Top 10 Posts for June 2018

June’s two most-read Pixel Scrolls covered the reactions to David Weber’s agreement to be a ConCarolinas special guest in 2019, his characterization of those who had issues with Ringo’s selection as a special guest, and the statement delivered by the ConCarolinas chair at closing ceremonies of this year’s con (wording negotiated with Weber).

Similarly, the coverage of rival petitions seeking to unseat or to endorse ConCarolinas’ chair made “The Right Way, The Wrong Way, and the Navy Way” June’s most-viewed non-Scroll. Following in second place was the post reporting that after everything had been said and done, the chair quit two weeks later for health reasons and left Weber looking for confirmation that the terms of his agreement are still in place.

  1. Pixel Scroll 6/4/18 A Pixel Came Down To File770, It Was Lookin’ For A Scroll To Steal
  2. Pixel Scroll 6/3/18 And The Gates Scrolled Open. “It’s Old Filer; Pixel Means Friend”
  3. Pixel Scroll 6/6/18 Rishathra And the City And The City
  4. The Right Way, The Wrong Way, and the Navy Way
  5. Pixel Scroll 6/10/18 Ascroll Just Off The Pixels Of Langerhans
  6. Pixel Scroll 6/9/18 Scroll-The-Pooh Filed In A WordPress All By Himself Under The Name Of Pixel
  7. Pixel Scroll 6/14/18 When The Scroll Hits Your Eye Like A Big Pixel Pie, That’s A-nnoying
  8. Pixel Scroll 6/18/18 Nancy Pixel And The Scroll Of The Trademarked Cocky
  9. Pixel Scroll 6/7/18 We All Live In A Yellow Pixel Scroll
  10. Pixel Scroll 6/11/18 Today Is The First Pixel Of The Rest Of Your Scroll

Scroll-Free Top 10

  1. The Right Way, The Wrong Way, and the Navy Way
  2. ConCarolinas Chair Steps Down
  3. Harlan Ellison (1934-2018)
  4. John Ringo’s Selection as ConCarolinas Guest Sparks Controversy
  5. What’s In The 2018 Hugo Voter Packet?
  6. Update on Del Arroz Suit Against Worldcon 76
  7. Origins Game Fair Drops Larry Correia as Guest
  8. 2018 John W. Campbell Memorial Award Finalists
  9. John Ringo Out As ConCarolinas Special Guest
  10. Make It So: Adding A New Hugo Award Category

Top 10 Posts for May 2018

Lots of SFF news from Utah this month. FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention’s Bryan Brandenburg lit off the internet with several ill-chosen statements in social media about the con’s handling of a harassment complaint.

Then, Filers had a lot to say when Larry Correia was disinvited as an Origins guest, much of which was even on-topic, in the process generating the 12th-highest number of comments any post here has ever received.

But that wasn’t the only newsmaking state in May. Discussion about WisCon (in Madison, Wisconsin), and ConCarolinas also drove comments on some of the highest-rated Scrolls.

Here are two lists, the complete Top 10, and a second that leaves out the daily roundups.

  1. Origins Game Fair Drops Larry Correia as Guest
  2. Pixel Scroll 5/16/18 Ringworlds For Sale or Rent, Moons To Let Fifty Cents
  3. Pixel Scroll 5/27/18 Pixels Scroll Good, Like An E-fanzine Should
  4. Pixel Scroll 5/15/18 Pixel sCrola. It’s The Refreshing Cola With The Scrolling Taste You Love!
  5. Pixel Scroll 5/23/18 Admit It – You Woulda Done The Same!
  6. Pixel Scroll 5/28/18 Chapter 5 – Our Last, Best Hope For Pixels
  7. FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention Sharply Criticized for Handling of Anti-harassment Complaint
  8. FenCon’s Statement on Ringo’s 2013 Appearance
  9. Pixel Scroll 5/29/18 The Future Is Pixelled, It’s Just Not Evenly Scrolled
  10. Pixel Scroll 5/20/18 I Know What You’re Thinking: Did He Scroll Six Pixels Or Only Five?

The Scroll-Free Top 10

  1. Origins Game Fair Drops Larry Correia as Guest
  2. FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention Sharply Criticized for Handling of Anti-harassment Complaint
  3. FenCon’s Statement on Ringo’s 2013 Appearance
  4. John Ringo Out As ConCarolinas Special Guest
  5. Bob Eggleton Announcement
  6. Benevolent Airships
  7. Gardner Dozois Remembered
  8. 2017 Nebula Awards
  9. Where To Find The 2018 Hugo Finalists For Free Online
  10. Del Arroz Files Suit Against Worldcon 76

Top 10 Posts for April 2018

April’s most-read post was about an attention-craving writer suing the San Jose Worldcon.

However, protests about John Ringo ’s being named a ConCarolinas special guest produced three posts in the Top 10 – two of them about the story, and a third (“Tool Talk”) the byproduct of someone’s poorly-phrased attack on the concom’s handling of the crisis.

Here are the ten most read-and-discussed posts from April 2018.

  1. Del Arroz Files Suit Against Worldcon 76
  2. John Ringo Out As ConCarolinas Special Guest
  3. Pixel Scroll 4/23/18 It Was Me Who Ate All The Cupcakes In The File770 Office IN SELF DEFENCE!
  4. John Ringo’s Selection as ConCarolinas Guest Sparks Controversy
  5. Pixel Scroll 4/25/18 Why Is A Pixel Like A Writing Desk?
  6. 2018 Hugo Award Finalists
  7. Tool Talk
  8. Pixel Scroll 4/18/18 Wanna Bees Pulling Gees Through The Trees
  9. Pixeless Scroll 4/2/18
  10. Pixel Scroll 4/20/18 A Fool And His Pixels Are Soon Parted

Status Report About DNS Propagation

The new site is working for a lot of people, but some Filers report they are unable to see the site at its new host, getting error messages, or receiving the last save prior to the move. My best guess is the internet services they connect with have not yet copied the updated DNS.

My new ISP’s Knowledge Base gives this overview of DNS propagation:

DNS propagation can be thought of as the time it takes DNS records to expire on a server. For example, if you update your nameservers to point to a different hosting company, those new nameservers must propagate across the Internet. Each ISP has their own time frame on how often they update/expire their cached DNS records. Because there is no single shared standard throughout the Internet, this entire process can take from a few hours to up to 72 hours.

Status Report

File 770 has been having some ISP problems which have now been diagnosed. At this moment the blog is accessible. This may not last because the problems have not been fixed.

I will soon move File 770 to a new ISP. Whether this will result in any lost content (e.g., comments left after a certain time) remains to be seen.

I will be reporting progress on my Facebook page.

Tool Talk

The April 20 Pixel Scroll quoted several paragraphs from Declan Finn’s blog post “The John Ringo and ConCarolinas issue” (see item 13) ending with this one —

On THEIR OWN TERMS, I should be concerned to even walk the halls as a regular attendee carrying a John Ringo book. While I have no problem defending myself, I to go conventions to have a good time. I don’t want to spend the majority of the con in cuffs because some dickheads decide “You’re a Ringo fan, therefore you’re [insert cliche lefty insults here]” and therefore I have to beat them senseless.

Today Robert D. Ries smugly chastised me in comments:

I am curious: Is your misquote of Declan Finn intentional, or simply incompetence?

Because the omitted “in self defense” gives the statement an entirely different tone and meaning.

Don’t worry, I don’t expect a retraction, correction OR apology. Your history of such incidents is obvious.

Why? Because that paragraph in Finn’s post now reads like this

Finn has rewritten the line since I quoted him.

However, the Google cache file at this hour still has the original text:

Will Robert D. Ries be more surprised or disappointed to learn it is possible to document the original quote? Surprised enough to apologize?

Top 10 Posts for March 2018

Chris Barkley’s proposal to name the Worldcon’s new YA Book Award after an undisclosed person (and the blowup that ensued), and the banning of Will Shetterly by the 4th Street Fantasy Convention, were the most-read stories here in the month of March.

It wouldn’t be quite fair to say they overshadowed the Hugo announcement, since that just happened yesterday and those comments are still rolling along.

Here are two lists, the complete Top 10, and a second that leaves out the daily roundups — although March 2018 was a rare month when there were just as many news stories in the Top 10 as Scrolls.

  1. A Proposal to Re-Name the Young Adult Book Award at Worldcon 76
  2. Shetterly Banned by 4th Street Fantasy Convention
  3. Pixel Scroll 3/22/18 And The Pixels Were All Kept Equal By Hatchet, Ax And Saw
  4. 2018 Hugo Award Finalists
  5. Pixel Scroll 3/27/18 Godstalk It, Jake, It’s Pixel Scroll
  6. Tremendous Pushback Against Barkley YA Award Name Proposal
  7. Pixel Scroll 3/26/18 You Know How To Pixel, Don’t You Steve? You Just Put Your Files Together And Scroll
  8. What Did You Nominate For The 2018 Hugo Awards?
  9. Pixel Scroll 3/11/18 Scroll Forward, Pixel Back (And Check The Batteries On Your Snoke Detectors!)
  10. Pixel Scroll 3/12/18 Dammit, Jim, I’m A Filer, Not A Pixel-Scroller!

The Scroll-free Top 10

  1. A Proposal to Re-Name the Young Adult Book Award at Worldcon 76
  2. Shetterly Banned by 4th Street Fantasy Convention
  3. 2018 Hugo Award Finalists
  4. Tremendous Pushback Against Barkley YA Award Name Proposal
  5. What Did You Nominate For The 2018 Hugo Awards?
  6. Kate Wilhelm (1928-2018)
  7. Readercon Issues Apology
  8. Karen Anderson (1932-2018)
  9. 2018 Worldcon Chair Answers Criticism About Scheduling of Hugo Finalist Announcement
  10. Diversity again

Top 10 Posts for February 2018

The short month of February was barely long enough to hold all the news. Jon Del Arroz’ campaign to fund a lawsuit against the Worldcon has been continually discussed, with 198 comments in 10 days. Filers also have had a lot to say about Kathryn Cramer’s request that the Readercon Board look into charges that its program director engaged in age discrimination while trimming their invitation list.

And it now seems a long time ago that Lou Antonelli surprised everyone by apologizing for his claim that Camestros Felapton is an alias for Foz Meadows’ husband, but that was also a hot topic in February.

Top 10 Posts

  1. Jon Del Arroz Threatens to Sue Worldcon 76
  2. Pixel Scroll 1/29/18 The Man Who Scrolled The Moon
  3. Pixel Scroll 2/5/18 I Get No Pixels From Champagne
  4. Pixel Scroll 2/11/18 ’The Scroll of Doctor Pixel And Other Stories’ And Other Stories
  5. Pixel Scroll 2/6/18 If Only The Contents Matched The Packaging
  6. Pixel Scroll 2/3/18 As God Is My Witness, I Thought Pixels Could Scroll!
  7. Pixel Scroll 1/30/18 The Man Who Mooned The Scroll
  8. Foz Meadows on Other Prospective Apologies
  9. Pixel Scroll 2/1/18 Five Little Pixel Scrolls, Argued On The Floor, One Used A Fallacy, And Well, There Were Still Five
  10. Pixel Scroll 2/13/18 Contents Of The Pixels May Have Scrolled During Flight

Top 10 Posts Excluding Pixel Scrolls

  1. Jon Del Arroz Threatens to Sue Worldcon 76
  2. Foz Meadows on Other Prospective Apologies
  3. Cramer Asks Readercon to Investigate Age Discrimination Charge
  4. Antonelli’s Apology Accepted By Foz Meadows and Camestros Felapton
  5. We Need To Do More Than Just Be Upset About Abuse In Fandom
  6. 2017 Recommended SF/F List
  7. Where To Find The 2017 Nebula Finalists For Free Online
  8. 2017 Nebula Awards Nominees
  9. Del Arroz Not Allowed To Attend Worldcon 76
  10. Neal Stephenson Wins 2018 Robert A. Heinlein Award

Top 10 Posts For January 2018

File 770’s 40th Anniversary was celebrated last month in a very appropriate way – between widely-read news posts.

How the 2018 Worldcon handled Jon Del Arroz’ harassment history, and SFWA dealt with his membership application, attracted many readers and was heavily discussed in comments.

In fact, the third-most-read post earned its ranking from the many hits on rcade’s comment documenting that SFWA President Cat Rambo had made no attacks on Del Arroz despite his claims.

Here are the Top 10 Posts for January 2018:

  1. Del Arroz Not Allowed To Attend Worldcon 76
  2. SFWA Denies A Membership Application
  3. Pixel Scroll 1/25/18 Side Effects Of Pixel Can Include Enlarged Mt. TBRs
  4. Pixel Scroll 1/29/18 The Man Who Scrolled The Moon
  5. Pixel Scroll 1/27/18 Vaster Than Pixels And More Scroll
  6. Pixel Scroll 1/8/18 Calculating Witticisms And Generating Sarcastic Comebacks At The Algorithm Round Table
  7. Pixel Scroll 1/24/18 You Can Get Anything You Want At Filer’s Pixel Rant
  8. Pixel Scroll 1/21/18 Right Here In File City, Trouble With A Capital T, That Rhymes With P, And Stands For Pixel
  9. Science Fiction & Fantasy Creators Guild Launches Prematurely
  10. Pixel Scroll 1/15/18 Scroll Down, You File Too Fast, You Got To Make The Pixels Last

And here are the month’s Top 10 posts with Scrolls excluded:

  1. Del Arroz Not Allowed To Attend Worldcon 76
  2. SFWA Denies A Membership Application
  3. Science Fiction & Fantasy Creators Guild Launches Prematurely
  4. Cochran Files Bankruptcy on Eve of Trial
  5. Ursula K. Le Guin (1929–2018)
  6. 2017 Recommended SF/F List
  7. Read Every Mountain: Books For Your Mount To-Be-Read
  8. Fortieth Anniversary of File 770
  9. Jon Del Arroz Off BayCon 2017 Program, Claims Decision Is Politically Motivated
  10. Cats Sleep on SF: The Goblin Emperor