I’m Here! At last.

The last couple of days have been strange at NN. First, we were told that the site would be taken down at noon GMT. It wasn’t so some of us spent the afternoon waiting to see when it would happen, which lead to some strange conversations. The whole thing felt a bit like this:

After 2½ hours, the site finally went down, with me wondering if Richard Grant was going to be spirited away to Sb (he wasn’t. I suspect he’s going to become A Scientist instead).
The following morning, I got up bright and shiny, to discover that … I couldn’t log in. And I wasn’t the only one. I had another nature account, so I was using that to wander the blogs like a wraith sucking sustenance from other blogs, and bumping into other members of the Damned, using their ghost accounts to keep at least a part of their essence attached to the Nature Network blogs.
During the course of this, I somehow managed to do something remarkable. Having two accounts, both recognised by Nature Network, means that one account could befriend the other. So naturally, I did that (as well as befriending some other wraiths). But then somehow, I managed to do this:
My contacts, yesterday
Not only had I befriended the “other” me (as well as the other Richard), I also befriended myself – the same account. This makes me so proud, but is probably going to create the sort of problem that rivals the LHC for universe-destroying capabilities. I hope so, anyway: at least I would be memorable.

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20 Responses to I’m Here! At last.

  1. Ken Doyle says:

    I keep trying to comment, but the server times out. Maybe this one will make it through.

  2. Richard Wintle says:

    “Please sign in to add your comment”.
    [clicks “sign in” button]
    “Thanks for signing in, Richard Wintle.”
    [Thinks – I didn’t sign in. I just clicked a “sign in” button.]
    This is all too meta for me. But I do like the idea of befriending yourself, as well as your other self. I have encountered someone on Flickr who at one time had at least half a dozen aliases, all with the same screen name. Maybe you should add a few more on NN?

  3. Lou Woodley says:

    Welcome to the other side, Bob! And thanks for the cartoon – it made my (otherwise very busy) Thursday afternoon. Cookie anyone?
    Richard – I’ve noted the “meta” issue you’ve flagged up above. Thanks.

  4. Eva Amsen says:

    I’m going grocery shopping now. I foresee me coming home with only COOOKIIEESSSS!

  5. Bob O'Hara says:

    It got through, Ken.
    Ian Mulvany explained some of the inside workings to me. it all sounds horribly complicated: they have several databases talking to each other. I was getting the same thing Richard was getting, I suspect it’s something to do with multiple accounts and the utter confusion I was having. Cookies may be involved too.

  6. Richard Wintle says:

    My cookies are enabled, thankyewverymuch.
    I’m really, really tempted to try posting an “excessively long or offensively phrased entry”, just to see what happens.

  7. Ken Doyle says:

    Ah, I see that it made it. The lag time was just long enough that it was beyond my normal, excessively short attention span.
    Yes, database migration of any kind can be a b*tch. Been there, done that. Never want to do it again.

  8. Ian Brooks says:

    I thought they were mince pies! I feel robbed 🙁

  9. Maxine Clarke says:

    I’ve spent most of the past couple of days struggling with similar issues elsewhere so I have missed all the wrath wraithness. What’s the URL of the alternative Bob’s blog, Bob?

  10. Maxine Clarke says:

    Ok, old-fashioned strikeouts don’t work…..

  11. Bob O'Hara says:

    MT5 should fix that. Naturally.

  12. Cath Ennis says:

    Two-man Bob!

  13. Kausik Datta says:

    Bold, italics and


    Hyperlinks work, too.
    Underline (both by HTML and by CSS) doesn’t work.
    Strikethroughs/line-throughs do not work in any way, whether by HTML, by CSS or by the new ‘del’ tags…

  14. Bob O'Hara says:

    Bummer: sub- and super-scripts don’t work either.
    I hope they’re looking at this stuff, but there are other things that need sorting too.

  15. Kausik Datta says:

    I thought I had found the strikethrough via RPG’s hairy story… (the <strike> tag)
    Sadly, it doesn’t seem to work for comments! 🙁

  16. Kausik Datta says:

    This is the reply I got from the MT forum: This provides the solution to the problem of not being able to use all the HTML tags in the comments. Will the overlords kindly look into this?

    You have to allow those html tags at the blog level under
    Preferences => Comment
    Look at the setting called: “Limit HTML Tags”
    Check the option: “Use my settings”
    And make sure that first of all you copy everything that is next to the option: “Use defaults”
    Which means:
    a href,b,i,br/,p,strong,em,ul,ol,li,blockquote,pre
    Then make sure that you add to that list of tags any other tags you want to allow.

  17. Bob O'Hara says:

    We’re not allowed to go into Preferences, unfortunately: the techs restricted what we could do, I guess to reduce their headaches. Hopefully in the near future they’ll let us customize like this.

  18. Kausik Datta says:

    I know, Bob. I was kinda hoping that the said ‘techs’ would glance at my message and do the needful… Sigh!

  19. Lou Woodley says:

    Hi Bob and Kausik – thanks for highlighting the solution to the formatting issues. We’ll get onto it tomorrow.

  20. Kausik Datta says:

    Why, thank you, Lou! That will be great! 🙂

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