Site broken again — well, not really this time.

We’ve gotten some complaints that the site is, once again, not allowing people to see their contest entries once they have entered them.

After some research, we have determined that this, yet again, a direct result of changes that WordPress has made in connection with the GDPR rules.

For those who are interested in the details, the GDPR update to WordPress (the one that broke our previous form) included the option to display a checkbox on the comment form to allow for explicit authorization to store a cookie on your browser. Under GDPR, the system cannot assign cookies without your explicit approval, so it can’t tell that the browser requesting the screen is the same browser from which the comment was entered. As a result, it won’t display the entered comment to you because it is still in moderation. This “feature” was, apparently, left out of the previous version of the code and when we performed an upgrade of the site to the latest WordPress and theme versions, it caught up with us.

The fix is pretty easy. We have enabled this checkbox on the comment form.

Clicking this checkbox will indicate your permission to store cookies in your browser which will allow the site to recognize that you are the same browser that entered the comment, which will allow the site to show you the comment before it is moderated (at the end of the contest).

For those of you who are cookie averse, I direct you to our newly modified privacy policy. As always, if you have any questions or comments, we welcome them by either e-mailing me (my address is on the privacy policy) or commenting here.

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