Hey all! As you can see, things are a-changing around here after I hired someone who knows what she’s doing to work on the site. And yes, I stand by that statement; even the most knowledgeable coder will have little hiccups in the system while fixing stuff. The difference between a professional and an amateur is that the professional can work through the problems and fix them, while the amateur ends up with cobbled code and baling wire to keep things together. ;)
In the meantime, now that links have been restored (even if the Theme that has been used forever and a decade is currently hiding in the corner while sulking) I want to direct your attention away from the lovely lady behind the curtain and toward little updates I’ve done in the meantime. By which, I mean I’ve added proper links to the “Fiction” and “Meta-Review” sections, and all Meta-Reviews are coded into the system (well, all the Meta-Reviews I was able to track down, that is – and the thumbnails and links in these reviews haven’t been fixed).
Hopefully additional features will be added in time; I’m not going to jinx things by mentioning particulars, however.
So please, feel free to check out the Meta-reviews (which are mostly old and haven’t been updated to the new Review template yet) and Fiction while waiting on reviews. They’re well worth reading.
Just as a heads up, I’ve altered how posts are accepted by the system. This prevents the rapid posting-and-deletion of comments on the system that has apparently corrupted several files to date. This shouldn’t affect people unless they are trying to post a one-line comment or are copy-pasting. In short, this is to catch automated processes that spammers use.
In addition, a new story has been posted on the Fiction section of the board, Deus Ex Liber. This is actually one of the first fanfics I wrote back in 2001; while it’s definitely not one of my better works, there are several elements in there that worked quite well… especially near the end. So if you have a spare minute, definitely check it out.
After losing a bunch of links once more due to the vagaries and inadequacies of Chrome, I decided to give Internet Explorer a try once more (due in part to the glowing reviews IE-10 received on various tech sites). Unfortunately due to… incompatibilities between Chrome and IE, I was forced to load my old Firefox bookmarks, despite that browser being several months out of date. But after loading the bookmarks I decided to do some long-overdue editing of the bookmarks and readjusting of my system of bookmark folders.
The end result? After dropping 36 comics into the newest Hiatus folder, I was left with over 90 comics that update several times a week that I’ve been reading. Another 40+ comics existed in various folders that update on a weekly basis… and another 40 or so that I chick on once a month. Nor does this count some of the newer comics that I’d started reading but haven’t yet made their way into my bookmarks.
Obviously my Webcomic Links page is out of date (as is the Webcomic Review List), and I will try to update these pages in the next week. Try being the operative word; considering how long it took for my archives to be restored (and that took hiring someone to do the work!) I’m not promising anything. Still, the links page is useful for myself as well as to people who’re interested in what I’m reading… or even those cartoonists who deserve to be read but whom I’ve not yet reviewed.
For the past month, while Tangents has been on hiatus, I’ve been relaxing and slowly recharging my creative batteries. For the most part I’ve succeeded. I’m not sure how much of this is because I took a much-needed break, but I do know that several comics have tempted me to comment on them in the past couple of weeks. Admittedly this is also due to the creative abilities of these cartoonists… but I am glad to see the spark and desire to review is still there. Still, I fully realize I need to take things a little slow at first, lest I risk burning out once more.
As such, I’m going to limit myself to two reviews a week. These reviews will go up on Tuesday and Friday, assuming my tendency to procrastinate doesn’t take hold. When I see something worth commenting on for webcomic news, I’ll post that separately; the news posts won’t be anything especially large, mind you, but they won’t replace actual reviews. As such, if you’re a cartoonist and have some event you want mentioned, do feel free to send me an e-mail and I may post a comment on it. I’d also like to thank Francisco De Freitas for his guest review of “Who Killed Claire Cace” and apologize it took a little bit to post.
Finally, I’ve mentioned in the past that I’ll be reinstalling WordPress at some point; I’d have done this by now, except my host had some real life stuff going on so I didn’t want to add to the burden. While the primary source of extraneous visits has ceased, I still want to make sure there’s nothing lurking on my site, especially as several people have warned me my site was flagged or registered with virus prevention software. Seeing I don’t have advertising on my site… that suggests something is up. If there are any disruptions, I apologize in advance.
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Just as a heads up, I recently went through and purged a couple dozen probable spam user accounts; it seems the Bots are better able to overcome the Captcha program used to weed them out. If you were accidentally deleted and were legit, I apologize. E-mail me, and I will restore the account. I’m fairly certain the users deleted did not post (for some strange reason the bots just create user accounts and never post spam, but I want to prevent a theoretical spam surge that might prove impossible to totally remove), but to be on the safe side any posts were attributed to a Admin account set up just for this purpose. I apologize for the inconvenience.
Addendum note: It seems the current crop of spambots has learned how to ignore the Turing test. I’ve turned off new member requests for the time being. If you wish to register, then just e-mail me at Tangents Reviews @ gmail . com without the spaces.
Due to ongoing problems related to Tangents being hacked a year or so back, I will likely be doing a full reinstall of the WordPress system. When I do so, I’ll likely choose a new theme for the site; I was wondering if anyone knows of any themes that incorporate two sets of Tags. The current system uses tag names for topical headings. I would like to add a second set with webcomic titles so people can pull up reviews on specific comics (seeing that Searches can pull up articles that just mention the comic in question).
Do note, this could result in a loss of comments. I will try to ensure comments are not lost and reload user names (which will likely result in password changes, I apologize for that inconvenience).
Just wanted to wish my readers and the spambots a Merry Christmas. I hope everyone remains safe and that family-induced anxieties are at a minimum. And hey, give the gift that keeps on giving – addict your family to webcomics! If they need some suggestions… well, there are plenty here. ;)