A Few Minor Updates

Good morning! Sorry for the late start today. I went out to dinner with a friend of mine last night and ended up leaving my camera in the restaurant, which I only discovered by the time I was nearly home, necessitating a return trip.

I’ve got a couple of updates about the site.

First, comments: At the moment, you have to make two different logins for Boing Boing and Gadgets, which is hurky, but there it is. However, we’re expecting to have that cleaned up by the 20th or so. I wish we could do it sooner, but there it is. I appreciate everybody who is already commenting despite having to have two logins!

Second, RSS formatting: For some reason the paragraph tags don’t seem to be squirting out correctly in Gadgets‘ RSS feed, causing the content to be all bunched up in some RSS readers, like Google’s. We’ve had a couple of readers offer some advice about why that may be, but we haven’t been able to squash it yet. If I knew some bit of HTML to add to my posts that would make it easier, I would. (Someone suggested ordered lists, but those don’t add enough padding in between bullets for my taste.)

Lastly! Our “In the Year 2000” Flickr group has been going great, so it’s time to give birth to its sister group, “Electro Selectro.” NY2K is about a retro-future that never happened; ElSl is about then-futuristic products that were actually manufactured. Catalog scans, old advertisements, instruction manuals: all the sort of stuff I’d love to see in Electro Selectro.

I imagine the second group won’t take off as quickly (although I’ve added thsoe Oster brochure scans to get us started), but for the subset of we gadget nerds who are entranced by the ephemera that surrounded the gadgets themselves, it could be a good time.

And of course, thanks for reading! Tell your friends and co-workers to stop by! Unless they suck!

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6 Responses to A Few Minor Updates

  1. Tubman says:

    Ditto for posts 1 and 3.

  2. Joel Johnson says:

    Well, then, hell! I don’t know what’s up with the comment problems some people are having. Maybe that old “clear your cookies” juju will work if anyone has any more problems!

  3. Joel Johnson says:

    Thanks for saying so! I am having a really good time, but getting encouraging words always makes me feel really good.

  4. Tubman says:

    Just in case the details matter, I create my login on the main site, and when I got confirmation and went to Gadgets it wouldn’t let me post (something like “your account isn’t authorised to comment here”. I logged out, checked to see if anonymous posting was working (it was), then logged in again and everything was fine.

  5. A New Challenger says:

    Hmm, I only registered once and I can log in to both sides of the blog…

  6. strider_mt2k says:

    Loving the new site, keep up the good work!

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