mr. fixit in da house

Sat Jan-28th-2006 // Filed under: Random Crap

Right, comments should work again. It took me a while to figure out the problem, but it turns out that the admins at my ISP decided to make a little change — instead of, the website address now resolved to just That’s a small change, no problem whatsoever — not unless you’re running a piece of software that has its heart set on being at a spot that is prefixed by “www”, anyway.

I never noticed the results of this before (or even that the change had taken place, actually), since for some reason WordPress still let me log in and post normally, but anything beyond that was simply impossible, as I was told “Sorry, you need to enable sending referrers for this feature to work.” The problem has probably persisted for at least a month or so, but since I never ran into it myself, I was completely oblivious to it. I only started to realize how widespread it was when I started upgrading to WordPress 2.0 and found that I couldn’t disable my plugins prior to the upgrade or, indeed, do much of anything else. Once I figured out the problem — after the customary considerable frustration, of course — all I had to do was manually edit the “www” bit out of the address in the MySQL database (WordPress was just too confused to actually let me make the change with its own admin tools), and now we’re running smoothly again, it seems.

Christ, yes. You’re absolutely correct. All this is very, very boring. Point is, sorry about the disrupted service.

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