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    1. Thanks Joanne. Unfortunately, I think we are going to see problems with cookies affecting more than WordPress. Browsers tend to lump cookies in black and white state, and we’re starting to see many shades of gray.

      No gray in our neighborhood – it is pretty out there.

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  1. I think I got what you were saying, but since I don’t even understand my own computer – the process of WordPress is as clear as mud. I do know every so often I hit Ctrl + H and clear my history and cookies and my computer runs a heck of a lot faster.
    Thanks for giving me a touch of the autumn colors from New England.

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  2. I seem to be good with cookies on the laptop, but my android phone is another issue. Sometimes I can like a post and sometimes it asks me to log in, which I do and still am unable to like. So, Dan, here’s your “LIKE” for this post. Commenting is better, at least I can do that after logging in.

    Nice fall colors! I was able to go out yesterday on the bike and found some red trees, so yay!

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    1. I’m glad you had a nice day to enjoy some fall color. Red trees are the best! Good job stomping the Raiders!

      Phones are harder to deal with on these issues. I tend to go with saved passwords on my phone, but WordPress sites seem to get confused with those. I can have 30 different sites stored, but it always asks me if I’m logging into LindaGHIll.com – I can’t figure that out, and, apparently, I can’t fix it. When it happens, I shut my phone off and start over.

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      1. Glad to know Mr. IT Guy has the same phone issues. I have decided to let liking go on the phone and stick with comments. Or I wait until I get home. Or two days later. ;-)

        Aaron and the Pack were awesome yesterday. No heart attacks!

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  3. I understand most of what you said, and I don’t normally have issues with WordPress sites at least on my laptop. My challenges are at other sites like Blogger where in order to leave a comment it sometimes takes me a half a dozen tries and more than a dozen verify steps. Ugh. Nice fall colors, and I bet Maddie loves having choices of where to rest on her deck. :-)

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  4. Thank you for your explanations, Dan!! If I missed the gist, can you explain how a person without a WP account can comment on a blog that is self-hosted (via say Bluehost) but uses WP to write the blogs they post? Maybe I should’ve just read the links you provided first before asking? I have seen the problems you’ve described, and my comments end up in spam folders. All of this cookie stuff can make it frustrating to comment or receive comments. On to your photos – the reds in your area are very vibrant. I’m like you – I love the early morning photos when the dark bones of the tree show through the leaves! Hope you have a wonderful week!!

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    1. Thanks Shelley – self-hosted accounts always have a custom URL, so they’re cookies are always considered third-party cookies. If you want to allow users without WP accounts to comment, you have to allow that in your blog settings. That’s the same if you have a site hosted on WordPress.

      I hope you have a great week.

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  5. The pictures are lovely Dan! Truly stunning! The words are . . . words and I am sure they are lovely words. The only problem I have with my blog is that I can’t get it to single space my poetry. In the greater scheme of things . . . not so bad.

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  6. I’m so thankful that as a “follower” only, I haven’t experienced any of these problems!

    Red trees are glorious, and those early morning shots on your way to work are so pretty.

    Maddie loving her finished deck is a wonderful thing to see. I knew she would love the “upper” and “lower” level option. And when she’s on the lower level, that gives her a nice niche to snuggle her back against! Perfect! 👍
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. Thanks Ginger. She seems to enjoy having options. She likes the backrest. I hope she’s not expecting me to add padding to it. The leaves are falling quickly, but I’ve enjoyed seeing them turn.

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  7. Cookies….the bane of my existence. I thought they were stealing my date/information/whatever. My husband had to set me straight on that. Thanks for this post, Dan. It is helpful. I am still logging in to comment…how do I enable third-party cookies? Oh, dear–you didn’t get the memo about overhead lights? So cute!

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    1. Thanks Lois – The link at the end of the post to WordPress Third Party Cookies will take you to a page where they have instructions for every different browser. I started to take screen shots, but there are so many browsers, this post would have gone on forever.

      MiMi and I are in negotiations over what lights at what time of day are permissible. The problem is, she turns the chair when she jumps up in it.

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  8. Just this morning I couldn’t get on to WP at all. I had to turn off my computer then wait for about a half an hour, and try again. It worked. Every time I log off I clear my history, something I’ve gotten into the habit of. I’ve had not issues thus far of commenting on sites I follow. Your gallery ….. LOVE those reds, Dan! Yup, sure looks like Fall to me. Happy Monday!!

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  9. It’s Monday morning. I’m at work. I snuck over and read your post. Now I really do need a cookie – and a cup of tea (or coffee, if I’m feeling brave). Your photos are gorgeous – you have some of those red trees I’ve been waiting for. BTW, your black-and-white cat looks just like the one who’s suddenly appeared in the wooded area next to my house, and who insists on staring through the fence at Puppy Cody – who, of course, can’t do anything because, well, fence. The kittie has a feral friend (calico) who also visits and hisses by the fence. I sure hope neither of them jump over, poor Cody would lose that battle.

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    1. Thanks CM – Maddie, the dog who sits still while squirrels practically jump on her cot, goes totally crazy with cats in the neighborhood. They don’t even have to be in the yard, Anywhere visible and she goes nuts.

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      1. Cody isn’t quite sure yet what to do with a cat because she’s never seen them before. These particular cats look nasty – they always puff up and start hissing, both at dogs and people. I wouldn’t want either of us tangling with them.

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  10. I’m not experiencing any of the problems you mention, Dan. Well, apart from when I visit any self-hosted blog where I have to leave my name, email address and blog address every time I leave a comment (even if it’s in reply to the response the owner of the blog has left to my first comment).

    I have to keep confirming my subscription even though I’ve already visited and left an earlier comment on the same day. It’s resulted in me not leaving as many comments on self-hosted blogs as I do on WordPress.Com blogs.

    Also, on the dashboard of a WordPress.Com blog, (under settings – discussions), there is an option to untick a box that says ‘Comment author must fill out name and email’ and another box that says ‘user must be registered and logged in to comment.’ I’ve unticked those boxes to make it easier for somebody to leave comments. As I said above (about leaving comments on self-hosted blogs), it can put people off leaving comments if they have to jump through lots of hoops to be able to leave a comment.

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    1. Thanks Hugh. The problem with self-hosted blogs is that their cookies are, by definition, third-party cookies. Unless you agree to accept those, you can login all day long and it will never be saved. When I can’t allow third-party cookies (blogs I read at work) I have the browser store the login information. Sometimes, that requires that I reload the page a second time, but it usually works.

      Operating (pc, mac and phone) systems and browsers are trying to eliminate third-party cookies due to privacy concerns, but WordPress relies on them. This is not going to end soon..

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      1. I’m just glad that I don’t have any problems leaving comments, signing in, or reading posts on WordPress, Dan. My iMac seems to self-clean cookies, etc.. at least once a month, so I do need to remember passwords to sites. For me, Chrome seems to work best when I’m using WordPress, whereas Safari is a no-no.

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  11. And that’s the way the cookie crumbles – I’ve often wondered why some bloggers suddenly disappear from the blogs I follow list. I probably uncookied when I should have cookied. Looks like the trees are turning color beautifully back there. Enjoy!

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    1. Thanks John. These posts are never literary accomplishments. At least not when I write them. I’ve been answering questions in comments, so I thought I’d try to bring it all together.

      It’s been a fast but beautiful fall. Maddie is enjoying her walks snd her new places.

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  12. I used to have trouble with WP and those cookies, but I switched some little button somewhere in my browser and now I don’t. It’s all gibberish to me, but occasionally, like a blind pig finding a truffle, I do manage to solve my own WP probs.

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  13. Thanks Dan. I have recently discovered this on my own, minus the technical jargon of course. But since I updated my IOS and also cleared my history browser I have to sign into WP again and for some stupid reason it is not recognizing my password. With all I have going on I just don’t have time to go searching or create new passwords. It’s so frustrating and used to be so simple. Sigh….
    Your photos are beautiful!,

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    1. I’ve had that happen, too, Cheryl. There’s a way to ask WP to send you an email invite to gain access to your admin page. When I did that, it fixed my password problem. I’ve had to do that twice in the past two years.

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  14. I had some third party cookies but they made me sick. I think I’m strictly a two party cookie girl. Everything in moderation as they say.

    (More seriously, very clear explanation of the issues. Thanks, Dan.)

    Love those autumn colours. Heading for 32C on Thursday so I may find myself wistfully longing for autumn.

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    1. Thanks for the chuckle. Our fall colors are beautiful, but we know what lies ahead. Although, our weather service is predicting a mild winter. These days, I don’t know what that means. I prefer the somewhat harsh winter, with enough cold snaps to kill off the nasty bugs.

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  15. WordPress keeps asking me to follow the blogs I already follow and from
    which I get notifications. Even yours and Cheryl’s. I looked into the cookie problem a while back and found that I do not have any cookie problems at all.

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  16. I find WordPress an absolutely darling when compared with Blogger. It wasn’t a problem before the demise of Google+ as that seemed to allow us all to play nicely together. Now I seem to be able to comment on Blogger blogs sometimes, but not others. Worse, I don’t know what those times will be till after I’ve pressed post. So yes, I could do a Control C to copy my comment before hitting post, but … I’m old and I often don’t remember. So I get pissed off and flounce off, muttering to myself that there has to be a way to fix this before remembering I already have way too much to do.

    Oh dear, I sound rather grumpy :D

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    1. It’s OK. It’s a good case for a grump. I used to have my blog on Blogger, but I got very few comments. Some people followed me here and I started getting comments from them. These guys try to create communities, but they don’t make it easy.

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  17. Warning – cookies contain nuts. deleted cookies spray nuts all over as they leave this universe. Bones is forced to repeat the bricklayer line. And … well you get the picture. If we are really lucky the Borg don’t get their hands on cookies or cats. Wait Dan do you let the Borg read your blog !?! Well I guess it is too late anyway. PS Those fanning out sunrise shadows from the trees – those are very good.

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  18. Aw, Maddie on her warm step :)
    Fall pictures are dreamy! Oof, Imma take Thursday and Friday off and Imma get me some foliage and dirt and leafeses and a hayride and I CANNOT WAIT! The ‘before sunrise” shots are also pretty, but also, ew, early morning. lol
    That’s interesting about the WP conundrum. I’m so glad you posted that information, very helpful.

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    1. I just realized that I won’t be commuting after the time change, so this is what I’m going to see, unless I make a special trip to the park. I may do that at some point, but I don’t think I’m going to be in a hurry. I’m going to focus on finding places near our home. They changed the sign at the park, indicating that they are going to lock the gates from dusk to dawn. I might not have been able to stop much this winter anyway.

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      1. Huh, they must have heard you’re retiring over at the park so are shutting it down since the resident early photog won’t be stopping by in the wee hours of the morning, and who will report on the bird teams dialogue? You’re a hard act to follow.

        Finding new places around home sounds exciting and challenging. I look forward to seeing what you find.

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  19. Looks like I’m all set when it comes to third-party cookies. Now I want some chocolate-chip cookies. xD

    Good pics of the Fall foliage, btw. Thanks in part to how dry it’s been here in the mid-Atlantic, we haven’t seen as many colors this year as we usually do.

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  20. I really do understand about cookies, data, information but when I read your explanation, I had to read it twice AND decipher it. I have a white list of cookie and a black list of cookies. You’re on my white list.

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