Loss of Comments


Friends--thanks to the alertness of one of our core WU-vies, Messr. Dumbfounded, we have learned of a grievous but ineluctable Comments Implosion.

When Alex reconfigured the site and banished all the spammers, he implicitly authorized a purge of all past comments made by non-registered commenters.

A goodly number of those comments came from honest readers who had just not bothered to register. They were part of the legitimate conversation concerning previous posts.

Now they're irretrievably wiped.

We regret this accidental purge. Fully half of the pleasures of this site lies in the conversation following each post. We were thrilled to have this conversation archived for the enjoyment of all readers.

But if you recall the horrible spam problem, there seemed to be no other solution.

For now, we are still allowing comments by unregistered folks. We don't want to put up any extra barriers between readers and their public responses. But comments from unregistered folks are always less secure than those from registered WU-vies.

Thanks for your understanding and continued support.
     Posted By: Paul - Fri Mar 16, 2012
     Category: Weird Universe | Alex | Reader Recommendation

I'm retroactively speechless.
Posted by Baughbe on 03/16/12 at 11:49 AM
Reminds me of a Bill Cosby routine: A patient is lying on the table, half asleep as per the surgeon's orders. He hears, "Scalpel. Retractor. Scalpel. OOPS." At which point the patient says, "What do you mean, OOPS? I know what I do when I say 'OOPS'".

Don't worry, Alex. I've been working with computing machinery for about 30 years and I've had a lot of "OOPS!" moments.
Posted by KDP on 03/16/12 at 12:47 PM
It was a necessary action, but unfortunately, not only did we loose honest comments the spam problem is cropping up again. We all just have to stay on top of it the best we can. We're here to back you up Alex.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 03/16/12 at 12:51 PM
Nuke'm all!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 03/16/12 at 01:14 PM
Hmm. Just checked, and some of my comments are gone and some aren't. 'Course I mighta just had my comments moderated away earlier. ( :( )

Dopey me, I didn't even realize there was a WU club to join until now. Of course, as Groucho said, if they allow me in...
Posted by A Mindful Webworker on 03/16/12 at 05:07 PM
why do i hear "hmmmmm, that was weird??" in the background
Posted by drwu on 03/21/12 at 01:50 PM
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