Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

New Thumbs!

This week, in addition to getting a brand-spanking-new mobile version of the site, which looks pretty good if I do say so myself, we also have brand new comment thumbs. As most of you noticed, the old thumbs lost their functionality once the comments on a thread went over around 150 or so, which is a lot of the time. And what good are comment thumbs if they only work half the time? No good. Soo… I found some new thumbs and these should actually work all the time. The catch is, there are now thumbs up and thumbs down (with this plugin, I am not able to use just the thumbs up feature). We had that once before, when the site was still an infant, and it went … eh, just so-so. But I think we’ve weeded out a lot of the Negative Nancies from way back when, and I’m hoping we will all be respectful and not thumb-down people’s comments all willy-nilly just because we can. Let’s be grown-ups! Respectful β€” that’s all I’m askin’. Can we handle it? I know Addie Pray is already freaking out because she’s allergic to change. It’s ok, Addie. We’ll get through this. In a few days, it won’t be so new and scary, I promise!

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  • the_optimist

    the_optimist January 31, 2014, 1:11 pm

    I’m commenting because I wanna see the new thumbs. Since this is a boring comment, I’ll spice things up with a fun fact.

    Fun fact: I have half a thumb. Like in real life.

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      lets_be_honest January 31, 2014, 1:15 pm

      So does my stepdad! What happened to it?

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      • the_optimist

        the_optimist January 31, 2014, 1:24 pm

        I dropped a bowling ball on it when I was four and it just…never grew. Now my boyfriend says he loves nine of my fingers and my “thumb.”

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        lets_be_honest January 31, 2014, 1:28 pm

        Oh wow! I thought you were gonna say it got chopped by accident. I must’ve dropped a bowling ball on my boobs when I was 4 πŸ™

        That’s really cute about your boyfriend!

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      • the_optimist

        the_optimist January 31, 2014, 1:35 pm

        ” I must’ve dropped a bowling ball on my boobs when I was 4″

        And with that, all of my apple cider is now all over my screen.

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        lets_be_honest January 31, 2014, 1:39 pm

        πŸ™‚ Mmm apple cider.

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        AliceInDairyland January 31, 2014, 2:20 pm

        How does this not have 1,000 thumbs up?!

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      • othy

        othy January 31, 2014, 2:39 pm

        Because I can only vote once?

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    Christy January 31, 2014, 1:34 pm

    Thumbs me down, you guys! I was to make sure I can handle it.

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    • Addie Pray

      Addie Pray January 31, 2014, 1:36 pm

      thumb me down too, i want to see what it feels like. (this sounds dirty)

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray January 31, 2014, 1:37 pm

        OUCH, MY FRAGILE EGO CAN’T HANDLE IT – SEE IF YOU CAN UN-THUMB ME DOWN?

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        lets_be_honest January 31, 2014, 1:38 pm

        Ok, fixed it. I cannot handle it, so I will not be doing what Christy did.

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray January 31, 2014, 1:46 pm

        Oh hey lookie – I can change my vote from thumb up to thumb down all day long…. but i can’t remove a vote.

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray January 31, 2014, 1:46 pm

        There, I changed my vote to “thumb up.”

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray January 31, 2014, 1:47 pm

        Now I changed it back to thumb down…

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray January 31, 2014, 1:47 pm

        Now it’s back to a thumb up (and I’ll leave it as a thump up so you don’t feel bad.) …. This has been surprisingly fun for me.

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        Banana January 31, 2014, 1:56 pm

        I’m getting motion sickness just trying to follow this.

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      lets_be_honest January 31, 2014, 1:43 pm

      Christy STOP. I think this is affecting your stars on the forum!
      bonus: I got affect/effect right! A for Action!

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        Banana January 31, 2014, 1:53 pm

        Thumbs up for grammar!

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      Banana January 31, 2014, 1:54 pm

      My favorite part of your comment is the four people who gave you thumbs up, probably because they WANTED to do what you told them to but they just couldn’t bring themselves to it.

      I think that’s proof enough that we can handle the thumbs πŸ™‚

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      Christy January 31, 2014, 2:20 pm

      OMG YOU GUYS THUMBS ME UP I CAN”T HANDLE HAVING FEW STARS.

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        lets_be_honest January 31, 2014, 2:25 pm

        I tried to warn you!!!!

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    • Diablo

      Diablo January 31, 2014, 5:24 pm

      I’m not sure, but it might constitute a marital infidelity if I asked any of you to “thumb me up.”

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  • Addie Pray

    Addie Pray January 31, 2014, 1:34 pm

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    B R E A T H — B R E A T H — B R E A T H — B R E A T H — B R E A T H — B R E A T H

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    • Addie Pray

      Addie Pray January 31, 2014, 1:35 pm

      ^ I got this one under control ^

      (I’m maturing!!)

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      • othy

        othy January 31, 2014, 2:41 pm

        Somehow, I read that as “I’m masturbating”

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      kali February 1, 2014, 5:01 pm

      Should that be BREATHE…?

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray February 1, 2014, 6:56 pm

        Well shit.

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray February 2, 2014, 9:01 am

        Where were you on Friday when I could have edited that 1 error x 1,000? Geez.

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    Kate January 31, 2014, 1:38 pm

    My Earth Science teacher in high school had a big toe instead of a thumb. He lost his thumb somehow and they replaced it with one of his toes.

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    • Dear Wendy

      Dear Wendy January 31, 2014, 1:40 pm

      But what did they replace his toe with?

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      lets_be_honest January 31, 2014, 1:42 pm

      Ever see those pictures of people with ears growing on their face or whatever? They are regrowing it I guess.
      I remember my mom telling my brother and I about someone who had butt skin used on their face after a burn and thinking assface was the funniest thing ever. So mean. Poor assface.

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      • coconot

        coconot January 31, 2014, 1:57 pm

        Oh god it really speaks to my horribly low level of maturity that I grinned at assface. I think karma is going to come back and bite us in the .. idk ass or face.

        BTW since we are naming unique body features I know someone with a double toe. Like 11 toes but the 11th one is a tiny little toe that grew on top of one of her other toes.

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        lets_be_honest January 31, 2014, 2:08 pm

        hahahha bite you in the ass face. you’re too much coconut!

        I wish I had a really cool extra body part. I could have an awesome nickname then. Two Toed Suzy, or 3 Eared Al, or No Thumbs Nancy, or Assface Ally. I could go on.

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        AKchic January 31, 2014, 2:16 pm

        And here I thought my extra nipple was awesome. So mundane.

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        Wendy's Sister January 31, 2014, 2:57 pm

        Assface Ally is too close to Wendy’s nickname for me when I was really little: — Pigface Al.

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        lets_be_honest January 31, 2014, 3:02 pm

        Oh no! What was her’s?

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  • Fabelle

    Fabelle January 31, 2014, 1:39 pm

    I’m scared of the thumbs down πŸ™

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    • Addie Pray

      Addie Pray January 31, 2014, 1:54 pm

      I just thumbed you down – just to break you in, nothing personal. You’re welcome.

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    AKchic January 31, 2014, 1:42 pm

    Well… aren’t we just spiffy! New thumby-dealy thingies! Mua ha ha ha!

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    bookie January 31, 2014, 1:43 pm

    So, do we use the thumbs like reddit?

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      Banana January 31, 2014, 1:55 pm

      Sort of, only here we mail each other REAL gold.

      DW > reddit.

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    Tax Geek January 31, 2014, 1:55 pm

    I don’t see any thumbs. Is it browser dependent?

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      Banana January 31, 2014, 1:56 pm

      Did you drop a bowling ball on your browser?

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        Tax Geek January 31, 2014, 1:57 pm

        No, but I am nursing a cold…

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        AliceInDairyland January 31, 2014, 2:22 pm

        Errbody is so funny today I can’t handle it in lecture.

        I’m giggling while everyone else is learning about chronic heart failure in dogs…

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      eljay January 31, 2014, 2:58 pm

      I don’t see thumbs either! I’m feeling all sorts of left out right now. πŸ™

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      MsMisery February 3, 2014, 12:34 pm

      Me either, and I think so. I can’t see them on IE (my default browser at work), but I can see them on Firefox. I also can’t see the photos Wendy puts on all the letters on IE.

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  • Addie Pray

    Addie Pray January 31, 2014, 1:56 pm

    Question for Wendy: with these new thumbs are you able, by any chance, to see who thumbs whom up? And who thumbs whom down? I ask mostly because if/when I like myself, I’m always afraid you can tell. So I’d like some peace of mind that you can’t and I can continue liking myself….

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    • Dear Wendy

      Dear Wendy January 31, 2014, 1:57 pm

      I can’t see who thumbs whom.

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray January 31, 2014, 2:01 pm

        Oh good now I can thumb myself up all day long and pretend it was my favorite fan WAPS. (Or is it “thumb up myself”?)

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        AKchic January 31, 2014, 2:17 pm

        Addie just likes thumbing herself! Tee hee!

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray January 31, 2014, 2:39 pm

        it feel soooooo good, just like that, ahhhhhh (i dunno)

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      • othy

        othy January 31, 2014, 2:42 pm

        So, I guess I really did read it as masturbating above…

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        scattol January 31, 2014, 2:20 pm

        yea, but the NSA probably knows who thumb who down!

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        lets_be_honest January 31, 2014, 2:10 pm

        I don’t believe this for one minute. This is just like the time you said you couldn’t see what we order on your Amazon. Wendy, The Knower of All Secrets.

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  • Addie Pray

    Addie Pray January 31, 2014, 2:02 pm

    These thumbs are great!

    Now, Sue Jones – I’d like to draw your attention back to the previous post where we are waiting for Sue Jones stories.

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  • Miel

    Miel January 31, 2014, 2:20 pm

    Is it possible to get the “lines” back ? Like when someone answers to someone else, there were those “vertical lines” to indicate who responded to whom ?

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  • GatorGirl

    GatorGirl January 31, 2014, 2:25 pm

    There are graphs too! Ah!

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    • GatorGirl

      GatorGirl January 31, 2014, 2:26 pm

      Also, I’m kinda scared of the thumbs down. I feel like people disagree with me often! haha.

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        lets_be_honest January 31, 2014, 2:29 pm

        You’re just gonna have to start commenting with awareness of that. Maybe a few comments about hating Emily Post or something? Average it out. I’m scared too. I’ve not sure I have one specific thing that I always disagree with everyone about though. Ideas?

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      • GatorGirl

        GatorGirl January 31, 2014, 2:45 pm

        Haha. I’ll just start writing posts from the opposite view I really hold. I think your hot topic is single mom stuff. Mine is etiquette. But I’ve been trying to tone that down anyways because it’s not worth ruffling my feathers.

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        lets_be_honest January 31, 2014, 2:50 pm

        haha, duh, of course the single mom stuff. I was only thinking of a million comments, which I guess you could just thumb down all of them?

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  • GatorGirl

    GatorGirl January 31, 2014, 3:13 pm

    Am I the only on getting logged out all the time? Even when I just refresh the page, and have clicked remember me…I’m still getting logged out like every 10 minutes.

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  • theattack

    theattack January 31, 2014, 4:29 pm

    I can click on the thumbs here, but I don’t see any way to click on the stars and rate people in the forums. Are those clickable, or are the stars in the forums based on the thumbs in the comments?

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  • Dear Wendy

    Dear Wendy January 31, 2014, 4:50 pm

    I think the stars in the forums are based on thumbs in comments. I can add thumbs to the forums, and I might eventually, but I wanted to see how it goes in the comments first.

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    • theattack

      theattack January 31, 2014, 4:52 pm

      Gotcha! Thanks, Wendy!

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    scattol January 31, 2014, 6:24 pm

    Going away after a major software upgrade. That’s bold!

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    KMJ February 3, 2014, 10:36 am

    I don’t see any thumbs…
    Is it just me??

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