Tech Update

Hi guys — I just thought I’d give you a little update regarding tech problems as we’re finally closing in on some big changes thanks to some new tech help (hooray for Laura!). You should experience a much smoother, faster site — please let me know on this thread if you’re still noticing a wonky site. Some of the changes we made required us to get rid of some features because they were mucking up the database, including the edit comment feature and the report comment feature (which was used correctly approximately three times for the two years we had it running)!  (We kept the “subscribe to comments” feature — I need to investigate why that one isn’t working.)

Two other notes regarding admin issues with the site:

  • Video ads.  I’ve given my termination notice to the company I was working with for below-the-fold ad space, so hopefully a lot of those autoplay video ads should stop soon — we’re still in the thirty day termination window at the moment, unfortunately; let me know if you continue to see them and I’ll do the best I can to stop them. (It is/was an incredibly long process with the company to stop the ads, which is part of why I terminated.)  If you see/hear any audio ads ABOVE the fold (leaderboard, at the top of the sidebar, or that Garnier ad in the middle) please let me know asap — that is a different company and they’re much better about responding quickly.  Please also let me know if you have mobile-only problems as well, such as redirects to the app store (grrr) — in particular if you could forward me the long URL that you’re redirected to, that would be amazing.
  • Commenting problems.  After we finish this project one of the next ones I’d like to work on is messaging regarding the comments; we may be able to find a way to tell you why your comment doesn’t post.  If a comment doesn’t post immediately it could be because a) you’re new to the site (or you’re using a new computer) and you’ve gone to moderation, b) you’re using a word that sends you to moderation, c) your IP address has been placed in moderation for violating our commenting policy, d) your comment for some reason got stuck in our spam filter (in which case it’s unlikely to post ever because I almost never check spam unless you contact me), or e) it HAS posted and is just on page 2 of comments.  There are also the annoying Wordpress problems with “duplicate comments” and “you’re posting too quickly,” which both hopefully are much less of a problem than they were a year or two ago — please let me know if those two things are still cropping up all the time.

Tech Troubles

Hi guys — I’m seeing some reports of people not being able to click/comment on the Weekend Open Thread. I can’t recreate the problem on my end in any of my browsers.  If anyone is still having the problem, can you give me more info? (Specifically — does the page get “stuck” while trying to load something? You can usually tell by watching the gray bar at the bottom of the web page, which shows the various various things being loaded and connections being made (see screenshot below).

I know there were a lot of other general complaints re tech troubles — what is specifically still happening for people now (not several weeks ago)? Thank you all for your help (and for your patience!). Thank you!

(Regarding the comments-not-staying-filled-with-your-names issue, this was the response from my tech guys, below: we’re going to continue to investigate — if you have any other info on it, please contact us so we can correspond with you directly on the problem.)

That information input in the Comments form is cached in the visitors browser,
you can prevent your browser from caching form fields, but since this is happening to only some of your visitors that means that their individual settings are set to have the AutoComplete feature off in their own browsers.

And here’s that other screenshot I mentioned…

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Admin / Tech / Ads

Hi guys – I saw some of the reader complaints re: audio ads late yesterday; my apologies to everyone for the audio interruption.  The people who manage the ads on this site are all under strict instructions to never let audio ads in  (and, my goodness, certainly not ads for things like KY jelly, whether audio or not).  Sometimes ads slip past our filters (which makes me like the advertising companies even less, but that’s me).  In order to stop these ads I need two pieces of information:

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A New Mobile Theme

corporette-mobile-friendlyHi guys — I just thought I’d give everyone a heads-up that we are going live with a new mobile theme for the blog today. I’m still in discussions to do a design refresh in general for the blog, so this will hopefully be a temporary theme (and we’ll move to a nicer one in a bit). We’re still tweaking it, so stay tuned. One big thing to note: in order to view comments, you have to click the big pink button that says “View Comments” near the bottom of the post. We’re still working on making the different comment levels more apparent, and will be making other changes to the user experience as we go. Thank you for reading!



One more note: due to some tech troubles with WordPress, we’ve made some changes to commenting — we expect these changes to be temporary until the vulnerabilities are patched.

Top Posts of 2014 (By Page Views)

Corporette-2014-reviewEvery year I round up two kinds of “top posts” — MY favorite posts (that were the most fun to write, or I thought sparked an interesting discussion) — and then the ones that are the top posts according to Google Analytics.  I’ve already rounded up my favorites — these are the top posts of 2014 according to Google Analytics.


  1. What To Do About Your Work Email After You Quit
  2. Must a Blazer BUTTON To Fit?
  3. Comfortable Heels for Wide Feet
  4. Are 4″ Heels Too High for Interviewing?
  5. Which Undies Are Best for Avoiding VPL?
  6. Feeling Too Fat to Interview?*
  7. Professional Frump: What to Avoid
  8. Quick, Easy Hairstyles (from guest poster Lindsey Frederick)
  9. Professional Image, Outfit “Compliments,” and Confidence at Any Size (from guest poster Kathryn Rubino)
  10. How to Wear Heels (If You’re Used to Flats)

* I apologize (belatedly) to everyone who felt this title was incendiary — to me it’s a totally normal feeling to have to struggle through of feeling “too fat” to do something — that additional noise created in your head when you don’t feel “your best” for why you shouldn’t do something already challenging.  I usually try to keep the blog clear of my own body issues; my apologies for failing to do that in this case.  Obviously no one IS too fat to do anything, and of course not for interviewing.

Check out this page for our top posts of all time!

Kat’s Favorite Posts of 2014

Corporette-2014-reviewI always do a roundup of which posts were my most-viewed ones for the year — but I thought I’d start our review posts this year with some of MY favorites.  Some of them were fun to write — some of them sparked a great discussion — and some of them were just something that I thought was important we talk about.  Ladies, which were your favorite posts?  Any I’m forgetting?

Here were my favorites of 2013, as well as my favorites of 2012 and 2010.

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