I received the following email earlier today with the subject heading "Haloscan is being discontinued." Haloscan is, for the non-techies in the audience, the application that this site has used for years. It powers the comments feature and the trackbacks at the bottom of each post.
So check this out:
I'm not real good at arithmetic, but this appears to be a threat. Tony Soprano says that if we don't pay up within a few days that my 10,000-or-so comments by users will be deleted.More at the link.
I switched back to Blogger commenting right away, when the JS-Kit buyout happened some time back. Glad I did ...
No comment system is perfect, but Blogger's own comments work pretty well for me. I'd prefer a manual trackback system, and I'd like more options for moderating comments and preventing spam, but Blogger's dependable. I had so much trouble with Haloscan, with undependability, and this was around the time of the buyout. It took me a lot of rigging around with the template to restore Blogger commenting. I actually had to create a new blog, and cut and paste the code from the new blog into American Power, then clicking preview to see if it looked okay. I wasn't sure, but it worked. Lost all the old commenting from Haloscan, and I had a couple of complaints from leftists who keep track of those things, like their snarky corrections to my entries, etc. But it's been so long now I can hardly remember.
I actually have less commenting going on around this blog lately, as I don't tend to it, to cultivate the community. That takes a lot of time, "returning" comments at other blogs, etc.. So, that's been a drag. Twenty or more comments in a thread nowadays is a big one.
So, don't be shy all you AmPower readers who lurk on the sidelines. I appreciate the feedback, and you can always drop your links here -- I don't mind