Site Comments, February 2022 Edition

This is the next edition of “Site Comments”, a parallel to the “Random Comments” threads, and meant to relieve the density of commenting in those. While the Random Comments threads will continue to welcome comics-related (and semi-comics-related) topics, as well as life-in-general, this Site Comments thread is the place for suggestions / complaints / questions / musings on how this site is organized and operates. So if you have thoughts about, say, the placement of Recent Comments versus Recent Posts lists, this would be the place for that.

(That is not to say this is the only form of feedback available. Among other routes, you can write to Editors at the submissions address, submissions dot cidu at gmail dot com. But it is explicitly intended to funnel off site commentary from the Random Comments threads.)

This will also be a place for site managers to post questions and requests for ideas, along with operational notices like warnings of theme experimentation coming up etc., besides alerts in separate sticky posts.

At the same time as inaugurating this kind of thread, it is time for yet another rollover of the venerable Random Comments thread. The one about to close, with 369 comments, is “Random Comments, Late 2020 Edition” , and the one getting started contemporaneous with this Site Comments is “Random Comments, February 2022 Edition”.

Also: A list of the site’s most recent comments can be found in the left sidebar (under “folder” icon 2nd tab). A database of all the comments, compiled by larK, is here, and can also be found linked in the left sidebar menu.

And the site’s former FAQ is here, representing the unique voice and outlook of CIDU Bill. An update for current addresses and notes is now available here, and can also be found linked in the left sidebar menu.


  1. Does the Contact for send email to the usual address or is putting the messages someplace?

    The existing contact form saves messages on the site. My earlier account of the five messages saved was from looking at them there.

  2. I just resent a strip with the contact form that I had e-mailed earlier today with the wrong link. I don’t see a way to include an image file on the contact form. Did I miss it?

  3. That was quick! I thought of it because I tried to submit, and is apparently invalid, but in my email address book. (Sent again this morning.)

    Well no, that is not the right address. (It was at one time, briefly, but quite a while ago and not for long.) If you’re seeing it somewhere – besides your private address book – let us know so we can erase and replace it with the correct one.

    The correct one is

    which also appears prominently on the site, usually as a graphic. Case does not matter. There are no hyphens, just dots and an at.

  4. I just resent a strip with the contact form that I had e-mailed earlier today with the wrong link. I don’t see a way to include an image file on the contact form. Did I miss it?

    No, there is no provision for image upload; neither on the original CONTACT form page, nor the new (under testing) SUGGEST A CIDU form page. On the new SUGGEST A CIDU form there is a remark about using Postimage to upload an image and share a URL for it.

    Which one were you using for your test. Did you see the bit earlier about one going into a results page in the site and the other using email. So it’s hard to answer whether we received it.

  5. Kilby, if you mean the one that starts off This is a duplicate of a strip I submitted earlier today, but it corrects the link... Today's Macanudo confirmed Linier's fascination with penguins: >

    It was entered using the original CONTACT form page, and did make it into the form responses list on the site. It did not go into email, as that is not how the original CONTACT form is set up.

    To all following the tech side of this — Correction, I said the new SUGGEST A CIDU form page in testing sent mail instead of saving responses in site. That was incorrect; it does both.

  6. Okay, could we please get just one or two tests from non-editors of the form at

    If you would, please also comment here in Site Comments that you have used the form – so we know to check for it. As currently set up, it is saving on site as well as sending by email. It has been working for me, but we should check that wasn’t just because I was logged in as an editor.

  7. Thanks, we’ve learned a few things from your tests!

    -It tells us “Sent by an unverified visitor to your site” or else “Sent by a verified user”

    I’ve fixed the page title but apparently the form itself has a name so the emails are saying something about “Suggest a CIDU (From blank page)”

  8. Okay, these two forms pages have been added to the “main menu” (first menu tab on left, triple-line icon). Also in the second menu (file folder icon tab) the text widget “ADDRESS FOR CONTRIBUTIONS” (with the image of the submissions address) now also has added “Also, you can use the new Suggest A CIDU form page.” with the latter part a link.

  9. Following onto the trifecta of posts originating from a “Recovered suggestion box item“, I have a couple suggestions:

    1) Instead of placing that long text designation at the beginning of the post’s title, it would be better if it were placed (only!) in the post’s “tags”. If it has to go in the title, then add it to the end, not the beginning.† The problem is that the list of “recent comments” truncates the titles, and it is therefore impossible to see which post has been commented upon by each person.

    2) How many items were hidden in that cache? Were there any others that might be postable? (Of the three that did get posted, two were repeats.)

    P.S. † – This also applies (in lesser measure) to the “Sunday Funnies”. I’ve often felt that it might be better to start those post titles with the date, to make the shortened titles distinguishable.

  10. Have there been any recent changes that might have had an effect on the default size of the comment entry frame? It used to be a lot larger, but currently it shows up with space for only one or at most two lines of text. On my desktop browser, there is a gripper icon in the lower left corner that can be used to stretch it larger, but this feature does not appear under Safari on my mobile devices. This has become fatal on my iPad, because now the frame is so small that it only shows one half of a line of text, making text entry extremely difficult, and editing impossible.

    Entering more lines than the text frame will hold produces a vertical scroll beam on my desktop, but not on the iPad’s Safari.

    Has anyone else noticed anything like this?

  11. It’s been like this for me for quite a while. Fortunately the resizer still works, but the box is never quite rightly sized, so that there is always the slightest horizontal scroll, and you can’t ever see the full width text (about 1 1/2 characters on either end get cut off). The default size of the box is also half a character high. I think this has gotten worse over time, but I haven’t really been keeping track: since I have had to start to resize the comment box, it’s all the same, so I haven’t particularly noted how badly mis-sized the initial box is.

    The cause is because this template, or maybe the underlying functionality of WordPress (ie: all templates) rewrite the simple form functions that have been in html since the very start with stupid javascript: the three field for Email, Name, and Website do not appear until you click on the textbox for the comment — it has always been thus, but at some point the sizing got screwed up. Personally, I would drop this stupid functionality for stability — just use plain old vanilla input fields and a textarea, but what do I know?

    I have also noticed irregular, ongoing changes in the font, which change the sizing, especially for the comments form.

  12. I’m atm in Firefox on my Android phone in vertical mode. Things are a little cramped but my only problem is sometimes hitting a wrong key that sends me sailing off to lands unknown. The fields fit comfortably on screen, and if I need to expand the main text input area, to some extent it dies it automatically and correctly, but I can also use that mentioned resize gripper which for me is at the bottom right corner.

  13. Thanks, Dana, I meant lower right, not lower left.

    P.S. Another new effect is that the button for “Post Comment” no longer has anything around it to show that it is a button.

  14. Just to see whether the data entry form is device or browser dependent, I attempted to comment (in the serial comma thread) from my iPhone, using Firefox instead of Safari. Since I’ve never tried that before, I expected wordpress to demand a new login. However, the advantage is that the form that includes Used-ID and e-mail also provides a larger frame for the comment. Apparently it is only the “logged in” entry form that suffers from the size problem. Unfortunately, WordPress decided to “vanish” the result.

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