Welcome to Winter-Is-Coming.net
By Winter Is Coming on in General.

Welcome to Winter Is Coming’s new home. Be sure to update your bookmark! I’m on WordPress now, which means a few things have changed around here. One thing you may notice are the categories are now tabs above the posts and the menu in the header contains links to some important pages. Also, perhaps the biggest change is the commenting system. I have installed IntenseDebate for the comments and it has lots of great features. You have the ability to comment as a guest, with your IntenseDebate account, or even use your Twitter or Facebook account. There is also support for avatars, threaded comments and a ranking system. Oh yeah, I can also ban users. Tamzin Merchant haters beware!

There may be a few glitches here and there as I continue to iron out the kinks of using this new platform, so please be patient. Of course, if you notice any problems, feel free to contact me. Thanks everyone!


  1. Mauberly
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    Nice! :)

  2. @ddaimyo
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Permalink


  3. G
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    Awesome Winter!

    Following your blog for some time now, and it turned out to be an excellent source. Can t wait for the possible annoucement in march.

    Greetings from Germany!


  4. @Axechucker
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Permalink


  5. About Yea High
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    Okay, not so fabulous.

    How do I get my old screen name back?

    WITHOUT guesting every time?

    WITHOUT affixing it to something else?

    I don't want it affixed to Twitter.

    I sure as HELL don't want it affixed to Facebook.

    Intensedebate doesn't allow names with spaces. About Yea High needs spaces. No underscoring!

    Blast it.

  6. ninepenny
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    Nice one :)

    AYH: Tried OpenID?

  7. Richard A. Forsyth
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    I like the new digs. I'm a long time reader, occasional commenter under "CepeIndicum." I think I'll be using Facebook instead. Thanks for the improvements Winter. I'm certain AGOT will be picked up. Nothing is certain but all the evidence points that way. And if this show is successful, they will remember their support base. Thanks for all the hard work Winter.

  8. About Yea High
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

    OpenID asks for a URL. I don't have a website – I only visit other websites.

  9. Dani Daly
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    nice :) congratulations!

  10. Adam Whitehead
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 12:30 am | Permalink

    Nice new digs!

    On an OT tangent, a sample of the new SoIaF prequel novella has been published here:


  11. I Sparq
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 12:31 am | Permalink

    Looks great

  12. dholds
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 12:53 am | Permalink

    Hmmm … kinda liked the old commenting system. Had a much cleaner look. This ones seems too "busy" but I'll give it a try.

  13. Rer
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    Bah, I can post without having to register somewhere again. woot I'm back. Love the new layout.

  14. Sparq
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 12:57 am | Permalink

    Testing my OpenID account, don't mind me, site still looks great :).

  15. Winter Is Coming
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 1:00 am | Permalink

    IntenseDebate allows your display name to have spaces (as you can see if you look at my name). So just create an account with any old username. Then under Profile Settings, change your display name to About Yea High. Viola!

  16. Winter Is Coming
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 1:04 am | Permalink

    Awesome. March is shaping up to be a great month for ASOIAF fans.

  17. Michael
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 1:59 am | Permalink

    Awesome. By the way, Jason Momoa is the new Conan! Just one of the many actors from Game of Thrones that will definitely make it big in Hollywood.

  18. Woodsy
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 2:09 am | Permalink

    sweet! Winter Is Closer!

  19. Ser_NA
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 2:12 am | Permalink

    Yeah, this is much better than before.

  20. Grimtuesday
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 2:21 am | Permalink

    I like this new posting system I can now come out of the shadows.

  21. Mr. Mister
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 2:38 am | Permalink

    Success! Congrats on the new digs…

  22. furrever
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 3:02 am | Permalink

    Looks nice. Thanks WiC!

  23. Phoenix_torn
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 3:41 am | Permalink

    Looking good WiC

    *Formerly Jillian

  24. Stella Maris
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 4:00 am | Permalink

    Hooray! I like it. Feels good. Grats on the big unveil – I know it was a lot of work.

    Here's to an exciting next few months in Westeros!

  25. @regisfrost
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 4:01 am | Permalink

    Nice work, WordPress is the way to go! ;)

  26. Steve
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 4:02 am | Permalink

    icv2.com is reportin that Jason Mamoa is in negotiations to play Conan in the Conan reboot movie. Don't know what the planned release date is, and I'm assuming his GoT contract would cover the first season, so its probably a non-issue except of interest

  27. Stella Maris
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 4:03 am | Permalink

    Haha, me too. Long time reader, short time poster ;)

  28. go falcons
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 4:07 am | Permalink

    Seems a little busy to me, as well, but I'm sure I'll get used to it.

  29. go falcons
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 4:08 am | Permalink

    I do like the ability to comment with my old name and not need to log in to something else first.

    Good on ya, mate!

  30. Phoenix_torn
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 4:10 am | Permalink

    I like having an edit function!

  31. Meg
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 5:26 am | Permalink

    and Dinklage was just cast in Knights of Badassdom. Sounds like a really awesome geek-out film.

  32. Ryan Dunn
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 5:26 am | Permalink

    New site looks good, I like the improvements. But now how will we ever know if Paul Gude is at the top of the "most comments" list? Maybe now we've deinitiativized the whole phenomenon all together?

    Either way, good work WiC. As a WordPress blogger myself, I can say you won't be disappointed.


  33. Ryan Dunn
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 5:33 am | Permalink

    One other note… you might want the links from usernames (when appropriate) to pop up in new windows? Just a suggestion.


  34. afeastforcrows
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    love it!
    this new comment system is awesome.
    if only it were this easy to post on GRRM's blog…

  35. Wyatt Dorn
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    YAY for the new site!
    YAY for banning annoying ppl!
    this new commenting system is way cool.

  36. Eric Wedige
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    Like the new site. Looks great.

    One question about comments…

    On the blogger site, I subscribed to an RSS feed that displayed all the comments from all of the posts in one feed. Yes its confusing, but allowed me to quickly scan comments in my RSS reader. Is there a similar RSS feed in this comment system? I hope the answer is yes.

  37. Lex
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    New domain, eh? Cool beans.

  38. Marko Hladnik
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Nice work there! :) Definitely a big improvement. Two really minor things – I liked the Blogger style of Recent Comments and Archives better, hehe. Slight problem: there seems to be a placeholder for Google adds right after the Tags section on the right, but it wouldn't display for me, so a gap appears. Just letting you know in case it is a common issue.

    a) Keep the tagline (Your source of news and rumors on GOT) on your front page
    b) Put a link to the FAQ in your About page (section on the series).

    I will be using my Facebook account, seems best. Comments layout slightly crowded, with longer loading times, but I'm sure it only takes a little while to get used to that.

  39. Marko Hladnik
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    Questions: does the edit option only work when you're logged in thru IntenseDebate? Too bad if that's the case. Also, is it possible to publicly view the list of commenters? Mainly to keep track of how many different people there are, and checking their new reputation scores. After a while, do you think you'll be disabling the guest comments option again?

  40. Rhiannon Jung
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    Yeah Mark Strong would be good, but my first choice is Christopher Eccleston. Sheesh, the minute we were introduced to Stannis, I saw Chris.

  41. Rhiannon Jung
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    I like the new spot!

  42. Lucy Richer
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Brilliant. The new comments system especially, much easier to have conversations without completely abandoning the initial post :-)

  43. B'Tash
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 3:58 am | Permalink

    I’ve been following your blogg since the beggining but newer posted before….just want to thank you for all your hard work, Winter – I hope your new cite will be arround for a long time (through ALL 7 SEASONS)! Yeah, I am an optimist…:)

  44. Joss Attridge
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    Facebook login is a lot easier than remembering my google account (which I hardly touch). Formerlly posted infrequently as Matrim..

  45. @silverstar1610
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    Interesting stuff. Might take a bit of getting used to.

  46. Christyboyrebel
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    Well, that was easy – gotta love the new system – fair play winter.

    Now that we're all settled in – i was just wondering if anyone has thought about what the weirwoods are gonna look like?? I mean white bark and red sap – that could look really stunning on screen, and kinda creepy. Anyone have any thoughts?

  47. Laura Luchetti
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    I'm a long time reader, but I think that's my second post! However, this new system is great;)
    I'm confident AGOT will be soon picked up!

  48. Marko Hladnik
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    Too bad you cannot rate comments if you're only conneted through Facebook or Twitter. Same for editing … otherwise a nice system :)

  49. About Yea High
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    There we go.


    Looking good, Winter!

    As to the weirwoods … I think they will look more than a little creepy. The initial reaction could be akin to What the Hell is THAT? to anyone uninitiated in ASoIaF.

    Thinking about it, the first few scenes in the pilot episode will all have moments of WTF:

    Prologue: the Others eat Jamie Campbell-Bower.
    Next we see Castle Black at THE WALL – gigantic edifice of ice.
    Over to Bran, watching calmly as his father serves up the King's Justice.
    Transition to monstrous dead wolf.
    Over to Ned and Catelyn under the creepy, red-leafed weirwood.

    Think about it. The most normal scene is where the kid watches a dude get beheaded.

    Heh. Gonna be so good…

  50. Dunkeltroll
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Hey ho,

    let's see how this new system works out. IntenseDebate? Never heard of it before… seems like no matter how many services you register with, you never have all the accounts you need ;-)

    The first few times I tried, the new site didn't want to load at all. I hope this means that there is still work in progress, rather than the new host being unreliable?

    Cheers, the Dunkeltroll

  51. Steven Scott
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    This new comment system is a complete eye sore.

  52. @dsharp1969
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Love it Wic! Keep up the great work! Now for some news…hopefully soon!

  53. Damage_Inc
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Hmm Seems like this going to be serving a bigger and growing community. way more fancy but looks nice to me!

  54. brhodes
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    brhodes / Cajunman checking in.

  55. dizzy34
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Well poop…dizzy was already taken. Still don't know how you have time for this Winter but I salute your dedication.

  56. About Yea High
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Huh. Looks like our Drogo is getting popular.

    Jason Momoa cast as Conan…?

    This article says it too.

    No idea if that changes anything for GoT. Perhaps (like Ehle with her theater schedule) they are working around it.

    Conan's pretty big though.

  57. brhodes
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    How do I link to facebook?

  58. Marko Hladnik
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    brhodes: F-connect button at the bottom, just below comments (you DON'T log in with an IntenseDebate account).

  59. Frank Johnson
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Love the upgrades, keep on truckin' brother…

  60. Aoede
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Testing… testing… damn, it won't let me PgDn. Oh well.

  61. Lauren
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Permalink


  62. Mauberly
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    Made IntenseDebate account to comment :) Now I need to find out how to add avatar.

  63. Sarah Curry Burch
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Wow – good news for Jason Momoa. I've never watched the Star Gate series, or seen him in anything but the interviews for GoT, but he seems to be very talented. He's definately got the right look, for Conan, much more so than Kellan Lutz, who … doesnt. I just hope the role doesnt interfere with Jason's portrayal of Drogo. Drogo is, forever more in my mind, Momoa ^^

    … formally known as RahBur

  64. JuneBerry
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Permalink


    [formerly known as "Lauren"]

  65. David Moore
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Just testing.

    Here's hoping for an early pick up.

  66. Nymeria
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Hi everyone!

    First time poster here (actually, my first blog contribution ever).

    For a few weeks now I’ve been reading through pretty much all the past news and comments all the way back to the beginning (I shared your enthousiasm, especially through the decoding of the casting clues!) and I gotta say, I’m impressed by the respectful tone, the maturity and the comradry. It is in big part due to WiC himself (kudos to the master!), and dedicated contributors like Paul Gude and Legion to name just a few.

    I noticed however the lack of Canadian representation (or perhaps they are too discreet?) so I decided it was time to come out and say hi. 

    I’ve been introduced to ASoIaF some years ago by my brother-in-law, but as obsessed as we both are by the series, unfortunately we cannot discuss it much as he read the French translation and I read the original English version.

    So I am really glad I found this blog! (cuz I’m as excited as everyone here for the HBO series)

    The new site looks great BTW, but I can’t comment on the praticality of it since I have litterally no blogging experience.

  67. JuneBerry
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    wish i could figure out how to connect with facebook…

  68. Ellen
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Loving the new site!

    Hear the news about Jason Momoa as the next Conan? Does it bode well for his role in GOT? Maybe a recast?


  69. Dunkeltroll
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Permalink


    I wouldn't worry too much. Once GoT gets a go, it makes sense to film all Dany-related scenes for the first season in one session. Two or three weeks should be enough to do so, and I guess it will be possible to synchronize such a short amount of time with other projects the cast members are involved in.

  70. meggyo
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Nice site WIC. Will take a while to get used to the new commenting system, but looks interesting. :)

  71. Tynan Craycraft
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    Change is good. Way to go, WIC.

  72. Dunkeltroll
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Hm, my last post is gone somehow while I was experimenting with posting pictures (won't work).

    Anyway, typo alarm for the "about" section: David Benioff and Dan (D.B.) Weiss, have been working with HBO to adapt the boks for television.

  73. spacechampion
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Nymeria! I'm Canuckian too!

  74. The rabbit
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    It will take some to get use to it, but I like it.

  75. Nymeria
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    I just noticed… I don't like that we don't see the date and time of each comments anymore other than XX minutes ago….
    It gets kind of annoying when it gets to older posts where every comment is dated as XX weeks ago because you lose the idea of the time elapsed between each comments…
    Not that it matters that much anyway but I was just wondering if that was something you can configure as you want.
    But then again, it solves the time zone problem…

  76. Nymeria
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    aha! I knew more of us were lurking around :)

  77. World Dancer
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    Testing, testing…

    The last board broke on me, I think it was because my computers are both old or it just doesn't like LJ accounts. Does this one actually work?

  78. Andrew Clayton
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    Hello WiC + community!

    I've been a religious reader since June '09, just never really bothered to register an account to participate in discussion. The new hosting site should and its posting functionality should bring other reclusive GoT enthusiasts out of hiding as well. Keep up the awesome work everyone, the amount of info this blog provides about the production process is simply outstanding :)

  79. meggyo
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Interesting about Momoa being cast as Conan (grats to him, although I'm not really a fan of that particular series). I was reading that filming for Conan will begin May 15th in Bulgaria. I'm hoping it doesn't affect the Game of Thrones filming too much. Wouldn't May be about the timeframe they start up again for GoT?

  80. Cajunman1
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    The poster formerly known as Cajunman, then known as brhodes, now known as Cajunman1 is still here and checking in on the new site.

    Do you guys realize that HBO bigwigs will be screening the pilot this weekend?!?

  81. The_Rabbit01
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    Testing, testing…

  82. Butterbumps
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    Thank you WIC for this great site.

  83. Nymeria
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    yeah, I was thinking about that but then I thought maybe I misread it in the earlier comments because nobody here seemed to talk about it…
    How official is this information though?

  84. Mr. Mister
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Re: Momoa cast as Conan

    It may be that GoT has first option, so that he can audition and get roles while waiting to see if GoT is picked up, but if GoT is picked up he might have to turn down any roles, like Conan, that he has gotten if scheduling conflicts.

  85. @sunvincible
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    Oooh, new stuff. I like it! :) Though I lost what I had written when I tried to log on after writing the comment… :(

    Btw, don't know if anyone's seen it before, but Sean Bean is in a movie called Age of Heroes that starts filming in Norway the week after easter. I don't know when easter is this year, but they'll probably be done filming before GoT starts filming.

    Formerly posted a couple of times as gwakk.

  86. meggyo
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    @Mr. Mister

    From what I've been able to gather on the internet (which, naturally, isn't always the most reliable source), it appears he's cast and starts training for Conan today, with filming scheduled to begin March 15th. I'm thinking a March film date shouldn't interfere too much with GoT filming. I would hope Conan would be wrapping up about the time GoT starts production again this summer.

  87. Raynette
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Another Canuck here!
    I like the new site, however when I tried it from home, it gave me a 403 error and said I should run antivirus (yikes, I guess I'll get on that).
    Anyways, just wanted to say that after 10 years, I finally convinced my husband to read A Game of Thrones (after talking about the TV series constantly). He's now almost done A Clash of Kings and enjoying it (I knew he would).
    Can't wait to hear about a series pickup. I'm very optimistic. Already planning a viewing party.

  88. Dunkeltroll
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    Yes, loging in after writing something seems to delete whatever you wrote – contrary to the old system. It wouldn't be that big of a problem, if not for that big box shouting out <size=8>Post a new comment</size>. Sometimes you may not check if you are loged in before writing, and sometimes simply get kicked before you finish a post…

  89. Nymeria
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    Yay, hello to another fellow Canadian!

    You're lucky you got to convince your husband. Mine won't go anywhere near a book (unless it's about hockey), much less a fantasy one. I'm working on one of my friends though :)

  90. Dunkeltroll
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    To be honest: right now, I don't like the new engine. Maybe it simply needs some time to familiarize with, or it is kind of broken. Some observations why I feel like I do:

    OK: now you can reply to a specific post, and the answer will be shown right below that post. BUT only after you clicked on the "replies" link. Good, now I can "follow" users and be notified of responses to MY postings, but what if I would rather want to read like, EVERYTHING that is going on here? I can't follow someone before he/she posts for the first time, and one reply can relate to a bunch of stuff. While this may be usefull for a specific discussion between a few users, the chance of replies getting overlooked is even higher than before.

    The rating system: Why do I have "12p" standing next to each of my posts? Those thumbs up don't sum up to 12… how is this working?

    Every time I want to write a new post, I get the first line of one of my older ones in that box – right now: "Hm, my last post is gone somehow while I was experimenting with posting pictures (won't work)." Strange…

    The system is slow. Every time I go back to a topic, the initial posting will come up fast, and then the engine starts to render the rest of the page (the comments). Even the NUMBER of comments displayed at the beginnig of the loading procedure tends to shift every time (going one up or down) once the page is complete. Quite unusual.

  91. Nymeria
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    I agree with you about the replies. I have a constant feeling that I might be missing an interesting conversation that might have developed in reply to a previous comment somewhere…

    And I don't like the first line of my last post staying in the comment box either.

    I believe 12 p stands for "12 postings". It seems count edits as new postings though.

    And is there a way to see the comments automatically when they are published instead of reloading the page at random? Because not only do I have to refresh the page all the time to see if there is something new, but it brings me back to the fist page of comments every time…
    But maybe that's just me being dumb because I have no experience blogging…

  92. meggyo
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    I agree, I noticed the same issues myself regarding the comments. Was wondering if it was just my computer.

  93. Marko Hladnik
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    The first line of your older ones appearing in the box is due to your browser settings (auto-fill forms option is on, apparently).

  94. Phoenix_torn
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    Me Too!

  95. Phoenix_torn
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Permalink
  96. Johannes Fink
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Nice! Like it. :)

  97. the Gull
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    Looking good. Now I can post comments from work.

  98. Dunkeltroll
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    Wow, now the reply-box comes up with "Ellen," again… this may be because of browser settings (thanks, Marko), but I kind of like the auto-fill form option (like street, postal code etc.), so I guess I'll have to live with that…

    Nymeria: this number (12p or whatever) is called a "reputation score", as a mouseover reveals. Gaining reputation by editing your own posts would be bullshit, wouldn't it? And I edited my last post at least once afterwards, so now I would be at a minimum of 14, but it's not the case. So I'm still at a loss how to interpret these numbers.

  99. Phil Pritchard
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    yay my first post on wic, next one will probably be around march

  100. Samantha Hirst
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    Ooooo prettyful.

    lol. Totally useless post from the poster of useless posts, but just had to comment.

  101. spacechampion
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    I think it is the total number of thumbs up on all comments you have ever posted to any blog using IntenseDebate.

  102. Nymeria
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    But then you get a +1 reputation score for posting a comment, which is also bullshit IMO, unless someone can explain the logic of it to me.
    And now my postings and edits don't sum up to my score either, so never mind. A +1 for an edit would have been bullshit indeed…
    Perhaps people are giving us the thumbs up and we aren't getting any notification… ?

  103. Guest
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    Gettin' ready for the big announcement?

  104. Laura
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    Very recent picture of Jennifer Ehle from the play "Mr and Mrs Fitch":
    Her hair seems quite ginger, maybe that's Cat's look ;)
    Ps: I apologize for my bad English ^_^

  105. Dunkeltroll
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    This very blog here, today, is all I ever used IntenseDebate for. I'm following this blog for over a year, first posting without any account, than via Google (where I registered only too be able to do just that). Google accounts don't work anymore, thus InDeb.

    Listen: yes, I'm nitpicking right now. But I do it to help making this blog and all the discussions that go on here the best they can be. I treasure the work WiC put into the new system, but still I don't feel comfortable to applaud the results. While working on websites and -shops, I (hopefully) developed a keen eye for usability. Might be just me, but I doubt this system will work for, say, 10 times as many users (the site will no doubt gain once the series goes on the air). So better to find a working solution now than to be sorry afterwards.

  106. Dahn
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    I am a long time reader first time poster. Just testing for now.

  107. Dunkeltroll
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    O yes, the refresh button always takes you back to page 1. Pain in the ass!

  108. MarshallBanana
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    well… if you have this little “noscript” firefox-plugin that disables javascripts (because they are a big security concern) you have a look-and-feel of the comment-section thats very similar to the old site… no avatars, no rating, no thumbs-up/down… you don’t have to click on “x replies” because it will be shown right away.
    trade off: you can only post as guest because the facebook/twitter/whatever buttons are not shown (but you don’t necessarily need those imho) and the links that people use in comments mostly don’t work correctly (you’ll have to modify the url a bit)

  109. Bardamu Foo
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    This new site is gay. Have fun.

  110. Knurk
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    Loving the new look WiC! As always, this site keeps on rocking.

  111. Gregory Kelton
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    re: Jason Mamoa


    I can't imagine it'll cause a problem, he can find the time (6 weeks tops I'd think) to film the Drogo scenes for one season, and that's all he'll need to do. Not a long term time commitment like other characters.

  112. nikki
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    thank you. i don't think i'm a fan of the new comment system

  113. Brude
    Posted January 23, 2010 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    It looks good, Luckily I was able to get my username on Intense Debate (too bad this doesn't link to Google, which I was using before). Too often Brude is already taken by someone.

  114. Garrett G
    Posted January 23, 2010 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    Congrats on the new site! Again you're doing an amazing job, and I look forward to continuing to check this site daily for news and important information regarding Game of Thrones.

  115. Shukun
    Posted January 23, 2010 at 3:32 am | Permalink

    As am I.

  116. FlowerAdams
    Posted January 23, 2010 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    Congratulation with the new site, WiC!

    Before Christmas I talked to the Rep from Random House (they publish GRRM in the States) and asked if they would go the True Blood-route, and republish the books with cover pictures from the show (should it be picked up). She said "probably" – what do you guys think about that? Reprinting the Charlaine Harris books with pictures of Anna Paquin, sent our sales through the roof – but those are romance novels, and the covers where pretty bad before… Will a cover with Sean Bean looking all stoic and manly make for a good publicity strategy? :)

  117. Dunkeltroll
    Posted January 23, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Good question. I guess a mixed attempt would work best, kind of like the "adult editions" they did for the Harry Potter novels, only the other way around (what we got NOW would be the adult edition, the new one would be the fancy illustrated, as seen on TV one). Not everyone wants to be caught with a gaudy looking book…

  118. Dunkeltroll
    Posted January 23, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    Oh, something else I noticed:

    that fancy tag cloud (is anyone really using this?) on the right side shows 4 topics related to David Benioff and another two for david benoiff. Just saying.

  119. Dunkeltroll
    Posted January 28, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Hm: the fact that the error is still there after four days makes me think Winter didn't read my above post. That in turn proves my point that the new engine (IntenseDebate) does not help at all in keeping track of "who posted what in response to whom and in which order". In fact, with replies sorted into the middle of the thread, its worse than ever.

    Sorting the comments by "Last Activity" could help, but only if everyone would maintain the discipline to respond to a specific post, instead of simply posting a new comment below it. Bottom line: if the current situation can't be improved, IntenseDebate sucks balls.

  120. Dunkeltroll
    Posted January 28, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    The "Recent Comments" section is another feature not working as it should. Besides the "Jump to" links not working I mentioned earlier, it really is a "last 5 comments" section. Right now, we are down to postings made during the last two hours. If someone checks in, say, twice a day, he/she sees only a small fraction of what was posted when trafic is up.

    Again, I suggest to run a message board for the comments (with Winter being the only one able to start new topics, one for each blog post). There you could see every topic touched since your last logout, jump to the first unread post, quote, and whatever. This has nothing to do with taking away something from Westeros or any other aSoIaF board, but with keeping this site functionable.

    In other words: I read nearly every comment that was written here during the last year or so, but keeping IntenseDebate running as it is now will simply make this impossible, especially with a (presumably) growing userbase.

  121. Dunkeltroll
    Posted January 28, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    Ah: Winter is Reading & Reacting (no more david benoiff) after all – thanks!

    So: any opinion on the performance of the new engine so far? Are you satisfied with it?

  122. Winter Is Coming
    Posted January 28, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    Sorry Dunk, I really don't see what is so bad about this system compared to the old one. The recent comments section is essentially the same as it was under the old system. The "jump to" links didn't work there either. I think it is an issue with the theme. I will try to fix the issue, when I get a chance.

    Also I think I used to have 7 recent comments instead of 5. I can change it back to 7 but the formatting of the IntenseDebate recent comments causes the widget to take up a lot of space and pushes everything down. Either way, if there are a lot of comments and you are only checking the site twice a day, two more recent comments in the sidebar is not going to make a difference.

    If you want to stay on top of all the comments I would suggest using the RSS feed. Or the email subscription feature.

  123. Winter Is Coming
    Posted January 28, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, it's pretty good. I mean, it has its pros and cons. I like the avatars and the ability to comment via Facebook or Twitter. I also like that you can edit your comments.

    The comment threading I'm still not sure about. Sometimes it is nice, but I don't like how the threads are hidden by default and there doesn't seem to be a way to change that. I might get rid of that. I also don't like how refreshing brings you back to the first page.

    Overall it seems slightly better than the old system but still not perfect. I still have plans to continue to improve and expand the website and coming up with the perfect comment system is one of my goals. But for now, I think this works well and once you get used to it it won't be that bad. :)

  124. Dunkeltroll
    Posted January 28, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    Winter, thanks for taking the time to reply.

    You are right: compared to the old system, it is only slower to load and kind of harder to keep track of all new postings. The RSS feed might be worth a try, but an email subscription would drive me even more insane as I already am in about two days ;-)

    Still, I miss kind of a "wow" effect the new stuff has to offer, that would make up for the longer loading time and such. If you keep looking, I'm not the only one who has issues with it (like formating).

    Please keep in mind that I'm not trying to make the site or your work on it down. It may be too early to dismiss the new system as a failure, but there are some signs I like to warn you about.

  125. Dunkeltroll
    Posted January 28, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    Yes, avatars are always kind of cute, and if people stick to their pics (meaning: not change them every now and again), it gives a sense of recognition. Facebook and Twitter are not my cup of tea, but may be nice for the ones who use them. Editing is surely an improvement, since I tend to overlook a lot of stupid errors.

    Threading and refreshing are things I am really concerned about. Imagine getting 500 comments on every post you make, and it can only get worse.

    I think the comments are a critical feature to the overall success of your site. I guess you don't want to only spread the word, but keep people talking about it and read what they think – that's what i'm here for, mostly. So I hope you will keep experimenting and find the perfect system as soon as possible ;-)

  126. Winter Is Coming
    Posted January 29, 2010 at 1:57 am | Permalink

    Agreed about the comments being critical. My goal is to have essentially all the features of a message board system, but in a comment format. Profiles, avatars, comment history, etc.

    As far as how to deal with the current system, I'm still debating whether to get rid of threading or not. I think I will keep it for now but if it is rarely used or causes folks to miss important comments I will switch back. I wish IntenseDebate just had a quote function. I like that much better than the threading.

    And the refreshing thing? My best suggestion is to get used to using the Last Activity link. It will refresh all the comments and give you the most recent ones right at the top. I've been using it and it works really well for keeping up with the ongoing conversations.

    Thanks for all your input! I really appreciate the feedback, be it positive or negative. :)

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