Open Thread Wednesday 02/27/2013

Gruesome, cold, windy February is coming to a close, which means… cold, windy March is just around the corner. Yeah, man! So what’s putting the gusto in your sails on this final BHB Open Thread Wednesday of the month? By all means, comment away! (Photo: Columbia Heights/CT)

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  • Heightsman

    Disqus stinks = much less comments.

  • Wiley E.

    Where did Gerry go? Swimming accident? Sharks get him? Cramps?

  • Arch Stanton

    He threw a tantrum and bit an orderly, so they doubled his Thorazine and took his dayroom privileges away.

  • Arch Stanton

    Agreed, The Disqus system is needlessly complex, buggy and harder to follow. Commenting is way down, hence readership must be waning… Advertising revenues will follow.

  • Jorale-man

    This is maybe a touchy question but have any BH homeowners on the site noticed strange swings in their property values recently? As in, downward swings?

    I follow my co-op on Zillow and the trends have been surprising the last couple months, given that things had been on the uptick for many months. Just curious.

  • gc

    Anyone have any thoughts about what the water bill for a 5 family brownstone in the heights should run?

  • DIBS

    Those guesses as to value are not reliable.

  • brooklynheightsblog

    No one has figured out that he’s given up commenting for lent have they?

  • brooklynheightsblog

    Actually there have been more comments and traffic has increased. Most popular sites use this system. The rest of the internet seems happy. As an alternative, if you really like the old system it’s still running on the Brooklyn Bugle where we cross post many BHB stories and write some great original content too. So comment away!

  • Joe A

    Maybe he ran away with his au-pair ?

  • DrewBurch

    We’ve had several sales in our co-op lately and the prices seem to be going steadily up.

  • Cranberry Beret

    Agree with DIBS. The automated value calculators on Zillow, Trulia etc are useless. The only way to get an accurate guess is to track actual sales recorded with NYC department of finance and then normalize for size, amenities, etc. in theory this is what the calculators do, but it’s more art than science, which is why you need a good appraiser and not a computer.

  • A Neighbor

    Not sure where all those ‘more comments’ are. Except for occasional items, like the SUV disaster, it looks much thinner to me.
    The site is so cumbersome now. Who wants to read back through old comments to find the new ones — even if they are grouped by subject?

  • harumph

    Yes, I have to agree – even if you set it to newest first, for instance, I had to scour for @A Neighbor’s response which was the most recent. Don’t think it makes much sense, I’m not blogging as much and honestly don’t care how many other blogs use it.

  • HenryLoL

    about $8 per 100 cubic feet. See math here:

  • tim schreier

    More cat stories, please…

  • David on Middagh

    BHB, I don’t know how you measure traffic, but I have had to reload pages this way and that to get comments to show up and then to keep up with conversations that ended up being the same argument in different subthreads.

    The subthreading is only (arguably) appropriate for the Open Thread, which actively solicits comments on diverse subjects. No other page should have subthreading.

    I’ve tried the RSS approach to following comments here. It’s soulless. (And doesn’t even include the names of the commenters?)

    Remember, we wouldn’t be so critical if we didn’t care!

  • Jorale-man

    Thanks for the replies – that’s actually comforting in a way to know that these sites aren’t very reliable in their estimates.

  • Lroi

    Least interesting Open thread ever. Everyone must be away.

  • Lori

    Two to three hundred per quarter.

  • Ned on Joralemon

    Is anyone able to recommend a cleaning lady? I’d like to get one but don’t know where to begin. thanks

  • Rick

    My personal opinion is that I find it harder to follow threads now with Disqus, and so I’m less likely to visit BHB in the future than before.

    I do agree with David on Middagh that the one place it does kinda makes sense is on the Open Thread.

  • BrooklynBugle

    Uniques on BHB are up almost 40% compared to Feb 2012 and over 75% compared to Feb 2011.

  • Heightsman

    There is no way comments are up. Perhaps casual visitors are up but not comments.

  • harumph

    Comments are up bc of that stupid Bo Peep thread – ugh

  • BrooklynBugle

    Then feel free to comment here using the old system:

  • AEB

    Another “walk-around” comment problems: download an anti-tracker program, which will stand you in good stead anyway. Voila–comments appear in simple, if compressed text, chronologically arranged from oldest to newest.

    To comment, however, you must temporarily disable the program–not a biggie.

  • Arch Stanton

    What about from last month? Anyway, the stats don’t matter, most of your regular posters do not like the system. Can you at least get rid of the subthreading? that seems to be the biggest complaint.

  • harumph

    and that comment helps?

  • karen

    There are two cats (one black, the other ginger) on Columbia Heights that hang out on my back porch sometimes. Doesn’t bother me but it freaks my cat out beyond belief. Last night they stared each other down for about 30 minutes with my cat howling the entire time. A few weeks ago we woke up to what sounded like an hysterical baby crying but it was my cat freaking out at the ginger cat outside the window. Anybody belong to these cats and can you please keep them in at night so I can get some sleep?