Monday, September 19, 2011

I hate technology

Sorry for the lack of updates lately. I've been spending all the time I usually allocate towards blogging to transferring over my archives to Freethought Blogs... and I'm having a hell of a time. The posts themselves transferred, but I still can't get my Disqus comments here on Blogger to transfer to Disqus comments on Wordpress. And then I have to get those Disqus comments to export to Wordpress, since we're not using Disqus there. And basically the Disqus instructions and functions are a steaming pile of poop, so I can't figure out if it's me doing something wrong, or Disqus.

Seriously, I hate crap like this. I want my archives on Freethought Blogs. Is that too much to ask?

I can't even imagine how much I'd want to bash my head into a wall if I attempted to set up redirects...

Halp?

54 comments:

  1. Instructions these days are for shit.  I have actually read documentation that said, "Here's the ____ button, its function is pretty self-explanatory."

    m-/

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  2. You may need to migrate the entire database over that has comments...From my experience managing and building Wordpress, that's one of the only ways to ensure migration goes smoothly. How far into your site does Blogger let you go?

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  3. And this is why open data champions *hate* walled gardens and want open standards and easy migration toolkits.  The sad part is that the conversion you are trying to do is actually pretty "open" - it's just completely dense and mired in technical detail.  Imagine migrating out of facebook, or migrating from windows to linux or migrating data from an iphone to an android.

    I'm just going to hijack Jen's pain to point out what that jerk who insists in you sending him a text document or a pdf instead of a word document or a ppt or that other jerk who wants you to send him an email and not a facebook message are trying to do - they simply want it to be possible to get to their data 10 years from now without having to jump through a pile of hoops.

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  4. I'm a developer with WordPress experience and no Disqus experience (and right off the bat when it appeared this year, I didn't like Disqus -- why can't I read Boing Boing comments on my mobile phone unless I click "go to full site" once per hour of browsing?!)

    Anyway, I can't promise any quick turnaround, but feel free to contact me privately and I'll see if I can help.

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  5. This isn't help, per se, but I have seen several other blogs attempt this sort of move, and, every time, Disqus simply didn't cooperate, whether they were moving to a Disqus system or away.  Hate to say it, but it might be a lost cause.

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  6. Maybe not quite a lost cause. It would suck if we had to do this, but you could conceivably write a script to screenscrape the comments from Disqus to read them into a temporary database. Once you have them on your local machine, you can always write comments into WordPress using WordPress' API. No promises; just saying it should be theoretically possible.

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  7. i've managed to screw up my update of wordpress so i'm keeping my mouth shut...

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  8. As a long-time WordPress user and 9-to-5 code monkey, my offer of help is still open. :) Feel free to send me an e-mail if interested.

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  9. Hi Jen,

    I just read your blogpost and was a little confused about the migration you were trying to accomplish. Could you send me an email with the guide you used? I'd be more than happy to help you solve this.

    g@disqus.com

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  10. Oh yeah I 100% agree with this.

    Nothing is more annoying than poorly written documentation.  I once had to figure out how to do a vital function, the steps changed for the new version of the software and since I'm *usually* the techie in the office I was tasked to find out how it was done:

    A) If you want to do X read FAQ A.

    B) Unfortunately FAQ A is for the previous version of the software, your question is covered under FAQ B.

    C) FAQ B is for general questions on this version, your question is more advanced so you need to read FAQ C.

    D) FAQ C is for the advanced functions but what you want to do was already covered under the basic software manual found in FAQ A.

    E) Go to step A).

    UGH!!!

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  11. Is it just me, or are no comments on any post prior to this one showing up now?

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  12. It's not just you, they're all gone.

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  13. Wow, attempting to migrate comments has actually caused them to vanish? That's really not good.

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  14. I was wondering where all the comments have gone.  (I really really want to just go through all of the now empty threads going "FIRST", but I won't)

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  15. Technical authors get paid for writing words, so they write a lot to justify their fee, why say anything in a ten words when a thousand pays better!

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  16. So, yeah, I'm responsible (somehow) for those comments disappearing. In exporting Disqus to an XML file, integrating Disqus with a temporary Wordpress blog, and attempting to make it sync comments to that blog's database, it decided that all the URLs were wrong and none of the threads where the comments should be, are the right URLs. Long story short, Disqus has all the comments but doesn't know where they go any more.

    We have all the comments, though. Don't worry. They won't disappear entirely. I'm in the process of building a map for what comments go on what post on my temporary Wordpress install. Then I'm going to import them, and I'll even try to preserve threading. If I'm worth my salt, all the comments will be over at FtB before the week's through -- even the ones Disqus decided not to display any more.

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  17. I know this is off-topic but maybe I’ll get a response here. I would
    really like a separate RSS feed for comments. Many of my favourite
    blogs have them. Especially on a blog with many comments like this one,
    one needs some method of following new comments which is better than
    looking at (in theory) all old posts.

    If I just can’t find it, someone point me to it. If there isn’t one, why not?

    Also, can you have a link to the previous and next posts at the top and/or bottom of each post?

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