Today’s installment of Hugs, Twisty is yet another post on internecine blogular admin stuff, wherein I attempt (but fail) to explain a new and terrifying phenomenon tearing a swathe of despair through the Blametarian community.
If you never comment on the blog, and therefore the shits you give about this stuff are minimal, here’s a nice taco, because certainly you do care what I had for lunch.
Bean and cheese taco at Taco Cabana: gross, but in a good way
In the last week or so, whenever I try to access IBTP from my home network, I get an “access denied” message. There was a brief missive early on saying something about me having been banned, but it flicked off the screen too fast for me to take in the details.
I’ve been commenting on the blog for something like a month under the moniker TheLady, with an impressive total output of 4 or 5 comments of no obviously trollish bent. If in that brief time I’ve managed to piss you off to such an extent that you really have banned me, well, I’ll be secretly impressed frankly, but also rather heart-sore. I do find a daily dose of Blaming to be a healthy and necessary addition to my ideological diet.
Normally I’d take my banning and fuck off to have a good long sulk about it someplace else, but you did say a few times recently that issues have been observed with blog maintenance and moderation, so I thought I’d let you know in case your shunning of me was inadvertent.
Allow me to congratulate you on having composed an email that I didn’t have to edit. I am also impressed that you are on an “ideological diet.” It takes an iron stomach.
Anyway, I hate to ruin what was potentially a deeply satisfying sulk, but you have not been banned. The message you received was an error.
Yours, TheLady, is only the most recent in a slew of emails describing this same mystifying “access denied” scenario. Emails complaining of moderation issues began arriving in numbers higher than usual right around the time Mungo, my previous computer, began singing “Daisy, Daisy” and had to be terminated. But the onset of the “access denied” dealio coincides more precisely with a tragedy I suffered a couple of weeks ago when I entirely encrumulated the whole blog while trying to update the template. I’d thought the crappitations resulting from that little episode of auntly ineptitude were mostly resolved, but, given my extremely non-existent apprehension of PHP, it’s beginning to look like something untoward slipped past me.
Here is my confession: I have no idea what the heck is going on. Maybe a hack, maybe a software glitch. I can only imagine how aggravating it must be to deal with so incompetent an Internet feminist as myself.
But rest assured, I Blame the Patriarchy does not, at least not to my knowledge, contain any page with a “you have been banned” message. If it does, I will find it and get rid of it, because if you really had been banned, the last thing I would do is bother to mention it.
If any WordPress-savvy blamers are able to get past this renegade “access denied” message and can offer any suggestions, I’m all ears. Or eyes, I guess.