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  1. Well, firstly, I truly appreciate the free service WP has given me. I'd be delighted to pay for the service. It would be both a way to show my appreciation and get, perhaps, new features. Although I really am happy with what I have and don't even fully use what I have (partly because I don't know how). However, I go to payday lenders every month. I am going under financially.

    I've been forced to 'voluntarily' demote myself to part time employment so that my company (G4S) can make less of an effort to find me gigs that I'll want to do. (I resist taking crappy gigs, which sometimes include gigs that untrained, solo guards shouldn't be asked to do). Because I try to look after myself - bosses usually don't love their workers, but only use them, whatever they tell them - I can't likely argue that I'm not choosing to give up full time employment. I won't win that fight, for which reason I signed the form my smiling employer gave me knocking me down to part time status.

    For some time, I've encountered dead sections en route to my blog. An intro screen shows what I assume is supposed to be my stats. I only see a big white box. But, WP is always changing - like a city. You live with it. If I can make it home, that's what I need.

    Now though, getting to my blog entails a lot of work. There's a new screen (or two; not sure) that interjects itself but also does nothing. The one screen I land on is dead. On my laptop at home, none of the buttons work. I have to scramble, clicking and searching and clicking, to find a link back to my blog. On this crappy netbook I'm typing on right now, I get the same interfering dead screen, but I was able to successfully click on the support button. Sooo, I had better talk to you while I have you.

    What's up?

    The blog I need help with is arrby.wordpress.com.

  2. An intro screen shows what I assume is supposed to be my stats. I only see a big white box.

    If you are willing to try some troubleshooting you may find a solution or at least rule out some possible causes.

    If you are not running one of the browsers and versions listed at http://browsehappy.com/ please try upgrading or switching first.

    Note: If you are using an IE9 browser in compatibility mode that makes it render as IE7 and IE7 is not supported. To disable see > http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1196-internet-explorer-compatibility-view-turn-off.html

    If you are running one of the browsers and versions listed at http://browsehappy.com please do these four things:

    1. Try clearing your browser’s cache:

    http://www.google.com/support/accounts/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=32050

    2. Make sure that you have third-party cookies enabled: http://en.support.wordpress.com/third-party-cookies/

    3. Try with all browser extensions or add-ons temporarily disabled.

    4. Try enabling HTTPS: http://en.support.wordpress.com/https/

    If it’s still happening, let us know which browser (and version of it) you’re using by checking here if necessary http://supportdetails.com and also post any error reports you get.

  3. Thanks very much. I'm going to go through the suggestions and, indeed, attempt to trouble shoot. I even got that dead screen when I clicked on the button that said to visit this discussion "click here." That was via my gmail.

    I wonder whether it has do with the layers of anynomity I've employed. I have done what a non techie can do, following suggestions of techies. I use Firefox but in private browsing mode plus that thing you do where you enter into the browser via about:config, I think it was. The explanation I read (I think via EFF's website) was that Firefox uses some type of cookies that are recognizable as cookies, which can be toggled off. I also did that, although I've got to look around to find which entry in the list applies, as I forget. Hey, I'm getting old! We forget.

    I also use Ixquick for searches. I am using gmail, just because what else can I do? There seems to be a few options for third party email (that isn't big player), but I can't actually make heads or tails out of them. I HATE Google. But it's impossible, for now, to escape.

    So, I'll do some work and report back. I might uninstall Firefox and reinstall it, since I've tampered with it and that could be the problem.

  4. Oops. That was supposed to be "some type of cookies that are not recognizable as such."

  5. One of the things that looks useful is the ability to keep a copy of the host file for WP. I just had a look at Spyware Blaster's tools and it will conveniently hold good copies for me. I doubt that that is my problem here, but even if I eventually get to the sites (forums, my blog) I am looking for, perhaps a corrupt host files for pages in between is making my trip longer than it need be.

    Does that make any sense?

  6. Okay. I got nowhere with all the above troubleshooting measures, which help was nevertheless greatly appreciated. There were so many variables and possible causes, I can't say what it was that fixed my problem. I was, by the way, using the latest version of Firefox, but the html setting was off. I had also turned off the geolocation thingy, so maybe that's why I don't get all the graphics related to stats. I'm not sure.

    That didn't fix things. I uninstalled Firefox and only kept my bookmarks via an exported html file. Perhaps it was my toggling the dom storage (cookie sort of) in about:config that damaged me, because now I'm seeing stuff and everything's functional, although a bit newish.

    Thanks again Timethief. I think this is case closed. If you want to tell others: "See! Don't do what he did," I'll understand. ;-)

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