Situation as of Thursday morning

To say it’s a nightmare is an understatement.

Even at ONO, I can’t run the ‘Nameday’ post format because when the subheading is coloured and in bold, it causes issues. The simple act, on WP, is to move down two lines and start typing in plain text, as this is now.

Not in Blgr. In Blgr, ALL text then comes out coloured and in bold. To fix it means deformatting the previous numbered subheading, then typing, then reformatting – too many steps on a regular basis. At WP, it was perfectly easy.

ONO is not a blogger friendly platform, nor is it a reader friendly platform with its comments mechanism, as you’ve discovered. Not for any length of time.

Alternative? There is WPdotcom [currently the archive]. We’ve been through all that – WPdotcom is a nightmare inside because of this stupid editing thing some script kiddies thought was cool to inflict on bloggers.

The only viable way is WP NO [or the WPdotorg version] you know as NO. But here’s this morning’s story about that:

NO itself

I actually did get it to the point where both site front page and dashboard were instantly accessible without special help, just as with OoL for example. Good eh? We were moving along well.

Went in with a ‘Thursday’ post, intending to surprise readers and it contained links and embedding code for a Twitter item – should be all right because Twitter is a saved app here. Got into the site fine, moved around doing this and that, fast, not an issue.

Now came the post [still copied on clipboard], clicked publish. 404. Went out, came back in and tried again, would not publish – this time the MS page said site could not be found.

Tried again [at least I was getting in easily]. Tried to publish, took me to a page which was taking the p***. After the blurb about diagnostics, it asked if I’d like to play a game in the meantime. Next time I’ll screenshot it so you know I’m not having you on here. What a thing to tell someone who’s been stymied.

Bottom line

If I post a short post of a few paragraphs, no links, no Twitter item, no images, it sometimes publishes as you can see over there. While I do need to cut down images, image sizes themselves have expanded in size, for the same item. So a small picture of, say, 470px across, which used to take up maybe 50kb, depending on many factors, now could be up to 120kb – you see how that is going to make the space usage soar.

Just on that point – Blgr here say I can have a background image as you can see but they say the limit is 300kb. They then say the image needs to be 1800px by 1600px so as to not upset the formatting. There is no image whatever today which is that size and under 300kb – it’s like wanting a Ferrari for £2000. Reason I mention this is that whoever is telling us these things clearly does not blog.

Reason I can’t switch comments on over at NO is this – if I try to post something it does not like, it not just refuses but takes me out of the site and then in perpetuity, with all sorts of bells and whistles going off. Short of clearing cookies, rebooting, restarting the router, buying a new laptop, there’s no way out of it. That, to me, is not what blogging is about.

Various techies are giving conflicting advice. One says it’s BT, another says rubbish, it’s not the provider. One says I’m toxic and yet I can operate in every other site except NO. One says it’s my IP but BT keeps changing that and it’s not been a problem before last Friday, then it suddenly did what it did. So what happened last Friday then?

To repeat myself – I can get in fast via the special method, also via the regular method if I restart the router. In both cases, all is good until I try to post. That sets off alarm bells, notice panels etc. After that, the site cannot be reached by any method.

I’m sure you see how impossible that is. I think the issue is not my name, otherwise I’d be blocked in many places – it’s something else and the notices keep referring to ‘the site’ not responding. What does ‘the site’ mean?

I do suspect someone is doing this and feel it’s related to IP addresses. That’s where I now am. I’ll try to post this at NO [no links, no other code] after restarting the router again.

What to do?

There’ll have to be a major change that’s for sure, and that I’ll be discussing with host[s] today. This is illustrated best by mentioning the chap who helps with the boat. He was here ready to start not long ago, not cybertechnical in the least, did not understand my blathering on as I have online here about the issue – all he saw was sunshine out there and a boat needing building.

And he’s right. Just how much longer must this go on? You’ll notice I mentioned above, in passing, ‘I do suspect someone is doing this’ and then moved off that and onto IP addresses. But it would be the easiest thing in the world for someone technically adept, someone earning big money in the cyber world out there, to type in some code which makes the very mention of certain words, names, links, set off the clobbering process I’ve mentioned. Now how do I explain that to a tech rational mind who suspects no skulduggery in the world and only sees things in terms of putting in the right code in and ticking the right boxes?

I’m sufficiently rationalist to see how code works – you have to cover all bases and therein lies the skill. There is no emotion in this – if you have failed to type in even an asterisk, you negate the whole thing. So you keep plugging away until the variable at fault is found. If it takes a techie weeks to find it, just how long does it take a man who has a boat to build in the good weather?

So the rational mind then asks, in that calculated way: ‘Well you’ll have to decide then, James, won’t you?’

Yes. But first, there are some things which can still be tried. While the weather beckons outside.

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3 comments for “Situation as of Thursday morning

  1. June 25, 2020 at 09:48

    Test comment. Try it, readers.

    • Distant Relative
      June 25, 2020 at 10:00

      There once was a lady from Leeds,
      Who swallowed a packet of seeds.
      In less than an hour
      Her face was in flower
      And her head was covered in weeds.

      • FoS
        June 25, 2020 at 12:09

        There once was a lady called Starkey…

        [That’s enough of that]


        [well, it makes more sense than anything else in the news these days]

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