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November 18, 2007


Filed under: Bill Bickel, CIDU — Cidu Bill @ 2:35 pm

Added a few tweaks to the sidebar and got rid of the “Snap” preview feature that seemed to annoy people. Also, I think this new template has a slightly more narrow sidebar, so the sidebar will be less likely to cut off the end of the comic. Comments are welcome.

Sunday update: Okay, back to the old template, since so many of you were reporting issues with the new one. 


  1. thank you

    Comment by Rammy M — November 16, 2007 @ 11:56 pm

  2. Now if I could just figure out why the font is so large in the Recent Comments widget and what can be done about it…

    Comment by Cidu Bill — November 17, 2007 @ 12:24 am

  3. Ooh, yeah, I didn’t like the snap thing.

    Comment by brien — November 17, 2007 @ 12:53 am

  4. Thanks!

    Wow, it’s nice to know others didn’t think it was helpful here either.

    That Snap window was always popping up in my face when I didn’t want it.
    What it showed never seemed particularly helpful to me on the CIDU site.
    Recently, I tried to imagine its usefulness if I were on dial-up…, but I couldn’t.

    I think I like page previews; somewhere they’re probably useful.

    Comment by Kevin Andresen — November 17, 2007 @ 1:22 am

  5. Thanks for removing that. It was so annoying.

    Comment by meep — November 17, 2007 @ 5:59 am

  6. thank you so much, now if I could get it off my LJ too…..
    Why is that garbage everywhere all of a sudden?

    Comment by trish — November 17, 2007 @ 9:12 am

  7. Thank you thank you thank you for removing that annoying popup preview.

    Comment by Morris Keesan — November 17, 2007 @ 9:49 am

  8. Trish, I poked around in my Presentation area and came across an option that said “Get Rid of Snap Previews?” and I clicked the box that said “Hell, yeah!”

    Maybe there’s a similar hard-to-spot option on your LJ.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — November 17, 2007 @ 12:18 pm

  9. The option to disable Snap on your LJ is located at, but note that that will only get rid of Snap on your LJ. You’ll still see it everywhere else on LJ that it hasn’t been disabled.

    Another option is to click on the gear icon in the upper-right corner of any preview and select the “Disable” option. You can then choose to disable previews on “THIS Site” (throughout LJ) or “All Sites”. Note that this merely installs a Snap cookie that will be cleared whenever your cookies clear, so you will have to keep re-doing it.

    More permanent options for Snap disabling are available at

    Comment by wonapalei — November 17, 2007 @ 1:27 pm

  10. Damn, I didn’t realize that the comma and period would show up as part of the links. Here they are again, now directly clickable:

    Comment by wonapalei — November 17, 2007 @ 1:28 pm

  11. Wonapalei, I always leave a space between URLs and any punctuation, because you never know how a given program is going to treat it.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — November 17, 2007 @ 1:38 pm

  12. Bill,

    Love the changes. If you change the size of the avatars it MAY change the size of the font. Go to presentation- click “widegets,” and click the little square next to the words “recent comments.” You can then resize avatars or hide them. You can also change the number of recent comments that are shown (I’d put it at the max of 15 so its easier to see if someone has commented on on older post.

    Comment by Rob — November 17, 2007 @ 3:25 pm

  13. Nope, the font remains the same. AND IN ANNOYING CAPS. Though at least with the avatars smaller the text doesn’t bust out of the box anymore.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — November 17, 2007 @ 5:52 pm

  14. I was going to suggest that you try changing themes, but it looks like you beat me to it.

    Comment by Rob — November 17, 2007 @ 6:24 pm

  15. Apparently it’s just me who’s having a problem with the new sidebar — specifically, it’s not on the side. It’s covering the column. How do I make it stop?

    Comment by Jon88 — November 18, 2007 @ 9:14 am

  16. It’s not just you, Jon!

    Comment by SatchelFan — November 18, 2007 @ 9:55 am

  17. The new sidebar covers half the comic.

    Comment by misspandora — November 18, 2007 @ 10:16 am

  18. I always enclose URLs in like this: , because those characters can never appear in a URL.

    Comment by Morris Keesan — November 18, 2007 @ 11:51 am

  19. Ha ha — but one never knows how any given HTML-enabled application will deal with something that’s intended to be plain text. What I meant to say is that I always (read “usually”) enclose URLs in < and > like this: <;. But not, obviously, in applications where my text is getting interpreted as HTML (or XML).

    Comment by Morris Keesan — November 18, 2007 @ 11:53 am

  20. Jon and Satchel, were you having the same problem with the old template? On my screen the new sidebar is a little narrower, so this sort of thing should be less likely.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — November 18, 2007 @ 1:12 pm

  21. Thanks for removing the Snap thingy. Sometimes there was more comic than a place to put the mouse pointer that wouldn’t trigger the pop-up.

    I do find the all-caps in the sidebar links rather hard to read

    Comment by Keera — November 18, 2007 @ 3:05 pm


    But if there’s an option to correct it, I can’t find it. Changing the template did the trick, but the new template created other issues.

    I might just move the “Recent Comments” box to the bottom: It’ll still be there for people who want it, but it won’t be screaming LOOK AT ME!!! every time you visit the page.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — November 18, 2007 @ 3:11 pm

  23. Bill,

    I’ve been playing with it on one of my blogs and I think the only way to fix it is to change the setting to “No avatars.” Since so many of your visitors don’t have avatars, that’s probably better anyway. But I suspect I’m not the only one who’d like to see you move the recent comments back up to the top – I love reading other people’s comments and this makes it much easier. So try it out and see what happens.

    Comment by Rob — November 18, 2007 @ 10:52 pm

  24. Nope. All the “no avatars” option does, at least on this template, is eliminate the avatars.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — November 18, 2007 @ 11:02 pm

  25. Bill, I wasn’t having a problem with the old (original) sidebar, just the newer one. Your most recent tweak is perfect. Thank you!

    Comment by Susan — November 19, 2007 @ 6:44 am

  26. Bill, do you even need the “most recent comments”?

    Comment by Keera — November 19, 2007 @ 2:05 pm

  27. Me personally not so much, Keera; but I’ve had requests to add it. What I don’t understand is why anybody would include a Most Recent Posts list, since that’s what the front page is.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — November 19, 2007 @ 2:59 pm

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