June 22, 2005

Can anybody help me?

Actually, let me rephrase that question so that it’s a touch less broad and the answer is less obviously “no.”

What I mean is: the posts between June 13 and June 20 inexplicably show up as being written by “Faustus,” with no “MD” after his name. The horror of having people think that I think it’s appropriate to have a moniker that ends in a comma is really too great to bear and I’m considering booking a flight to Florence and throwing myself in the Arno, just like Lauretta threatens to do in Gianni Schicchi if her father disapproves of her relationship with Rinuccio, though between you and me I believe she has mild borderline personality disorder.

But before I take such an extreme step, I figured I’d ask if any reader is computer-savvy enough to make a suggestion. My display name used to be “Faustus,” (first) and “MD” (last); I’ve already gone into my profile and changed the first name to “Faustus, MD” and left the last name blank. So posts from here on out should be fine. But I also republished after that, which should mean that all those posts show up with the new version of the display name, but on my screen they don’t. I even started deleting posts and reposting them until I realized that of course the comments would then disappear and I would have no evidence that anybody realized I existed at all over the last two weeks, and my therapist really has enough to deal with already. So if you have any ideas about how to fix this, please email me.

Oh, my God. I used to post about orgies on this blog. Now I’m posting about the minutiae of programming. Maybe I should book that flight to Florence anyway.

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14 Responses to Can anybody help me? Actually,

  1. Joe.My.God. says:

    Unrelated to programming, but sweetie, you KILLED last night.


    I’m dead.


  2. Brian says:

    I would help, but darling – Blogger? What is this, 2003?

  3. David says:

    I would just like to say that I am of no use whatsoever on any questions related to computers.

    Good luck.

  4. I can’t figure out how a template- and database-driven blog could possibly decide to change your username on only a few posts. It makes zero sense. Deciding it had to be a Blogger error, I surfed Blogger help but couldn’t find anything about this issue.

    Since it wasn’t corrected by republishing (you did republish your entire blog?) after you updated your username in your Profile, you might be stuck with this strange little artifact.

    Or maybe a Blogger geek will email you a fix.

    Good luck!

  5. MzOuiser says:

    Il suo Torment! La consuma! Possiamo sposare su Calendimaggio?

  6. Sparky says:

    Brian, the young Faustus will soon be ditching Blogger soon, I swear. I just need to get crackin’ on it.

  7. Jeffrey says:

    I don’t know what MzOuiser just said, but it has me feeling kind of flushed.

    Faustus, for some strange reason, I would like to see you change your signature line to Dr. Faustus, Medicine Woman. Who knows why….

  8. Uncle Zoloft says:

    ~ someone pour me a vodka ~

  9. Rocqui says:

    My suggestion was going to be the same as Administratrix. Change the display name back to “Faustus, MD” and republish the entire blog. Leave the first/last name fields blank.

  10. James says:

    My hero.

  11. Frank says:

    Though I’m not familiar with Blogger, it seems like there would be a setting that could be changed, where the display format for the “Author” field (or its value) could be changed, but that it would only apply to new posts.

    And, it would also appear that authorship, per post, would be stored in each post as a string of text, rather than some sort of ID referring to a given author, thus allowing for differing “authors” on separate posts.

    So my guess is that you need to find the golden egg within the configuration pages of your blog management interface.

  12. Not an M.D. says:

    Wow! You have earned the M.D. after your name based on your diagnosis of Lauretta as having borderline personality disorder. Go Doc Faustus!

  13. birdfarm says:

    Or you could say that being the only person in the world whose name ends in a comma is just another manifestation of your uniquity.

  14. birdfarm says:

    Oh my god, now I’m upset.

    It appears that the post that was deleted & re-created (thus losing all its comments) was none other than the one about The Necronomicon and the Elder Gods and so on. The comments on that post were some of the funniest ever in the history of the universe or at least the blogosphere. Their loss is a genuine tragedy (if a small one).

    I am just barely able to console myself with the thought that at least I was able to enjoy them before they were vaporised….

    Campus Crusade for Cthulhu, anyone?


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