comments are open … -ish

Does it look like I’m avoiding doing real work today, with a monster funding application due on Monday, what do I do? Muck around with Movable Type’s atrociously obtuse templates and horrendous css, all to try and get comments not just working, but looking ok-ish when they get published.

So, comments are open.

Still a bit of formatting weirdness going on, but I’ll start opening up old posts over the coming week once I’ve cleaned up the skankiness. The comments preview page is unformatted, and more importantly you have to wait for me to approve, so things don’t appear all by magic when you hit ‘post’. I’ll work on that too, but need an umbrella from spam.

just some blabbing about coding

During my rather pitiful self-help attempt at getting comments working, that quite possibly soon will be after a couple of people pointed out what I was missing, I also discovered I could easily fix a couple of the bugs hanging over from when I redid the site to this hell-vetica version.

So, the search page is finally formatted. OMG!!!

Actually this is just a test for the return of comments. Obviously I don’t have enough going on with three applications due tomorrow and another on Monday.

Ho hum … waiting for Movable Type to rebuild 1039 entries. Considering changing to WordPress in the meantime … idly wondering if I could do a full WP install and rewrite all the templates to this version of supernaut in the time it takes MT to rebuild … start to get excited/worried when I realise it could make a fun afternoon game this weekend.

Anyway for now, comments are semi-working. In that they show up and get published, but they take a while to appear on the site for you to read. Boringness. Adding some more code in … rebuilding … yawn …

Blahing around with css…

Comments are more-or-less working. (Which is to say, whatever isn’t working, I don’t know about.)

Only open on this post for now. And I closed them cos this is really a test post, not a vehicle for your self-aggrandizement.

Much formatting to be done…

Sleep and smutty dreams first though.

comments … help … geekery

I’ve been planning on turning on comments again for a while, but there is the issue of a sacrificed goat preventing me.

Around 2 1/2 years ago, I turned off comments on my blog, I think it was MT2.6-ish. I also went through the MT install and trashed all the files relating to comments. I’m fairly sure I followed some instructions I found on the MT forums for this.

I’ve been thinking about turning comments back on, but having updated to 3.34 and being such a long time, I can’t remember what I did, or how to undo it.

The only thing I have to go on is I have the warning, “Note: Commenting is currently disabled at the system level” in the feedback settings, and I haven’t been able to find any info on what this refers to.

I’m planning on putting the comments into the templates in the next week or so as a distraction from grant writing, but it’s the backend that has me completely mystified.

I’ve looked through my current mt install, and it looks like all the necessary files are there, in default_templates, lib/MT and lib/MT/app, PHP/lib, tmpl/cms. I did remove all the comment code from the index and individual templates though, and not sure about any javascript or cookies code that should be there.

I’m fairly ok-ish with mucking around in MT, but I have absolutely no idea where to start, and Movable Type’s search function is utter crap.

So …

Does anyone know either how to re-enable comments from such a state, or how to reinstall the comments part of MT (along with some good anti-spam plugins)?

Please email me if you can help, thanks.

a bit of a test

I spent the morning upgrading my blog software to Movable Type 3.34, possibly a stupid move but it seemed like a good idea at the time. So I guess the absence or presence of this post will unequivocally indicate the success of said venture, and let me know just how much of staring-at-code I’ll be doing in the coming days.

The search is kind of working again, but I can’t find the template so instead you get ugly Movable Type default I-have-no-style style. I’m going to change to a different search engine though, as the MT one is like a neanderthal bludgeoning a Louis XIV chair with a stone club. So, any weirdness is my fault, and seducing me with chocolate will assist the weirdness in going away sooner.

edit …

Mostly working. I’m also changing the search engine to Fast Search, but I am lazy and can’t imagine I’ll get it finished today. So … no search.