Can I get you to enjoy this without complaining about navigation? February 1, 2007 9:54 AM   Subscribe

I very much want to post the collection of comic valentines found here to the blue, but I'm worried the site navigation is so convoluted that the thread will be nothing but complaints about it. Can this post be saved?
posted by Horace Rumpole to Etiquette/Policy at 9:54 AM (24 comments total)

To see what I'm talking about, click on the "+" next to Comic Valentine Collection, then the "+" that opens underneath it, then click on the "i" after one of the titles, say "Ah! What is the matter my trooper so gay", and then, if you're feeling particularly ambitious, "Click to enlarge" to actually see the darn thing. It's an extremely rich collection, and of timely interest, with V-Day in 2 weeks, but is it more work than it's worth? If I do post it, should I try to explain all this?
posted by Horace Rumpole at 9:54 AM on February 1, 2007


What if someone just copies your posts here and puts them on metafilter while you're in here deliberating about it? That would be rather amusing.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:02 AM on February 1, 2007


Ack. That is a fun collection, and miserable site nav.

One viable approach: link to the site, but link directly to several of the best actual items as well. Reference the clumsy nav, include those instructions in the first comment within the thread.
posted by cortex at 10:03 AM on February 1, 2007


Post it, after the break say the navigation is mucky and takes some finessing (or some such) then ignore complaints about the navagation, not a lot you can do about it.
posted by edgeways at 10:03 AM on February 1, 2007


Start with this page and add links to the page of a couple of your favorites?
posted by and hosted from Uranus at 10:07 AM on February 1, 2007


This horrific URL displays a list of all the valentines.
posted by cgc373 at 10:13 AM on February 1, 2007


Horrific indeed, cgc373—it throws an Internal Server Error for me.
posted by cortex at 10:27 AM on February 1, 2007


Weird, it worked for me a moment ago....now they want me to contact YOU@YOURDOMAIN.EDU.
posted by and hosted from Uranus at 10:29 AM on February 1, 2007


URLs both fragile and fleeting! Alas. Link with caution.
posted by cortex at 10:32 AM on February 1, 2007


huh, I can't seem to find any actual comics, just quotes and listings for them.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:32 AM on February 1, 2007


It still works for me, but of course, it could be cached or something. When I try to parse the string, it looks kind of session-y to me, so it may not stay good. I'm not fond of the way the domain name turns into a numerical IP address, either. Yuck.
posted by cgc373 at 10:32 AM on February 1, 2007


What does this page return? It should be "A woman wears a gown with a tiered, tapered skirt over a Grecian Bend style of bustle. The Grecian Bend became popular after 1869."
posted by cgc373 at 10:35 AM on February 1, 2007


Yeah, if this is how it reacts to the traffic spike from in here, it's clearly going to fold up like a cheap card table if I put it on the blue. Ah well, I guess it will just have to be our little secret.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 10:36 AM on February 1, 2007


That's what I get, cgc373, and I hadn't seen that before, so it isn't cached
posted by Horace Rumpole at 10:37 AM on February 1, 2007


Just say that, and link to a bunch of stuff inside the link so people can see what they're looking for.
posted by koeselitz at 10:39 AM on February 1, 2007


cgc: works for me.
posted by empath at 10:40 AM on February 1, 2007


It's a fun site. Too bad it's unstable. I'm gonna be clickin' in there for a while.
posted by cgc373 at 10:40 AM on February 1, 2007




Just tell iconomy to rebuild her Valentines page, have her put them all on it, and link to her. Problem solved.
posted by yhbc at 10:45 AM on February 1, 2007


Haha, I'm better at the internets than mathowie!

Personally, I would go through the whole thing collecting urls for the valentines and link to them in a [more inside], but on preview, I see that my suggestion is completely redundant.

Oh well, we'll always have that large swelling.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:57 AM on February 1, 2007


Note that it's beeing server on port 20018 !? Many people behind firewalls aren't going to be able to see it.
posted by Mitheral at 12:47 PM on February 1, 2007


Who has two thumbs and can't see behind port 20018?


This guy.
posted by Terminal Verbosity at 2:07 PM on February 1, 2007 [1 favorite]


I can't get the little plus signs to work in firefox or ie, but cgc373's link works for me. Pretty neat; kind of disappointing to see this kind of crap navigation coming from a library.
posted by mr_roboto at 2:13 PM on February 1, 2007


I agree, it's a great collection but just about the world's worst front-end interface.
posted by Rhomboid at 4:57 PM on February 1, 2007


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