Comments, New Artwork, and a Road Trip

by Ed ~ March 30th, 2010.

Vuluxie

What do you get when you put Vulplix with Uxie?

Ava created another piece of art for the website. This time, she has combined the forces of Vulpix and Uxie to create Vuluxie. I can’t say, for certain, why. I can’t pretend to understand the mind of an artist. I have no such talent, so these things are above my comprehension.

No, on to today’s news. Cheffords, who recently wrote about his experiences at the Michigan State tourney, contacted me to inform me that some of his comments were missing. Low and behold, he was right. I had wondered why we weren’t getting very many comments lately. Well, it seems that people were commenting all along. It was just that the automatic comment SPAM filter system was marking the vast majority of comments as SPAM. Indeed, there are a lot of comments that are SPAM. It’s a sad reality, but when your real comments get tossed in with that garbage, it becomes a huge problem. Of course, we’re trying to create an atmosphere where people can share ideas and comment on people’s experiences, decklists, questions, etc. That’s hard to do if those ideas and comments get automatically discarded.

So, first, I must apologize. I’m sorry if you had posted a comment that was discarded. I was able to sift through the trash and restore some comments. I really can’t tell if others got permanently lost. I added a new SPAM prevention system, and I upgraded the CAPTCHA. I think it’s working properly, now. If you wouldn’t mind, please post a comment here. I’ll try to watch the SPAM bin very closely for a while to see if any of your comments end up there.

UPDATE: Adam (of SizPrizes.com) suggested that I try this Disqus commenting system. I set it up. Let me know if you love/hate it.

In other news, I’m plan to be in Rapid City, SD over Easter. We have relatives there, and it sounds like it’s going to be a family reunion of sorts. I hope it’s not too hectic, but the family always loves being there, so it can’t be that bad. I’m not mentioning this so that you wish me a happy Easter or to have a careful drive. I mention it, because I (thanks to Pokemon.com’s event search), I found out that there will be a Pokemon tournament while I’m there. I think the rest of the family will be too occupied with Easterish things to play cards, but I could see it as a bit of a getaway for me.

The thing is that this event is an Unlimited tournament of sorts. The way they’re running it, they will allow any cards that are not currently in the Modified format. I played during Base Set and Jungle. Then I took a long break until recently. I pretty much have Base Set, Jungle, and current modified format legal cards. I have a few random cards in between, but not a lot. Team Omar’s card library may be able to supply some others.

If you have any ideas for a deck put together from any non-modified cards, please post. Due to my very limited card supply, there’s a good chance that I won’t be able to use some of the ideas, but I’d still be interested in hearing about them. If nothing else, maybe it’ll give me some idea of what I might see in the way of opposing decks.

Garchomp Card SleevesFinally, I have a request for 2 card sleeves. Yeah, that’s right, I need 2 card sleeves. Ava got a pack of these Garchomp sleeves (like the one shown on the right) at the last tournament. Last night, I was sleeving her deck, and I got down to the last 2 cards, but there weren’t any sleeves left. For some reason the pack only had 58 sleeves. If you, by any chance, have 2 extra brand new sleeves like this that you don’t need, please let me know. I can’t say that it’s worth a whole lot to me, but it sure would make the rest of the 58 usable. Oh, and I mentioned “brand new,” because I don’t want the 2 to appear any different than the rest. Then, when Ava plays at regionals, it may look like she has 2 marked cards in a deck of clean/new sleeves.

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  • Adam

    Yo Ed,

    I recommend you get rid of the captcha, it is honestly really annoying. There have been times that I ended up not posting a comment because I didn’t want to fill out the captcha.

    I really like Disqus comments, they have built in spam protection and it’s IMO better than the wordpress commenting system. Go to disqus.com to register the site and download the plugin for WP.

  • Yo Ed,

    I recommend you get rid of the captcha, it is honestly really annoying. There have been times that I ended up not posting a comment because I didn’t want to fill out the captcha.

    I really like Disqus comments, they have built in spam protection and it’s IMO better than the wordpress commenting system. Go to disqus.com to register the site and download the plugin for WP.

  • Ed

    Hey thanks. I’ll get rid of the CAPTCHA. Since I’m logged in, I never see or think about it. If some people (like you mentioned, yourself) don’t comment because it’s there, then it’s already doing a disservice.

    I’ll look into that Disqus plugin, too.

  • Ed

    Hey thanks. I’ll get rid of the CAPTCHA. Since I’m logged in, I never see or think about it. If some people (like you mentioned, yourself) don’t comment because it’s there, then it’s already doing a disservice.

    I’ll look into that Disqus plugin, too.

  • I have quite a few of the Garchomp sleeves. Not sure if you will ever be in the Burnsville area, but I attend Misty twice a week. Let me know if you want to swing by I will make sure to bring some.

  • Ed

    Excellent. I hear that Abdi might have a few extra of them, too. I guess they're more common than I had thought. I'll let you know if I need them from you. I've considered going to Misty some Wed., but it's a bit of a haul for me.

    Also, I will need to get some new sleeves before regionals. If these sleeves are actually plentiful, maybe I could buy another couple packs from someone.

  • NICE! So glad you got disqus comments up, they're great. :)

  • Ed

    Yeah, it is nice, and it was very simple to set up. There is only a couple things I don't like, but they seem minor (especially from a user's standpoint).

    1) I can't seem to go back and attribute old comments to a Disqus user. All my old posts are from “Ed” without a picture, but my new comments are from “Ed” with my Disqus profile picture. They look like a different user. Also, my old “Ed” used to have a picture, but now (since Disqus has all the comments) they're all blank.

    2) Disqus now holds all the comments, so they're not in my WordPress database. If I wanted to switch to something else, I'm not sure if I could get them back. Maybe there is a way to export/import them from Disqus back to my WordPress.

  • 1) If you go into your disqus account, you can claim your old comments if you're registered with the same e-mail address that was used for your old posts.

    I forget where in the settings it is, but it's there somewhere. If you didn't register on disqus with the same e-mail, then just make another disqus account with that e-mail and claim them.

    2. Comments should be stored in both disqus and wordpress. That's how it works for me. I think you can also export your disqus comments if you ever want to.

  • Ed

    Okay, so you've effectively eliminated my 2 only real complaints so far. Just in case anyone else ever stumbles upon this thread and wants to know the solution. Also, if any users here (or on SixPrizes) wants to get a Disqus account and claim their previous comments, keep reading.

    1) Go to http://disqus.com/profile/mycomments/ and it will say “One or more unclaimed comments were found. Claim or delete them here.” Just click on that and you can claim them.

    2) There is, in fact, a way to export the Disqus comments. They can be downloaded in XML format. I'm not certain how to get them into any other system, but if I can get them, I can worry about that when I need to.

    Also, on top of all this, I now see that there are other widgets that I can enable to show things like top posters and all that. Neat.

  • Cheffords

    Thanks for fixing the comments Ed. I have to say that I too prefer the Disqus style over the captcha.

  • mantidactyle

    “If you have any ideas for a deck put together from any non-modified cards, please post. Due to my very limited card supply, there’s a good chance that I won’t be able to use some of the ideas, but I’d still be interested in hearing about them.”

    You could play a with a Aerodactyl Fossil + Dark Vileplume TR + Ursaring Ex-UF deck. If Rare Candy is banned (modified), you can still use Pokémon Breeder, and even if it takes one more turn, the combo can still be put into play at turn 2~3 with great consistency.

  • Ed

    You couldn't have mentioned this yesterday? :)

    I doubt that I have the Aerodactyl or Vileplume, but I'll look. There's no chance that I have that Ursaring. However, I was at a friend's house last night, that may have had all of the above. It's too late for that, though. I think he went out of town for the weekend.

    Thanks, though, for real. It's fun even just to look up the combo and think about it. I hope nobody tries to pull that on me. I really don't know what to expect.

    My wife still has an old Base/Jungle Alakazam/PokemonCenter deck. I think that the only modified cards in it are Double-Colorless and Bill. I can mod that deck with some easy replacements. I also have an old Haymaker, but there are a lot of cards in it that are in the current format.

    We'll see. I have a long drive (9 hours-ish) to Rapid City, so I should have time to build a couple decks.

    Thanks!

  • Ed

    Hey Ryan. I wanted to let you know that I saw Abdi yesterday, and he gave me a few of those sleeves. Thanks for the offer, though. I do appreciate it. I thought it'd be harder to get them.