F.A.Q. Page

We’ll keep updating this page as needed, but here are answers to a bunch of FAQs we’ve seen so far.

What the heck is The Avocado?

This community started off in the halls of the AVClub, took refuge on the channels of Disqus, and has now graduated up to its very own site. This is a home for people who want to discuss movies, TV, or any of a wide range of pop culture while fostering a sense of community where you can share in each other’s lives.

How do I comment? 

Commenting is still done through Disqus, so you are free to keep using the same log in you were on the channel.

How do I publish a thread?

Because this site is built using WordPress, users who are interested in being able to create a thread will have to register for a WordPress account and then either submit that user name or their email to be added to the list of publishers.  This access will be granted to any users interested, you just need to request access on the registration thread found here: Avocado Publisher Registration

When you go to create a wordpress account, it is going to take you through a 4 step process to get a user name. On steps 1 and 2 you have to create your own blog and name it, but this is not something you will ever really have to worry about or update in the future.

For a guide on how to create a thread, please refer to this handy walkthru created by A Winged Potato.

Why don’t I see an option to write a thread even though I’ve requested to publish?

If it’s been 24 hours and you still haven’t received an email with an invitation to publish, please email the mods with your WordPress user name at avocadomods@gmail.com.   If you have already accepted that invitation, please log back out and in of wordpress and that should do it.  If not, please fill out the contact form or email the mods.

Why are all the boxes blank when I go to publish?  Why can’t I upload a featured image into my thread?

There are a small handful of accounts that for whatever reason are not compatible to our site. We have done much troubleshooting to discover the root of the problem and are still coming up with no answers.  Right now, the fastest solution to this problem is to create a new WordPress account and resubmit a request to have publishing access.  I apologize for this inconvenience but it is truly the fastest option and we’ve yet to have the problem occur to 2 accounts for the same person.

What does this cost us?

Thanks to an “angel investor” the first year of this has already been paid for.  WordPress will cost the site $299 annually which we will fundraise for closer to when the next payment is due.  We will have the ability to add a donation button through Paypal that will will enable just until we reach the goal to pay that bill and go back to business as usual.  Absolutely no one here is going to profit off of this site.  It is strictly a labor of love and a group effort to keep this place going.  In order to keep it ad free(besides the Disqus ads we have to have) fundraising is necessarily but I trust we can easily achieve that goal.

Can I still post through Disqus natively and not through the site?

We recommend to post directly through the site, but there is still an option to use Disqus natively.  This should come in handy for those who are having problems accessing the site due to firewalls or blocks from their work.  Here is a link to our The Avocado’s Disqus Forum.

What happens to all the threads we created on the channel?

That’s a good question! Currently there are over 8000 threads on the channel and certainly for more than any of our unpaid admins to go about migrating them each one at a time, especially when a good many of them aren’t really going to generate more interest(i.e. meetup threads or liveblogging tvshow threads).  If you want to see an old thread you created be added into this new site, you are welcome to repost them over here.  Once you have been registered to publish to this new site, you will be able to copy and paste your old threads, you can even keep it in html form so you’d just have to find your old thread (which is easily done through your Disqus profile), open it up to edit and copy and paste it.  The only thing you will have to add is a tag on the side menu.   I request that if you chose this option, be mindful to not do them all at once.  We still want to make this site easy to navigate on a day to day basis.  If you see there have been a ton of threads made for a day, please just wait.  It gives your chance for your old work to have new life and it could be a lot of fun if some of you have done Q&A type threads like “Best Fictional Town to Live In” got another go round.  Its basically recycling, which is living green, so if you think about it, its actually good for everyone.

How do I get a feature I’m creating onto the menu?

 If its been over 24 hours since you created your feature and it is still not showing on the menu, please send your request to add the name of your feature to one of the main menu categories or submit a request using the contact form.

My Open Thread or Politics Thread isn’t being correctly linked to by the main menu?

The way the menu links for those posts work right now is it links to the most recent post in the category (Open Thread and Politics Thread. Make sure your post has the correct category. For Day Thread/Night Thread header links to work, the post must have the tag (rather than category) Day Thread or Night Thread.

Do I need a mods permission to start a feature?

No, as long as whatever feature you are planning does not violate our guidelines and it isn’t ripping off someone else’s feature, have at it.  Please do not name your feature after yourself, this is not a personal blog.

How to do a use WordPress tags and categories? 

Funny you should ask.  Mindy made a helpful thread on just this subject. Tagging and Categories Thread

I hate visible downvotes! Can I hide them?

We hate them too! Yes, that is the Official Avocado Position. If you have uBlock or AdBlock, you CAN hide them. Here’s instructions for uBlock: the instructions for AdBlock should be similar:

  1. Click on uBlock in your toolbar or settings, then click on “open the dashboard”.
  2. Go to “my filters”
  3. Add the line disqus.com##.vote-down .count
  4. Save your settings. You may need to refresh your page or even restart your browser to start seeing the change.