Sunday, August 17, 2008

Sometimes Things Don't Work Out

Goodbye, Jiglu man!

Earlier this week I had some problems with the Jiglu tagging service. I'd been getting feedback from readers complaining that there were so many links on my posts they couldn't find the critical ones. After looking at my pages, I agreed. I e-mailed Jiglu for assistance. Their support team was very responsive and immediately helped me out. But on Saturday morning, this happened:

If I had just one computer, I'd be flipping out right now!

What the heck is going on? Something peculiar happened to the Firefox browser I use on one of my network computers. When I go to look at my blog, it's fine for a minute: then it displays a bunch of question marks interspersed with Chinese characters. Some posts are completely obliterated. Others begin with the phrase "See other pages Jiglu tagged with $aA?" Should I remove Jiglu, after all? I don't want any visitor to arrive here and not be able to read the blog!

I don't have any capture tools on the affected computer, so I can't show you what the blog looks like...

Hmmm... could something be amiss with the fonts on the PC? Anybody else experiencing this kind of problem?
I reasoned that if this is happening to me, it could be happening to others who are trying to read my posts. Then I decided, "what if I turn off Jiglu... remove the script from my template." I did. Everything looks good again.

It kills me to do this. I really like Jiglu. People who've been stopping by over the years know that I have a very strict policy when it comes to anything that might affect the ability of anyone anywhere to read my blog. Sorry, Jiglu, I have to let you go now.

Clash of widgets?

Perhaps another java script running on blog layout was affecting Jiglu. I'm not really sure what might have caused my Jiglu to screw up, but if you'd like to try it go ahead. I know other bloggers who haven't had any problems at all with Jiglu. I also know bloggers who have had to remove other widgets that I have had no problems with.

PS - something similar to my Jiglu episode happened to Wendy Cheng: her XiaXue blog was displaying incorrectly via IE. After a bit of experimentation, she found the culprit to be the Nuffnang ads code. Bloggers, anytime you have a problem with your blog display, check all your widgets and thingies. Remove anything that can't be immediately corrected or worked out by manipulating code or contacting the widget's service provider

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