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.

Changes to the site

As you may have noticed, we have instituted a couple of changes to the site.  Basically, we were forced to abandon the old theme because it was unsupported and was causing people to not see whether or not they had successfully posted an entry/comment.

If you have any problems, questions, concerns, or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment here.

Contest #556 Hint

I was having a drink just before the show and a man said to me “Do you always take your whiskey neat?” I said “No, I don’t. I sometimes don’t wear a tie and let my shirt hang out.”

And a bunch more just like that.

Contest #555: Laguna Garzon Bridge, Garzon, Uruguay

Built in 2015, this bridge replaced a ferry crossing at the mouth of this scenic lake. The architect, Rafael Viñoly, designed the bridge in this circular fashion to force travellers to slow down and take in the beauty of the site.

Laguna Garzón Bridge from Rafael Viñoly Architects on Vimeo.

Those who found it included:

  • Glenmorren
  • hhgygy
  • Sandworm
  • Phil Ower
  • Abcdefg Hijkl
  • Yakub
  • Eloy Cano
  • Garfield
  • Gillian B
  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • gscrp
  • Farceur
  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • Robin
  • Walter_V_R
  • Rob de Wolff
  • Farid
  • Hilde Lambeir
  • BC11

And after the hint:

  • bibiweb
  • Chris Nason