Comments up/down, new search

DMZ · December 23, 2005 at 10:52 am · Filed Under Site information 

Commenting availability’s going to be erratic while I’m tinkering behind the scenes. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Update: tinkering continues

In other news, the old site search bar in the upper right’s been removed in favor of a Google search box, which you’ll see on the left-hand column. Among other problems, the site’s search was fairly good at finding posts, but if you wanted to dig up an old comment you vaguely remember as really interesting, you were SOL. So this tweak is dedicated to Rusty and Jim Osmer.

USSM Labs — we’re like a less-innovative 3M, if 3M only had four people and they were all Mariner fans.


49 Responses to “Comments up/down, new search”

  1. Shoeless Jose on December 23rd, 2005 12:25 pm

    Yeah for google search. Yeah for registration (which hopefully will add the ability to go back and edit comments, so we get fewer redundant correction comments). Yeah for offseason improvements. Too bad they’re all happening on this website, and not on the actual M’s roster….

  2. Roger on December 23rd, 2005 12:34 pm

    Cool. Thanks for thinkering.

  3. Bruce on December 23rd, 2005 12:34 pm

    After a quick test drive of the comment search: I like it. Thanks for all the hard work, guys.

  4. Terry on December 23rd, 2005 12:56 pm

    Doesnt this violate my constitutional right to go on anybody’s blog and post anything I want anonymously? 😛

  5. DMZ on December 23rd, 2005 12:58 pm


  6. Gomez on December 23rd, 2005 1:37 pm

    Count me in with others in favor of requiring registration. As long as you’re not a gratuitous jerk, there’s little reason having to register to make comments should be a problem for someone.

    And if only the Mariners could see in the five… THOUSAND dimensions of the Mooninites. And their laser shots move faster than Raul Ibanez.

  7. DriveByBlogger on December 23rd, 2005 2:33 pm

    The new Search is great – thanks! Too bad it just reminds me how good the “suggested moves” were, compared to the depressing Real Moves the Mariners made…

    Also, count me in for registration.

  8. David J Corcoran on December 23rd, 2005 2:36 pm

    Registration is the awesome. I like logging in. It makes me feel important.

  9. David H on December 23rd, 2005 2:43 pm

    But what happened to Peter? Lost in the tweaking, or no longer a ussm author?

  10. mln on December 23rd, 2005 2:44 pm

    Do we get any perks if we register? Like an autographed picture of Rick Rizzs, perhaps? That would be a certain crowd pleaser.

  11. desertborn on December 23rd, 2005 2:47 pm

    9 – I was wondering too.

    Google Ads. Sigh. I new this day would probably come but was enjoying the time without.

    Registration: I’ve been expecting it for a long time. Glad its coming finally.

  12. desertborn on December 23rd, 2005 2:50 pm

    Ads gone: Was I just seeing things or were they actually there for a minute?

  13. wabbles on December 23rd, 2005 2:52 pm

    Yeah, registration was a necessary evil at my other online hangout. It too was invaded by trollers. ‘sigh’ Glad to see the comment search, it should make a lot of discussions more about the validity of what was said instead of what was said. Any chance you could require Bavasi and Co. to register before making any more roster moves? That way we all could approve them first. 🙂

  14. DMZ on December 23rd, 2005 2:53 pm

    Peter quit, as he’s got a ton of other stuff going. We keep his author login warm, though, should he ever feel like posting.

  15. David J Corcoran on December 23rd, 2005 2:54 pm

    No Peter, ads, registration….

    This feels so different. I don’t like it anymore 🙁

    But it’s necessary, I guess. So I’m for it.

  16. Terry on December 23rd, 2005 2:55 pm

    Registration sucks but having to login so that youre no longer anonymous is cool! 🙂

    Now that Texas has shocked and awed Millwood with their whopping 3 year offer, I bet the 4 year 44 million offer the M’s *didnt* make seems really good. Any chance the M’s would revisit loosening the purse strings a little more?

  17. DMZ on December 23rd, 2005 2:56 pm

    No off-topic drift on a site info thread pleaaaaaaaaaaaaaaase

  18. Jeff Nye on December 23rd, 2005 2:58 pm

    I approve of registration. I haven’t used the google search yet; I have no real problem with ads. I’m sure this site isn’t cheap to run.

    (yes, this was mostly just a post to see how it worked)

  19. Pilots fan on December 23rd, 2005 3:02 pm

    Thanks again for all of your work to keep this site up and running as you all best see fit.

  20. Monster for LF on December 23rd, 2005 3:07 pm

    I haven’t been coming here long, but I appeciate everything you guys do. This is the best site I’ve been on for venting, theorizing, questioning and statistically debating different sides of all baseball issues. I welcome whatever changes people with longer standing think are necessary, as, to me, the people and discussions here are the change for the better. Thanks for the great discussions you’ve allowed and inspired!

  21. AK1984 on December 23rd, 2005 3:10 pm

    You guys keep doing whatever it is that you’ve got to do to keep the website working at full capacity; yet, that notwithstanding, I don’t plan to stop myself from either complaining about unimportant things or going off on unrelated tangents.

  22. Goob on December 23rd, 2005 3:16 pm

    I like the new search bar and I might be in the minority when I say I’m all for the Google Ads. I find they are the least obtrusive of any ads out there. I don’t see why people would complain about them, especially since they’ll help keep the site up and running for free.

  23. David J Corcoran on December 23rd, 2005 3:20 pm

    Oh, if there must be ads (and I can see why there must be ads) Google Ads are by far the best choice.

  24. Mat on December 23rd, 2005 3:23 pm

    The ads are only on the searches, so I’m cool with that.

    DMZ’s gone on the record as being against web ads that jump up and start screaming at you or putting video all over your screen. As long as he holds that opinion, and the rest of USSM is behind him, I’m not too worried about the potential ad scenarios.

  25. Jim Thomsen on December 23rd, 2005 3:29 pm

    Job duties for Mariner interns:

    — Must shave Mr. Bavasi’s head as smooth as Yuniesky Betancourt’s glove every morning.
    — Must do exhaustive research into marginal wins, opportunity cost, park factors and defense-independent pitching statistics, then bring research documents into Mr. Bavasi’s office and immediately feed them into the shredder.
    — Must read USS Mariner every day, then post responses anonymously as “MarinerIntern.”
    — Bring copy of “Moneyball” to work, then use wadded-up pages in wastepaper-basket games of “M-O-R-S-E” each day with Mr. Bavasi.
    — Must rent new Belltown “crib” for Mr. Bavasi’s daughter.
    — Must meet Mr. Finnigan each day at midnight in Smith Tower underground parking garage with each previous day’s wildly revised operating budget figures.
    — Must take minutes during each day’s meeting of the Ichiro Appeasment Subcommittee.
    — Must call Mr. Bavasi on cell phone exactly four minutes into all media interviews.

  26. Jim Thomsen on December 23rd, 2005 3:29 pm

    Oops, sorry, DMZ … I meant to e-mail that, not post it.

  27. Pat on December 23rd, 2005 3:39 pm

    Thank you thank you for search in comments.

  28. Tad on December 23rd, 2005 3:55 pm

    USSM Labs: Like 3M, only with two less M’s.

    Registration and the Google search bar are long overdue. I appreciate how long you guys were able to hold out, though!

  29. DavidE on December 23rd, 2005 4:46 pm

    Google ads are no worry. Nice I can comment again. Not registered. How do I register or do you have to be a chosen one (kinda like Gmail used to be)?

  30. eponymous coward on December 23rd, 2005 5:04 pm

    It’s not like the ads are on the front page.

    And David Corcoran pointing out there’s probably a good reason for Google ads is pretty funny, though it would be funnier if he also mentioned needing to build an I-284 beltway around Boise.

  31. PaulMarrottWeaver on December 23rd, 2005 5:08 pm

    Can’t wait to register.
    I’ve loved coming to this site, and used to love reading the comments. Hopefully registration means I won’t have to sort through 119 comments to find the 29 meaningful ones. Although I’ll miss anonymous posters with one liners and a name to drive home the point.

    (Hypothetical Example:

    Raul Ibanez said:
    Hey, I can run a little faster than a mooninite laser beam!

  32. deleted for aesthetic reasons on December 23rd, 2005 6:11 pm

    I guess this is the last time I will get deleted for aesthetic reasons. Good luck with Bavasi, looks like your going to need it.

  33. Evan on December 23rd, 2005 6:30 pm

    Can I be the dissenting voice on the Google search?

    The old search was nice enough to present the actual posts as I remember them, and sort them chronologically. Now I just get a random jumble of Google synopses that don’t resemble the posts I remember having seen.

    Searching the comments is all well and good, but we’ve lost a lot of value in searching the blog entries themselves (and the blog entries are why we’re all here).

  34. David J Corcoran on December 23rd, 2005 6:41 pm

    I-284 would be a beautiful thing. But Boise needs more southward growth because as it stands now they’d have to tear out downtown or the North end to put in an I-284 because of the foothills and that would be depressing.

  35. David J Corcoran on December 23rd, 2005 6:41 pm

    I’m with Evan on the Google search thing.

  36. DMZ on December 23rd, 2005 7:11 pm

    I can’t win for losing.

  37. Jim Thomsen on December 23rd, 2005 7:26 pm

    Or for boozing.

  38. Jim Thomsen on December 23rd, 2005 7:43 pm

    Will there be a “keep me logged in” option? Or will we need to enter our ID and password each time we access USS Mariner?

  39. peter on December 23rd, 2005 7:48 pm

    Re 9, 11, 14:

    Peter was not tendered a contract for the 2005-2006 writing season as his production for the team was slightly less than Jaime Bubela’s.

    Rumors of a steroid-use suspension have yet to be substantiated.

    Thank you for your concern.

  40. Jim Thomsen on December 23rd, 2005 7:52 pm

    Did you get an NRI from the Nats blog, Peter?

  41. MonkMojo on December 23rd, 2005 8:10 pm

    testing….123..Great tweaks ussm! A few ads wouldn’t hurt, this joint has gotta eat up some bandwidth.

  42. msb on December 23rd, 2005 8:14 pm

    dang. I am never going to remember that password.

  43. peter on December 23rd, 2005 8:15 pm

    Have I, Jim? My agent doesn’t tell me these things.

  44. msb on December 23rd, 2005 8:16 pm

    ah, I see that I can ‘Manager my profile’ and so change the password there….

  45. joran on December 23rd, 2005 8:23 pm

    This is nice. I love the upgrades!

  46. msb on December 23rd, 2005 8:25 pm

    #39– Peter’s free agency reminds me that SI has a piece about the anniversary of the Andy Messersmith and Dave McNally ruling…

  47. Deanna on December 24th, 2005 1:46 am

    Wow. Registration. Funky. It looks like it’s working, so good job!

    Google search still doesn’t find me one of my favorite comments ever — maybe it got deleted somehow? It was the story about when Pat Borders got picked up by the Mariners, the team he was on at the time was coming into Tacoma, and Borders crossed the field, changed into a Rainiers jersey (but kept the pants from the other team, he liked them), spent the game there, grilled some steaks afterwards, slept in the clubhouse, and then drove up to Seattle the next day.

    It ended in “If you don’t like Pat Borders, you don’t like baseball.”

  48. DMZ on December 24th, 2005 1:57 am


    You’ll find it here. I would never delete such a fine comment.

  49. Rusty on December 25th, 2005 7:45 am

    Woo hoo! I made it onto the main page.