You say goodbye, and I say hello (the blog is moving)

This blog is on the move.

As almost all the other AJC blogs have already done, my blog is relocating to a different piece of online real estate. I’m not moving far, and if the only way you read my blog is by clicking a link from the 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 page views — you will need to adjust your settings. Starting Thursday, April 4, the new coordinates will be:

Blog: http://www.ajc.com/weblogs/kyle-wingfield/

RSS: http://www.ajc.com/rss/weblog_entries/kyle-wingfield/

Don’t bother clicking those links before Thursday morning. There won’t be any there there.

Once there is, and you arrive to see it, you will find a new registration requirement before you can comment. If you are active on the sports blogs, or entertainment blogs, or Political Insider, or just about any ajc.com blog besides mine and Jay’s, you have already done this and are well on your way to being FIRST!!!! 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.

I’ll pause now for all trolls and sock puppets to wring their hands, gnash their teeth and tear their garments.

I enjoy our debates here, and I look forward to continuing them on the new blog home. I have been registered for some time now, and I have not noticed an uptick in spam, junk mail or unmarked cars parked outside my house. Seriously: Please don’t hesitate to register and stay in the conversation.

The new home will be better for those of you who access (or would like to access) the blog on smartphones, tablets and such. For now, it will not be available on the new subscriber-only website, myajc.com. I 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 ask them below. Although this is the last post I’ll be publishing on this blog site, I’ll still be checking both sites for awhile and will do my best to answer any questions you post here.

NOTE: It’s been awhile since anyone commented on the old blog, so I’m shutting down commenting here so I don’t have to keep checking both sites. If you have any questions, please post them at the new site or, if you’re having trouble doing that, email me.

And as always, thanks for reading.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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65 comments Add your comment

JamVet

April 3rd, 2013
5:32 pm

I’ll pause now for all trolls and sock puppets to wring their hands, gnash their teeth and tear their garments.

Huge guffaw. Kyle!

And best wishes going forward.

Although going sockpuppet free is gonna reduce your Republican bloggers here by __%? (grin)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NanMWBpucE

Logical Dude

April 3rd, 2013
5:48 pm

you are moving too?!

and I just posted this so I can do italics one more time, because I’m not sure if italics will be visible on the new blog.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

April 3rd, 2013
5:50 pm

I just gave them the address to my Wyoming residence.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

April 3rd, 2013
5:52 pm

haha, now ambreck has to carry 4 computers with him.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

April 3rd, 2013
6:01 pm

Pfeiffer said that the Drudge effect can be damaging to the White House effort to communicate their message, even though he insisted he was “fairly ambivalent” to what Matt Drudge puts up on his site every day.

Kinda makes you want to cry with them, don’t it?

Centrist

April 3rd, 2013
6:11 pm

Had to register as “The_Centrist” as my long time screen name was said to be taken.

I see little change on Dupree’s blog other than a less pleasant format, and I have to suspend my Ghostery browser addon that blocks the many hidden AJC trackers (9 on this page: Adobe Digital Marketing, Chartbeat, Digitblizzard, DoubleClick Floodlight, Outbrain, Right Media, Share This, Twitter button, and Visual Revenue). I bet Kyle didn’t even know they are there. Maybe worth it to get rid of the multiple screen name posters and sock puppets (same thing?). Trolls who post off topic and inflammatory items will still have to be moderated.

Rafe Hollister

April 3rd, 2013
6:14 pm

I think the sock puppets are mainly Progs, we will see, who shows up on the new site.

Dusty

April 3rd, 2013
6:21 pm

I hate complications. Maybe after dinner I will feel better about this. Right now I feel like the end of a good time. .

JamVet

April 3rd, 2013
6:21 pm

Do I detect a tad of bitterness in that 5:52?

Hysterical.

So whatever will Andy/I Report/Aesop/F. Sinkwich/CommiAJC/and on and on and on do?

Oh woe, is the oft-banned sad sack! Tis indeed an elegiac day when having blogging conversations with himself becomes well nigh impossible.

Good luck being just little old you; it will be hysterical to see you reduced to one persona.

And whatever happened to your kissin’ cousin, Lil BB?

Did he get das boot?

LOL.

What’s in a sockpuppet’s name? That which we call Andy the troll by any other name would smell as foul. ~William Thomas Jefferson Shakespeare

Just Saying..

April 3rd, 2013
6:23 pm

Nice Column. Hope all goes well.

Centrist

April 3rd, 2013
6:23 pm

Unless the new format allows only one screen name per IP address, then sock puppets can simply register with different names and email addresses. IP addresses can also be changed using proxies – not that I am going to give a tutorial on how. At least it will be more cumbersome and too hard for the non-techies.

Splavistic

April 3rd, 2013
6:26 pm

This must be Obama’s fault with his investment in “technology” and “brain stuff”. Change we can believe in, I guess.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

April 3rd, 2013
6:30 pm

Enter your comments here

Hillbilly D

April 3rd, 2013
6:33 pm

You also can put up a pic at the new place, if you so desire.

I went over there and it said it was just a test, so guess y’all will have to wait for my maiden post.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

April 3rd, 2013
6:33 pm

Hey, my cat made it’s first comments. Now ambreck can rant about it too.

Thomas Heyward Jr

April 3rd, 2013
6:41 pm

“and I have not noticed an uptick in spam, junk mail or unmarked cars parked outside my house.”
.
That’s only because you limit your articles/ opposition to only State-approved arguements (R versus D ).
If you ever wrote anything about the People versus the State/Washington then…………………..you would disappear.
.
I never thought that I would see the day that the AJC went to the Quisling Darkside.
.
Oh well…………………..enjoy your Pravdanain existence.

Dave

April 3rd, 2013
6:48 pm

The new blog system does not show comments on an iPhone 5. On a computer, it also doesn’t let me go past the first page of comments – the link doesn’t work. I’m told that’s because I use Ghostery, something your IT people might want to look at.

td

April 3rd, 2013
7:01 pm

I have been posting on Jim’s page and the sports blogs for a couple months. A couple problems I have found with the new format that I hope they correct soon:

1: 20 post per page.
2: No links allowed
3: When you hit refresh then it takes you all the way back to page one.

BTW: Since you have to register with at least 6 characters then I am td1234

Dusty

April 3rd, 2013
7:02 pm

Hillbilly D

I am sure you will be very gentlemanly in your maiden address. Tres bien!!

Dave

April 3rd, 2013
7:12 pm

As to my 6:49 comment about Ghostery. I turned it off and tried to click “Next” on a Galloway blog – didn’t work. Looks like I won’t be spending much time here or at Jay’s, not reading the comments takes some of the fun out of it.

Centrist

April 3rd, 2013
7:28 pm

I had to use Internet Explorer AND turning off Ghostery to post. I have a button in my Firefox browser to view in IE.

Pretty awful glitches, but sure the AJC could care less – this is about their convenience (and tracker hits), not ours. Maybe posters will give us tips, tricks, and workarounds as they find them.

md

April 3rd, 2013
7:31 pm

Figures, when something works….change it.

Might be time to stop wasting so much time…..

Hillbilly D

April 3rd, 2013
7:33 pm

Kyle,

From what I’m seeing on other columns, we’ll see a partial column unless we subscribe to a premium service? Or am I misreading that?

Hillbilly D

April 3rd, 2013
7:35 pm

Forgot to add this. Look down where it says “Introducing our new subscriber website”.

http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/brian-banks-gives-us-story-to-celebrate/nXB2K/

They did this with my local newspapers. Even though it’s free because I have a subscription to those papers, I just don’t bother. Too damn much trouble.

td

April 3rd, 2013
7:39 pm

Centrist

April 3rd, 2013
7:28 pm

I use Firefox and do not have a problem posting in the new format.

md

April 3rd, 2013
7:42 pm

“Too damn much trouble.”

Especially when there are simpler options out there. Life is already complicated, and the web is full of easy access sites.

Be careful ajc……those pesky unintended consequences may rear up and bite you. Nothing quite like trying to garner readership by driving folks away……

Bruno

April 3rd, 2013
7:53 pm

So is this the end of the “good old days” here at the ajc.com blogs??

md

April 3rd, 2013
7:59 pm

May be Bruno, I have no current plans to “move”. It may be a good thing to get some of us back into production mode vs “choosing” to waste time here.

Maybe it’s time to take up running again……..

Centrist

April 3rd, 2013
8:00 pm

@ td – I am a beta tester for Mozilla Firefox using version 21 and lots of addons. I have found some combinations don’t work well with the AJC (and a few other websites). The workarounds aren’t too bad – if they become so, I can revert to more basic browsers or skip the AJC.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

April 3rd, 2013
8:02 pm

I’ll check it out manana.

Later!

Dave

April 3rd, 2013
8:13 pm

I use Safari, I suppose if I get a Galloway/Bookman/Wingfield jones I can use the Firefox I still have on the computers. But, you’d think that Cox Media worth billions of dollars would have a couple of IT guys that knew what they were doing.

@@

April 3rd, 2013
8:15 pm

Can I register a fake name (real name) and address? I really don’t like doing that, it seems deceptive…but I will.

Why do they need our name and address anyway?

Hillbilly D

April 3rd, 2013
8:20 pm

Why do they need our name and address anyway?

So they can send your AJC Customer Appreciation Fruit Basket.

Maybe it’s time to take up running again……..

Only way I’m running is if somebody is chasing me………and then they better be pretty tough.

md

April 3rd, 2013
8:21 pm

Off topic (is there really one?), but had to share this great story combining sports and history, a good read:

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/ncaab–michigan-s-john-beilein-a-descendant-of-soldiers-that-inspired–saving-private-ryan–205604686.html

md

April 3rd, 2013
8:23 pm

“Only way I’m running is if somebody is chasing me………and then they better be pretty tough.”

I currently run every night……then I wake up.

I’m with you HD, but this blogging stuff has a tendency to make one too sedentary……not a good long term strategy.

RC (apoi)

April 3rd, 2013
8:26 pm

Can I register a fake name (real name) and address? I really don’t like doing that, it seems deceptive…but I will.

Well, seems to me, @@, you could just use a bare-chested picture. It would save you the trouble of using those circled A’s.

@@

April 3rd, 2013
8:30 pm

Hillbilly:

A fruit basket? Believe it or not, I’m not big on fruit. Was surrounded by it as a child. Cut and packaged apricots with the migrant workers.

Since I’ve arrived at the AJC, I’ve grown rather fond of mixed nuts.

(ISH)

Anyhoo, I tried to register over at Galloways. The AJC has always had my
e-mail address so that’s not a problem. It won’t accept my @@ though. Tried @@ with additional characters. REJECTED!

I’m fond of my @@. If they don’t want my @@, I don’t want them.

Signing off.

It’s been fun.

@@

April 3rd, 2013
8:31 pm

Redneck:

Don’t you wish?

Hillbilly D

April 3rd, 2013
8:32 pm

This is dedicated to all those whose good ideas turn out to be not so good, after all………..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4evzpIVnMVs

Hillbilly D

April 3rd, 2013
8:33 pm

@@

Your name has to be at least 6 characters, no spaces.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

April 3rd, 2013
8:37 pm

This is Bush’s fault.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

April 3rd, 2013
8:39 pm

I just registered

~~@@~~

Dat’s pretty good.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

April 3rd, 2013
8:40 pm

You can call them wings or bra straps, it’s your call.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

April 3rd, 2013
8:44 pm

I guess we could request that they keep this thread open for eternity.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

April 3rd, 2013
8:47 pm

$$@@$$ – bling @@

&%@@!# – angry @@

**@@** – heavenly @@

!!@@!! – happy @@

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

April 3rd, 2013
8:49 pm

??@@?? – @@ reading cheezy comment

@@

April 3rd, 2013
8:52 pm

Andy:

It rejects anything with my @@. No matter what I do, I can’t squeeze those puppies into registration.

Centrist

April 3rd, 2013
8:56 pm

Maybe it won’t take anything but letters and spaces. Spaces turn into underlines.

_O__O_ or

_Q__Q_ work for you?

Bruno

April 3rd, 2013
8:56 pm

I’m with you HD, but this blogging stuff has a tendency to make one too sedentary……not a good long term strategy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bg1di8sGxWc

Bruno

April 3rd, 2013
8:57 pm