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June 15, 2007

Getting on a Regular Schedule

Filed under: Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, Home on the Strange, humor — Cidu Bill @ 3:20 am

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  1. Well, I’m kind of divided. On the one hand, unmoderated lacks the distinct thrill of being chosen, and means we do get some chaff with the good stuff.

    On the other hand… before you couldn’t really build on other people’s thoughts. You couldn’t add to something they said, because you didn’t know what they had said till the comment time was up.

    Comment by Steve — June 13, 2007 @ 11:56 am

  2. I agree wholeheartedly with #1’s second paragraph:
    “On the other hand… before you couldn’t really build on other people’s thoughts. You couldn’t add to something they said, because you didn’t know what they had said till the comment time was up.”

    I just want to add that this is true despite the fact that the old way forced people to be original in their commentary.


    Comment by Pinny — June 13, 2007 @ 5:35 pm

  3. My thoughts: I vastly prefer the new format to the old. The worst thing about the old format was the long delay between updates (no offense intended to you, because I know what a hassle it can be to update a site regularly). It was just offputting to visit the site and see “Next Update on March 8,” for example, on March 15.

    I also think this comments system is great. The fun thing about these comics is discussing them! Also, this way, anyone can give their two cents, rather than just a select few. Naturally, this isn’t always a good thing, but at least the opportunity for great comments is always there.

    Comment by Neddo — June 13, 2007 @ 6:27 pm

  4. I prefer the new format too; also because of the immediacy of the responses. One problem is that there is no way of knowing when there is a new response to an older entry.

    Comment by Dan Sachs — June 14, 2007 @ 8:35 am

  5. So — this is what I think would be a perfect solution.

    After a new comic is posted, all responses are held for three days. That way we still get a number of original thoughts not effected in anyway by previous posts. After the three days ALL responses are posted and any new responses for that particular comic are posted immediately allowing for comment and discourse on previous answers.

    Of course I have no idea if this is at all possible.

    Comment by Nicole — June 14, 2007 @ 9:51 am

  6. Well, it’s clear so far that the new format’s a hit. It was mentioned that the traffic was up and I can personally account for some of that increase. I’m now checking every day instead of once a week or when I happen to think about it. I love the immediate responses. I love the increased # of comics being posted.

    I think that most of us [at least the intelligent ones? haha] will still see different sides to an opaque comic even if we’ve seen somebody else’s take on it.

    I agree that it would be nice to know how recently the last comment was posted on each of the comics. It would save a few clicks, but it’d just be icing on the cake. Though I’m sure it would be fairly simple for any codewriter to do, that doesn’t mean that it’s an available option for this new site.

    Just my 2 cents.

    Comment by Lola — June 15, 2007 @ 11:18 am

  7. You can see the most recent 10 comments posted by clicking on the “Comments RSS” link in the META box on the right.

    Here’s a direct link:

    Comment by Pinny — June 15, 2007 @ 11:37 am

  8. Well, if you’re looking for a way to keep up with the comments, you can use your favorite RSS reader and the Comments RSS link off to the right. That’s how I’m keeping up with them.

    Comment by Count Shrimpula — June 15, 2007 @ 2:20 pm

  9. If you really want to see a comic strip that completely lacks wit, grace, reason, and logic – and is in no way ever in its entire history funny – take a look at Zippy the Pinhead in the Boston Globe.

    Comment by Ric — June 15, 2007 @ 4:04 pm

  10. Ric, when I first laid out the ground-rules for the CIDU Page, I SPECIFIED that I wouldn’t accept submissions of Zippy comics because it clearly wasn’t intended to be funny as I understand the word to mean.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — June 15, 2007 @ 4:27 pm

  11. Well, since you brought up Zippy, I just gotta mention that he was in fact hilarious all last week, I was shocked. He’s still screwy as all get out, but I did chuckle. He was definitely more entertaining than naughty Agnes jokes.

    Comment by VoodooChicken — June 16, 2007 @ 6:43 am

  12. So can we bookmark the new location, or are you going to change it to a new permanent address later?

    Comment by Joe — June 17, 2007 @ 7:44 pm

  13. I signed up (via Outlook, but I’m sure any RSS reader will do) to receive both the articles (feed://http// and the commments (feed://http// by e-mail (links are at the lower right under “META”. That way I always see new comments as soon as they’re posted, and never need to visit the web site at all.
    I like it so much better than wasting all that time checking each comment link for new content, or reloading the old CIDU page and searching it for new content every couple of days.
    The new site rocks!

    Comment by Wendy — June 22, 2007 @ 10:56 am

  14. That is, I never need to visit the site, except to post a comment – there’s no way that I know of to do that by e-mail (any more!).

    Comment by Wendy — June 22, 2007 @ 10:59 am

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