May 30 2007

Big whoop of the week

Hey, you’ll never guess what I just did! Because I am always so up-to-the-minute with high technology, I have implemented I Blame the Patriarchy: The Message Board [Beta] with a cheesy Windows-looking interface! I have no idea how to work it yet, but go on over and wreck the place. Leave suggestions. Make up profiles. Start specious threads. Moderate. Et cetera. If it looks like it might catch on, we can fix it up for real.

The same rigorous standards you’ve come to expect from Blame Nation will apply, of course.

UPDATE: I just fixed it so you don’t have to register to post, but it would be nice if you did, so I can see how that works.


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  1. Sylvanite

    It’s like televisionwithoutpity! I guess it would be Feminists Without Pity.

  2. vera

    I was able to give myself a custom picture, but now I have to get back to work. (This would be a good place for a frowny-face emoticon.)

  3. MzNicky

    I mosied on over there and registered. It’ll take me a while to figure out how to report gasbags, like that “This Sucks” commenter, and where to go to volunteer to moderate, but I’ll figger it out.

    Thanks for putting so much effort into streamlining the incomparable IBTP blog into a happier, safer haven for blamers, MzTwisty.

    My Preview function here is still AWOL, however.

  4. Frumious B

    Chocolate Jesus on a Motorcycle, Twisty, are you determined to make yourself as miserable as possible or something? You realize that a message board will just produce even more comments that you may or may not want to read and have little to no interest in moderating? Or is that compared to chemo moderating is a walk in the park (albeit a tedious walk in the park)?

  5. stekatz

    I milled around. The instantaneous appearance of a troll was worth noting. Who hosts the site? I’m a little cautious about where and how I toss my email address around.

    It would seem to function well as a place to hold longer discussions as it can link to the original message and keep threads together. I think it will be a nice addition to the blame-o-sphere, but I’ll likely stick with this space. I was quite happy to click back to the nice typesetting, well-crafted essays and pleasing bug pictures.

  6. Joanna

    I second Feminists Without Pity!

  7. Twisty

    I was sort of hoping that when a thread on the blog racks up, say, 100 or so comments, I can just say “take it to the boards!” and close the damn comments.

    Or not. It’s just a little experiment. Homely, though, ain’t it? Are they always so unattractive?

  8. Twisty

    Oh, and stekatz? I’m hosting it on my own website, and I’m the only one with access to the admin.

  9. stekatz

    Sweet. Maybe I’ll take a stab at registration after I perform my patriarchal duty of making dinner for the nuclear family. It’s manicotti with spinach and ricotta tonight.

  10. norbizness

    Scientific studies show that most threads irrevocably lose their way at comment #97, but rounding up doesn’t seem so bad.

  11. josie my source of most frustration

    Twisty, I haven’t registered yet. But, I love, love, love you for this! An unabashedly feminist message board, with the posters from here! It’s like x-mas in May. My only complaint is that I may never get any work done from this point on.

    However, starting a message board isn’t going to do anything to decrease your mod duties, no? I certainly don’t mean to sound discouraging because I will hang out there quite a lot, but I’m just wondering.

  12. lawbitch

    Twisty, you’re awesome! Keep on eating tacos and and onion rings. You must keep your strength up. Don’t overdo it on this project. I’ll quit mothering you now. Blame on!

  13. Pinko Punko

    Flames, flames on the side of my face! (I predict for the new threads) It sounds like funzoes.

  14. MzNicky

    Twisty: Is this message board thing going to replace the IBTP blog?

    Okay. I’ve got one comment ticket left on this thread.

  15. Twisty

    No, no, MzNicky. The blog stays. The board is just a side project. A spin-off. In a week or so, if there are any takers, we can sort of figure out what to do with it.

  16. vera

    If you give me editorial power, I will go in and fix everyone’s spelling, grammar, punctuation, and opinions I don’t like. (And, sorry for misspelling “ellipsis” earlier today!)

  17. Vera

    And capitalization. I’ll fix that, too.

  18. kanea

    woohoo! great idea twisty. you are a ware that other blamers can help you moderate the boards right?

  19. thebewilderness

    Vera, you are a blessing in this guise.

  20. Arianna

    Speaking of expanding the Twistyverse, are you aware the someone created an I Blame the Patriarchy Facebook group?

  21. nightgigjo

    I was almost dismayed to see that porntastic Playboy was listed as the website for that Facebook group, then I caught a clue. It wasn’t a prank, but a reference.

    And, since all users are apparently moderators, I’ll be happy to check spelling/grammar/punctuation as Vera does. I do that on another board already anyway — it’ll just mean I don’t have to remember where I am.

  22. LouisaMayAlcott

    Sorry for the “duh” here:

    I can’t figure out how to do a reply to a thread over there!

    I have a membership, email OK, etc. When I go there it says “Welcome LMA etc”. I can access my profile.

    But *where* is the reply button?

  23. Hawise

    Registered, went to change to faux email and messed up registration. Will try again later. Not good at message boards, need more coffee.

  24. teffie-phd

    I’m not going to play over there. I love your essays and how they constantly keep challenging me, but I’m not so good and playing nice with others.

    I will admit that the comments have become overwhelming. Unless I catch a thread early I don’t comment because I don’t have time to read them all. I also get to Blame for pay so I use this blog to keep me angry.

    Hope the board doesn’t become overwhelming.

  25. Mar Iguana

    I also get to Blame for pay so I use this blog to keep me angry.” teffie-pad

    Get out. Get paid for angry blaming?! My head explodes. I am turning green (well, greener than usual). Good for you.

  26. Vera

    “Blame for pay”? Please tell how this works. I have to bite my tongue continually, all day long, at work. And I work with some of the Nicest Guys you’ll ever meet.

  27. Jezebella

    Hawise, same thing happened to me. Have you figured out how to fix it yet?

  28. Antoinette Niebieszczanski

    Hey, Ron Sullivan, I had a dream we were all playing in your big pile of Free Dirt at the end of the street last night. While it was weird because I’ve never met all of y’all, we were having great fun.

    It musta been a prophecy dream! Ron’s Free Dirt was a metaphor for the new message board.

    OK, so I need to get a life. But right now, the parts of my life that aren’t stressing me out are painfully boring.

  29. Hawise

    No, haven’t really tried yet. I might end up using my husband’s India Times Maildrop instead or making my own.

  30. LouisaMayAlcott

    OK, this is weird.

    I can get the reply (and other) buttons in I.E. (or an I.E. shell like Maxon Browser, but not in Firefox!

    Does anyone else experience that?

    In FF, when I click on a subject line, the buttons (including Reply, I suppose) flash before my eyes, and then disappear once the page is fully loaded.

    I’ll post this on the SMF author’s forum and see what they say. In the meantime, I’ll use Maxon to browse the forum. I distrust the I.E. engine, and so prefer to use FF.

  31. cycles

    I know it’s just a default of the board application, but I had to giggle about the place in your profile where you select your gender. Can we change them to “Dude Nation” and “Sex Class”?

  32. Hukuma Xpyweb

    Sadly some guy named “Mr****” has gone and just editted/deleted every post.

    He needs to get IPbanned from the forum, and we have to start over =(


  33. LouisaMayAlcott


    The board has been hackers.

    These boards are notoriously insecure.

    Try phpBB.

    They use it at http://www.kingstoncomputerplanet.com/forum/

    They are a lot of young geeks there, and as is to be expected, are the targets of other “gangs” of young geeks. They have had their board hacked a couple of times, like outright destroyed.

    They set themselves up again with that version of phpBB and have been fine since. I am sure many attempts have been made since then, but none has succeeded.

  34. LouisaMayAlcott

    Oops. “hacked”

  35. Hawise

    We all knew that it was bound to happen. Our mistake was in not setting up a betting pool.

  36. darkymac

    Oh hello there.
    Thought I’d pop in while I’m here at the library to see how y’all’re going and you wouldn’t credit it – I’ve just put down the wonderful A Descent into the Maelstrom (no links from me, Google is your friend if you haven’t read this source of some of the better horror conventions – especially the tale-within-the-tale)

    Web 2.0 is indeed the vortex. The narrator says:

    “You suppose me a very old man, but I am not. It took less than a single day to change these hairs form a jetty black to white, to weaken my limbs, and to unstring my nerves.”

    And yet, and yet [ellipsis for a pause in which to question]

    Poe’s narrator at first only sees horror in the ship and brother getting sucked down into the whirlpool, with another brother going mad on the spot, but ends up with awe for the beauty of this terrible creation. He sees that the greatest objects are the most rapidly sucked down and that asymmetry isn’t favoured by the vortex.

    Best of luck in keeping the Twisty vessel nice and barrel-shaped and for any future mountain-climbing.

  37. teffie-phd

    Blame for pay: I’m a sociologist at a university. I research women’s health, and work on issues related to equity and diversity (administration words, but I feel it’s okay to work within the system since i need to eat). It isn’t a perfect job, but I can be feminist for a living and be encouraged to do so.

  38. Frumious B

    I got so excited by the car category that I tried to register, but it didn’t mail me my secret core. Alas. Registerus Interruptus. Does a human have to mail the secret code or is it automated?

  39. Frumious B

    Can we change them to “Dude Nation” and “Sex Class”

    How about “Sprinkles while peeing” and “Hits the bowl”?

  40. Twisty

    I just activated you, Frumious B.

  41. PhysioProf

    “nice typesetting”

    Yes, the typesetting and overall design here is quite nice, and easier to read than most blogs.

    One very minor nitpick: The left-justified setting of the comments section is substantially easier to read than the fully justified blog entries. This is because the spaces between the words are all of identical width in the left-justified comments, but have to vary from one line to the next in order to achieve full justification in the blog entries. Variation in word spacing can be minimized in typeset fully justified text by the use of hyphenation, but HTML does not allow for hyphenation (as far as I know).

    This variation in word spacing from line to line adds a little bit of complexity to the task of reading and significantly slows down reading, both for naturally fast and slow readers. Here is a study that addresses this issue in the context of on-line reading:


    I know you didn’t ask about this, and I know I sound like a fucking pedantic asshole, so please ignore if you don’t give a shit about this minutia.

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