Alpha Testing The World Table

Alpha Testing The World Table September 29, 2015

You will now see that in addition to Disqus, you have the option to comment using The World Table. This is an opportunity to alpha test this new system and provide feedback not only about technical issues, but also about some things that you already began to talk about on my previous post – the question of whether this system will facilitate high quality interaction or will encounter issues and problems in relation to that.


Please try it out, and let me know about both technical issues and principled objections to what it is and does!



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  • John MacDonald

    I couldn’t get The World Table to work. It said my browser was too old. I checked, and I have the latest version of Internet Explorer. I’ll just stick with Disqus.

    • Bryan Hall

      Thanks for trying it out John. Unfortunately, IE has been messing up styling to the point that it was best to temporarily give the message that it is unsupported. We are working to resolve those styling issues as soon as possible. Meanwhile, Chrome, and firefox are alternatives for now. Thanks again.

      • John MacDonald

        Maybe you should try to convey the nature of the problem more specifically in your pop-up message. I thought my browser was out of date and went all over the place trying to find updates. Just a suggestion lol.

        • Sorry to hear you had problems. In the past, I might have made fun of your continued use of Internet Explorer. But Chrome is phasing out most of the elements that are crucial to web browsing and may not be long for this world. So I’m just sorry that you’ve not been able to try it out! 🙂

          • Bryan Hall

            John, it is possible we have the wrong messaging there. I’ll look into it and get back with you. In the meantime, it would be super helpful to us if you could tell us more about the bug (or confusing experience) by clicking on our “feedback” link at the top of the comment system.

            In the meantime, here is the way our developers have explained what browsers we support on our help page:

            “We aim to support all modern HTML5-compliant browsers, including Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Edge. In addition, our user interface responds to various screen sizes in order to facilitate a positive experience in mobile browsers, such as those bundled with Android OS and iOS.

            Supporting the various quirks of each browser can be difficult. We are working hard to iron out any issues, but would love your help. If you notice a bug, please let us know by submitting a support ticket. Thanks!”

          • But Chrome is phasing out most of the elements that are crucial to web browsing and may not be long for this world.

            -What’s this about?

          • Gary

            If I was a betting man, which I am not, I would bet on Google and Chrome, not Microsoft and IE. Especially after trying out Windows 10.

          • Agreed. Google has a stronger coding base and has a more innovative browser.

          • For a while there, Chrome had a pop up notification appearing on lots of websites that they used features it would soon no longer support. I am going guessing that the websites decided that they would adapt to Chrome and maintain compatibility, as I have not seen one of those messages for a couple of weeks now.

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  • I find that the “Reply to _____” button in email notifications no longer takes me to the specific comment to which I wish to reply. Instead it takes me to the post and I have to scroll to find the comment, which is a big pain on posts with hundreds of comments.

  • friendly reader

    I need some citations for the info in that picture, because where I lived in Japan, being 5 minutes late to anything merited deep apologies, much less a FULL HOUR. I think that’s either (1) made-up or (2) specific to a region of Japan, in which case it should be specified.

  • Nick G

    Having seen their terms of service, the absurd rating system, and the revoltingly patronising video and comments of their CEO on another blog, I will not be using The World Table, or knowingly having any dealings with the corporation behind it, under any circumstances whatever. Anyone who does so will, if TWT’s plans succeed, end up giving them large amounts of valuable personal information (and there is absolutely no promise in the ToS that this will not be sold to third parties, so we can be certain it will be), and effective control of much of your online life, since they can ban anyone for anything or nothing.

  • Nick G

    (Crossposted from Roll to Disbelieve.)

    It’s interesting to take a look at who exactly “The World Table” (TWT) are. The board of directors are all apparently white men (two of the five-person “Advisory Board” are women, one of them black). The “Executive Chairman” of the Board of Directors is one C. Randall Paul, a “Mormon Scholar”, who is also the president of the “Foundation for InterReligious Diplomacy” (a.k.a. the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy or FRD). The FRD is listed as a contact at the foot of the main TWT webpage, although oddly, clicking on it takes you to a page for a suspended ICANN domain. However, there is a functioning website for the FRD here. The FRD board of directors appears to be half Mormon (C. Randall Paul, Daniel C. Peterson), half evangelical Christian (John W. Morehead, Terry C. Muck). The “Senior Advisory Fellows” are more varied, but all religious believers, and like the board of directors, all men.

    Now none of the above is secret, nor necessarily sinister – but the close links between TWT and FRD are not exactly foregrounded. FRD is evidently a scholarly outfit, and its professed aim (facilitation of respectful inter-religious dialog which recognises real differences) is benign enough, but both bloggers and commenters might like to ask themselves whether they want their personal data held and their online conversations regulated in ways devised by people with definite ideological goals.