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Monday, February 25, 2008

Blogspirit's comment nightmare

It appears that many, if not all, comments that require verification (in general, long ones or those with links) are being silently held and/or deleted by blogspirit. Very disappointing, but typical of the user-hostile, unhelpful, and generally low-quality service I've experienced from Blogspirit over the years.

09:20 Posted in Software | Permalink | Comments (18) | Tags: Blogspirit, Blogging, bugs

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Please take a survey... for science!

Title: Public Request for Participation

This is a public request for participation for an academic project, “Creativity and Blogging .”

This project attempts to discover what is the relationship between blogging success and attitude. If you choose to participate, you will take a survey aimed at discovering what you think about blogging, what you feel about blogging, and what you do about blogging. You would also be asked a few questions regarding your personality and your views on cooperation. This involves answering about seventy questions. The survey should take about 30 minutes.

You will receive no direct benefit from participating. The only indirect benefit you would receive is the knowledge you are assisting in ongoing scientific research. No compensation is provided Before you begin the survey, you will be shown an informed consent form with additional details. Of course, you can stop taking the survey at any time.

If you agree to participate, please follow the below link to take the web survey:

Take a survey on Creativity and Blogging

Thank you,

The Creativity and Blogging Team

14:37 Posted in Science | Permalink | Comments (8) | Tags: creativity, blogging

Sunday, December 10, 2006

LOL! Blogspirit just gets worse. (Broken HTML. Again.)

You can't make incompetence like this up.

This same thread also eats comments. How many problems can blogspirit generate at once?

Hostile and/or absent tech support (which I'm supposedly paying for), lost comments, broken HTML.

I wonder if blogspirit is on its last legs. I'm backing up all posts and comments, in case this company goes bankrupt soon.

11:55 Posted in Software | Permalink | Comments (3) | Tags: Blogspirit, Blogging, Blogs

Blogspirit: User Hostile Design

As I commented to Curtis, blogspirit is acting up again. (I am completely unsurprised.) Blogspirit's service recently has been terrible. I would not recommend anyone use it. Only the fact that 60-80 hour weeks are pretty typical for me right now prevents me from transitioning over to a better service.

At the time I started this blog I had just finished with my Computer Science master's thesis. I did not want to do any more programming for a while, and blogspirit offered three big advantages that blogspot didn't. (At the time I didn't know how much I would enjoy blogging, so I looked only at free services)

1. functioning trackbacks
2. categories
3. an easily modifiable design

However, blogspirit currently has a gigantic problem: it eats comments. Sometimes they don't go through at all. At other times I have to wait days for them to be posted. Worse, blogspirit tech support has told me they only notify bloggers after one of these partial systems outages is complete, meaning I have no way of knowing the status of these problems while it happens.

I am sickened and disgusted by blogspirit's anti-user, anti-community problems. I am disappointed and saddened by the way tech support has gone from being helpful to being adversarial in its approach. I am sorry that replies I have penned over at Open Thread and Classrooms Evolved, Part III: Deliberative Learning are in limbo for who-knows-how-long. I am sorry to all the people whose time and energy blogspirit wastes.

Is there anything good to say about blogspirit? Yes. They are not crooks. They are not unethical.

Just incompetent.

11:25 Posted in Software | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: Blogspirit, Blogging, Blogs

Friday, December 01, 2006

Blogspirit's Incompetent and Inhuman System Administration

Back in the day, I was very happy with blogspirit. They took care of the heavy lifting required for blogging, letting me focus on writing and building a community. However, over recent months blogspirit's service has become less and less reliable. Below is a review of blogspirit's comment feature written by Curtis of Phatic Communion:

Note: this is a comment left at TDAXP — rather, an attempted comment, since once again I am apparently barred from leaving this comment on Blogspirit. This time, an old Blogspirit Phenotype is being expressed: I hit SEND to post the comment, and I’m instantly redirected to the front page of TDAXP, without the comment being posted. This has happened more than once with this comment, so I’ve given up.

I’m tempted to create a new category for Phatic Communion, TDAXP Comments, and utilize the trackback feature for connecting these to individual posts on that blog, since I’m apparently able to leave trackbacks to TDAXP. Such a method would be queer indeed, because I’d be establishing a new kind of social interaction, I think — unless some other blogger already dedicates a portion of his own blog to posting comments intended for another specific blog. The format might need tweaking. The problem for me is that ‘commenting’ is a slightly different intellectual format than posting ripostes or highlights as a new post.

More specifically: Dan’s Blogspirit setup does not allow HTML formatting — which has always been an irritation for me — and this limits speech. Odd little notations must be created when commenting at TDAXP, e.g. using asterisks to express emphasis and posting full links as footnotes or interjections rather than linking text. So the following comment to “Growing Pack Behavior in Juvenile Homo Sapiens” will be revised here on Phatic Communion to HTML-formatting and thus in that particular only will not match the comment I intended to leave but may therefore be more legible.

I agree with everything that Curtis is saying.

This is sickening. Blogspirit suffers prologued, partial, outages of service and doesn't bother to inform bloggers that this will happen, is happening, or has happened. Horrid service like this is why I admire Dreamhost, the service that hosts Jim River Report. They have technical snafus too -- everyone does. But unlike blogspirit, Dreamhost has the basic human dignity to let its customers know what is going on.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Ugly Blogspirit Problems

The blog is suffering from its worst blogspirit-led problem to date. How bad? Garbage like this is presented as a blog post:


This, of course, is unacceptable.

18:37 Posted in Vanity | Permalink | Comments (5) | Tags: Blogspirit, Blogging, Blogs

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Blogspirit Now Worse Than Ever

I've had my problems with 's so-so service before. They suffered DDOS attacks without notifying bloggers in a timely manner. Gravatars never worked. Comments and templates have been broken. The support blog is a joke, as is the pay-based help center.

I wrote a ticket because of massive trackback spam that blogspirit lets through, even when I turn off trackbacks on old posts, and the next day I find that the problem is now worse then ever.

  • The support ticket I had is now gone. Not just "closed." But gone, with no record.
  • I am no longer getting notification of new comments.
  • All of my posts are signed by "Aaron," even though I am writing them under my login name
  • I'm still getting trackbrack spam
  • Real trackbacks, like from Coming Anarchy, don't get through.

For the mean-time I've turned off guest authoring, delete the spam trackbacks manually, and boil in my own anger.

Oh well. At least I'm now down for days, or hacked. But I have lost comments.

07:05 Posted in Vanity | Permalink | Comments (6) | Tags: Blogspirit, Blogging, Blogs

Friday, July 29, 2005

Blogspirit Text-With-Line-Breaks editor returns

After some fear that I would never see this again:


It's back! Blogspirit's text-with-line-breaks post editor is the most beautiful thing in the world.

My hat off to Phillippe for bringing it back.

As they say in 'l33t' circles, 81065p1+17 +0x0+5!!!111 (in English: blogspirit rocks!)

09:30 Posted in Software | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: blogspirit, blogging