Some diaries are still not showing a comment section ....

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29 Jan, 2020 05:11 PM

Good morning!

For the past few days, there are some diaries that show a blank comment section. The number of comments is noted, but the comments themselves are blanked out. This happened a while ago, but seemed to get resolved (or maybe i was just lucky in the diaries i chose to read because not all diaries had/have this issue).

I use Firefox on a PC. I'm not sure if the issue happens on my smart phone - i suppose i should check that! In any case, the PC is my preferred way to view the site.

Thanks for all you do and cheers!

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Daily Kos Staff on 30 Jan, 2020 02:31 PM

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    Hello, and thanks for asking.

    It was a really crafty bug, but we tracked it down. Unfortunately, we don't know yet when it'll be addressed.

    But there is an easy workaround (easy, that is, if you can tolerate the new comments mode). Two workarounds, actually: one that is global, for all stories on the site, and one that is particular to a given story.

    To set the display of ALL comments in EVERY story to be in the new mode, go to this variation of the home page URL: As you may know, this is now the default display, but if you're loading old-style comments routinely now at some point you went to this version instead:

    Using this global true/false is the easiest way to switch. But there is also a way to change the comment display mode on individual stories. To do so requires a little more precision in altering a story URL.
    To have an individual story display its comments in the NEW mode, add this string to the end of the story URL: ?new_comments=true
    Thus, after you add that string, a URL from a recent story by Mark Sumner will look like this: Changing the setting for an individual story will not affect whatever you have for the global setting. (The reversal of this setting is of course to replace true with false.)

    There is a little wrinkle to know if you wind up needing to switch a non-FP story to show the NEW comments. If a Community story has gained enough recommendations, it may have another little string starting with a ? after the story title. Don't worry about it; you can still append the ?new_comments=true string to the very end. Just make sure you don't cut off any of the URL before you stick that part on.

    Thanks for your kind words, and cheers back atcha. We appreciate your support of the site.

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