Note to readers

Several readers who comment regularly have told me that their comments didn’t appear. I found the comments in the “spam” file, and have no idea why they went there. I restored the ones I found that weren’t real spam.

If you’ve made a comment and haven’t seen it, email me with your posting name and the email address you use in the comment field, and I will try to recover your comment. This assumes, of course, that you haven’t been banned, but I believe that if you are, your comments simply won’t go through, and won’t look as if they’ve been posted.

WordPress has been messing around with the format and practices lately, and, as usual, I have to go along with what they do. I may upgrade soon, which might fix some of these issues, though not the big one that readers aren’t able to edit their comments after they’re posted. Do proofread before you press that button.


  1. Hempenstein
    Posted May 22, 2018 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    This looks like a good post for this question. For some unknown reason, I frequently get the wrong image in a post when looking at the regular WEIT page, but once I open just that story, the correct one appears. For instance, currently if I scroll down to the David Goodall post, the image is Jackson (not sure which one) and Scream. Viewing thru Firefox.

    • bbenzon
      Posted May 22, 2018 at 8:45 am | Permalink

      This happens to me as well. I’m not sure there’s anything that can be done. I happens with some other blogs as well.

      • Hempenstein
        Posted May 22, 2018 at 10:45 am | Permalink

        Thx, didn’t think it was just me, but good to have that confirmed.

  2. Chuck Schuler
    Posted May 22, 2018 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    never left comments before. If it gives some positive feedack to you for your time writting then will do so more often. I like the this day in history, I daily look at wiki headline page and enjoy the this day, your summaries are cool. as Alb born NMSU grad, loved seeing the trip to NM. thanks !

  3. Randall Schenck
    Posted May 22, 2018 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    I need an upgrade soon but it has nothing to do with the computer…

  4. Posted May 22, 2018 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    I alwasy profreeed before psoting.

  5. harrync
    Posted May 22, 2018 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    If you do upgrade, any chance of adding a “like” button? Sometimes I am just in too much of a hurry to write a comment, but someone else has already said pretty much the same thing, and it would be nice to be able to just hit a “like” on their comment. And oh yes, consider this a “like” on mkgjones.

    • darrelle
      Posted May 22, 2018 at 9:04 am | Permalink

      Not sure how you view WEIT but when viewing the site directly via Chrome browser I can “like” comments that people write in response to a comment of mine by clicking on the bell icon up in the top left hand corner. That drops down a menu that lists all responses to comments you have made and all “likes” you’ve received from others. Directly from that menu you can respond to, or “like” comments. I think you have to have a basic WordPress account for that feature, but I’m not sure.

      Also, if you view WEIT via the WordPress app you can “like” any comment by clicking on the star icon next to “Reply.”

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted May 22, 2018 at 10:11 am | Permalink

        …I can โ€œlikeโ€ comments that people write in response to a comment of mine by clicking on the bell icon up in the top left hand corner.

        Top right?

        • darrelle
          Posted May 22, 2018 at 10:16 am | Permalink

          Oops, yes indeed. My other left.

          • Michael Fisher
            Posted May 22, 2018 at 10:18 am | Permalink

            That’s your left left. Right? ๐Ÿ™‚

            • darrelle
              Posted May 22, 2018 at 10:20 am | Permalink

              ๐Ÿ™‚ Exactly! I think I’m just too logical.

    • Posted May 22, 2018 at 9:15 am | Permalink

      I thought there was a like button already; at least I get a notice sometimes that a reader has liked a comment. I’ll check on that.


      • Posted May 22, 2018 at 9:54 am | Permalink

        I also occasionally get “likes” from other readers for my comments on your web site, but when I view the page (in Safari) I don’t see any like button with which to reciprocate.

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted May 22, 2018 at 10:17 am | Permalink

          Click on the Bell Icon very top & right of your WEIT page – it’s to the right of your avatar in the black horizontal strip top of page.

          That brings out a menu & you can further click on the “All” tab where you can respond to individual likes & comments by clicking on the blue speech bubble or blue star on top of the other person’s avatar

          • Diane Garlick
            Posted May 22, 2018 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

            I see none of that. Because I don’t have a WP account? What good does it do them to have so many people setting up sham blogs?

            • Michael Fisher
              Posted May 22, 2018 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

              Hi Diane

              This is a site [as opposed to]. To comment there are two main options if you’re not allowed to use your Twitter etc credentials:

              [1] Comment author must fill out name and e-mail [These fields are only shown to someone who is not logged in to]
              [2] Users must be registered and logged in to comment

              Yeah all those sham blogs are really annoying! I’ve managed to not have an empty, useless site by checking the box opting out of a blog when I signed up for my account. [the option to opt out is not visible if one happens to be signed into a account at the time!]. It’s been a long while but I suppose the opt out option still exists.

              Being signed in to a account makes commenting much easier

              • Diane Garlick
                Posted May 24, 2018 at 1:46 am | Permalink

                What Twitter credentials? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I don’t do social media.

                Actually, I do get autofill on WEIT as on every other WP blog I’ve subscribed to. (Though on the rare occasion we lose that perk here, and then it certainly is annoying! That has never happened to me on other blogs, though– I think Jerry keeps more stringent settings. I know he’s gone to bat for us when that happens.)

                I can get by w/o a like button as long as I can plus-one.

                As always, thanks for the info, Michael!

              • Michael Fisher
                Posted May 24, 2018 at 7:25 am | Permalink

                All these useless, unused blogs – here’s my latest theory:

                I’ve just experimented with a new cookie-free browser [Internet Exploder] & gone to to sign up as an unknown noob using a spare email address. Top left of page are just the two options: “Get Started” or “Sign In”. So obviously I click on “Get Started” & this is the screen I’m presented with [see image below] inviting me to start a blog with no info as to how to register just for an account:
                It took me a google search to find the page just for registering.

                I found out today that in mid-2006 began allowing people to sign up without making a blog. I signed up when the first WEIT post appeared, but before Gravatar became integrated into & I was warned to look out for the “opt out” option box. Obviously there’s been changes over the years *Looks in mirror dejectedly* ๐Ÿ™‚

                Are you also “Diane G”?

              • Diane G
                Posted May 24, 2018 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

                Yeah, that’s how I thought it went/appeared. Why not just offer the option up front?

                Meanwhile I’m more concerned about your last question (answer is yes, but don’t tell anyone) because I let the autofill handle those windows as always and it always comes up Diane G…or did till now. *Looks up at name box*–arrgh, how did that happen? Well, this should post correctly…

              • Diane G
                Posted May 24, 2018 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

                Oh, and thanks as always for the sleuthing!

              • Michael Fisher
                Posted May 24, 2018 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

                thnx 4 the thnx!

            • Michael Fisher
              Posted May 22, 2018 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

              Yes, because you aren’t logged into a account

            • darrelle
              Posted May 23, 2018 at 9:03 am | Permalink

              It has been so long that I can’t remember the details of how I registered with WordPress, but I didn’t have to set up a blog to register nor was a blog automatically created as a result of the registration process. I don’t remember having to select to op out of a blog as Michael Fisher describes, but like I said I don’t remember the details very well.

            • darrelle
              Posted May 23, 2018 at 9:15 am | Permalink

              Okay, just poked around my settings on my account. Apparently I can create a WordPress website (blog), or more than one, by simply going to my Account Settings page and clicking on the “Add New Site” button, which then takes you step by step to set up a site / blog. But no website was created automatically as a result of my registering.

              • Diane Garlick
                Posted May 24, 2018 at 1:32 am | Permalink

                Thanks. That so many name hotlinks here go to a “blog” in name only, I was under the impression that one might be required to do so.

          • Posted May 23, 2018 at 2:12 am | Permalink

            Yes, I know about that, but there is no way to “like” posts.

            Yesterday I downloaded the WordPress app for Mac and it does have the like buttons, but I don’t suppose I’ll ever use it in preference to a browser.

            • Michael Fisher
              Posted May 23, 2018 at 5:24 am | Permalink

              I looked at forums & it’s clear from there that you should be able to like comments in Safari if you’re logged into your WP account & not in Private Browsing mode.

              Go ask them for a fix:

  6. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted May 22, 2018 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    At least WordPress doesn’t do weird text correction like cellphones. The other day I sent a text message to a friend and it changed “Pete Seeger” to “Pete See Her”.

    Be grateful for small favors.

  7. alangrohe
    Posted May 22, 2018 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Folks, click on the ‘Reader’ icon at the top left (in the WordPress bar). It opens a different view in which the like button appears below each comment. Please like this comment.

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