Dangerous Intersection is still under construction

February 15, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More

We’re still tweaking things at Dangerous Intersection, adding new features, looking at them, and sometimes removing them.   It reminds me of the quote by Oscar Wilde:

I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.

Instead of commas, though, I’m dealing with WordPress plugins.  It’s an adventure experimenting with these open-source tweaks.  Sometimes they work brilliantly.  Sometimes, they don’t work at all.  Sometimes they cause a “fatal error.”

The good news is that I have successfully installed WordPress 2.71, which allows lots of new features.  I’ve also dangerous-intersection-sign-on-bike-trailupdated the design template I’m using (to WP-Vybe 1.1).  This combination allows for nested comments.   If you want to reply to a comment rather than to the post itself, you now have that option.   Just look for “reply” attached to each comment.

One of the newer features is “popular posts” (on the left sidebar).   I did want to disclose that this list is computer generated based upon relatively recent page-views.  I don’t tweak that list at all.

Regarding the comments sidebar (right site), I realize that it’s looking a bit raggedy these days.  I’m still working on that.  One cool new feature, however, is that I have downloaded a plug-in that groups the recent comments by post.  If you find one of the posts to be interesting, you can find all of the recent comments regarding that post grouped together (well, up to five of the most recent posts–I wanted to make sure that I left room for the recent comments of multiple posts, even if one of the posts draws an inordinate number of comments.

I’ve heard quite a few comments that this site is often running slowly.  I agree.   We’re going to make some technical adjustments to address that.  I hope to  see an improvement over the next couple of weeks.   In the meantime, you might see that some of our navigation features are somewhat limited.

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Erich Vieth says:

    Because of our server-overload issue, I've had to chop out a few of our homepage features. This is a temporary measure. We are changing our hosting setup so that it can handle our increased traffic and new features. I hope to have things working much better within about 10 days.

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