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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Lesson Learned — Don’t Tinker

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Sometimes the less known about something, the better and leaving well enough alone can be the best thing to do.

WHY? Fellow bloggers commenting on a recent Working in the Yard post said:
Montanagirl ...  Everything looks nice, but I see a lot of ovals with a white line through them....Exactly what are those? Maybe it's supposed to be a photo there or something.
Elaine ... I see the same thing as Mona, with only four photos coming through, and the last several posts have reverted to the same thing.
Anvilcloud ... I also saw that oval on one pic in Reader, but they're all here on your actual site. 
WHAT HAPPENED?
I tinkered in Picasa Web Albums last night, deleting photos as there were many duplicates — at the time didn’t know that doing so ALSO deletes the photo (in this case many photos) from any blog posts in which they have been used.
 
This online definition of tinker describes why this was NOT a good thing to do:
Verb - Attempt to repair or improve something in a casual or desultory way, often to no useful effect.
v.intr. - To make unskilled or experimental efforts at repair; fiddle: tinkered with the engine, hoping to discover the trouble; to manipulate unskillfully or experimentally.
imageLuckily, I was able to locate images from this recent post and some older ones on my computer and was able to repost them.
Thanks to those fellow bloggers for letting me know about my goof.
UPDATE: An earlier post When Nothing is Said  discussed setting the choices for Comments — comments choices in Blogger are:
Who can comment?
  • Anyone - includes Anonymous Users
  • Registered User - includes OpenID
  • User with Google Accounts
  • Only members of this blog
Forgot to mention in that post that I reset to Anyone as the previous option of  User with Google Accounts excluded folks without a Gmail account. BUT, now we’re getting some of those VERY annoying Anonymous comments again, which is WHY the option was changed, so just wondering . . .

imageWould Registered User – includes OpenID be a better choice ?
Seeking others thoughts BEFORE tinkering (again).

9 comments:

Sandra said...

i use registered user and blogger stops the spam, i had anyone and the spam was bombarding my email. I had to follower who were not registered, so i added follow by email on the side bar and that is how they comment to me, through email

L. D. said...

I have been there and done that too. A few years ago I though I could get more space to put new pictures in there, doesn't work. Picasa wants you to buy more space.

thecottagebythecranelaketwo said...

I've done that too :-) That's one way to learn something I guess :-) :-) :-)

I really can't choose in what way people are allowed to comment in my blog, everyone must register with their e-mail. That don't mean I don't get spam though but WordPress takes care of them thankfully.

Have a nice Valborg!

I think that Regostered user- Open Id is a better choice, less spam that way.
Christer.

Elaine said...

I've got mine set for registered user and haven't had any trouble with spam, but who knows what other settings might be required to have everything work right. Thanks for alerting everyone of the pitfalls of deleting photos in Picasa!

Daisy said...

I use registered user too, and that seems to work well for me so far. Glad you got the photo problem figured out.

Montanagirl said...

I switched to Registered User-includes open ID after asking TexWis (From Run-a-round Ranch Report) about it. Apparently, it's a better choice.

Anvilcloud said...

I guess I do registered user, and I don't get much spam. It's not that hard to trash if we get it though.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I have the worst time downloading pictures to a post sometimes. It's like blogger is ticked at me or something! When it's late and you are tired and just want to get it all done.. but no...I'm not going to kill my computer! Not yet anyway!

DeniseinVA said...

I never knew this was such a big problem. I have noticed a few people don't come to my blog any more and figured that they had just gotten bored, but maybe it's because of this. Happily thinking I am not after all boring as heck ;) The anonymous comments are not quite as bad for me as was. Keeping my fingers crossed here.

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