I just want to say that Obama Release Your Records is a crappy web site. It’s overloaded with advertising (even pop-up ads!), the home page is ugly with the stretched and distorted photos. It has navigation problems. And the articles are often hard to read, being jumbled up with more boiler plate pictures than article. The content is often just a video, or stuff copied from someone else’s site.
I want to mention one area that is especially annoying that relates to commenting, and why I get tired of doing that after a while (a reason beyond the the brain-dead insults from the regulars). ORYR uses a commenting system called “Intense debate.” It provides email notifications when someone replies to your comment with a link back to the comment, a link that more often than not doesn’t work. You can’t just to go the article and find the comment, because as the number of comments increases, they fold them under an expansion link. So you have to go through maybe a dozen expansion links before you can start searching for a comment.
An example of a link in email notification is:
The actual link should be:
Sometimes the link is just shortened, and sometimes it’s changed altogether.
The workaround is to get the comment identifier (“#IDComment720263772” in the example) and tack it onto the end of the real URL. Now if you are on the article containing the comment, it won’t work. You have to arrive from another page to get the hidden replies to expand. On the ORYR home page, there is at the bottom a list of the articles in the current month from which you can copy the real URL and to which you can append the comment identifier. That works for the CURRENT MONTH. Prior months are not listed, and if you select the expansion for the prior month, you just get the magazine layout with a few articles, and you have to page back through them, or branch out to Google to get the URL, go to the page, copy the URL, fix the URL, go to some other page, and then come back. Arghhhhh!
What a crappy web site!