February 10th, 2012

Site News & Other Pains In Mike Hanke’s Arse

Mike Hanke’s face palm in fetal position says it all about the slew of technological glitches we’ve been experiencing lately.

Click through to get an update on what’s happening in the ‘hood.

“Dude, Where’s My Comment?”

Rest assured, Kickettes, we have far better things to do than mine all of the daily comment threads ourselves for hours on end, which is why when we did a site revamp roughly two years ago, we switched to a new moderating system.

To be fair, the set up has been quite sucky ever since we made the switch.

So, until we find a more suitable long-term solution – one that could politely tell our current fail to go kick some rocks – we ask that you take note of the following:

1. We’ve gotten all your questions about the sudden disappearance of the “thumbs down” button – even if we haven’t personally replied to tell you as much. We’re just as concerned as you all about where the F that little bugger ran off to and as soon as we have an answer, you’ll be the first ones to know. Pinky promise.

2. We’ve gotten an equal number of Tweets, Facebook posts and e-mails asking (and/or accusing) us of deleting comments. While we wish we could take credit, we can’t. Turns out, however, there’s a problem within our moderating system’s sucky set up that’s been flagging content as spam, albeit not on a steady or universal basis. We apologise for this as it seems to have progressively gotten worse over the past two months, if not longer, unbeknownst to us. For the time being, it’d be best to steer clear of things that could potentially put your comments in the bin (criteria per IntenseDebate): any and all links, the word “hell” (something we’d never, ever, block or ban as that word is definitely part of our own everyday vernacular), “hate” and most offensive/crude/cuss word-like language, posting the same comment more than once, leaving a comment on a post that was published more than 30 days ago, posting under different names/alias/email addresses (your IP is recognised as a spambot and subsequently blocked) as well as overzealous use of emoticons and smiley faces (seriously, image our sad faces upon reading that one).

This isn’t an exhaustive list by any means, so use caution where possible. We and our weekends appreciate your help and compliance in advance!

**Any and all long-term solution recommendations are welcome!**

“Kickette Loads Like It’s 1999″

Y2k came and went, we know. We’ve been trying to tell our homepage the news, but it never wants to hear it.

We’ve said this before but we do feel it bears repeating: it’s largely due to the hi-res photos and videos that we love to share with our global readership.

Still, we realise that’s kinda unacceptable. And that it may be time for another overhaul and facelift for Kickette. There will be more vague updates on this non-fun issue soon, but if our soldier boys and girls could hang tight like Sergio’s ponytail for a bit longer, it’ll give us the quality time needed to fix the backend b.s. once and for all.

In the meantime, try the standard old chestnut of clearing your web cache and cookies and restarting your browser.

Yea, we have no idea what that means either.

Lastly…Don’t Forget!

If you see something that looks wonk, say something! Same goes for those readers wanting more/less news and images about certain players, teams, leagues, etc.


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One Response to “Site News & Other Pains In Mike Hanke’s Arse”

  1. Kat says:

    Have you looked into Disqus for your comment… ummmm… thingy? Interface? Software? Host? Whatever. A lot of sites/blogs seem to use it and haven't really heard about too many problems.