Updated – Success! All the comments from the old system have been successfully moved to the new one. I’ll be monitoring over the next few days and putting in some improvements (the white box will become darker grey and fit our look better) but in the meantime, articles are opening WAY faster and there haven’t been any server timeout errors. Enjoy, there are many new features.
Updated 6:30pm EST – Comments system offline temporarily for about 20 – 30 minutes while we import the old comments. Stay tuned…
Hey everyone, as you may have noticed, our little server timeout issues had improved recently, but have not gone away. Today, the problems have come back in full force. The entire issue revolves around our commenting system, which has now been officially tossed.
The old commenting system was a simple one meant for small little blogs. We’ve grown quite a bit and plain and simple, the comments archive is now so large it’s taking every scrap of memory on our server to run it. Plus, this system didn’t come with a lot of security and other controls for the administrator and cool features needed for the changing online community world, something that’s becoming more and more important as we grow. For example, I couldn’t turn off comments by article. Now I can! There are some cool features too, like a Quote button that will allow commenters to easily quote other posts. The smiley icons are even better!
I’ve been testing this new system for a few days now, and while the look and feel is not perfected as of yet, I’ve had to go ahead to put it in and disable the old one. I promise it’ll look much better in days to come. This is the same commenting system I’ve been running on The Supernatural Crossroads and TV For The Rest of Us and it runs faster without dragging the system down.
NONE OF THE OLD COMMENTS HAVE BEEN LOST. I have them safely on our server. I’m working today and getting those transferred over to the new system and that should be completed by this evening (Eastern Time). Sadly, you won’t have access to them for most of the day today. I do apologize for that. I honestly hoped I would have this implemented with a smoother transition, but the server didn’t give me the time.
In the meantime, feel free to post comments today. Our system glitches shouldn’t affect anything that you post.
Thanks for being patient during all these bumps, and the goal is to have everything back running smoothly by Friday so we won’t have to deal with these problems while marveling over the new episode (and you will!).