Put on your walking shoes. Get Schooled moved today

The time has come. I dragged my feet but I have now packed and moved to the newspaper’s new blogging home, joining my AJC colleagues in a platform more congenial to a mobile world.

Please move with me.

If the only way you read my blog is by clicking a link from the AJC home page, you won’t notice any difference until you arrive. But  if you have my blog bookmarked or new posts delivered through an RSS feed — and I highly recommend doing one or both, for the sake of your convenience and my readership numbers — you will need these new links:

Blog: http://www.ajc.com/s/get-schooled/

RSS: http://www.ajc.com/rss/weblog_entries/get-schooled/

Some official details about the new blog platform:

•You must register an account.

•If you are active on the blogs, you have already done this and are well on your way to being the first commenter on this new blog — something that seems to matter a lot to the posters over in sports. If not, you’ll need to click on the “Sign In/Register” link in the very upper-right corner of any page on ajc.com and create an account. It requires, among other things, a verifiable email account.

•Once you are registered, you can comment as many times as you like on any of our stories or blogs, as long as you follow our guidelines for commenting.

•There is one important change from our WordPress blogs. User names cannot have spaces in them, so if you are accustomed to posting as Soccer Mom, you will need to make it one word, like “SoccerMom” and you may need to add some numbers or characters to the end. Once you have registered a display name, you can use it on any ajc.com blog.

I know many of you are concerned about registering your email, but AJC readers who have done so already tell me they have not seen any surge in spam, junk mail or black helicopters.

So, please don’t let registration scare you away. (I, on the other hand, can be scary at times.)

The creative IT types at the AJC tell me the new platform will be more hospitable to readers who access the blog on smartphones, tablets and such. For now, the blog will not be available on the new subscriber-only website, MyAJC.com. We expect that to change sometime soon, but I’ve not been given an estimated date for that to happen or an outline of how the blog on that site will mirror this one.

If you have any questions, please post them here. While this is the final post on this site, I’ll check back over the next week or so and will try to answer any questions.  If you’re having trouble, email me. I may not know the answers but will forward your questions to the experts.

Thanks for reading and participating on the AJC Get Schooled blog. Together, we have drawn quite a crowd to education issues, and I hope we can continue the collaboration and occasional conflagration on the new site.

– By Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

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28 comments Add your comment


April 17th, 2013
5:52 pm

I’m just testing to see if I can respond to your posts, Maureen.

Gina McNair

April 17th, 2013
5:55 pm

I just checked out new link from my phone, but there was no comment option.


April 17th, 2013
6:00 pm

Congratulations Maureen! I look forward to the new site.

Pride and Joy

April 17th, 2013
6:13 pm

I am checking the comment option for you, Gina. It is at the top right of your comment.

Dr. Proud Black Man

April 17th, 2013
7:04 pm

Also looking forward!


April 17th, 2013
7:12 pm

When I left here around 3 pm, it was the same old blog. When I come back at 7 pm, everything has changed…and I can figure it out, but how do we access all of those past comments on the blog-threads? Are they just gone with the wind?


April 17th, 2013
7:22 pm

Never mind. I forgot about your Archives.


April 17th, 2013
9:22 pm

Yay! Ready to walk on over.


April 17th, 2013
10:14 pm

I registered a while back and began using this handle, formerly it was just Tony.

Anyway, so far the change seems easy enough to navigate. I use Feedly to keep up with my favorite blogs. Will I have to change anything there?

Maureen Downey

April 17th, 2013
10:22 pm

@FlaTony, Will check with the IT experts on that.

Chamblee Dad

April 17th, 2013
10:23 pm

This is a test . . . it is only a test . . . if this had been a real emergency . . .


April 17th, 2013
10:27 pm

Without the space . . . home instead of work registration

no mas

April 17th, 2013
11:22 pm


April 17th, 2013
11:33 pm

grrr… I registered for the other blogs and I can’t use my moniker over there. Oh well, time to start fresh, I guess.


April 17th, 2013
11:48 pm

All things pass. The education situation in GA really is not my fight any more, though I do care since I spent years working in what was, really, a futile situation. Time to say farewell to the blog; I fled GA long ago (and never have regretted doing so).

Thanks, Maureen, for keeping things going. I thought you did a good job in a difficult position. I always had my say, and I appreciate that. Bon chance.


April 18th, 2013
12:51 am

I don’t remember registering, but if my comment comes through, I guess I did.


April 18th, 2013
11:23 am

Just a note that the recent blog-threads now in the Archives are still open, and are getting additional posts.


April 18th, 2013
11:33 am

ugh….with this and the “my ajc” crap I really hope the AJC gets that most of us long timers will GO AWAY.

Beverly Fraud

April 18th, 2013
12:32 pm

Goodbye for now; eventually I’ll get around to registering.

In the meantime I look forward to some wonderful guest pieces from Herb Garrett, in honor of his Superintendent of the Year, Beverly Hall.

Beverly Fraud

April 18th, 2013
12:34 pm

Of course it must be said that many have expressed the feeling that the new site is completely visually unappealing.

Not Maureen’s fault of course.


April 18th, 2013
12:53 pm

No more sock puppets, either.

Fred ™

April 18th, 2013
1:59 pm

Sock puppets unfortunately are easier than ever.

Another comment

April 19th, 2013
4:53 am

@ Bev. Fraud it looks like a First Grader designed the graphics on the new Web site. I really don’t know how they expect to get any additional pay readers. I like reading the actual paper, so I am OK.

The AJC needs to open the pocket books and hire some actual graphic designers for the Web Newspaper. You can use Word and design a news letter for your HOA or PTA that looks better.


April 20th, 2013
11:04 am

@ Maureen. I have registered, and had no trouble posting comments yesterday. Today, I tried to post a comment but got the notice “login required”—without any way of logging in. I tried to click the “login required” notice, but nothing happened. HOW do we login when there is no space to do so?

Hillbilly D

April 22nd, 2013
9:58 am

Sock puppets unfortunately are easier than ever.

This is the unvarnished truth. It’s so easy now, Wingfield’s blog is now a majority of sock puppets and the people who actually want to have discussions are fast falling away. The Sports blogs have been using the new format since January and comments there appear to be down. In my opinion, it’s a colossal failure. I can’t really think of anything that it’s made better and a lot of things are worse.


April 22nd, 2013
11:09 am

@ Hillbilly D, 9:58 am, Apr. 23. Curious. With both formats, a person could simply register from several IPs–yahoo.com, then gmail.com, then att.net, etc.–with a different moniker for each one. Why would this new format make the problem of sock puppets worse?

I’ve been reading and blogging from Get Schooled for about 2 years, and had gotten an idea of what the regulars were like and what their positions were likely to be. Rather like different characters in a novel…though it was obvious some were ventriloquists. But now everyone has been forced to choose new names. Clean slate. Can’t tell who is who anymore.

Hillbilly D

April 22nd, 2013
4:06 pm


Evidently, under the old system, the columnist had a bit more control over their own posters. I don’t know what way they were using to identify sock puppets in the past but it seemed to work better than this. Over at Kyle’s, this new system brought back a bunch of previously banned folks, from both extremes. As you say, they were immediately recognizable by their writing style, content, and some even by the name.

As for making a sock puppet, what you described is not really necessary, it’s much easier than that on this new system. Not going to tell people how to do it but it’s shockingly easy. So maybe it won’t be the problem on this blog that it is on some of the others. There did seem to be less of it here than other places.

Anyway, hope I answered your questions. I had hopes that the new system would make things better but it’s backfired, in my view.


April 22nd, 2013
4:41 pm

@ Hillbilly D. How mysterious! But thanks for answering. Maybe that’s why we can’t use our previous monikers.

It does seem to me that now bloggers can note “Abuses” with specific choices (obscenity, racism, personal attack, and so on) that weren’t available before. I remember particularly that there were many problems with certain bloggers who kept making racist comments or personal attacks, slipping in racist innuendos or snide remarks on a personal level. Now there’s a quick way to report them.