On October 18 Typepad officially introduced "pagination". In essence, "pages" are an excellent idea. Remember Second Test: Streak Talk? Well, just think back to all the fun you had loading 11,158 words, 5 pictures and 671 comments.
The AGB is now limited to no more than 50 comments per page, with any comments over 50 displayed on a new page, any over 100 on another page, any over 150 on...
Anyway! you will have noticed a problem.
With more than 50 comments, when you click on the name of the most recent commenter, in this case the Esteemed Ranger:
you end up at the top of the first page, instead of the bottom of the last. You must then scroll down to the bottom of the first page, click "next", scroll down to the bottom of the "next" page, and eventually arrive at latest comments.
At least, I assume you have noticed.
Typepad are working on the problem - it relates to having one instruction call up different pages - so, for the time being, and maybe for all time being if it turns out to be a better option, I have reversed the order of the comments.
It used to be that the newest comments were displayed "Oldest first (Ascending), I changed that to "Newest first (Descending)".
The upshot is that instead of having to skip through numerous links to get to the latest comments, you now jump straight to the most recent comments which are displayed at the top of the first page
Update! Readers, we have a problem. (The real Swigert and the real Lovell really said "Houston, we've had a problem." True.) It would appear "pagination" doesn't work backwards. Testing
Update! Comments are being recorded by Typepad. However, when "newest first" is selected, the comments are being published as they go from the first page to the second, but NOT as they go from the second page to the third. Odd. For me to display Comment 101 in the previous post, I had to republish my comment settings.
Update! "Newest first" was, in the words of Gilly, a "joke". I've gone back to "oldest first", which is oddly appropriate to this stupid post. The more things change, the the more they end up back where they started. As a symbolic gesture I set the comment count at 30.