Saturday, October 02, 2010

Testing For A Problem With Cookies Filtering On Your Computer

Blogger has recently provided several optional blog features which are requested in Blogger hosted scripts, and exercised in BlogSpot or non Google hosted scripts - and has caused problems seen by people who who are trying to protect their computers.

Blogger options like Stats "Don't track your own pageviews", and the Inline Comment form, both of which run as scripts in "blogspot.com" or a non Google domain (depending upon how the blog is published), are going to depend upon cookies which transport the option setting from the Blogger Settings script (hosted in "blogger.com") to the blog script (hosted in "blogspot.com" or wherever).

The confusion starts with the cookie / script filters present on many computers - but it may not end there. Recent discussions in BHF: Something Is Broken make it appear that there may be problems with the Blogger hosted scripts in general. These problems may not be entirely solved by adjusting cookie / script filters on each blog readers computer; unfortunately, isolating problems caused by Blogger scripts, from problems caused by cookie / script filters, may not be a simple task.

It should be possible to at least see which computers may still have a problem with filtering. People using computers that are causing problems are generally unable to post comments, to blogs with inline (embedded below post) comment forms. They should, however, be able to post comments to blogs with popup or separate page comment forms.

In order to improve my ability for this blog to accept comments, I recently changed this blog, to use a separate page comment form. This has resulted in a good 50% increase in comment volume - which tells me that a significant number of readers of this blog, at least, use computers which filter comments / scripts excessively. To really identify the problem, I think a more definitive test may be appropriate.

Anybody with a computer that does not suffer from cookie / script filtering should be able to leave comments on both this blog (with a separate page comment form, not affected by filtering), and on my home blog "www.nitecruzr.net" (with an inline comment form, affected by filtering). Please see if you are able to leave a comment on each of two posts, in this order.
  1. My home blog, Nitecruzr Dot Net: Does Your Computer Filter Cookies / Scripts Inappropriately?.
  2. Here, The Real Blogger Status: Testing For A Problem With Cookies Filtering On Your Computer. If you suffer from the well known Stats problem, and cannot avoid tracking your pageviews, leave me a comment stating that, on this post.
If you're able to comment on the second post (this blog, with a full page comment form), though not the first (my home blog, with an inline comment form), then it's quite likely that you have a problem with a cookie or script filter. Cookie and script filters can be found in the browser, on the computer, and even on the network - and your task is to look carefully, in all possible locations.


(Update 2011/08): Thanks to an apparent second change in comment form scripts, we're seeing a second report of problems posting comments.
I try to post a comment. When I click "Post" it tells me
Your account does not have access to view this page.
(Update 2011/06): Thanks to an apparent recent change in the Embedded comment form scripts, we are seeing a flood of complaints about inability to publish comments, on blogs which use the embedded comment form.
I can't comment on anybody's blog! I get in an endless loop to sign in!
The embedded comment form is vulnerable to overly aggressive filtering of third party cookies.

Please note that I moderate both blogs, aggressively. If you're able to comment, please do not include any content that would even make me suspect that you might be a spammer. And please be patient while I retrieve your comments from the "Awaiting Moderation" queues for each blog.

Let's see what we can find out. Your comments might be part of the solution, so go for it.

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Bettina said...

This is error reporting account

Fractalman93 said...

not blocking 3rd party cookies in FF. No problem here.

Hilke Breder said...

I don't think i have any problems.

Fractalman93 said...

I disabled cookies and tried to leave a comment. I was able to get to the comment page the first time, but received a "service unavailable" 503 error when I tried to leave a comment. On the 2nd try, I received the "service unavailable" error when I clicked on "leave a comment"

Also notable is that fact that I lose my login status when I click "view blog" after entering my credentials. HOWEVER, the comment page recognized me as fractalman93 when I received the aforementioned error.

Fractalman93 said...

oh, and it's working fine with 3rd party cookies enabled again.

Fractalman93 said...

testing

Fractalman93 said...

3rd party cookies are disabled in FF again and I can apparently leave a comment this time. weird.

REM said...

My problem is that I am not as smart as I think I am. #socrates

I need Blogger to be smarter/wiser than me or I can't share myself effectively.

I like the button that lets me not track my own pageviews.

The rules are indeed insanely self loving.

Clare said...

I'm able to leave a comment.

Chuck said...

Clare,

But were you able to comment also on the other post? If not, then you have a cookie or script filter problem.

Manoj M Koushik said...

my entries r tracked as a pageview in stats which i want to stop.i dont know how.i asked not to track my own pageview.but it wont stop.plz help guys.

Juniper said...

I have cookies enabled but selecting 'do not count your own visits' has no effect whatsoever.

Gfunkaroo said...

test

Ratprincess said...

testing

Ratprincess said...

My stats tracking sometimes work and sometimes not.

Cyril Souchon said...

"Don't track your own pageviews" does not work on any of Firefox, chrome, or Internet Explorer on my old XP laptop & new latitude.

Climate Change Centre said...

"don't track pageviews" is not working for me!

Chuck said...

Centre,

Since you're able to post here, I'll bet that your problem is from either blocked third party cookies, or session cookies.

Rachel said...

comment :)

Greg said...

Now I am posting on this blog to see what happens. I have the Word Verif CAPTCHA below as I do on my own blog and I suppose since I've already identified myself and am signed in I do not have to do that again.

MommaBear said...

testing

MommaBear said...

OMG I have a problem! I can't post a comment on your other page!! What to do?!?!

Chuck said...

MommaBear,

Check the "Third Party Cookies" setting, in your browser. Then check all other cookie and script filters in the browser, and on the computer.

http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2009/06/why-need-for-third-party-cookies-in.html

http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2009/08/diagnosing-problems-with-blogger.html

http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2010/11/blogger-layered-security-and-you.html

Molly King said...

test

Graham Read said...

Check, Check .... testing...

Rijj said...

i am checkin

Ancestral Celt said...

Don't have a problem commenting when comments opens another web page, but when it's the same page (i.e. at the bottom of a blog).

Willow said...

testing

Willow said...

I could not comment on the first post, but was able to on the second one like this. So now what do I do?

The G-d Sight said...

testing

MJ said...

Im am just testing. Thanks for helping.

Shirley Shumake said...

thanks for your advice. I was able finally to get the "don't track my own stats" to work. I check it often. Also, I am able now to receive and send comments.

shirley shumake

Art Epicurean said...

Let me try.

PuritanD said...

I am trying

Grayquill said...

testing - from GQ

Olives and Pickles said...

just trying

BooksAndPals said...

Test

Alice V said...

I couldn't comment on the first blog using my goodle id, so it's there as anonymous

Alice V said...

I couldn't leave a comment on the first blog using my google id. We'll see what happens here. I do have "don't track my page views" turned on.

Mosaic Tree said...

Just testing and thanks for advice. How do you set up a separate form box for comments please?

Deborah Dolen said...

Seeing if I can even leave a comment. I can sure post-but I get signed out everytime I try to leave a comment.

Sylvia Marlany said...

O_O

MAV-tastic said...

i can't post on my friend's blog :-(

erikathegreen said...

Testing comments

Em said...

I'm not blocking cookies as far as I know still have probs commenting on others blogs though.

Paul Woll said...

Test

shayrul said...

test

Cally said...

testing to see if i can comment, i couldn't on your other site. thanks for shedding light on reasons why.

nonna en nonno said...

test

ignatius masayuki said...

test commenting on blogger

Stephanie said...

Testing

mommaidwf said...

Testing. Could not post a comment on the first blog. I have noticed that if I have to choose an identity to post under then it doesn't work.

Svigor said...

testing

Julie said...

Testing! Thanks...

Erik said...

Great!! It works again.

AFGreenwood said...

just trying to see if Ican post

Judy said...

I don't know if I have the stats problem. I know I've requested not to count my visits, but I'm not sure it works.

Lynne Williams said...

I find this all very frustrating

Jacq said...

testing

gain perfect said...

testing

ASTERrisk said...

test. I couldn't comment on your other blog. You'll see a comment there, but I tried it from another computer to see if it worked, and it did. Just doesn't with MY comupter.

Karen Y said...

testing

Debbie said...

Test...could not comment on the first blog.

CrazyforJesus said...

Testing

Lynx said...

test

Lynx said...

I can post a comment on the 2nd test link, but not the 1st. When I try to post on the 1st link, this is the message I get. I get this message even if I try to comment on MY OWN BLOG! ;)

Your current account (XXXX) does not have access to view this page.

Click here to logout and change accounts.

teresa said...

teating here to see if I can post

Aleksandra Micic said...

Couldn't comment on the first post and yes I have problem with tracking my pageviews.

Healthier And Wealthier said...

Able to leave a comment on both blogs....but "don't track my page views" has to be reset every single time.

Chuck said...

Healthier,

Very good observation. If you keep blocking cookies, then settings like "Don't track my pageviews" will continue to be a problem. That's whether or not you bypass one symptom of your filtering problem.

You have to open up your filters, if you want all Blogger features to work.

http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2011/07/unfilter-web-selectively.html

16 Sassy Street said...

Thank you for helping to solve this issue! it has been very frustrating :/

danielibnzayd said...

testing the comments....

K-Sue said...

Argh...Testing. I could not comment on the other blog.

Ana Luisa said...

I've been havint this problem, too, I'm not very computer savvy, so hopefully I can fix this problem on my computer. Thanks. !

AlteredPages Artsociates said...

Attempting to leave a comment THANKS

Reviewer11 said...

TEsting...

Jane Seidel Vera said...

Testing...having the 'you don't have access to this page with your account address' problem...

teresa said...

testing

Kevin said...

Interesting

Trish said...

I couldnt post on the first one ,but obviously no probs here. Hopefully I can sort this problem asap. Thank You!!

Matt and Linda said...

testing testing

Christine Black said...

testing......

Christine Black said...

Okay. My computer has cookie issues

Aren said...

Testing

Auntie Bliss said...

testing

Pichie said...

testing

Lee said...

Testing

Gregory said...

testing

Riz said...

Testing

Shari Sherman said...

Testing...

Elizabeth said...

Testing

Elizabeth said...

testing testing

CajunCelt said...

Testing

Debra said...

Testing for a problem

Kathy Owen said...

couldn't comment on your first post

Carole Meisenhelter said...

testing

Divalicious Deeds said...

testing 123

The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen said...

google is trying to ruin my life! I can't comment on my own blog or others!!!! Help

Natalie B said...

Cookie Test

Shabby chic Sandy said...

testing

TheGlamFactor101 said...

Seeing if I can post a comment here now!

Ana said...

cookie testing

Sandy said...

testing!

Gigi said...

Cookie Test....thanks

Katie said...

cookie test

MCB said...

test

Observer said...

cookie test

richardbreaks said...

Does any of this explain why my comments simply VANISH on occassion?

Julie G. said...

Test

the starving student said...

test

Kim H said...

Post didnt work on first blog, but lets try this one.

Niki said...

testing

Laura Zera said...

Testing comments.

Jerry said...

Another test

Zoey said...

test

magicwanda said...

testing

Jen said...

Couldn't post on 1st blog, seeing if I can on this one.

diannehartsock said...

Well...

Karima said...

testing again - 1st didn't work!

Lynne said...

will this one work?

Matushka Anna said...

testing - unable to post comment on first link...

Good Old Household said...

No.. I can't leave a comment on the other website. Help! What do I need to do? I am just a learner :o(

By leaving comments on other blogs, my comment will 1. dissapear or 2. I will get the text: Cookie value is null for FormRestoration

Please help me!

Rebecka said...

I just wanted to let you know how informative and helpful your site is! I can actually understand and implement the changes necessary to fix some of my blogger issues! I've made some suggested adjustments and now using this comment sections to do my first test!

Wikki Bloggkatten said...

Could not post on 1st blog, now trying this one
Visual verification is not visible on first try, but on second
Test by Wikki Bloggkatten

jd said...

Testing

Eeva/Kolmiokorvat said...

Another try.

Emily S. Davis said...

Test

fieldysnutz said...

testing

Shel said...

Okay - let's see if I can post to this page, cause I couldn't on your first,.....

Laura Emmons said...

Testing

Krista Benskin said...

testing

Melissa said...

Test

TGGP said...

test

Etcetorize said...

testing commenting

Gertakan Jiwa Tempur said...

Testing

Karen D said...

testing comments

Jessica said...

Posting a test comment.

Lynz said...

testing...again! *g*

Los Malosos said...

test thanks

Angela said...

testing

jessy said...

testing!

Jan said...

Testing

Ummi said...

testing the comments

Janet said...

I wasn't able to post on the inline blog. Trying this one now.

Dana said...

Testing it out

Dana said...

testing it out. thank you.

Clair Hochstetler said...

Comments here seem to be working finally, but I sure have had problems in recent times staying logged in.

teresa said...

testing

Kat said...

testing 2nd time...

[blowmeaway..] said...

problems?

Happydeb said...

Yes, this works

IkkouSoryu said...

One, two, testing

aliceantoinette said...

heyyy

DancesWithSandyBottom said...

test

Jen at UrbanBabyStylishMom.com said...

Testing

Cindy L. Peterson said...

test

Geoffry said...

test

night owl in IL said...

Testing.

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

This is an error test

My Primitive Creations by Tonya said...

Can leave comments on this type comment but not the comments where its at bottom of post. No matter how many times I sign in it doesn't recognize me. I can't even comment on my own blog unless I comment as anno. I'm pretty clueless about filters & checking all those things.

Jocelyn aka JoBear2 said...

Having problems with embedded comment forms too so this is a test to see what happens. Keep getting in an endless loop needing to sign in but getting message I don't have the authority. I am using Internet Explorer 9.

Thanks for your blog - learn lots of things and get lots of help which I really appreciate :-)

Jocelyn

minty said...

darn it i cant comment on the first one

minty said...

im really confused. i cant find that cookies thing and i have no idea what thats about.
im using windows 7, if that helps...

Jan said...

testing

Jake said...

test

Norma said...

Testing. Unable to comment on the first posting. help would be much appreciated.

John said...

This is a test to see if the issue is with cookies filtering

Dale Hardin said...

testing comment feature

UpsidedownBlogger said...

Testing!

Jan Johnsen said...

testing

Randy Drisgill said...

test

Elda M. Acosta said...

Hey men thanks i will try to resolve my problem

Trevor Henderson said...

test test

beli said...

testing

Hybrid Alpha said...

testing

Shachza said...

A test.

Mom said...

I am doing the test you suggested.

Karla {Ironmum Karla} said...

hello testing commenting

Kathy said...

testing

Suz said...

test

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Testing!

Paul Morrison said...

test

Georgette Goacher said...

test

Jannet Howell ~ Simple Matters said...

testing

mhoney said...

testing for the ability to post a comment, and allow the blog owner to see my email address.

mhoney said...

Testing for leaving a comment, and for the blog owner to be able to see my email when I comment using my google account identity.

thanks,
michelle

The Lake Runner said...

Testing for a problem with cookies filtering on my computer

Monica said...

testing, thank you

Renegade said...

test

Marian E said...

Comment working OK

The Mirror of Aphrodite said...

Testing

John Autin said...

testing

Xavier said...

test

Vicki Stringfellow Cook said...

test

Fernando Martins said...

Testing Comment form.

Nance said...

Testing for cookie blocking.

Steffanie Lusoc said...

test

L'Acadienne Végé, BSc. Nutrition said...

testing

Yes, THAT Tonya said...

test

Katie said...

I can post here.

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