Get Firefox.

Comments boxes not working? You might be using crap software. Thanks to ace technical consultant boynton, I learn that the cause of the comments box thing being forbidden is that users are using Internet Explorer!

Oh, the shame!

Get Real. Get Firefox!

Get Firefox!

Of course, if you MUST use internet explorer, you can still access comments through the date stamp!

(Blimey I had all these people complaining about not being able to access comments, and it turned out they were using the wrong browser. I thought there was something wrong with the site!)

UPDATE- Yes, I know there is something wrong, I just do not know how to fix it.

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Ron
Ron
2022 years ago

Sorry to say this, Scott, but when a site (or part of it) can’t be accessed by IE (80-90% of your users?) then there is something wrong with IT.

boynton
2022 years ago

In the meantime- I’ve added a title to the comments tag explaining things for the 90% (including those of us who did get Firefox but can’t break the IE habit)

Geoff Honnor
Geoff Honnor
2022 years ago

Ermmm…I do use Firefox at home and I still can’t comment. I can open comments via the timestamp – they are laid out tantalisingly before me like an oasis in the desert, but any attempt to immerse myself in their glistening waters (typing ‘test’ in for preview for instance) is met with an “Achtung! Access Verboten on this server!” Here at work I’m also using Firefox and there’s no problem whatsoever. I dunno. Are you sure it’s not someting that I said?

Francis Xavier Holden
2022 years ago

test from Opera through timestamp – Comments doesn’t remember my info

Francis Xavier Holden
2022 years ago

test from Firefox through timestamp

fxh
fxh
2022 years ago

comments displays error in Avant Browser. I’m posting through timestamp on Avant

fxh
fxh
2022 years ago

test agin – using Konquerer on Linux now and comments comes up with error message – so it probably isnt JUST IE

FXH

boynton
2022 years ago

FXH – Can you go directly to comments via Firefox?
oh well – it was a nice theory. I backed it up with experiences of 3 other users. Firefox works here anyway.
I’ve adjusted my Title to reflect provsional nature of these findings ;)

Alex
Alex
2022 years ago

basic, though probably effective solution – change the comments tag so it points to the same address as the sidebar (ie to archives rather than comments.cgi)

fxh
fxh
2022 years ago

comments works ok in Mozilla 1.3 on Linux no error message on accessing comments

Francis Xavier Holden
2022 years ago

I can access through comments in Opera, although it doesnt remember my info, so I need to go thru timestamp then it gets info, I can access comments thru FF but doesnt remember my info.

In Avant browser comments displays error, access ok thru timestamp. All above on MS XP.

Konquerer on Linux = comments error message but ok thru timestamp. Mozilla 1.3 on Linux works ok thru comments.

Scott Wickstein
2022 years ago

See the crazy thing is, I’ve not done anything- there must be a bug in the system that came in through Friday. I have a lot on my plate but on Thursday I might get a magnifying glass out and try and locate the problem.

Geoff Honnor
Geoff Honnor
2022 years ago

I was going to say that anyone who can’t comment at all (most seem to be able to comment eventually by using a circuitous route) should comment to that effect. Then it struck me that there are significant challenges inherent in commenting when you can’t comment. So I won’t.

Mark Bahnisch
Mark Bahnisch
2022 years ago

It’s all good in Netscape!

Tony.T
2022 years ago

Works good on Zapp-Lang.

anthony
2022 years ago

Forbidden as a pop-up in Mac OS X safari but fine with Firefox

Zoe
Zoe
2022 years ago

It’s fine on firefox for me.

So who can tell me why my sidebar’s at the top in firefox (where it oughta be; thus the name) and down to buggery after the posts in IE?

Link
2022 years ago

Doesn’t work with Safari, but boynton’s tip does. Scott could you update your blogroll with my new address?

David Tiley
2022 years ago

Works on safari for me.

Yobbo
Yobbo
2022 years ago

Uninstall movable type…

Mark Bahnisch
Mark Bahnisch
2022 years ago

Yobbo, that reminds me of a little parable about outsourcing. I bought a new Motorola phone last week. It worked wonderfully – as a video camera, text sender and camera. Unfortunately it didn’t work as a phone. When I rang the call centre (my assumption being I could be put through to a tech who would tell me if there was something wrong with the settings – it did work if I had the earpiece on) I was greeted with the remarkable information “that shouldn’t be happening” and then the advice repeated as a mantra:

“master reset, master reset, try master reset, master reset”

I took it back to the Telstra shop where I bought it and they gave me a new phone. In fairness to Telstra, their customer service was great. In fairness to Telstra, I think the shop was a franchise.

Francis Xavier Holden
2022 years ago

mark – the PDA model? what model. I am looking for a not too expensive PDA with folding real keyboard. Would be nice if it had a camera and phone.

Mark Bahnisch
Mark Bahnisch
2022 years ago

I don’t think so, Francis – but I don’t know what PDA means. It’s a Motorola V535. Cost me $529.

http://www.stop.com.au/default.asp?PID=1-1&phone_ID=353

Niall
Niall
2022 years ago

testing….seems to work fine out of the RSS reader

David Tiley
2022 years ago

Since I am often a teeny bit Pavlovian in my treatment of technology, I have discovered that
a) sometimes comments doesn’t work here but
b) it does if I simply repeat the exact same action.

Hard to type with all this birdseed on the keyboard.

Geoff Honnor
Geoff Honnor
2022 years ago

Hey! Scott! You’re a genius!

Scott Wickstein
2022 years ago

You only just figured this out??

Brian Bahnisch
Brian Bahnisch
2022 years ago

Geoff, re commenting when you can’t comment, my old ute had an intermittent fault whereby it wouldn’t start. The car electrician said, “Next time it won’t start, bring it down and I’ll have a look at it”

Geez, thanks, mate!

yobbo
2022 years ago

Mark: I wasn’t recommending a reinstall, but rather replacing it with the (far superior) WordPress.

Mark Bahnisch
Mark Bahnisch
2022 years ago

I know yobbo, it was just a segue…

Nabakov
Nabakov
2022 years ago

It’s not working with Mosiac.