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Monday, December 5, 2011

Comment Deleter

So irritated with myself.  For the longest time I've looked at the little screen (visible to the blog administrator only) that lists all the comments for the entire blog.  There is a check box in front of each item, along with three options, "remove content", "delete", and "spam".  For the longest time I've wondered. . . what's the difference between remove content and delete.  To me, remove content meant, "remove the comment from the blog".  To me "delete" meant "delete the comment from the list of comments."

I likened "delete" to what you would do to clear up your notifications.  You get a notification that you have an email, for example.  You go to the email and address it, then decide what to do with it.  You can delete the email and still have a notification, which is silly, so you delete the notification after you've addressed the email.  In my head, my big dumb stupid head, I thought, "If I click delete, it will remove all these comments from  my comment list, but keep them on my blog post.  In that way I'll be able to make sure I address everyone's comments, and, once addressed, I can remove them from my list."

To quote the Biscuit from Ally McBeal, "I like a fresh bowl."  I like a fresh comment list.  Only I highlighted all the comments, hit delete, and it deleted comments everywhere.  Cause I'm a dumbass, apparently.

I'm especially pissed because there were some really good comments on my sciency blog (no actual links, thankfully, but some good stuff nonetheless).

So. . . Please try to remember all your original comments, and re-add them to all my blogs today.  Thank you.

Also, if anyone could tell me what happens when you "remove content" before I lose patience and do that, and it wipes the entire blog out.

Nevermind.  I tried it.  It ALSO deletes the comment.  Only instead of JUST deleting the comment, it says (next to the person's name) "this comment has been deleted by the moderator", which makes it look like the comment was so bad. . . SO inflammatory, that it had to be removed for the good of the blog.

Stupid blogger.  Stupid me.

27 comments:

  1. "Please try to remember all your original comments, and re-add them to all my blogs today. Thank you."

    Bwahahahahaha!! (sorry)

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  2. I like candy! There. Now there is a comment for you to practice on as it is irrelevant to anything anybody needs to know, plus goes without saying. Get rid of this comment however you see fit, especially if you found it inflammatory!

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  3. bah! I'm not in the comment deleting business anymore. i found out all I need to know. . . "don't do it"

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  4. Sorry but this made me laugh. It's totally something I would do. But now I won't because I learned from you (hopefully)!

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  5. I didn't get enough sleep last night for this to make sense to me...

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  6. *snort* thanks for making the mistake first and telling us about it, jim. i'm sure i would have stepped in that poo, too.

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  7. If we judge the popularity of our blogs by the number of comments, you're at the bottom of the list now, Jim. With no one to blame but yourself... But hey, at least you can only go up from here, right??

    This right here is why I'm afraid to just start pushing buttons on anything electronic.

    As for remembering all my comments, only two come to mind - I'm a preacher's wife and you're a softie.

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  8. The only "workaround" apparently is to go to a cached version of the pages where I deleted comments and see them there, copy and paste.

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  9. Well, you definitely have that fresh bowl now. Also, to anyone who doesn't read this post, you probably look like kind of a jerk. I, however, find this infinitely hilarious.

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  10. blogger is dumb most of the time..... I fucking hate it sometimes.

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  11. Hahaha!! I'm laughing with you. No really, I'm laughing with you, not at you. That is exactly why I treat blogger like a grenade with the pin pulled. I never know when it's going to blow up in my face when I hit a button.

    Good to know you can at least claim it as blog fodder and write about it!!!

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  12. I'm just impatient. And if I don't understand something I'm like. . . "there's a button. I don't know what it does, but I really feel like i need to push it."

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  13. Ah that's devastating!
    I wish I could help but I have no idea what they do, and am now too afraid to try myself.

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  14. I too am a 'look, there's a button! I must push it!' type of person. I completely understand why you needed to explore your comment options. My only excuse for not doing what you did is that I hadn't even noticed those comment options yet. I pride myself on my powers of observation, but how observant do you think that Sherlock Holmes would be if he had a kid?

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  15. This comment has been deleted by the moderator

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  16. Awwwww! Come on, Jim! I thought you were done with buttons and I had something really profound to say... Only I can't remember it now!

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  17. Bah! Now you're just messing with me.

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  18. @NJAMB - you may understand why I needed to explore it. . . but can you explain to me why I needed to do it to ALL comments, and not just experiment with one? For example. I could have commented my own blog with "Testing" and then tried it on that. . . right?

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  19. LMAO! Thanks for testing that out for the rest of us! I guess you will be doing a lot of cutting and pasting over the weekend - or not... Hmmm. Maybe you should not have told us about that part. Because, remember if you cut and paste just a few, the rest of us might wonder... JK- I don't want to be removed by the moderator!! ;)

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  20. HA HA. You're dumb.

    About 7-8 years ago I was administering a message board, which had only been active at the time for a few months. One night I was messing around with the settings and I discovered the "prune" feature. One of the options was to "prune" all topics with no replies. Right now I can't remember for the life of me what I THOUGHT would happen when I did that, but as you can imagine, what ended up happening was that almost 1,000 posts were deleted, which was not at all what I was expecting.

    All the members of the board nicknamed me PANDA: Posters Against Nocturnal Drunken Admin-ing. They still call me that today. True story.

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  21. I snicker because I too have been that dumbass. I blame the Blogger platform entirely, which relieves you and I of any dumbassness. Just another day when swear I'm moving to Wordpress...

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  22. I'm considering Wordpress also. I'm thinking of maybe just starting a blog there, exploring the platform, then deciding. My biggest issue is my blog is still too new for that. A few people know where this blog is. . . but if I switch I worry about followers following.

    Meh.

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  23. Hahaha. And I thought I didn't know anything about my site. I use Wordpress, by the way.

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  24. One Saturday I thought I deleted my entire blog. Every post and all I have on my computer are rough drafts. I cried. I called 2 random web masters who had no idea what happened. Then I found the folder of content. Renamed "x." Oops. Also, yay!

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  25. hahahahaha. Hey, the good news is they weren't deleted.

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  26. This is why I am glad I wasn't commenting.

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  27. It took me 3 days to figure out how to get the darn book promo on the blog. I've been on here a year and JUST figure out how to make a new tab. Its this friggen site!! I'm very well versed on the computer.. this site is complicated. Like you, if i move, i'll be all lonely and unknown again.. so like you.. i'll take the beating. "OUCH!! MAY I PLEASE HAVE ANOTHER!?"

    I remember nothing. Especially names. I wouldn't know what day it was without hovering over the time in the bottom right portion of my screen. I'm terrified for those around me when the Alzheimer's kicks in.

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