Sue (paintermom) contacted me to let me know that blog comments were broken – typical, just as soon as I particularly invite comments on a post!
It would seem that after I updated WordPress when I went to bed last night, one of the plugins stopped working properly and WordPress 3.0.1 decided to deliver a spurious error message and tell commenters that they are spam bots. Just to be even-handed, it even informed me, logged in as Admin, that I was a spam bot too.
I identified the likely problem then spent half an hour with all plug-ins turned off, and adding them back in one-by-one. It was, of course, the one plugin that I expected to be the rogue, and which I added back in last, that proved to be so.
You should find that everything works OK now but if it doesn’t — please use the contact form to drop me a line and let me know.
The other, earlier, problem persists and is resisting diagnosis. I plan to investigate at the weekend. Perhaps you can help me, dear reader?
Here’s the case:
- I normally use permalinks, so that the URLs you see are understandable, if long.
- I also normally offer the ability to read blog posts by category
- Currently, if I have Permalinks ON, then selection of posts by Category does not work
- If I turn Permalinks OFF, Category listings start working again
- For “Category” read “Category AND Tag”
Here is the question:
If you happen to read the blog on the site, and not by RSS, which do you find most irritating — (A) the change from permalinks to URLs that look like this one: http://www.woolgathering.org.uk/?p=6504 OR (B) the lack of the drop down box to select posts by Category?
Until I can get both to play nicely together, I am happy to go with whatever the reader wants… assuming that I have a reader, of course.
Oh, the Comments link is up there at the left of the post now, if you are reading on the front page.