disagree.” Your Reaction comments just replace each other.

    • Thanks: Kali
  198. I am doing translations of important works into Ukrainian, Russian and European languages. Here is the link for a directory containing translations of Jared Taylor’s “If We Do Nothing”.
    http://grahamseibert.com/Jared/

    and here is a link for Philippe Rushton’s Race, Evolution and Behavior

    http://grahamseibert.com/Translations/Race_Evolution_and_Behavior/Translations_of_Philippe_Rushton.pdf

    I would be glad to do similar translations for James Thompson, John Derbyshire and others. Please contact me if you are interested.

    On another topic, I am an American living in Ukraine. While I find your reporting (Saker, Karlin) to be remarkably one sided, there is always enough truth to make it valuable reading. I’ll sum up my position in a couple of words. Jewish Nazis? C’mon! Ours are just garden-variety corrupt politicians, too often under the sway of the EU and US.

  199. eah says:

    Please consider increasing the size of the IGNORE list — mine is maxed out.

  200. anastasia says:

    MR. UNZ:

    YOU HAVE TO WRITE ABOUT THIS FAKE CORONA VIRUS. ONLY YOU CAN DO IT.
    YOU HAVE GOT TO~!!!!

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  201. Anonymous[316] • Disclaimer says:
    @anastasia

    It’s not fake. I completely understand if you don’t believe your government but here we have pretty much all governments on the planet coming to the conclusion that this is serious.

    • Agree: Wizard of Oz
  202. Mr. Unz,

    I’ve made numerous attempts to submit a post to Open Thread #1 this morning to no avail. Upon submitting, I’m sent to the top of the page and receive no opportunity to edit or delete my post.

    Thanks in advance for your assistance.

  203. gregor says:

    Another book to add to the Amazon ban list.

    Merchants of Sin by Benjamin Garland

    The complete book appears to be available online (linked below). And that’s what seems to happen with these bans. The material ends up circulating for free online. Their number one priority is to make it impossible for anything subversive to the regime make any money.

    https://merchants-of-sin.com/

  204. anastasia says:

    Thank you for the article on corona virus. Yes, that is the thinking of those who believe in the contagion, so there is a method to their madness. But I also know they are wrong. If I wind up on a ventilator tomorrow, diagnosed with corona virus, I would voice myconcerns about misdiagnosis.

    But, Mr. Unz, can you write about the 2 trillion, and maybe up to 6 trillion bail outs and its effect on us.

    Are we going back to normal in the 4th quarter, ya think?

    Will at least 30 percent of the small businesses will be gone in those states that closed the businesses.? Many well before now have disappeared with the mega international companies coming in. These billionaires were not satisfied with what they had. They had to muscle in on the middle class businesses.

    But what is going to happen now? What can we expect. Do you think life will go back to to what it was before this corona virus scam?

    I know this is not your background, but I also know you can do it., probably better than anyone else.

  205. anastasia says:

    https://thecommonsenseshow.com/activism-agenda-21-conspiracy/under-cdc-direction-hospitals-are-falsely-inflating-number-coronavirus-related-deaths

    The longer they play this thing out, the more people will find out what it is. A scam.

    I know it is a scam, by us, by the Chinese, by WHO, but I don’t know why they are doing it.

  206. anastasia says:

    This guy spoke to someone who works at Columbia Presbyterian. No patients there.
    http://aanirfan.blogspot.com/

  207. anastasia says:

    Refusing to question the validity of the test. They called the SARS test unreliable, but not this test.

    But in refusing to question the validity of the test, it has become a theater of the absurd.

  208. anastasia says:

    How is this going to end? It can’t end until they announce the test is bogus or the virus is bogus, or the contagion is bogus. Something has to go for it to end. They have to backpedal. Flu will always be here, and they will have to continue to do the testing on persons with these symptoms. Now, look at the below. Is Rand Paul ever going to get back to Congress?
    This is insanity. Why couldn’t they pick a virus where you bleed from the eyes. Is it because those victims could be easily seen in a crowd?

    World Update: Recovered Wuhan Patients Testing Positive Again!
    Mar 29, 2020

    [MORE]

    If the latest reports are to be believed, in Wuhan, 3 to 10 percent of recovered patients and health workers have tested positive to the virus test, after recovering. There is an allegation that China is down-reporting the confirmed and death cases, and if the Wuhan patients testing positive after recovery is true, this is a bigger enemy the world is fighting with.

    Though China first had a lot of positive cases, as large as 82,000, the country had deaths under 3500. But Italy with more than 93000 confirmed cases so far has high fatalities.

    Italy has now the highest death toll due to the coronavirus in the world, with more than 10,023 deaths. The deaths on Friday were 919 and that was highest in one day while 889 passed away on Saturday. According to Italy’s Civil Protection Agency, there has been an increase of 4400 cases on Saturday.

    Italy has been warning the countries UK and USA to implement all possible measures to lockdown and social distancing to avoid the situation happening in Ital now. The total coronavirus cases in Italy, with deaths and recoveries, is 86,498. More than 6400 health care workers have been infected. The high mortality rate in Italy is analyzed to be due to the large elderly population and the improper method of testing.

    On the other side, the USA has, so far, the highest number of confirmed Coronavirus cases, 105,470 with deaths more than 1700 by yesterday. Spain’s death toll of Coronavirus is not any relieving as it reached nearly 6000 on Saturday with more than 830 patients dying in the last one day.

    The total number of cases worldwide is more than 600,000 of which little above 131,000 people recovered completely from the virus infection and 28000 people lost their lives to the deadly virus.

  209. anastasia says:

    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-infectious-myth/id829019119

    In going through the various cases, he shows the absurdity of their theories

  210. bjondo says:
    @Ron Unz

    Too Much Commenting on This Thread (Limit of 3/Hour). Take a Break.

    I’m requested to take a break at 2/hour for all threads.

    5ds

  211. anastasia says:

    [This is Bugs & Suggestions, use the Open Thread instead.]

  212. I tried to access my comments today and it listed my amount of prior comments but then said “NO COMMENTS FOUND.” I have no comments in April 2020, but it there was no link that allowed me to search my prior comments. Is this a bug in the system?

  213. Mr. Unz, Still NO COMMENTS FOUND today. If I have been banned for some reason please let me know. Thanks.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  214. Ron Unz says:
    @follyofwar

    Mr. Unz, Still NO COMMENTS FOUND today. If I have been banned for some reason please let me know. Thanks.

    I have no idea what your problem is. When I click on your Handle, your Comment Archive comes up fine, including all your recent comments.

    Maybe try a different browser or something.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
    , @Wizard of Oz
  215. @Ron Unz

    Thank you, Mr. Unz, for your quick response to my question. I know you are very busy. The only things I know are using Yahoo and Google, and I’ve just been using Yahoo with no problems until the last 2 days. I just tried Google with the same response. I’m basically computer illiterate and don’t know what you mean by trying a different browser. Sorry. Maybe I can ask a relative if this doesn’t resolve itself.

    Another puzzling problem I have, without wearing out my welcome. The Unz Review is the only site I comment on which does not provide me with spellcheck. I did not have a problem with that until the last mandatory computer update. Every other site I comment on underlines in red when I misspell a word. I’ve not been able to find a solution to this problem, and the Lenovo experts I consulted didn’t provide me with an answer I could understand.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
  216. @follyofwar

    Mr. Unz, apparently either my comment page has been fixed, or I missed this change (if it was a change?) in the first place. But in the lower left I am now able to click on my comments from last month and earlier. If I missed this link I feel very foolish, and am sorry to have wasted your time. Peace.

  217. We need ideas for nurturing small business startups, else dead nation financially speaking in three months. A separate forum would be nice, perhaps co-authored by Sirs Unz, Karlin, and Sailer.

    A catchy name might be “Business Unusual”

    • Replies: @bjondo
  218. bjondo says:
    @James Speaks

    A necessary business needed now is rodent/pests control.

    Hire those unemployed/underemployed by greedsters, techies, puppets.

    Tools needed for job: tire irons, brass knuckles, chains, fish clubs.

    5ds

  219. Nodwink says:

    Ron, Mr. Unz sir, could I make a serious comment?

    Please consider giving commenter “utu” a star. Seems to argue seriously, and tries to back up those arguments with solid facts. I suspect you may have already considered this, as this commenter is quite prolific, over a broad range of authors/bloggers.

  220. Jess says:

    I’m looking for the first publication about Pecos Bill (The Century Magazine, October 23, p. 826-833). When I go to the links for that issue, however, the link to the Saga of Pecos Bill includes the pages leading up to p. 826, and the next article starts with the illustration on p. 826 but then jumps to p. 835. It seems that the actual Pecos Bill article is missing.

    https://www.unz.com/print/Century-1923oct-00826/

  221. The link to Michelle Malkin’s latest article is dead.

    Here’s an alternative link while Mr. Unz doesn’t correct this issue:

    https://alphanewsmn.com/malkin-the-grand-farce-of-american-social-distancing/

  222. Biff says:

    It seems that using an Android device and trying to make blockquotes doesn’t work together.

  223. marco k says: • Website

    I am a Huge fan ! areyoush-tingme.com has it’s right-wing blog ready for today . Please check it out and let me know what you think.
    marco

  224. Erebus says:

    I found this while searching my own comments.
    Unless I have an alter ego I’m unaware of, this comment is not mine. I haven’t read the article, and don’t know anything about the topic.
    One hopes it’s just a glitch of some sort.

    https://www.unz.com/ejones/nazi-hunters-and-their-catholic-proxy-warriors-part-i/#comment-3840705

  225. utu says:

    Sometimes I tag comments with “Agree”, “Thanks”… so they appear in the “utu comments archive” for a future reference. However the tagged comments seems to be excluded from the search function. It would be useful to be able to do the search within the tagged comments subset. Ability to search using tags and handles as keywords also would be useful.

  226. Pericles says:

    Occasional but annoying problems with loading CSS (for my comments page) means the entire page is unstyled, which is haram. It’s presumably this one:

    link rel=”stylesheet” id=”webzine-css” title=”/webzine.css?vx=A1066b15″ href=”/webzine.css?vx=A1066b15″ type=”text/css” media=”all”

    Perhaps you should instead serve such files from the powerful Unz CDN or something. Since the styling doesn’t seem to change much, you might also make it cacheable by the browser.

  227. A123 says:

    I received this error after clicking “Publish Comment”.

    Wrong Post Type; Use Instead — The error also had something about ADMIN.

    The post was succesful, but the 5 minute Edit window does not appear to be available. The problem is sporadic. There is no obvious reason why it occured. An embedded tweet/link was present in the post that had the problem, however that may be coincidence.
    _____

    Here is a link to the specific post. Perhaps it can be matched up to an error log.

    https://www.unz.com/akarlin/lightpill/#comment-3869569

    PEACE 😷

  228. On my laptop, almost never use my mobile. Now, today, on laptop, both a new open and all old unz.com tabs default to mobile. And the url is https://www.unz.com – there is apparently no way to escape this curse.

    Generally, I hate mobile interfaces. Please help.

    • Replies: @A123
  229. Unz.com thinks my laptop is a mobile phone. I am on my laptop and I want the laptop interface.

  230. A123 says:
    @New Dealer

    I believe that the SETTINGS menu (under HOME and ABOUT) allows you to explicitly select Mobile vs Desktop.

    PEACE 😷

  231. The ‘Video Channels’ section on Unz.com is not very good…

    1) I’d suggest, using the SAME space allotted (or, perhaps an itsy-bitsy bigger), to show 3 or 4 video thumbnails instead of only 1.
    2) There are not many channels added, so much is lacking! C’mon!
    3) It archives ‘Sayed Hasan’ as ‘banned by YouTube’ whilst not doing the same for ‘Red Ice’ and others. Can this be corrected?
    4) It seems to me that it gives as much chance to, say, a TYT video be featured on Unz.com’s front-page as anybody else; this doesn’t seem fair to me, ’cause TYT produces much more videos (quantity-wise) than RamZPaul or TomWoodsTV ever will.
    5) Why is the BBC YouTube channel there? It’s the definition of ‘mainstream’! It is taking space of promoting instead “[…] Perspectives Largely Excluded from the American Mainstream Media” which is Unz.com’s mission.

    A big “Thank You!” in advance!

    [English’s not my 1st language, so I’m sorry for any mistakes.]

  232. CBTerry says:

    How about a place to point out typos for correction? Grammatical typos, e.g. leaving off opening quotation marks, are not uncommon in larger articles.

    I once commented after the article itself, but my comment was ignored, so the comment ended up looking out of place and lonely.

  233. @JohnPlywood

    That points to quite a big problem. Suppose I wanted to write elsewhere about an issue discussed on UR. Because there are no comments contradicting a contributors assertions of fact I treat the contributor’s assertions as prima facie true, fortified by publication in an honestly conducted webzine.

    A remedy for that would be a notice attached to contributor moderated articles that “X Comments have been rejected at the discretion of the author as moderator”.

  234. @Ron Unz

    Dear Ron

    You are *very* busy obviously, but, since you haven’t posted on this thread since 2 April I am using the Reply button to ensure you see this.

    1. On 2 May I sent a personal email to you with subject line
    RON – YOU HAVE DOX’D ME!!!

    I don’t want to repeat the details here so, for the moment I shall presume that you can find my email and fix the problem.

    2. For some weeks I have been unable to email comments. Whereas I have been used to getting immediate acknowledgment that the email has been sent I now get no such acknowledgment, there is no email sent, but the screen slides to show the top of the Comments…..

    3. I looked for a button to click on to get me straight to this open thread but eventually resorted to Googling “unz.com bugs” and quickly found the link. Could you perhaps add a Bugs item in the menu that comes up when one clicks on More to reach “Announcements”.

    Absurd Moniker adopted when only a half brain read about Lynton Crosby😎

  235. Being relatively new to this incredibly vibrant site, I find it extremely frustrating to read the comments on articles that I’ve read and then only be allowed three (3) comments/reactions in an eight hour period.

    So many times we can elaborate on what’s being said by others or ask for evidence of their reasoning or just express a ‘LOL’ for some genuinely funny / clever contributions.

    Given that freedom of speech is critical to being human and there’s so much censorship on the net now – Google is next to useless & YT has been thoroughly whitewashed, can the administrators of UR look into providing a greater range of comments /reactions please?

    Peace.

    • Agree: jsigur
  236. Is there some way to use tables to format numbers?

    • Replies: @res
  237. res says:
    @Peripatetic Commenter

    Not that I know of. I wish there was. The closest thing I have found is using | to separate columns and non-breaking spaces to align them (while looking at the preview).
    Use the HTML code at https://www.computerhope.com/jargon/n/nbsp.htm
    I usually fill my paste buffer with one or more nbsps to enter them in bulk.

    Multiple underlines with regular spaces on either side also works, but does not look as good.

  238. res says:

    I have been having recurrent problems with “wrong type” error messages after leaving a comment (very intermittent and infrequent). The comment does post correctly if I refresh the page, but without access to the edit capability.

    Dissident flagged a comment where this happened to him in case that helps.
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/wide-angle-vs-telephoto-lens-for-portraits/#comment-3881342

    • Agree: Dissident
  239. Derer says:

    Your print distorts my Ward table even in primitive form and makes it unreadable. Even edited. Example:

    Year…………………….Population……………………Growth……………………………Compound rate……

    1880……………………..11,000 000……………………..3.6 %………………………………2.4 %………………..
    2018……………………..24,000 000…………………….2.7 %……………………………….3.8 %……………….

  240. HM says:

    I notice that the Video page or link to Video page is no longer available.
    I miss having this available.
    Is this related to the facebook ban?
    Thanks

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  241. Ron Unz says:
    @HM

    I notice that the Video page or link to Video page is no longer available.
    I miss having this available.
    Is this related to the facebook ban?
    Thanks

    YouTube apparently revised the Terms of Service for their API, and prohibited their videos from being organized with the extensive summary information that we provided. They notified us that we were out of compliance, and making the necessary changes would have involved a considerable amount of work while also greatly reducing the usefulness of our video section. Since videos anyway provided less than 0.5% of our traffic, I decided to remove the section as they had requested.

  242. Pericles says:

    Document title tags should contain just text, not HTML.

    An example error: https://www.unz.com/tlynch/network-a-populist-classic/
    Look at the title of the browser tab.

    This should really be fixed when the page is generated.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  243. Ron Unz says:
    @Pericles

    Document title tags should contain just text, not HTML.

    Fixed.

  244. It takes a long time to scroll back from deep in Comments, and the Home icon takes you outside the website, ynless I am missong something.

  245. Anon[231] • Disclaimer says:

    never mind you just answered the Videos question above:) thanks

  246. @Ron

    Is there any way of changing the email address I started with? Its been so long since I’ve used it – I can’t provide enough security questions to access it – so I started a new handle on this site ‘PTG Mann’ with an email addy that I could access – and in the meantime you / site’s admins gave this handle a gold box – so I went back to using that one.

    I’d hate contributors of this site thinking I was a sock puppet – as I’ve called out others for same.

    Cheers.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  247. Ron Unz says:
    @Patagonia Man

    so I started a new handle on this site ‘PTG Mann’ with an email addy that I could access

    Your comments have all been merged, and you can use your preferred Email.

    • Replies: @bjondo
    , @Wizard of Oz
  248. @Ron Unz

    Great thanks for that.

    Cheers!

  249. bjondo says:
    @Ron Unz

    While you are in a generous mood, increase my comments
    from 2/hr/UR to the current 3/hr/thread, which others seem to have.

    Also, I’ve tried different things to get my 5 dancing shlomos moniker to work.
    Can’t.
    Could be I used some random email and forgot it?

    Anyway,

    Thanks

  250. Could the site get clicked on links to open up in new tabs rather than on the same page possibly? There is usually a not indecent load on each page due to the comments, and it may just be a little more user friendly! (imo)

  251. Tor597 says:

    Ron, thanks for adding the buttons so we can direct link comments.

    1) The buttons need to be less intrusive. Smaller and a single row per comment instead of a double row.

    2) Instead of so many direct links to random internet social media sites. What about the universal share link we can access from an android phone? I don’t know what it is called but if there was this button I could share the link directly to my notebook on my phone.

    Even a copy link button is a better option.

  252. A123 says:

    Is anyone else having slow performance and gigantic “share” buttons above and below each comment?

    PEACE 😷

    • Replies: @A123
  253. A123 says:
    @A123

    The problem has gone away. Probably some weirdness from Cloudflare.

    PEACE 😷

  254. Elsewhere says:

    In case you don’t see it in Sailer’s: I can no longer access the following article on UR: “Which American Would Make the Best Corona Czar?”
    Instead, it redirects to this Pat Buchanan article: “Reining in the Rogue Royal of Arabia”.

    This might be a Cloudfare issue, because every time I try this link, Cloudfare has to do one of their five-second tests.

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

    In case you don’t see it in Sailer’s: I can no longer access the following article on UR:

    Fixed.

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

    Thanks. Then I had to clear my cache to see the change take effect.

  257. @Ron Unz

    Dear Ron

    I am disappointed that you haven’t acknowledged my #244 problems of having been doxx’d by unz.com and of the failure of the Email Comment function while finding time for that ignorant or careless obsessive Patagonia Man. [No one should be allowed to get away with alleging that there are about a dozen Israeli nationals in the Australian Parliament, then promising to name them, and necessarily failing
    – because there are none. He has to be regarded as dodgy].

    WoOz.

  258. Ron, I wish to raise a matter that pertains to the intellectual weight of this webzine. No one would bother about UR if it weren’t for your intellect and your frequent proofs of it. As you might have surmised I am temperamentally, and as an Australian, somewhat resistant to conspiracy theories and tend to make my contribution to your welcoming platform for them by detached scepticism or, occasionally, trying to sum up what would have to be true for one of the theories to be true.

    The matter pertaining to intellectual weight that I refer to is your frequent references to coincidences as reasons for certain inferences. Before proceeding to my suggestion I would like to ask you a question about

    [MORE]

    “Could any rational individual possibly regard this as a mere coincidence?”

    That was in reference to the infection of Iranian leaders. It seems to say that no one like a judge or jury required to find guilt beyond reasonable doubt could fail to find that Israel, and possibly the US as co-conspirator or accessory before the fact, were guilty of a bio warfare attack, amounting to murder. Is that intended?

    They seem to extend a long way although I have indicated that I can see possible arguments against the probative conclusiveness of the November intelligence reports aired first on ABC News. (I suggested the information could have come from military athletes having obviously picked up a disease in Wuhan or because American medical intelligence did use open source trawling and the Chinese may not have, at least domestically. I add the speculation now that only cutbacks on medical intelligence funding led to ingenious use of open source intelligence gathering).

    My general point is to ask you to give your readers the benefit of your theoretical basis for regarding coincidences as probative. I was set off on this line of inquiry by your – to me – surprising linking of the death of the Chinese ambassador to Israel to Pompeo’s visit and US problems with China vis-a-vis Israel. It didn’t seem to me to be plausible in the way that the inference from the Iranian outbreak was.

    If one Google’s for what makes coincidences significant one lights on the relatively simple – if counterintuitive to the uneducated or innumerate – mathematics of probability such as the number of people needed to have a 50 per cent chance of shared birthdays. And then there all those odd stories like the person who buys a secondhand picture frame and finds a picture of an uncle stuck in the frame.

    Clearly these are not the kind of coincidences that you are relying on. You could have written an account of the maths of that before you were 13 no doubt. So I wonder if you are deploying Bayesian probability which I find conveniently defined as:

    “Bayesian probability is an interpretation of the concept of probability, in which, instead of frequency or propensity of some phenomenon, probability is interpreted as reasonable expectation representing a state of knowledge or as quantification of a personal belief”

    and is of course much more complex as discussed in long articles that I haven’t read recently.

    In short, could you please take us through the processes by which you arrived at your leap from coincidence to judgment where you have relied on coincidence, perhaps starting with a discussion of the Chinese ambassador case.

  259. Anonymous[226] • Disclaimer says:

    Dear Mr Unz,
    I am translating your following piece of 2018 on David Irving to publish it online on a frenchspeaking blog :
    https://www.unz.com/announcement/the-remarkable-historiography-of-david-irving/ r

    BUT… I am no good at computers and I do not succeed in collecting THE EMBED CODES of the three videos included in the article.
    Could please someone send them to me ? It would help a lot..

    Thank you very much

    Catherine Lieutenant
    http://blog.lesgrossesorchadeslesamplesthalameges.fr/

  260. Ron, are you aware of an Israeli journalist by the name of

    Eyal Hareuveni?

    I came across him in the following article in Times of Israel

    https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/issawiya-and-the-myth-of-a-united-jerusalem/

    As he appears to be Jewish he might be good company for Gilad Atzmon in your pages.

  261. eah says:
    @eah

    This same problem/behavior is still seen:

    If you are the first to comment on an article, there is no editing window; your comment just disappears into moderation — if/when it is approved, it appears later.

    • Replies: @Elsewhere
  262. Elsewhere says:
    @eah

    Perhaps it would be helpful for all authors to adopt Anatoly Karlin’s practice of always leaving the first comment with a boilerplate statement of commenting guidelines. Then this issue would be avoided.

    • Thanks: eah
    • Replies: @eah
    , @A123
    , @Wizard of Oz
  263. eah says:
    @Elsewhere

    Yes, that’s a good suggestion; it seems it ought to work.

    Or do as Audacious Epigone does: switch off comment moderation altogether; I assume he later deletes any comment he doesn’t like or which violates some rule/policy (his or the site’s) — I find the comment moderation fetish here odd, since it makes any kind of dialogue virtually impossible, as well as gives you the feeling that you’re wasting your time writing a comment that may nor not be published, and if published you have no idea when — after all, if you have or will take the time to read/moderate every single comment, then it seems you also have the time to read them all later and delete the objectionable or inappropriate ones, right? — regarding such comments, I think all that’s desired or required, even from a liability standpoint (?), is that a good faith effort is made to eliminate them — but I’m not a lawyer, and I’m not sure what the big concern/worry is here.

  264. A123 says:
    @Elsewhere

    Yes. Providing a #1 would give the first reader comment the 5 minute edit window.
    _____

    Has anyone noticed that embedding images has become harder in the past month or so?

    I think both Blogspot and WordPress may have changed default settings for allowing linking.

    PEACE 😷

  265. @Elsewhere

    Maybe the first Commenter could just provide a nominal comment as #1 and then use #2 as the substantial comment. Would that work or would #2 in that scenario be treated like #1?

    • Replies: @A123
  266. A123 says:
    @Wizard of Oz

    Maybe the first Commenter could just provide a nominal comment as #1 and then use #2 as the substantial comment. Would that work or would #2 in that scenario be treated like #1?

    The later I am afraid.

    The “No Edit” issue lasts until a #1 comment is approved and visible to all readers.

    On moderated boards when #1 goes to pending approval, #2 would be treated like #1.

    PEACE 😷

  267. Ron, your American Pravda series is presumably aimed at the 60 per cent (generously estimated) of Americans who have views of recent history which might inform their decisions to vote and how they should vote. As it happens I have been watching a lot of documentaries on TV while riding my exercise bike during our lock down. It occurs to me that a lot of people are now probably learning their contemporary history from such programs made often by the BBC or French producers as well as American. It is not only Oliver Stone who presents a bleak picture of American history but even Ken Burns is not all Ta Ra Ra Ra Ra for the United States Marines. You might care to Google “American History’s Greatest Fibs with Lucy Worsley [A serious British historian-cum-TV-presnter]”. Do you think only a minuscule number of Americans watch? Perhaps, but isn’t it possible that distrust of government is now such as to overcome that title’s affront to American pride?

    It could be helpful to your readers to have some of the more respectable history documentaries critically reviewed.

    For example a 2015 documentary “The Spymasters: the CIA through the Cross Hairs” was a very plausible account of the CIA’s errors in particular relating to WMDs and failing to tell the FBI about known terrorists at flight training schools. By contrast they did not admit failure to warn the White House about the Al Qaeda threat – or the use of torture which got too much air time on the program except for the interesting condemnation of torture by Stansfield Turner and John Brennan. (Side Bar for fun…Leon Panetta, who defended torture, was shown telling his rosary in an otherwise empty chapel).

    I would be inclined to accept that the directors and other senior officers of the CIA who spoke on camera genuinely believed that 9/11 was the kind of Al Qaeda affair that is the official version. BUT…. there was not a single mention of Israel or Saudi Arabia in the whole program. (From wider doco watching I note that the “6 million” figure is invariably given as accepted fact – despite Australia’s ABC, as I have previously noted, using the figures “four and a half to six million” without later retraction or apology).

    So, an Unz Review take on the many well produced recent history documentaries would be a valuable addition to the usual fare.

  268. Tom Verso says:

    The site SEEMS to becoming cliched in that there is a pattern of the same writers, writing on the same topics and repeat the same thing. For example, the coronavirus thing has been ‘beat to death’. Again, Phil Geraldi, whom I consider one of my favorite writers nevertheless, SEEMS to be forcing articles that say pretty much what has been said many times before by him and others. Striker, who I recommend to you, is also in the ‘journalist deadline’ mode of ‘getting out articles’.

    I don’t want to overstate the case. If I had only one site that I could go to, it would be TUR. I am a very small Partron contributor and I can’t begin to express how very grateful I am for TUR and how much I revier Ron Unz.

    However, I think the site needs some new blood and new general topics. I have more than once suggested more on Climate Change. It lends it self to what I consider the dialect form that is the essence of TUR – science vs mass prevailing ideology.

    Another topic that would be interesting is the Darwinian Evolution vs the many scientific challenges to it; e.g. Intelligent Design, epigenetics, natural genetic engineering, etc.

    Another topic is the current sociological state of the natural sciences. Authorities always justify their public polices based on what ‘scientist say’. But, increasingly it is becoming obvious that the institution of science itself is becoming ideological; scientist conforming to funding sources and career considerations, etc.

    Just a thought.

    Thank you for TUR!

  269. Hi, is there a way to contact one of your regular columnists? If there is, could you point it out to this dummy? If there isn’t an existing method, perhaps it might be a good feature to add.

    In the meantime, would you kindly forward to Godfree Roberts a request that he consider an article addressing the current China/Hong Kong talking points concerning new national security laws?

    The lazy mass media seem to be content to just use scare-quotes around the whole topic and to leave it up to our imaginations to fill in the gaps – always a warning sign that we’re being sold a lie.

    Kind regards, Marlow.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  270. Mr. Unz, looks like an unclosed italics tag affecting comments, and possibly above comments, here:
    https://www.unz.com/mmalkin/h-r-6666-and-beyond-whos-cashing-in-on-contact-tracing/

  271. @Rob

    and one of the suggestions is turning down screen brightness. I figure white rext on a black background is as dim as possible

    If display is backlit (not, for example, OLED), I think white/black is irrelevant; the key is brightness of the backlight, since pixels aren’t emitting light.

  272. I tried to access the pdf file, The Red Terror in Russia from your pdf archives section, but don’t see a “DOWNLOAD” button anywhere. The URLs linked to the title and image don’t seem to do anything, nor do they have .pdf extensions. I have the .pdf, but wanted to credit where I got it. I thought I got it here, but maybe not?

  273. Here’s something to explore given the encouragement you, Ron, have given to conspiracy theories about 9/11. Apart from what Mossad knew beforehand and what it did with that knowledge (which may be important even just as an add-on to the official stilory) the key question seems to be whether WTC 1 and 2 were subjected to demolition by explosives.

    It would be good to clear up conclusively the nanothermite meme or rumour but the big question for doubters like most truthers is whether weakening of steel by heat and the weight of the towers above the point of impact could have brought down the towers as actually occurred.

    Leave aside WTC 7 which is a story with a choice of different emphases.

    It seems to me an *extraordinary* coincidence that the tower that was struck later but several floors lower down collapsed much quicker than the first to be hit. The obvious difference was the weight of the structure bearing down on the weakened steel beams and other framework.

    So…. Here’s the doable investigation.

    There are thousands of steel framed skyscrapers. See

    https://www.skyscrapercenter.com/countries

    Most have a limited lifespan commercially as well as physically and there are many demolitions annually.

    Why not write to a hundred demolition firms asking them first, as a public service, to rate the buildings known to them or readily easily researched for their comparability to the collapsed WTC buildings for susceptibility to being brought down by gravity plus thermal weakening of steel.

    Then zero in on those that might be demolished by creating the conditions on floors quite high up whereby steel might be heated to the point of collapse. Of those there would surely be a number that would be due for demolition. I surmise that smaller buildings could be the best and safest candidates. That is because it is only the upper floors needed to provide the gravitational force which would matter.

    Thereafter the truthers would surely join a campaign – and back it with GoFundMe money – to have the critical experiment performed. Some up and coming demolition engineers or kooks from academe would leap at the chance of fame.

  274. @Marshal Marlow

    You should be able to send a message to Godfree Roberts (that all can read) by simply replying to him when he comments. As long as you provide a genuine email address for notifications he can also contact you promptly.

  275. If we’ve posted a comment on a thread – and others have replied, its annoying to be limited to:

    Only Three Reaction-Comments Allowed per Eight Hour Window

    In the interest of effective communication, whats the possibility of making it Only Three Reaction-Comments Allowed per Eight Hour Window per Thread ?

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  276. @Patagonia Man

    I think there might, more appropriately, be some additional allowance for commenters who are replying to comments in reply to their own comments.

  277. Suggestion for a potential contributor. Although I may deplore his Sino centric cast of mind I note that “d dan” is very articulate and at least adequately logical in his expression of chauvinist Chinese attitudes. See his last couple of Comments in reply to me. He could perhaps fill a gap as regular contributor.

  278. Ron, please have another look at Comment #4 from Mehen on Open Thread #2

    Don’t bother with the second audio/video rant from 60 year old mathematician-com cranky libertarian Andrew Mathers which Mehen has included.

    But the first raises interesting questions of calculation which are well within your or John Derbyshire’ s capacity to deal with and explain fluidly. What I recall in particular as a challenging sticking of Mather’s neck out was his saying 6 weeks or so ago that the virus would be finished in 4 weeks (or 40 days) if allowed to spread naturally. He does seem to have been right in his criticisms of the Imperial College nonsense and he makes an interesting point about the shape of the curve – never justifying fear of the exponential and inevitably turning down.

    It does tend to confirm my insight in a moment of clarity three months ago. To wit; the overriding imperative was political so that no politician could be blamed for the sad premature death of anyone’s 95 year old grandma, especially if from minority. Hence the expensive curve flattening while ventilators were acquired and ICU beds opened.

  279. Anonymous[387] • Disclaimer says:

    Would unz.com perhaps consider bumping up the number of postings allowed by anonymous posters per hour from from 2 to 3, if only as a temporary measure?

    I ask because, while it would certainly be easy to sign up for an account, doing so also makes it far easier for the Thought Police to track my posts. At a time when the political left is clearly in the ascendant, I don’t believe I am exaggerating when I say that the ability to post anonymously has never been more important.

    With everything that is currently happening, a two-posts-an-hour limit may, perhaps, be overly conservative. I can’t say for certain and, of course, you’re the one maintaining the site, so you know what works best.

  280. Ron I want to add to previous comments reference to another History channel documentary that I have watched while isolated on my exercise bike. It is one of a French series “History’s Greatest Lies” and the one I saw was a no holds barred attack on the lies that got the US and allies into the 2003 Iraq War. It named the right culprits (referring in detail to Wolfavitz’s manufacturing of false intelligence in the Pentagon and the planting of repeated lies in the MSM). But it never once mentioned Jews or Israel despite referring to the guilty as neoconservatives.

    I think it adds to the need to flesh out your American Pravda theme with reference to who/?How many watch such programs, what impact they have on public opinion and whether there has been a change in the gullibility of the average citizen over the last 20 years.

  281. t says:

    How about allowing us to edit posts as long as they are still in moderation.

  282. Anonymous[413] • Disclaimer says:

    Thank you for a very enjoyable, incisive, informative and lively information resource.
    I often read the many hundreds of comments below articles.

    May I request the following feature be considered, or otherwise be told how to overcome a difficulty I have navigating the comments.

    On any comment where a reply has been made, or is a reply to a comment, there is also a THIS THREAD button. Clicking on THIS THREAD allows me to read that thread only. This is a very useful feature, as sometimes the thread is dozens of comments long.

    After reading them all, I scroll back to the the first post in the thread and position the DISPLAY ALL COMMENTS button near the top of the screen, then click on it. Now back in the main comments section, I click on the HIDE THREAD button (which nicely folds these read comments leaving just the minimum details).

    This should allow me to easily find the next new unread comment in the main section, usually by just scrolling a little to the next open (unfolded) one.

    The difficulty I face is that the DISPLAY ALL COMMENTS button unhides all the previously hidden threads, thus soon making it very cumbersome to reach a next new unread comment.

    My suggestion is that after using the THIS THREAD button, each comment post has a new button at the bottom. It could be similar to the following:

    CLOSE THIS THREAD – opens back up all comments, but does not unhide the previously hidden threads.

    If this new button is added when viewing just one thread, then perhaps the DISPLAY ALL COMMENTS button could be taken away completely. It should be trivial to first close the thread, after which the button would be available should one want to display all comments by unfolding all threads.

    Thank you.

  283. Question, not criticism–how can I find answers to my comments without going through everything I ever replied to or even remember? I can’t do email replies cuz my email BROKE. Yeah, I know, that’s weird, but thus it goes. Nobody ever knew that was possible. No email now for six months. Yeah, it’s possible. Fucks up a whole lot of other computer shit, too, including buying and setting up a new computer or trying to access your bank account. Maybe it’s just me, and I’m a retard. Shit happens.

  284. Ron Unz says:
    @Pissedoffalese

    Question, not criticism–how can I find answers to my comments without going through everything I ever replied to or even remember? I can’t do email replies cuz my email BROKE.

    Well, if you click on your Handle, you’ll get your own Commenter Archive, which lists all of your recent comments. Those comments include replies, which can be viewed by hovering over the link with your mouse.

    But frankly, if you can’t get your Email to work, you have bigger problems than missing your comment replies on this website…

    • Replies: @Talha
  285. Suggestion:

    As part of the campaign to improve comment threads, how about raising the limit on reactions (“Agree”, “Disagree”, etc.) to be the same as the limit on comments: three per hour?

    Currently, the reactions are only three per eight hours, so viewed dispassionately, reactions are eight times more valuable than comments. But in terms of maintaining thread quality, excessive reactions are far less polluting than excessive comments, so if anything, reactions should be “cheaper” than comments, rather than more expensive.

    For example, I find myself sometimes tempted to use a comment to bookmark a point I want to come back to, when a reaction (“Agree”, Thanks”) would really be the more appropriate way to do so, but reactions are too scarce. I don’t want to end up writing a reply comment if I don’t have much to reply with, but if I have no reaction buttons left, the alternatives are poor: e.g., leaving the browser tab open and hoping I remember why I did that eight hours later.

    Anyway, tl;dr: I’m just suggesting that the “cost” of low screen-space reactions be rationalized against the “cost” of high screen-space comments.

    • Agree: Dissident, Patagonia Man
    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  286. mario964 says:

    I can’t understand why my comment to Patrick Cockburn’s post “British Leaders Have No Idea How Bad Slavery Was ” has been marked and deleted as spam.

  287. Olorin says:

    Just a question about the e-mail field. I accidentally/autonomically typed my ProtonMail address instead of my usual handle and got booted. Oopsy. Now with restoration of the usual handle it doesn’t appear my comments are being uploaded. I’ll see if this appears, or can e-mail you separately. Thanks.

  288. Don’t seem, to be able to ‘agree’ to comment on columnist’s articles or even this thread – or post comments?

    Have I been shadow-banned?

    Please fix.

    • Replies: @Patagonia Man
  289. Talha says:
    @Ron Unz

    Hello Mr. Unz,

    Something weird is going on with this thread:
    https://www.unz.com/anepigone/leftists-need-anti-bias-training/ (see how this only shows 16)

    https://www.unz.com/comments/all/?commenterfilter=Talha (see how this shows a couple of posts that doesn’t show up on the blog post itself)

    I think it may have been something I did, possibly a link to an mp4 I made under the MORE tag.

    Thanks. Peace.

  290. I’ve now made two comments that have just disappeared with no message or other indication as to why.

  291. Ron Unz says:
    @Almost Missouri

    The problem is that value is produced by scarcity. Unlike most other websites, when you see an Agree or a Disagree here, it makes an impression on you. If too many were allowed, the impact would be lost. So you are forced to ration your Reactions carefully.

    However, I’m willing to take your complaints into account and raise the current limit to 5/8 hour period, though if they begin to clutter things up, I’ll revert the limit.

  292. @Pissedoffalese

    Well, here’s the deal. I don’t have a phone, so I do have rather large issues I can’t fix. Second, I’m older and really don’t get all this computer stuff, and what is my “handle”? Does that mean I click on my “Unz” name? Obviously not, since it didn’t work. About six months ago I got had by a scammer who shut my whole computer down. My neighbor somewhat fixed it, but still I have no e-mail. I agree that it was mostly my fault, but thus it goes. Sometimes you get screwed. I really don’t care about the e-mail, but seriously, what IS my handle?

  293. @Pissedoffalese

    My mistake. I just discovered my error. Apologies.

  294. @Patagonia Man

    Apologies. Problem seems to be fixed.

    Cheers!

  295. Th function for sending individual comments to selected email addresses hasn’t worked for several weeks. Is that a problem unique to me?

  296. A123 says:

    I accidentally posted a few messages with bad info in the email field. The handle is correct.

    Will these roll-up in my history, assuming they clear moderation?

  297. sarz says:

    I regularly open UR on Opera on Android. There is a problem with the over-weighty comments on Guyénot’s article, The Devil’s Trick. It keeps crashing the browser.

    I thought the feature offering to trim the comments might help. I selected SHORT, not quite sure what it meant. No effect. The comments all appear as before, for a moment, and then the whole thing crashes.

    The instability is there with other very long comments sections. Hope you can work out a solution.

    Regards
    Syed Zaidi (sarz)

    • Replies: @sarz
    , @sarz
  298. Anon[369] • Disclaimer says:

    ***** doesn’t seem to be your usual commenter name, and this website requires commenters to either use their sole Handle, or else use Anonymous or Anon. Please check for typos and retry, leave your comment as Anonymous or Anon, or contact us if you believe some mistake has been made.

    So, if you for forgot your commenter name (for a particular IP address) or wish to change it, you can either change your IP address (pain in the ass to do so nowadays w/ Verizon) or you’re SOL and must use Anon.

    There should be a way to change the commenter name or find out what commenter name was previously used (it must be stored somewhere because it knows if it “ doesn’t seem to be your usual commenter name”).

    Why not allow a previously used handle associated with a certain IP address to expire within 30 days if that same handle is not used in the 30 days? Then someone is free to pick a new one and stick with that.

    I imagine a lot of posts by people using Anonymous/Anon is due to the same reason as me. Forgot what their handle was.

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
  299. Rob says:

    Hi Ron,

    Before I make my complaints, I would like to thank you for running a great free speech site. Wouldn’t surprise me if you’re the last one standing in a few years.
    Firstly, I tried to reply to a comment directly from the page of my comments, and the name ‘Hughes’ came up with an email. I have no idea if it was really Hughes’ email, but this is a dissident site, and I think most of us would prefer that our email addresses fon’t show up for other people. It did give me a warning that it was not my usual handle, so there is that.

    Secondly, could you change the Ignore Commrnter feature so commenters stay ignored? It resets pretty often, at least it does on my iPad.

    Lastly, also on my iPad Pro, when I touch and hold a comment link on a comments page, it no longer shows me a preview of the comment, though it did for a while.

    I’d really appreciate it if you could fix these quality of life issues. Especially the names and email addresses of other commenters showing up.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
    , @A123
  300. Anon[924] • Disclaimer says:

    Over the years I have not commented very often and I think I have only commented on sailers blog. However in the last 3 weeks I think I have commented 5-6 times, but certainly never twice in 24 hours. Anyway I tried to comment tonight on something on sailers blog and when I hit publish I got this “slow down, you’re commenting too often” message (or something like that) and my comment was trashed. Just curious what the algorithm is? It can’t be I’m really commenting too often based on what I see others do, so does this message really mean “you’re being stupid too often”? Just curious.

  301. @Rob

    That doxxing effect sounds like what I complained about and asked to be fixed some weeks ago.

  302. A123 says:
    @Rob

    Secondly, could you change the Ignore Commenters feature so commenters stay ignored? It resets pretty often, at least it does on my iPad.

    Your browser is cleaning up old cookies. Ignore Commenters is held as a cookie, so there is no site issue to modify.

    As you probably want clear cookies periodically to keep browser speeds up. Two options spring immediately to mind:

    — Changing you browser clean-up feature to ignore unz.com cookies.
    — Copying your blocked list into a local TXT file. After cookies are cleaned up, you can then easily rebuild the block list by copying the text into the site feature.

    PEACE 😇

  303. Photo display issue, at least through Firefox if not more generally

    Hello Ron – and thank you for all you do -,

    Have noticed that through my Firefox browser at least, photos do not display in the articles or comments if the source photo is more than pixels wide, tho the length of the photo does not matter … what I see in the large photo cases, is a blank outlined box with a tiny icon suggesting there is an image I can discover if I click on the box

    This is also true if I post photos myself … in order to make sure the photo displays in the comment section, I copy and reduce the photo to, e.g., 785 pixels width, post it to one of the image host sites, and then it displays fine on Unz

    An example from today –

    Steve Sailer links to a 1200-pixel-wide photo of the famous Starbucks megaphone confrontation
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/the-totalitarianism-is-strong-in-this-one/

    But what I see is this

  304. sarz says:
    @sarz

    Still can’t read the Guyénot article comments in Opera on Android. Have tried several times and it keeps crashing. It’s the huge, long trail of comments.

    I’ll mention it to the Opera team. It happens to be the only browser I know of that still has text wrapping. A Godsend to old farts who have trouble with small type, even with glasses.

  305. sarz says:
    @sarz

    I have registered a bug report with Ooera regarding the extra-long comments section that keeps crashing on the Guyénot article.

    Here is the link for further comments :

    [email protected]

  306. Ron. TV watching from my exercise bike in Covid19 isolation has added another supporting item for my suggestion that you might take an interest in or commission someone to take an interest in the real sources of opinion for adult Americans who have opinions on subjects of importance – taking the matter beyond the assumptions and intuitions underlying your American Pravda series.
    “Secrets of War” narrated by Charlton Heston was apparently a series with dozens of episodes made about 6 years ago. I watched “The Six Day War”. It was a well told story that would have held its audience.
    It was interesting to hear the 1967 head of Mossad say he went to Washington DC to sound out the US government on the wishes of Israeli intelligence and IDF to attack the Egyptian forces which had ended the 1956 truce and advanced in the Sinai while the Israeli’s sea access was blocked and the UN peacekeepers effectually forced to withdraw. Macnamara clearly gave a tacit go ahead. At the same time the documentary maker’s opinion was clearly that Nasser didn’t intend to go to war but thought Israel was so weak it could be bullied into acquiescing in whatever he sought.

    As to the USS Liberty the explanation given was the plausible enough one that the US embassy hadn’t advised its presence because it was not a naval vessel but one controlled by the NSA about which the embassy was uninformed. AND the Israelis thought initially it was a ship the Egyptians were using to take Israeli forces in the Sinai in the rear until it dawned on them, because of markings on the ship, that it wasn’t Egyptian. NONETHELESS….far from the documentary taking sides it clearly stated that many believed at the time and still believe that the innocent Israeli explanation wouldn’t wash, that the real reason for the attack had to do with concealing Israeli plans – and that very likely the true reason would never be known. So… I wonder whether the reaction of the American public is not much affected by the lying NYT and it’s fellow travellers in the MSM but by typical reactions like “Shit happens. “Life’s too short….” etc.

  307. Simple suggestion for making comment readability even better than it already is:

    One of the great conveniences of the Unz.com commenting system, is that each comment has a live link with a popup to the comment to which it replies and to any comment which replies to it. This does so well in clearing the fog that shrouds so many internet comment threads that I wonder why no other sites adopt this simple logic? Surely, it is not patented.

    Anyhow, the suggestion is to take this salutary logic a half-step farther. The popup images of replies could also show within them if they have replies of their own by showing the @xxxxx name of the further replier. Of course, the “@xxxxx” name need not itself be a live link, just a visual marker that this is a reply that has gotten more replies, so it wouldn’t cause popup clutter or recursion cascades.

    The benefits of this are first that it increases through-thread visibility, which I think is just a good thing in itself. Second, it gives the reader a quick indication of which replies are getting further reactions and from whom, and which ones are dead ends. Finally, I—as I suspect most commenters—use my commenter timeline (“https://www.unz.com/comments/all/?commenterfilter=Almost+Missouri” ) to see if I’ve received any replies I ought to respond to. Having the popups on the timeline is essential for this. Sometimes when I click through on a responder’s name to the original comment thread, I find there is already a lively discussion developing below the reply, which I wouldn’t have known about had I not clicked through. If the popups in my timeline included the response-to-the-responder indicators, then I could already see from my timeline where further discussion is taking place without laboriously clicking though on each response.

    I hope that explanation makes sense. If not, maybe I could mock up some images of what I mean.

    Thank you for your time and your site.

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

    Anyhow, the suggestion is to take this salutary logic a half-step farther. The popup images of replies could also show within them if they have replies of their own by showing the @xxxxx name of the further replier.

    Thanks for the nice suggestion. I’d half-considered it in the past, but you prompted me to go ahead and implement it.

    • Thanks: Almost Missouri
  309. This morning I came across a most important announcement, which I think lets both China and the US off the hook for a bio-weapon attack. See for yourselves: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-06/27/c_139169279.htm

    Last time I looked there was no mention of it in the MSM.

    This is admittedly OT, so where can I draw attention to it?

  310. @Ron Unz

    Hey, Ron. I was wonder if I could ask you your opinion on a video that’s been circulating around Twitter.

    In the video, an adult man appears to be torturing a small screaming child.

    It is being claimed that the adult man (in the horrifying video below) is John Podesta. Also, many are claiming that this abuse is taking place in the Comet Ping Pong pizza restaurant.

    Here’s another version of the same video.

    There’s no definitive confirmation that the man in the torture video is Podesta, but a Twitter blogger (see below video) did some analysis on the voice in video. He compared that to John Podesta’s voice. Start watching the video below at 16:40. Listen 16:40-18:50. See if you think the voices match up.

    The Twitter blogger also found the lights in the abuse video are similar to those that were present in a concert in the Comet Ping Pong pizza restaurant. This is mentioned at 17:15.

    At 18:30 (in the video above), the gay men at Comet Ping Pong start talking about how they like “little boys.” At 19:25, someone then says “we all have preferences.” Then there’s a creepy laugh.

    What are your thoughts on whether the video contains Podesta and is taking place at Comet Ping Pong?

    Also, even if the man is not Podesta, it seems like something obscene and violent is happening at Comet Ping Pong.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  311. Ron Unz says:
    @JohnnyWalker123

    I was wonder if I could ask you your opinion on a video that’s been circulating around Twitter…What are your thoughts on whether the video contains Podesta and is taking place at Comet Ping Pong?

    Well, I watched one of the clips and don’t have any particular opinion. I’m no expert on video analysis or voice comparisons, and don’t have a clue whether the scene is from Comet Ping Pong or not. Anyway, I think that faking short, fragmented video clips can’t be that difficult if someone wanted to do so. Maybe it’s a genuine clip with Podesta torturing some child…or maybe not.

    I tend to avoid less solid material lest it contaminate the credibility of other evidence.

    • Thanks: JohnnyWalker123
  312. @Ron Unz

    At the risk of sounding ungrateful, I notice that the new popup format has not yet propagated through to the commenter timelines, where I think it would do the most good. Will that happen automatically as new commenter timeline pages spawn, or is there a separate script to update?

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

    At the risk of sounding ungrateful, I notice that the new popup format has not yet propagated through to the commenter timelines, where I think it would do the most good.

    Yes, I’d realized it wasn’t added there, and just did so a little earlier this morning, so it should now be working, at least with regard to follow-up comments. However, the changes will only propagate through the cached Commenter Archive pages as people leave new comments.

  314. @Anon

    That’s not a bad idea, and I am going to repeat what I said on iSteve:

    Mr. Unz,
    You could allow us, via an easy web form, to change the email address associated with our usernames.

    This would allow those of us who used real personal email addresses in the past to change them now.

    That way, if your lists of users are compromised, we couldn’t be doxxed or harassed.

    Honestly, I don’t see the upside of forcing us to use our past email addresses except that it would be a little work for you. (But not much really.)

  315. Ron I made this Comment in response to Steven Yates’s article but it belongs here equally
    “Ron, the increasing volume of junk and dross in Comments and articles makes it harder to find the time to locate the pearls you toss before us swine. So please don’t even try our patience briefly with this crackpot:s nonsense. Anyone who carries on about the Rothschilds owning or controlling central banks is beyond the pale. You must know that, so why do you let such nutters loose on us?”

  316. Yevardian says:

    For some reason, I cannot search for any commenter in the ‘Comments’ search section, it consistently gives ‘zero results found’ whomever I look up.

    However, if I click a commenters name, I have no problem in being redirected to a working page showing all posts made under that commenter.

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
    , @Ron Unz
  317. @Yevardian

    Yeah. The search function at Unz has never worked very well. C’est la vie.

  318. Ron Unz says:
    @Yevardian

    For some reason, I cannot search for any commenter in the ‘Comments’ search section, it consistently gives ‘zero results found’ whomever I look up.

    You’re probably using it incorrectly…

    A commenter’s name isn’t part of a comment, so you can’t search for it. However, towards the bottom of the (extended) Search box, there’s field for “Commenter.” So put the name in there, and select “Only” for the Comments field. That allows you to run text-searchs only on the comments of that particular commenter, using all the standard filters and options.

  319. We seriously need an ‘interesting’ button — or some such word.

    There are a lot of posts I think are worth reading and have some illuminating insights; but I don’t wish to express unqualified agreement.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  320. Ron Unz says:
    @Colin Wright

    We seriously need an ‘interesting’ button — or some such word.

    That’s a reasonable suggestion, but I try to avoid cluttering the system up with too many options.

    Wouldn’t the “Thanks” button roughly serve the same function?

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  321. @Ron Unz

    ‘That’s a reasonable suggestion, but I try to avoid cluttering the system up with too many options.

    ‘Wouldn’t the “Thanks” button roughly serve the same function?

    Sorta — but sometimes that doesn’t suit either. Typically, the problem is the poster started out fine, but then went off on some hyperbola one doesn’t really want to endorse — even implicitly.

    I realize that, practically, there can only be so many buttons. I’m merely registering the fact that I sometimes find myself saying nothing at all for lack of an appropriate response short of an actual written response.

    • Agree: Wizard of Oz
    • Replies: @JackOH
  322. JackOH says:
    @Colin Wright

    Colin, I’m acquainted with at least two uses of “interesting”. One is the neutral, denotative “of interest” meaning, which is straightforward.

    There’s a more insidious, ambiguous “interesting” sometimes used by one’s superiors or equals as an interjection when they want to acknowledge your statement about something but wish to openly neither assent or dissent from it, but want to distance themselves from any further discussion of it. It’s the arched eyebrow “interesting” that says you’ve goofed.

    I think one solution of sorts is to quote the line or paragraph of a post you found especially persuasive, then reply only to that line or paragraph.

    • Agree: Dissident
    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  323. Tom Verso says:

    Fort Russ (7/11/20) has a scathing article about Unz writers generally and detail response to John-Paul Leonard Geoge Floyd article by Ronald Thomas West (see https://fort-russ.com/2020/07/how-alt-right-media-attempts-a-cover-up-of-the-george-floyd-murder/)

    It would be great if Unz ran the West article as a lead in top left hand corner of Unz Review. Oh how I would love to read the flood of comments the West article would generate.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  324. @JackOH

    ‘I think one solution of sorts is to quote the line or paragraph of a post you found especially persuasive, then reply only to that line or paragraph.’

    Yeah. I do that a fair amount as well.

    But more generally, there remain posts that I don’t actually agree with, but aren’t demented, and yet manage to rise above the usual repetition of various stances to introduce some original thinking.

    You could, for example, cogently argue that we should all become Mormons. I wouldn’t agree, but it would be possible to make the argument, and it would be something of a novelty.

    • Thanks: JackOH
  325. We need a back to top button.

  326. @Tom Verso

    I think the equally or more interesting issue is how the defence(s) will be run. I assume the police union will finance a defence, including jury selection, which will give “reasonable doubt” a chance. A medical examiner’s report can just get the prosecution on the board and could lead to the medical examiner as expert witness expressing enough honest doubt about possibilities to found the defence – or seem to be trying too hard to support the prosecution. Also there seems good reason to think that police practice, as written down and taught, night be enough to eliminate the chance of conviction for anything involving a seriously bad motive. Then there is the possibility of acquittal on appeal. I note the case of Cardinal Pell who was convicted by a jury on the evidence of a single witness (at the second trial) of a sex offence in a vestry. The state Court of Appeal was two to one against him (including the CJ and President of the Court of Appeal) but the High Court if Australia overturned the conviction by judgment of all seven judges.

  327. With the 75th anniversary this coming Thursday of the Trinity ‘first A-bomb blast’, Henry Makow and I invite your reprint of this new article, on how:

    Hiroshima was napalmed, the 1945 ‘nuclear bombs’ were hoaxed

    The ‘smoking gun’ eventually showed up from US war records, showing that a 66-plane napalm firebombing feet, bombed Hiroshima that day

    But a WW1 Russian flying ace, who visited Hiroshima & Nagasaki after the attacks, even published an article in the US Reader’s Digest in 1946, letting on that these cities were just napalmed, and nothing was different than in other cities like Tokyo

    And from the 1960s we have a video of JFK’s brother Robert Kennedy, sitting in a folding chair watching a ‘nuclear blast’ a few kilometres away, the whole thing essentially a joke

    It’s the one big historic modern hoax Unz Review hasn’t highlighted yet, article here:

    https://www.henrymakow.com/2020/07/nuclear-bombs-do-not-exist.html

    [MORE]

  328. RON – still no ability to email a comment. Are you ever going to fix it? Or explain that I am uniquely bugged?

  329. @bruce county

    That and also the blue bar across the top with the “Teasers” link needs to be repeated at the end of a post too, after the last comment so that ypu can gp back to teasers after reading a thread.

  330. Unz,
    Affer Bari Weiss are you and Steve going to stop relying on the newspaper of broken record?

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  331. Ron Unz says:
    @Chrisnonymous

    Unz,
    Affer Bari Weiss are you and Steve going to stop relying on the newspaper of broken record?

    Ha, ha, ha. Not exactly…

    Perhaps you’re just totally ignorant, but Bari Weiss was a fanatic Jewish Neocon, and a particularly unpleasant and mediocre one, best known for her efforts to purge critics of Israel from our universities:

    https://www.unz.com/jcook/cancel-culture-letter-is-about-stifling-free-speech-not-protecting-it/

    Lord knows that the NYT has huge problems, but one of its few positive features is that unlike most other MSM outlets, it’s not 100% under Neocon control, merely 50%. Such “anti-Semitism” totally outraged Weiss, and apparently spurred her departure. Maybe she’ll go back to the WSJ Op-Ed page, which is her natural home.

    Getting rid of Weiss is about the only good thing the NYT has recently done…

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
  332. @Ron Unz

    Unz,
    Sorry you can’t deal with the current Zeitgeist beyond your narrow-minded obsessional paradigm about Jews. Bari Weiss can be a fanatical Zionist Neocon and be right about the New York Times. Staying pure by not associating yourself with people like David Frum or Bari Weiss may make you feel good, but it’s stupid politics. Carpe diem. Between Senator Cotton, SlateStarCodex, and now Bari Weiss, now is the time to pile on the New York Times. If you read the SSC subreddit, you’ll see that the SSC issue caused a significant number of subscribers to cancel their own goddamn subscriptions (enough that the call center at the Times started to know why people were cancelling before they gave their reason), and that among previously-dedicated leftist readers. NYT delenda est! In the spirit of Confucianism, we need to deal with our woke domestic issues before our international transgressions.

  333. @Chrisnonymous

    ‘…Bari Weiss can be a fanatical Zionist Neocon and be right about the New York Times…’

    Still. It’s pretty hard to sympathize with someone who got her start trying to muzzle Columbia professors who were critical of Israel and is now upset that her freedom of speech is being circumscribed.

    Can we find a different poster child?

  334. @Chrisnonymous

    ‘In the spirit of Confucianism, we need to deal with our woke domestic issues before our international transgressions.’

    Really?

    So if –say — we were in Nazi Germany we’d want to look to the persecution of the German church before we fretted about what was being done to the Jews in Poland?

    What we choose to do to ourselves is regrettable. The crimes we commit against others are sins. I can drink myself into a stupor every night, and that’s my affair. If I start trying to seduce the little girl across the street, that’s wrong.

    I’m gloomily confident it won’t play out that way, but if all this crap led to the public exposure of how we’ve prostituted ourselves to the evil that is Zionism, that would definitely be the silver lining to the this particular cloud.

    I’m rather enjoying Bari Weiss’ squeals, to be frank. I would say, it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy — but then, she’s no more nice than she’s a guy, is she?

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
  335. @Colin Wright

    I’m responsible myself for starting the analogies, but I would just say that these analogies don’t capture what’s going on. It’s perhaps closer to your theoretical drinker going after the theoretical neighbor girl more when he’s drunk. That’s also not a great analogy, but perhaps you can see my point: the chaos at home promotes the chaos abroad. Look at what’s happened with the Trump administration–he came in as a pull-out-of-middle-east-er, but his inability to manage the executive branch effectively prevented him from doing that. Having a functioning news media is a prerequisite for democratic self-government at the scope of the USA.

    Unz says woke media isn’t perfect but at least it isn’t Jew-controlled. I see woke media as totally disfunctional and far more broadly authoritarian than Neocon media, so I reverse it. Jew-controlled media isn’t perfect, but at least it’s not woke.

  336. @Chrisnonymous

    ‘…Unz says woke media isn’t perfect but at least it isn’t Jew-controlled. I see woke media as totally disfunctional and far more broadly authoritarian than Neocon media, so I reverse it. Jew-controlled media isn’t perfect, but at least it’s not woke.’

    You seem to be implying that Jew-controlled media won’t lead us into a futile and evil war in the Middle East.

    I find that improbable.

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
  337. @Colin Wright

    If we lose our Constitution, freedoms, and identity because the Cultural Marxist left gets control of our political system, what does it matter that we didn’t engage in a Middle East war? You can only see that as a win if your isolationism is really a cover for hoping the Palestinians and Iranians really do wipe out the Jewish state.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  338. @Chrisnonymous

    ‘You can only see that as a win if your isolationism is really a cover for hoping the Palestinians and Iranians really do wipe out the Jewish state.’

    I see the Jewish state more as withering away once we pull the plug.

  339. @Chrisnonymous

    ‘ …Jew-controlled media isn’t perfect, but at least it’s not woke.’

    I’ll also note that this is decidedly a strange sentence. By and large, ‘woke’ media is Jew-controlled. Certainly Jews are disproportionately represented in it — and I daresay the more ‘woke’ it is, the more disproportionate the concentration of Jews.

    …or is it your contention that if we gave Jews a monopoly over the media, that it would stop being ‘woke’?

    • Replies: @jsigur
  340. How do I delete my account/profile?

  341. Guest 345 says:

    Is it possible to post an image (jpg, tiff, gif, etc) directly into a comment, as opposed to having to supply a URL?

    Also, I’d second the idea of a back-to-top button. For example, see the small, teal-colored square with an up-arrow in the lower right corner of the Daily Mail home page. Sometimes I want to re-read part of an original post after a commenter raises an issue, but if there are hundreds of comments, it’s a pain to have to scroll back through all those comments to get to the top of the page to read the post.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  342. psbindy says:

    Is this the thread to post that there have been no SBPDL entries so far this month.

    No offense taken if this post is deleted, but hoping someone knows why.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  343. ‘Is this the thread to post that there have been no SBPDL entries so far this month…’

    Indeed. What’s up?

  344. Ron Unz says:
    @psbindy

    Is this the thread to post that there have been no SBPDL entries so far this month.

    Paul Kersey has just been taking a break, but he’s told me he should be back to blogging pretty soon.

    • Replies: @psbindy
    , @psbindy
  345. Ron Unz says:
    @Guest 345

    Is it possible to post an image (jpg, tiff, gif, etc) directly into a comment, as opposed to having to supply a URL?

    Not really. Our website publishes a couple of thousands comments each day, and among other factors, there are far greater potential software and legal risks if we host such binary image content ourselves. There are plenty of free hosting services that you can easily use, then just provide as a link.

    Also, I’d second the idea of a back-to-top button.

    It’s now been added as a small double-up-arrow just after the date/time/word count part of each comment. However, it won’t show up on the large number of older, cached pages until they’re eventually regenerated.

    • Replies: @A123
  346. psbindy says:
    @Ron Unz

    Good to know. Thank you sir.

  347. A123 says:
    @Ron Unz

    back-to-top button… now been added as a small double-up-arrow just after the date/time/word count part of each comment.

    As a control it may be too subtle, but now that I know. Thanks!

    It is far more visible that the “resize comment entry box” control. For those who are unaware, this is the purpose of the microdot in the lower right hand corner just inside the frame/border.

    PEACE 😇

  348. A123 says:

    back-to-top button…

    As a control it may be too subtle, but now that I know. Thanks!

    It just changed from light grey to black. The purpose is now intuitively obvious. Thanks Again!

    PEACE 😇

  349. I cannot seem to get the permission buttons on this website – the ‘reply, thanks . . .’ I got them only one time, and then they disappeared, never to reappear. So I cannot do anything properly and cannot upload a photo.

    I am using IE 11. Maybe my browser is too old, or . . .

    Any suggestions?

  350. Usura says:
    @Anonymous

    I second the request for the ability to reply to multiple posters per comment. The “@User” links should properly hyperlink for an arbitrary number of commenters, and should be permitted in-line, a la 4chan, 8chan, etc. This would allow for more complex discussions, and allow users to reference and leverage arguments from multiple other posters in their own, mid-sentence. The number of replies would proliferate, yes, and we must consider whether it would encourage too much attention seeking, sensational posts designed just to get as many replies as possible. On the other hand, it might cut down on total post count, since discussions with multiple posters can be condensed to one post. The objection raised by Dissident, that this would cause problems for email notifications, does not seem like an insurmountable technical problem.

  351. @Ron Unz

    I normally keep about a half dozen names in “Commenters to Ignore.” This was working great for years, but in the last six months or so the list of names keeps disappearing and I have to reenter them, thought the names will only stay on the list for a few days now.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  352. Ron Unz says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    I normally keep about a half dozen names in “Commenters to Ignore.” This was working great for years, but in the last six months or so the list of names keeps disappearing and I have to reenter them, thought the names will only stay on the list for a few days now.

    That’s odd. They’re saved in a permanent local cookie, so maybe the cookies on your browser are getting clogged up with junk. Try cleaning them out or something.

  353. jsigur says:

    I really must question Mr. Unz’s need to limit commenter participation on this site. It is also annoying as hell.
    For example, I made 2 comments yesterday morning and then was refrained from further commentary. I came back in the afternoon and made two more comments. Then last night I, in my email box, noticed a reply to my comment I wanted to respond to. My last previous comment was at least 6 hours earlier, but what do I get when I try to post my response? ” Slow down, take a break! Commenting too fast.”
    Wouldn’t it make more sense to simply ban intolerable trolls than to limit commenting or is the whole idea to assure commenters don’t out shine the approved article posters.
    Lastly, I think I may have some insight on Mr. Unz. He clearly tolerates White Nationalists minimally while allowing several authors to obsess on divisive black-white issues. It reminds me of Frank Zappa who by comments he made over the years, made it obvious he distained the hippy culture he helped manufacture. (Hippies literally began life in LA and Frank had a huge crashing pad for privileged rich kids who began dressing like hippies and most likely been part of the New York folk scene before hearing about the nirvana occurring in LA. He was instrumental in selling the hippy life style to America)
    I suppose if Unz was to respond, he would say his racist writers are there to make the site more inclusive. Just a thought.
    Mr. Unz, please don’t stop interesting exchanges in comment threads with some robot like prohibition that is currently in place.That along with your singling out approved commenters with a yellow box smacks of elitism and it also gives the impression you don’t believe in free speech
    Thoughts?

    If I were to guess, I would say its Unz’s way of censoring while pretending not to censor but I’m just a lowly goy with no clout so what do I know

  354. jsigur says:
    @Colin Wright

    All MSM media is Jew approved, left and right

  355. Unz,

    The system of unloaded comments that is in place on the George Floyd fentanyl overdose article works quite well. I hope it can be applied automatically to all articles with a large number of comments.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  356. Ron Unz says:
    @Chrisnonymous

    The system of unloaded comments that is in place on the George Floyd fentanyl overdose article works quite well. I hope it can be applied automatically to all articles with a large number of comments.

    Actually, that automatic feature has been in the system for almost a year. Comments are “unloaded” from a particular thread based upon a combination of the number of comments and the age of the thread, beginning after the thread is at least one week old.

  357. psbindy says:
    @Ron Unz

    I now sadly notice that SBPDL is no longer among the websites carried by this blog/aggregation forum.

    I began reading SBPDL when the posts were numbered. One Sunday afternoon I read all the numbered posts from earlier than my discovery of the site. Haven’t missed a post since.

    SBPDL provided a great service to it’s readers. I’ll miss the blog and wish Paul Kersey all the best going forward.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  358. Ron Unz says:
    @psbindy

    I now sadly notice that SBPDL is no longer among the websites carried by this blog/aggregation forum….I’ll miss the blog and wish Paul Kersey all the best going forward.

    Some outside events forced him to take a much longer break than he originally expected, but he should soon be back to blogging.

    • Replies: @psbindy
  359. psbindy says:
    @Ron Unz

    Thanks Mr Unz. I know you’re a busy man.

    Checking this site later in the evening I am delighted to find a new SBPDL post. It’s ten days old according to the date given, but I’ll take it.

  360. meamjojo says:

    Why are Paul Craig Roberts columns blocking comments?

    And why do my comments always go into moderation?

  361. FWIW,

    Sometimes people can see and reply to our comments when we are still editing them. It can lead to some interesting occurrences, especially if we delete something — in the editing window, while the clock is running — after someone has replied to it. The following conversation resulted between another commenter and me, for just such a reason:

    BM:

    I wrote and then deleted a stupid reply to your reply, something about kiwi birds, New Zealanders and shoe polish, but I deleted that. That does not explain what happened, though, because it was a reply to what you wrote.

    JW:

    So I replied to you replying to me.

    I think that when we post our comments, somehow they’re sometimes visible before the timer expires.

    That’d explain why you saw my first post (which I later edited/deleted). Then you responded, which I saw and replied to with an edited version of the original comment. Then your response was deleted because the timer hadn’t expired. So I’m basically responding to a comment deleted before the timer expired.

    LOL. Sort of interesting.

    BM:

    Aha. Thanks for figuring that out. Funny how it works. It makes me think of things getting memory holed. LOL

    I really do have an OCD problem, so I sometimes edit excessively or just delete and re-write too many times. Maybe I’ve caused this thing to happen other times as well.

    It would be nice if the software didn’t make one’s comments visible to other people until the editing time has expired.

    I’ll try to cut and paste the relevant parts of this into Ron’s Bugs & Suggestions thread. It might help.

    We had each replied to comments or replies that the other deleted during the editing time, so the end result was replies to nothing, and the resulting confusion. Pretty funny.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  362. Ron Unz says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Sometimes people can see and reply to our comments when we are still editing them. It can lead to some interesting occurrences, especially if we delete something — in the editing window, while the clock is running — after someone has replied to it.

    I realize that’s a little annoying, but it would be difficult for me to try to fix. The Comment-Editing system is a third-party plugin and I’m sure it interacts with the (very complex and convoluted) core WordPress system. It would probably take me a great deal of time and effort to figure out what to do, and there’s a good chance it wouldn’t work, and I’d break something important.

    Changing my own code is vastly easier than trying to change someone else’s.

    Since the Edit window is only 5m, and your problem would only come up if your comments were auto-approved before that, I’d imagine it’s a very rare annoyance.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  363. @Ron Unz

    Thank you. No problem at all.

    And thank you once again for providing us all with the opportunity to participate here. Godspeed to you. From where I humbly sit, you now appear to be one of the most important protectors and facilitators of free speech, as the threats to it become much worse and downright unbelievable.

  364. Dissident says:

    I have just loaded this iSteve thread from June, and see that starting from comment #23, all of the text appears as if the HTML del tag had been applied. (Like this.)

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  365. Hello Mr. Unz.

    I just clicked on “Google and the John McCain Cover-Up” story. It says site unsecure. No one else’s blog on your site is getting this response. This particular page is secure and showing yellow padlock.
    Any idea what is going on??

    Concerned Reader.

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

    the text appears as if the HTML del tag had been applied.

    Fixed.

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

    Thanks. Any idea what the problem was?

    @bruce county: My guess would be that has something to do with images on the page.

  368. Just a suggestion.
    I think it would a good idea to have a GoFundMe page here for all the black on white crime stories that appear here. A list of active GoFundMe accounts regarding such. Some of us do donate. I don’t mind helping my white brothers and sisters.

  369. Ron Unz says:
    @bruce county

    I just clicked on “Google and the John McCain Cover-Up” story. It says site unsecure. No one else’s blog on your site is getting this response. This particular page is secure and showing yellow padlock.
    Any idea what is going on??

    The problem was due to “http:” images in the comments, and I’ve now automatically changed them all to “https:”, which fixes the problem. However, if the website hosting the image doesn’t have “https:” capability, the image won’t render. I think very few websites these days fall into that category, but it’s still something of a trade-off, and if lots of cases come up, I might have to remove the fix.

    • Thanks: bruce county
  370. Hi Ron,

    May I make a suggestion?

    As we’re only 81 days away, could you start up a dedicated thread to the 2020 US Presidential Election that contributors can post to with links to articles – to create a continuous news feed for use by all of your readers?

    Who knows? One day, a historian, or one of your columnists may be able to use the thread to write up the history of the election – and the campaign.

    If Trump gets re-elected against all odds – as I suspect he will – it would be an instant best-seller!

    Cheers!

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