Transformation Complete

. . . so what’s new?

The new look for the Chariot is finished.

Almost everything is the same as it was on the older Chariot, but there are a few extras –

  • Everything works properly.
  • It’s easier to read.
  • It’s now smart mobile friendly.
  • There are no adverts!
  • You can do more with pictures in posts.   For example Featured Image and Subtitle, both used above, and clever handling of larger pictures (not illustrated).
  • You can also do some nifty formatting with text in posts.   I’ll post some examples later.

Post as many critical comments as you like; you may well detect something that I have missed.   Other than that – enjoy!

Listen up, Charioteers

Pin back thy lugs and faites attention!

Posting entire articles from other sources is not what the Chariot is here for.   Posting short extracts, piccies or videos to support your observations is fine, providing they are clearly marked as such in one way or another.   Ordinary [hyper-] links are often a better way of providing background context.

WordPress is full of tools and advice that help you accomplish all these things, and more, very simply.   Go find!

Please, please do not copy and paste HTML if you don’t know what you’re doing.   It’s not difficult to learn, but I’m getting fed up with correcting mistakes which ruin the appearance of the Chariot.

If you can’t publish good-looking, original posts which fit in with the Chariot’s style, do a bit of rapid learning, or stop posting.   Future messes will not be corrected, but will be zapped.   Authorship privileges can be rescinded …

It’s nice to have enthusiastic contributors with interesting thoughts, but I’m getting to be too old to go around picking your toys up and putting them back in the cupboard.

Thanks – class dismissed.

Use it or lose it . . .

Since Janus inexplicably removed his latest post a couple of days ago, there have been no further posts from anyone and only one comment, from Sipu.

I have no idea why all you honoured Charioteers have ceased using the site, but of course that’s entirely up to you.

Anyway, and all that, if the inactivity continues for a few more days, The Chariot will be taken on its slow, sad journey to the knackers yard, there to be broken up as spare parts.

So long, and thanks for all the fish. 🙂

A few techo ramblings

You may have noticed that recent changes made by WordPress (they make changes pretty regularly) have resulted in the loss of the “Quote” facility and of the individual serial numbers for comments.   Rather a shame, but I have checked everything that can be checked and there’s no way to bring them back, as far as I can see.

They’ve also mucked around with the comment box – it still works as it always did, but the text that used to remind you that you can’t comment unless you’re logged on is not there any more.   You do still have to be logged in though.   If you try to comment when you’re not logged in, nothing will happen when you click on the “Post” button.   Nothing, nada, zilch.   You’ll just be left hanging – not a friendly outcome, but there’s nowt I can do about it. 😦

Finally, for about the hundredth time, please can certain Charioteers remember that “it’s” (with an apostrophe) always means “it is” (or “it has”) and is never, ever the possessive (genitive, belonging) case.   If you need the possessive, as in “the cat licked its paw”, leave the apostrophe out.   Yes, it’s the opposite of what we do with all other words, but that’s English for you.

Lastly, totally off track, how about our young Canberran, Nick Kyrgios?   What a guy!   Pronounced “Kir-ee-os”, in case you were wondering; the “g” is silent.