For the last 36 hours, I've been trying (vainly) to add comments TO MY OWN BLOODY POST,
but Blogger won't let me.
It's incredibly frustrating in not being able to reply to other bloggers, gracious enough to add comments to my rants and raves, and I think it only polite to acknowledge them in some way.
So when I try for most of yesterday and this morning to add a simple comment, I found I was blocked.
Examination of the blogger website says "it's been an ongoing problem for some time"
I know it has.
However this latest problem seemed different.
I've read recently that Google (who own Blogger) are trying to strip the anonymity out of the web, probably for financial reasons (If they know who you are, they can try and sell you more stuff) and that their first step was to refuse access to any new accounts with long names, like TwistedScottishBastard. So I've changed. I'm now Twisted Scottish Bastard, not TwistedScottishBastard.
All a bit existential, but it still didn't work.
I can now sign in and type in comments but when I try to finish and save the comments to the post, it jut loops me back out, with no comment actually being posted.
Then I tried an experiment.(I'm a scientist. That's how we find out if the Universe is playing silly buggers) (It is)
Because I'd been trying to leave comments on my post about Teacher Only Day at least three times while I was at Nuova Lazio High School, and losing each one, I'd decided to copy and paste the created comment and emailed it to myself at home (where I am know). It was this pre-created comment that was being continuously looped back out of my posts.
I type in "testing" and tried to post it as a comment.
Glory Hallelujah; It worked.
I pasted my prepared comment back into the comment box.
Hmmm. Strange. Back in the bloody loop, with no comment being actually posted.
Was Blogger/Google censoring my vain attempts at humour, even after I'd changed my own true Soul-Name to satisfy their paranoid control fetish?
I tried a much longer typed comment. Maybe they'd reduced the number of characters allowed in a single comment.
Hmmmm. Odd. I could add hundreds of words, and it posted correctly.
I tried posting the prepared comment again, but then deleted verything except the first two lines.
It worked, it posted correctly.
I added the remaining comment.
Hmmmm. Shit. It wouldn't post.
After a few more attempts, I isolated the (probable) cause. I had added an tag to one word, and it was the tags it was blocking.
Removed the tags, and everything started working again.
Strange. I've been using tags in comments for well over a year, and it never caused any problems before.
Mutatis Mutandis .