Tuesday Open Thread

“Wise to resolve, and patient to perform.”

–Homer

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  1. GalapagoLarryGalapagoLarry says:

    Post inaugural speech hangover. Still can’t believe Obama put out such a progressive view of governance. Indicates his first term reflected pragmatism rather than ideology. Whew.

    “Wise to resolve, and patient to perform.” In regard to Obama? Or Pols’ makeover?

  2. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    Really good article on effective HR

    The Happiness Machine

    The five-month maternity leave plan, for instance, was a winner for the company. After it went into place, Google’s attrition rate for new mothers dropped down to the average rate for the rest of the firm. “A 50 percent reduction—it was enormous!” Bock says. What’s more, happiness—as measured by Googlegeist, a lengthy annual survey of employees—rose as well. Best of all for the company, the new leave policy was cost-effective.

  3. How’s the tweaking going, Guvs? Still a few things I’d like to see (aside from layout changes on the front page…)

    HTML entities weren’t working last I checked – ¿

    The “New” highlighting feature doesn’t seem to work on diaries you haven’t visited before – the first time you enter a diary everything looks read.

    No ‘new messages’ indication on the main page.

    Need an HTML editor – I highly recommend the CKEditor for WordPress.

    • Looks like HTML entities are working. :)

    • Colorado PolsColorado Pols says:

      We spent the whole weekend playing with various options. Our biggest priority right now is implementing a better system for users to manage their comments and track replies. We are also interested in a preview function and editor for comments–we’ll look at the one you’ve suggested.

      Our goal is to respond to feedback as quickly as possible, and the new platform gives us the ability to do this that Soapblox never would again. Soapblox, according to its owners, is no longer subject to active development, so migration to another platform was a choice essentially made for us–that, or to stagnate due to an increasingly dated system.

      • AristotleAristotle says:

        This polster appreciates the switch. For all the awesome features soapblox had (and why other platforms haven’t done all they could to steal those ideas, I’ll never know), it was apparent that the platform wasn’t being updated, and active blogs using it had been abandoning it for a few years now. Heck, all these switchover-related headaches are worth the price of smartphone friendliness alone.

        I trust that a lot of these things will be worked out.

        One other thing I’d like to see is something showing the number of new comments each diary has on the display page. It’s hard to remember how many comments a diary had the last time you viewed it. It’s also helpful if a diary that’s still on the front page gets its first new comment after a day or two of inactivity.

        Thanks for all the work, govs.

        • I’d like to echo that last – the work is appreciated.

          And I’d like to say that the ‘New’ text being searchable isn’t quite the downer it might be because there’s highlighting. I’ve been scrolling through diaries quickly looking for the new comment highlights and haven’t even been using the Find bar.

          Getting the user comment history up is probably the right priority to set.

          One suggestion: while the dust is still being kicked up, could we get a daily update diary on things you are looking to add/customize and where each of those things are?

      • I’ve worked with the CKEditor as a developer in the past (outside of WordPress); the latest version is fast and very nice – no need for a preview if you’re doing WYSIWYG. Buttons for video embeds, image embeds – all kinds of fun stuff!

        There’s a live demo available from the link I sent…

      • GalapagoLarryGalapagoLarry says:

        You’re forgiven.
        And now that I’ve gotten used to it, the color scheme is really attractive, and, as long as I don’t try to get too cutesy with the formatting, it seems to be working fine for me. Once there’s a preview function I figure I can toy around with the HTML thingies, citations, etc., and learn them at my own (not too urgent) pace.

        To infinity–and beyond!

      • BlueCat says:

        Sorry I was so grumpy about it. There are things I’m finding I like. And as you say, the choice was kind of made for you.

  4. AristotleAristotle says:

    New poll shows that majority of Americans – for the first time – support legality of abortion, “always or most of the time.” Also, 70% believe Roe v. Wade should NOT be overturned.

    This apparently dramatic change is being credited to the GOPOR (Grand ol’ Party o’ Rape)’s anti-woman rhetoric of the past year. Nice work, fellas.

  5. AristotleAristotle says:

    Hey Govs,

    I saw a “*New” tag on another thread. Unfortunately, it seems to be an image, rather than text. The soapblox [new] tag was great because it was text, therefore you could use your Find command to locate those comments. Is there any way to get a text New tag instead of an image?

    Thanks.

  6. For anyone using NoScript as a script blocker: be sure to add ‘themes.googleusercontent.com’ to your whitelist. Otherwise the fonts and top content look ugly.

    You can’t do this from the NoScript drop-down – the font object can only be temporarily enabled via the drop-down menus. You have to go to the NoScript options dialog and add it manually to the whitelist.

    • BlueCat says:

      See, if I had any idea what you’re talking about, I’m sure I’d be perfectly fine with the adjustment. :)

      • If you don’t know, you don’t need to… :)

        NoScript is a script blocker for Firefox, used by the security paranoid. By default no scripts are allowed to run; you can temporarily or permanently enable scripts on a per-site basis.

        I also run it because I have limited bandwidth at home and it speeds up my page load times by disabling annoying flash ads and time-consuming YouTube video loads.

  7. Senators are out to lunch on filibuster reform… Literally.

    The filibuster reform proposal from Sen. Tom Udall was presented, but apparently it’s time for a caucus luncheon discussion.

  8. Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

    I just noticed that the comments from yesteryear all start out thusly: [...]

  9. Gray in Mountains says:

    I like “New” addition to comments. Would still like “new” noted on the title bar of a diary

  10. Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

    “I like “New” addition to comments. Would still like “new” noted on the title bar of a diary”

    + me

  11. Arvadonian1Arvadonian1 says:

    Helen Thorpe offered to stay married to Governor Hickenlooper if he was serious about running for President.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/20/opinion/sunday/love-marriage-and-voters.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

    • The realistThe realist says:

      He’s quoted as saying it was “amazingly generous” of her. I find it a little weird – maybe because I can’t get the rumors of girlfriend(s) (for him) out of my head. And, if true, what does it say about her – can’t deal with the Governor thing but the President thing might be fun? Hmmm, I’m not going to spend time trying to figure that out . . .

  12. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    My wife offered to stay married to me if I didn’t run for office ;-)

  13. slavdudeslavdude says:

    I don’t know if you know who Phil Plait is, but he’s passed on an article that is quite troubling, and of course involves our legislature: “Teaching the Controversy”.

  14. ProgressiveCowgirlProgressiveCowgirl says:

    I’m baaaaack!

    I have shiny new options! ~rubs hands together in glee~ Like a picture of my hat!

    And I have a new/old/retreaded animal abuse apologist to kick with my well-scuffed cowgirl boots! ~scurries off to the diary editor~

  15. Tazistan JenTazistan Jen says:

    Can we request features? I’d really, really like Next and Previous buttons at the bottom of a post, rather than having to scroll up, find the next post, and click on it.

  16. Albert J. Nock says:

    Calling Dr. Freud

    Did Obama purposely say State rather than States?

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