The Infinite Loop – Just Reboot

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Old school programmers know about infinite loops. They are the result code that will repeat indefinitely, often requiring some external force to end it. Enter the reboot.

I have had several IT techs who always used ‘just reboot’ as the first solution to most problems. It did not matter how much that interruption would impact the work – it was just another cost of doing business. It often frustrated me, but unfortunately, sometimes that does seem to be the only answer.

Now for the reason for this post. More and more I am unable to leave comments on self-hosted blogs without entering all my information for every comment I want to leave. For some blogs, the connection to WordPress to verify my identity works, but for an increasing number of sites, it does not.

I know a few determined bloggers have reported this to the Happiness Engineers but thus far, there is no solution. I do not know if this is related to quirks within individual themes or some other factor. I just find it frustrating. I feel like these complaints fall into an infinite loop, never to be resolved.

Yes, I can add these blogs to my reader and comment there. But things get lost in reader. Post format, media files, slide shows, comment links, etc., do not show up or do not work the same. So I live with it. I do find it frustrating and as a result, find myself reading but commenting less frequently.

Unfortunately, rebooting does not fix this problem.



14 thoughts on “The Infinite Loop – Just Reboot”

    1. I think it is better than some of the alternatives, Don, but I do wish they would address these pervasive issues.


  1. I don’t know enough about computers to make a valid comment. I only got a laptop 16 years ago, and feel like I am still very much ‘learning’, despite owning a supposedly state-of-the-art PC, with a SSD. One thing I have learned after 9 years with WordPress, is that when they are ‘fiddling behind the scenes’, all bets are off!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. I worked with the Happiness Engineers last year on this issue (obviously without success). At least one root cause of this is browser settings that block 3rd-party cookies. It’s these cookies that allow you to be recognized as a a WordPress user. In my recent work to resolve the problem with so many of my followers being “disconnected” one engineer asked it that problem could be related to recent work on solving that other problem.

    I know that doesn’t help your situation, Maggie. It hasn’t helped mine, either, but I still follow the “progress” on GitHub. I’m hoping to see a eureka moment post.


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