Tuesday, July 1, 2008

SHOP TALK

A regular but annoyed reader has been complaining about comments apparently disappearing from our posts. We assured him that we were not removing any comments but have now stumbled upon the answer to the mystery: when we post items to two or more of our blogs, they all get the same file name but the comments only appear for the blog on which the story was first posted. In the case that the reader was complaining about, 17 comments - and interesting ones - went missing from the post on the Supreme Court gun decision. We think we have found a solution: slightly alter the headline for each blog which will give each a different address. We tried this ex post facto on the Supreme Court story and it worked.

8 Comments:

At July 1, 2008 11:55 AM, Anonymous m said...

Another comment issue is that when the posts have the letters TPH attached, no comments can be entered.

 
At July 1, 2008 4:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think there are a few censorship-claiming conspiracy theorists out there who now owe Sam an apology for their baseless criticisms.

 
At July 1, 2008 6:42 PM, Blogger Lukas said...

I feel pedantic.
the correct orthography is 'ex post facto', literally translatable as: 'out after the fact', a latin expression usually used for: 'getting the cow out of the ditch, after she drowned'.
Sorry for being such a nitpicker...

 
At July 2, 2008 12:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a wild stab here, but, I do believe 'ex post factor' was intended as something of a play on words.
Post, posting, get it? It's kinda like a pun.
Factor in place of facto, get it? A factor, according to my Webster's New World, being 'any of the circumstances, conditions, etc. that bring about a result; element or circumstances that make a thing what it is'.

Literal translations often obscure the intrinsic meaning of words or phrases. Forgive me, but, the freer translation 'from what is done afterward' seems more consistent with the common usage of ex post facto

 
At July 2, 2008 7:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No apology is required from any member of the readership. If certain problems repeatedly occur on a blog, readers have every right to question it, and it is up to the blog administrator to provide an explanation.

 
At July 7, 2008 9:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course they do, but assuming instantly that a staunch supporter of the first amendment is censoring comments he doesn't like is asinine.

 
At July 7, 2008 1:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When it happens repeatedly, and very little attempt has been made to adequately identify or solve the problem, as has frequently been the case here, there is nothing 'asinine' about it. Were such a phenomenon to occor on a right-wing site, I have little enough doubt as to what your assumptions regarding it might well be.

 
At July 7, 2008 5:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Staunch supporters of the First Amendment" have also been known to engage in censorship, 9:54. The best-intentioned among us aren't saints, and sometimes do commit actions we might otherwise deplore, if we can convince ourselves that our cause is just (and most of us, left or right, usually don't require much convincing on that score).

 

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