Site Comments, October 2020 Edition

This is the first edition of “Site Comments”, a parallel to the “Random Comments” threads, and meant to relieve the density of commenting in those. While the Random Comments threads will continue to welcome comics-related (and semi-comics-related) topics, as well as life-in-general, this Site Comments thread is the place for suggestions / complaints / questions / musings on how this site is organized and operates. So if you have thoughts about, say, the placement of Recent Comments versus Recent Posts lists, this would be the place for that.

(That is not to say this is the only form of feedback available. Among other routes, you can write to Editors at But it is explicitly intended to funnel off site commentary from the Random Comments threads.)

This will also be a place for site managers to post questions and requests for ideas, along with operational notices like warnings of theme experimentation coming up etc., besides alerts in separate sticky posts.

At the same time as inaugurating this kind of thread, it is time for yet another rollover of the venerable Random Comments thread. The one about to close, with 650 comments, is “Random Comments, 2020 Edition” , and the one getting started contemporaneous with this Site Comments is “Random Comments, Late 2020 Edition”

Also: A list of the site’s most recent comments can be found in the left sidebar (under “folder” icon 2nd tab). A database of all the comments, compiled by larK, is here, and can also be found linked in the left sidebar menu.

And the site’s former FAQ is here, representing the unique voice and outlook of CIDU Bill. An update for current addresses and notes is now available here, and can also be found linked in the left sidebar menu.


  1. I noticed that the scrape was down over the weekend. It seems to be back now, but only older posts. It’s not adding new ones. The most recent on I see is from Saturday morning.

  2. Uh-oh. Brian and larK, let’s see if boosting the syndication feed from 50 to 60 will wake it up.

  3. Sorry, it may be choking on an hour or so of feed when experimentally the site was using “” as main host name rather than “” — which I think we’ve agreed is a desirable switch. NOTE: No links will break, no bookmarks will break. both have been, and will continue to be valid addresses, and go to the same place. The difference is in what your address bar will display.

  4. It had new messages this morning, up to Andrea’s at 8:24am:

    Cryptic clue

    Nothing after that. All three subsequent messages were in the thread. Not sure what to make of it.

  5. Brian, Yes, There were a couple comments in moderation, that I saw and click-approved, almost immediately upon waking. Scooping the litter boxes takes priority.

    Your observations seem correct, the scrape has moved ahead but doesn’t seem caught up. I don’t know any more about it, sorry.

  6. I never expect you to fix that sort of thing, just this is the only place to discuss it that I know of.

  7. Brian, thanks for the reassurance, but I was just muttering about the moderation system (doesn’t it know you by now?), not the concern for the scrape index. I do want to keep on top of what can be affecting it, so when larK says to try this or that setting we can follow along.

  8. Sorry guys, we continue to experience the kind of one-off problems you get when you rebuild and upgrade servers. The scheduled task to scrape the site got lost for a bit, and in all the other confusion, I let it lie for a while before coming back to it, so by the time it was running again, apparently more than 50 (or 60?) comments had been posted, so I lost the inbetween ones. Sorry about that. Never upgrade anything if you can help it…

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