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The gift of passive-aggression

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I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve lost interest in websites that don’t allow comments. Especially news sites. Especially news sites that I’m are going to piss me off royally (I’m looking at you, Daily Telegraph).

The comments are my favorite part. I don’t want to swallow a load of bullshit without the antidote handy.

Or, if the comment system is too onerous (I’m looking at you, Daily Mail), at the very least let me take out my passive-aggression with a rating system.

To that end — and Merry Christmas! — I’m test-driving a ratings plugin for the blog. It’s got all kinds of nifty options: stars, thumbs, vote once or vote infinite times. You can have a look at the possibilities here.

I think I’ve got it set to vote once a day, stars on the post and thumbs on the comments. For now. Honestly, they weren’t all that monochrome-friendly in their options (she harrumphed).

Let’s play around with it for a couple of weeks over the holidays, and then I’ll nail it down and stop clearing the cache.

The Official Merry Ho Ho Open Threadapaloozala

I was going to squeeze out a few more posts this week, but my heart’s not in it. G’wan witcha, knock yourselves out in this one.

To get the conversation re-rolling, have you seen this Telegraph bit? Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of Tim Berners-Lee’s white paper proposing a thing he called the World Wide Web. He said it was going to be a place where all sorts of people posted a bunch of content totally for free and let other people link to it totally for free. True story: I read that paper when it came out and thought it was the stupidest pile of implausible fantasy hippie crap I ever heard.

Don’t ever take investment advice from me.

sock it to me

Comments


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 21, 2015, 8:07 pm

I instituted this because I’ve long wanted a way to thumbs up comments that I like, but honestly, if you guys want to use it to screw with each other, that’s okay by me too.

It’s a weasel blog, after all.

 


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: December 21, 2015, 8:08 pm

I’d give it five weasels….

What? You mean you don’t get weasels as an option?

Bah! Humbug!

POOR!!!!!!!!!!!!

 


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: December 21, 2015, 8:09 pm

Don’t you down thumb me, you, you…. stoat!

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 21, 2015, 8:10 pm

Take THAT! *AND* you smell!

 


Comment from gebrauchshund
Time: December 21, 2015, 8:15 pm

This business will get out of hand and we’ll be lucky to live through it.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 21, 2015, 8:17 pm

With the free version, there’s no way to tell who voted how, so knock yourselves out.

 


Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: December 21, 2015, 9:44 pm

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome rath upvotes.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”

 


Comment from Ben
Time: December 21, 2015, 9:49 pm

I want the wiggly fingers icons. What were they called?

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 21, 2015, 9:56 pm

They died :(

I can’t get my custom icons to work any more. Hm. Perhaps I’ll look into that over the holidays.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 21, 2015, 10:06 pm

Look at the distribution of stars in the post. Conclusive proof my entire readership has OCD.

 


Comment from Deborah HH
Time: December 21, 2015, 10:43 pm

This is like a digital dessert cart!

 


Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: December 21, 2015, 10:52 pm

Whoa! More thingys to mess with! Woot!

This is gonna be fun!

I tried voting twice (First! – he screams smugly…) and it … didn’t.

Oh yes. Custom Weasel icons. Please!

 


Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: December 21, 2015, 11:04 pm

Thumbs. Meh.

Reminds me of:

See all them Moose Goosers –
Ain’t they recluse?
Up in them boondocks,
Goosin’ them Moose.

Goosin’ them big Moose,
Goosin’ them tiny.
Goosin’ them meadow Moose,
In they hiney.

See all them Moose Goosers –
Ain’t they dumb?
Some use an umbrella –
Some use a thumb.

So you wanna be a Moose Gooser?
– – It’ll turn ya puce.
Just get yer Gooser out,
And Goose a snoozy Moose.

(from memory) – Now who can identify the author?

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 21, 2015, 11:11 pm

Hm. I think I know that one as Tummy Gummers, McGoo.

Hope you’re keeping well…

 


Comment from David Gillies
Time: December 21, 2015, 11:30 pm

I can’t see the stars or thumb images
Firefox 43.0
Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS

But I like.

 


Comment from David Gillies
Time: December 21, 2015, 11:31 pm

Yay. You can upvote your own comments. Heh heh.

 


Comment from QuasiModo
Time: December 21, 2015, 11:43 pm

This is neat, S.Weasel…well done! I can live without the up and down twinkles, thanks :+)

If I wanted to game the system and use all the computers and tablets in my house, could I?…or does it record the IP address when you vote?

 


Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: December 22, 2015, 12:52 am

Steamboat McGoo: Mason Williams (from memory). Also wrote “Toad Suckers” and “Dog Kickers”.

 


Comment from feynmangroupie
Time: December 22, 2015, 1:53 am

I allowed my dogs to decide which comment got a thumbs up or down. I didn’t ask why they chose the way they did.

 


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: December 22, 2015, 3:04 am

@Steamboat – Mason Williams, and also from my 7th decade memory:

How ’bout them lunch toters
Ain’t they funny
Some tote a paper sack
Some tote a gunny

How ’bout them hors doovers
Ain’t they sweet
A little piece of cheese
And a little piece of meat

(as performed IIRC by the Kingston Trio, recorded live at the Hungry i)

 


Comment from mojo
Time: December 22, 2015, 4:06 am

Where’s the fun if you don’t shell out for the Full Fascist level of watchiness?

 


Comment from xul’s fedora
Time: December 22, 2015, 5:09 am

I second the reinstitution of up-twinkles and down-twinkles! Woot!

 


Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: December 22, 2015, 5:58 am

Yep – “Mason Williams Reading Matter” I think.

A copy sat on the back of my guest bathroom commode for years until some drunken guest reveler swiped it (or used it) at my Xth-decade birthday party.

 


Comment from Nina
Time: December 22, 2015, 6:27 am

Ooooooh! Thumbs!

Exciting stuff over at Stoaty’s!

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 22, 2015, 8:13 am

I’m not sure if it pays attention to IP, Quasi. Probably yes, if it only allows one vote a day How else would it keep track?

I could let you have infinite votes, but I had visions of you guys mindlessly poking buttons until you keeled over.

 


Comment from Nina
Time: December 22, 2015, 8:23 am

Would we do that????

 


Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: December 22, 2015, 11:28 am


 


Comment from lauraw
Time: December 22, 2015, 12:33 pm

MY GOD IT’S FULL OF CLICKINESS

 


Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: December 22, 2015, 1:53 pm

” … but I had visions of you guys mindlessly poking buttons until you keeled over.”

This instantly brought to mind those videos of lab rats whose sexual pleasure centers were wired up to a switch: they sat in their cages furiously whacking the switch to continuously “get off” – not even eating or drinking – until they died.

Kinda makes me feel a bit sheepish…. as I mouse up to click lauraw’s “like” :-)

 


Comment from QuasiModo
Time: December 22, 2015, 2:57 pm

I think we’d click like mad for a while to test the boundaries of what we can get away with :+)

What does it mean when the thumbs up or down icon turns to color instead of black and white?

 


Comment from David Gillies
Time: December 22, 2015, 3:23 pm

Means you done voted on that comment already, son.

 


Comment from Can’t Hark My Cry
Time: December 22, 2015, 3:44 pm

The up-thumb on Sweas’s comment about weasel smilies was for the possibility they’ll be brought back, not for their having died.

And, you are one of the few sites for which I’ve told AdBlock to “Allow all,” for what that may be worth.

Thanks, Sweas–for the longest time I’ve been wanting to “like” comments on this blog. Great holiday present!

 


Comment from Can’t Hark My Cry
Time: December 22, 2015, 3:46 pm

Oh, the temptation to go back and rate my favorite posts of all time, and do thumbs-ups on recent comments I liked! But I am going to resist. Because I have to work today.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 22, 2015, 4:49 pm

All the old comments are automatically voteable now, Can’t Hark, but I think I’d have to go in manually and make the main posts rateable.

 


Comment from mojo
Time: December 22, 2015, 6:34 pm

reorg, probably, to get the required fields into the db records

 


Comment from LesterIII
Time: December 22, 2015, 9:18 pm

“I could let you have infinite votes, but I had visions of you guys mindlessly poking buttons until you keeled over.”

To get that outta my system, I go here:

http://www.slapkirk.com/

 


Comment from HowardDevore
Time: December 22, 2015, 11:09 pm

And for those who care- Steam sale started today. No longer an rotating deep discounts, just x off until January for the products on sale

 


Comment from mojo
Time: December 22, 2015, 11:28 pm

where’s the treat? there’s no treats.

 


Comment from mojo
Time: December 22, 2015, 11:30 pm

one vote per customer, check. not gonna dump cookies, you try.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 22, 2015, 11:45 pm

Not much I want in the Steam sale I don’t already own. No, check that, there are plenty of things…but not yet on deep discount and not until I upgrade my hardware.

 


Comment from Can’t Hark My Cry
Time: December 22, 2015, 11:47 pm

“but I think I’d have to go in manually and make the main posts rateable.”

Um, nope. You had to dare me–so I went and did it!

 


Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: December 22, 2015, 11:52 pm

Ah-ha! Mojo – it works.

I dumped Weasel cookies (That just doesn’t sound right, somehow…) and then came back.

Sho’ ‘nuf, I re-voted lauraw’s comment (up, again). Bwahahaha…

 


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: December 23, 2015, 12:09 am

Cookies is t’eval…

Badgers don’t do no steenking cookies.

 


Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: December 23, 2015, 2:57 am

One thing I believe Berners-Lee was anticipating: the use of the Web for distribution of content that was already free.

Some of the most valuable Web sites are free, being operated by non-commercial entities. Some of my favorites:

Congressional Biographical Dictionary (Library of Congress)
Historical Census Browser (U. of Virginia)
World FactBook (CIA)
Perry-Castañeda Map Collection (U. of Texas)
WorldCat

 


Comment from jwm
Time: December 23, 2015, 4:37 am

In 1984 we had Dr. Timothy Leary come to speak at the college I was attending. He didn’t talk about psychedelics. Instead he was all on fire with the idea of this coming world of personal computers. He was telling us it would soon be possible to sit at your desk and instantly connect with people in India and China as easy as making a phone call. You’d have the Library of Congress at your fingertips. Crazy stuff, we thought. I was researching my term papers with a spiral notebook, and the card catalog in the University library, and typing them out on erasable bond. Computers? yeah, right…

JWM

 


Comment from catnip
Time: December 23, 2015, 6:28 am

May Santa slip down the chimney on Christmas Eve, bringing the mustelid family good food and drink, good gifts, the presence of good friends, and good fun throughout the holiday season.

Merry Christmas!

 


Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: December 23, 2015, 12:30 pm

This Badger is actually quite good at baking cookies. You should try my Skunk Cookies. They are basically chocolate chip, with an equal amount of white chocolate chips added, so some of the white chips melt, and go through the cookie, so you wind up with a very moist, rich cookie. Try them you will like them!

 


Comment from Deborah HH
Time: December 23, 2015, 3:29 pm

Re: The World Wide Web. I was not an early fan of the computer. As a female high school student, I was being herded into keypunching. I was a lousy typist, and knew for certain that of all the things I might eventually do—it would never be keypunching. By the mid-70s, I was working as a cartographic draftsman in an aerial mapping and survey company, and I could see into the future because we were producing the future—right then.

The people I worked with were the new generation of computer programmers, photogrammetric engineers, cartographers, surveyors, and pilots. I loved them all, except for the punch-card programmers (a bunch of patzers), who were still trying to make my life miserable. But the programmers knew (I knew) that communicating vast amounts of information by the computer would overtake us one day. Making maps from satellite imagery was just the start.

I still have a drafting table and arm, a drawer full of triangles and templates, a tablet of yellowing Albanene paper, and my beloved Leroy set of guides and pens. But we’re a museum piece.

 


Comment from mojo
Time: December 23, 2015, 7:53 pm

Caught this guy’s lecture on Lucy once:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Leakey

 


Comment from Mike
Time: December 23, 2015, 9:53 pm

This is fun!!

 


Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: December 23, 2015, 11:07 pm

stupidest pile of implausible fantasy hippie crap I ever heard.

I am beginning to agree with that sentiment.
No one is persuaded, most of what one reads is crap, and most of it is intended to start flame wars.

And there is no way to make any money from it. No one is making any money from word spew. Even the professionals are on thin ice when average ordinary folks can dismember a professional opinion piece without half trying.

 


Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: December 23, 2015, 11:11 pm

Ok, where did the previous fifty comments go?

 


Comment from OldFert
Time: December 24, 2015, 12:52 am

Wherever the other comments went, I’ll still wish Ms Stoat, Uncle B and all others a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 


Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: December 24, 2015, 1:15 am

I have them, safely stashed in my hideout. I’m feeding them large doses of ethanol & glucose intravenously to keep them subdued. (Heh – what novel was that ethanol & glucose concept out of?)

If you ever want to see another Dead Pool Friday, everyone has to click my up-thumb thingy. Twice.

 


Comment from naleta
Time: December 24, 2015, 3:27 am

Now I have to allow more things to participate, but it’s kind of fun, so ok. :)

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 24, 2015, 9:34 am

I have no idea. That’s just…bizarre.

Nothing else seems to be missing.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 24, 2015, 9:42 am

Okay, I got it. It was a setting in this newest version of WordPress that broke comments up into pages, fifty per page, and showed you the last by default.

I might have kept it if it gave you an obvious way to turn back the page :(

 


Comment from BJM
Time: December 24, 2015, 4:35 pm

Just popped in to say Merry Christmas to all and as Stills sang back in the day when we wuz young; if you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with.

 


Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: December 24, 2015, 5:52 pm

Yeah, Stoaty, that feature would really play hell with Dead Pool.

Heh – actually, that would be a wicked stunt to pull – not let people check to see if their “nominee” had already been taken. Imagine the spitting contests!

Merry Christmas, Lady Weasel & Lord Badger & Honored Minions. May the holidays find you all safe and happy.

 


Comment from Iamfelix
Time: December 24, 2015, 6:35 pm

Merry Christmas to Stoaty and B and commenters, much love and luck in the new year!

 


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: December 24, 2015, 9:34 pm

Merry Christmas, fellow minions! :)

Let the boozing commence!

 


Comment from Deborah HH
Time: December 25, 2015, 3:10 am

Merry Christmas Y’all!

 


Comment from xul
Time: December 25, 2015, 4:45 am

Merry Christmas mustelids and minions!

 


Comment from JuliaM
Time: December 25, 2015, 7:14 am

Our office Internet news page polices comments with a ruthless grip that Darth Vader would envy.

But…..they allow ratings! *evil chuckle* Everyone jumps on the downrating bandwagon when there’s something controversial.

 


Comment from JuliaM
Time: December 25, 2015, 7:15 am

And yes, a very Merry Christmas to you and your readership :)

 


Comment from dissent555
Time: December 25, 2015, 8:48 am

A Merry Christmas to the stoatist horde.

Gotta go – still wrapping …

 


Comment from Becca
Time: December 25, 2015, 11:53 am

Merry Christmas, everyone!

 


Comment from Mr. Dave
Time: December 25, 2015, 1:35 pm

Merry Christmas to all you Ain’t-Rights that keep me entertained.

Thanks for doing this momma Weasel.

 


Comment from mojo
Time: December 25, 2015, 1:59 pm

God bless us, every one!
http://www.acuteaday.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/tumblr_lyomxyYORO1qc2w0eo1_500.jpg

 


Comment from mojo
Time: December 25, 2015, 2:35 pm

Your California feel-good story of the day:
“SAN DIEGO — A man was stabbed by a 400-pound, bearded woman soon after asking a group of people for a cigarette in East Village Wednesday night, police said.”

(hums “My Kind of Town”)

 


Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: December 25, 2015, 4:24 pm

Mmmerry xmas!!

 


Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: December 25, 2015, 4:41 pm

Oops. Wrote that on my phone . Merry Christmas to all!

 


Comment from Nina
Time: December 25, 2015, 7:14 pm

Louis Leakey didn’t have anything to to with Lucy, t’was Don Johanson’s grad student who found it, and Don and Tim White who described and name it!

/this girl might not know much, but she knows about that fossil, boy howdy!

Christmas greetings from southern Norway (still)!

 


Comment from Some Stuff And Drunk Vegetable
Time: December 25, 2015, 11:43 pm

Burp!

 


Comment from QuasiModo
Time: December 26, 2015, 4:11 am

Merry Christmas everyone!

 


Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: December 26, 2015, 6:38 am

A very Merry Christmas to one and all, both in and well beyond Mustelid Manor – also, the very best of free-World folks’ luck in the New Year to come…

 


Comment from mojo
Time: December 26, 2015, 3:59 pm

I thought he found a 4.2 myo australopithecus at Olduvai?

 


Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: December 27, 2015, 2:27 am

Hah! the gadget recommend previous posts and we can thumb them too!

You may like the Chicken Who Sleeps in the Kitchen.

 


Comment from Nina
Time: December 27, 2015, 6:33 am

Leakey did work at Olduvai, yes, but he had nothing to do with Lucy, who was found in Ethiopia.

 


Comment from QuasiModo
Time: December 27, 2015, 7:50 pm

Finally got a little snow here in eastern Canada…’course now it’s after Christmas so it’s not as welcome :+)

 


Comment from BrendaM
Time: December 27, 2015, 10:26 pm

@QuasiModo – if the tree is still up, it counts in my book :) Lucky you!

 


Comment from QuasiModo
Time: December 28, 2015, 1:03 am

@BrendaM – our Christmas tree usually stays up till after January 8 or so, but there’s a definite bah, humbug tone going around this year…we’ll see how long it survives.

I kinda overdid it with the food and drink and got a belly ache…can’t pack it away like I used to.

My Christmas holidays are half over already…just went by in an eye blink.

 


Comment from Nina
Time: December 28, 2015, 3:19 am

It was a rainy, blustery Christmas in southern Norway, where I was, but it snowed like crazy yesterday up closer to Oslo, where I am now (4:18 AM). I hope to get out in it sometime today.

 

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