I’m not sure if this is the right place for this, but it doesn’t seem to fit anywhere else, so here goes:
For some time now, whenever I try to go to the Straight Dope Chicago Home Page (chicago.straightdope.com) all I get is a blank page. I don’t get an error message of any sort; my browser (Firefox 3.6.6) shows “Done” on the status line, as if it thinks that it has finished loading the page. I first noticed this when I tried to follow a link on the Straight Dope Home Page to part two of the Paulina Street column. At the time I thought it was just a temporary problem, but it’s persisted no matter how I try to get there. If memory serves, it started at about the same time that the forums were rearranged to merge all the Chicago forums into a single forum, if that’s relevant. Also, if it matters, I’m using Windows XP.
I tried the SDC homepage link with ad blocker enabled and got what appears to be a full page, which color illustration of current and proposed north side L service. The link to the current column still comes up blank, though.
All fixed. Thank you very much. I was starting to think that it was something wrong with my computer, since no one else was reporting any problems. And considering how quick some people are to report things that bother them…
Point of information - the links on the SDC Home page to past columns and the Paulina Street Journal still come up blank. I’m assuming whatever you did to fix the current column will need to be done with them too.
Yes, unlike the main column archive, which is generated dynamically from a database - meaning if there’s an error you just fix a single page template - SDC uses static pages that have to be corrected individually, a major PITA. I’m lobbying the honchos to give me the wherewithal for a major site revamp, which will include putting the SDC archive into a database. In the meantime, tell you what, I’ll go back and fix all the SDC pages from the first of this year.