Welcome to the New Motley Moose!


Please Bear with us while we move the Moose.

After a 7 year run on the SoapBlox platform, the Motley Moose will be migrating to a new platform, WordPress. SoapBlox, the product of choice for the early blogtimes, when we chiseled our words on stone tablets and hurled them at each other, is being retired and the hosting firm that did such a great job all these years will be shutting down.

The transition will occur over the next month with an expected date of New Moose no later than June 30, 2015.

It is our hope that we can host the archive of previous Moose diaries and comments and will be working with the current hosting firm towards that goal.

We ask for your patience as we tweak the design to come up with something that works as a publishing platform for our authors and provides a pleasant environment for our subscribers.

Note: Not all user accounts will be migrated so stay tuned for information about how that transition will occur.


  1. June 30! You’d better get on it.

    (I got my homework done and turned in so I can be silly for five minutes.)

    • I thought it was better to have a date instead of just saying “whenever” which is actually the most likely scenario. :–)

    • I am looking for tools to make the comments more user friendly. Like bolding, italicization, blockquote via a button and links. Plus preview!!

      HTML works but we need a way for non-geeks to converse.

      Don’t you agree?

      • I do agree, absolutely.

        Are these plug-ins or are there other tools?

        (Sorry I haven’t been around much; both jobs went nuts on me this week.)

        • What you see here is the comment entry as delivered with the theme. Most don’t come with tools of any sort so any comment enhancement is a plug-in. I have a few to check out but my week blew up and I have only had dribs and drabs of time to play. I will vet some this weekend.

        • There do not seem to be any “comment preview” plug-ins any longer. I think they all relied on Java Script which is full of security holds. I will keep looking. Lots of people use third-party comments like via Facebook or Disqus. That means that your comments don’t stay part of your site. That is a problem (to me) because the comments are some of the best parts of a blog.

          We do have italicization, bolding,


          , and links (which Old Moose did not have).

          • I found one. It is not elegant but it works on both desktop and mobile. The comment timer (which gives us x number of minutes to fix a typo in a comment) also gives us a spell checker and a bigger screen box for comments.

  2. have to figger out how to post a diary here – sigh – so hard fir me to learn new stuff . But at least I’m logged in and I like the ability to edit a comment

    • Did you get your login information? The Moose should have sent user information to you.

      I am working on a document that will do a step by step introduction to posting here. But the easiest way to learn is to see one of your own diaries in the WordPress editor. If you want one moved, let me know and I will do that.

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