Contemplation and Comment Moderation for Lent

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent -- the season of preparation for Easter.  The whole church fasts from meat on Fridays, during this season, and individual Catholics usually make personal commitments to give something up or take something on as a discipline this season.In Lent and in any other time, I sometimes like to review what suggestion other people make to me that I most frequently ignore, and, thus, this Lent seems like a good time for me to take a look at contemplative … [Read more...]

Call for Guest Posts Next Week!

I'm soon to be Ireland bound, and I can't guarantee I'll be posting from vacation.  Perhaps I could post a picture of some kind of beautiful vista (we're visiting the Cliffs of Moher -- the stand-ins for both Voldemort's Horcrux caves and, more importantly, The Cliffs of Insanity from The Princess Bride) along with a good quote from whatever Irish writers I'm reading, but I'd enjoy the chance to turn over the blog to some of my frequent commenters.Please pitch guest posts you'd be interested … [Read more...]

Maybe I should add this bingo board to my about page?

Yesterday, I joked that the final article listed in my round-up of recent AmCon posts was probably full of enough of my favorite things for some of you to score a victory on your Leah!tropes bingo cards.  And then, lo, by the time I had come back from Mass and dinner, Christian H of The Thinking Grounds had actually put boards together. If you'd like to randomize up your own, or design boards for other purposes, here's how he did it.  And all I can say is: … [Read more...]

Design a new Ideological Turing Test for a much improved instrument

Every summer, when I run the Ideological Turing Test, I end up making very grumpy faces at Google Forms.  If I want to free people from the obligation to answer every single entry, I can't link up responses across entries to see how people scored on the whole.  But when I make a separate form for each essay, I have to re-ask the demographic question each time, which is tedious for you and limits how many I can ask.  And there's always a big drop in sample size from the first entry to the last en … [Read more...]

Keep Calm and Report Bugs

As you've noticed, Disqus is now the commenting system here at Unequally Yoked and across all of Patheos.  The higher ups have migrated nearly all old comments through, but anything you posted here over about the last two days is still being transferred in the mop up import.  New comments will stay up.As we're all adjusting, please use this post for three kinds of comments:Bug Reports - things that are wrong with the new Disqus set-up (can't post, comments not showing up, etc) Feature … [Read more...]

Comments will be wonky for a little while

It's going Patheos-wide, so comments may unexpectedly appear and reappear over the next 24 hours.  Post bug reports, complaints, suggestions here, and I will try to pass them along.  Thanks for your patience team! UPDATE: We are apparently in the upper percentiles of chatty Cathy Patheos blogs, so the transition for Unequally Yoked is being pushed to the weekend. … [Read more...]

Suggestions for Revamping Comments?

  Well, the comments that followed my post on 'A Week' and the adjectives besides atheist that people choose kind of spiraled off into flamewars about gay marriage and other unrelated comments.  This isn't the first time this has happened, and I'd like to get people to help me brainstorm some solutions, from the technical to the more honor culture-y.Here are a couple things that have occurred to me:Culture ChangesPeriodic "Take it Outside" threads - when an off-top … [Read more...]