Friday Feedback

Things have gone mostly smoothly for the blog this week. A configuration error took the blog offline for a short period of time. That was corrected.

We also had a security scan done which slowed the site down a little bit while it was going on. Hopefully we won’t have to do that for a while.

Some of you are taking advantage of the Polls in order to leave comments. Well done.

We are getting tips from our readers which we greatly appreciate.

I tried our first members only posting. Unfortunately for our subscribers they didn’t get the notification that there was more content.

We are still trying to get more members. Thank you for everybody that has already become a member. It helps keep the blog up and running.

Feedback suggestions:

  • What do you think about the polls?
  • Are we covering the right types of events?
  • What would you like to see more of?
  • Do you prefer the hard news reporting over the mostly opinion pieces?

Friday Feedback

Welcome to Friday Feedback. Anybody can add comments down below.

We are going to start the membership requirement for comments Saturday. We will also start releasing some membership only articles.

Remember that you can send us tips at gunfreezone (at)

You can yell at me at

Thanks again to all our members who are supporting the site. We really really hope you’ve been enjoying the content.


Prompts for feedback:

  • What topics you would like to see covered
  • What regular postings from Miguel you miss the most
  • Frequency of postings
  • What horrible grammar and spelling AWA has.
  • What changes of the site do you like/dislike

Blog Status

We have rolled out the new look, sort of. The actual look of the site should stay the same but there are some changes done to support membership.

On comment pages, just above the comment box you will see a “Login or Register”. If you are already a member and logged in, you should not see this message. Once memberships go live the comment block and the Reply buttons will only be seen by members with the “Login or Register” option at the bottom.

For members at the .300 Blackout level you should see a red crosshair above the Reply buttons. It doesn’t do anything yet but it is there. We’re working towards making it functional.

For people signing up, there is a new field “Nickname” This is the default to be shown when you comment on a post.

If you decide to change your displayed name or nickname at some point in the future, all of your posts will be updated to your new display name.

Note, after changing your nickname it might take a little while for you to be able to change your display name to your new nickname. Again, something we are working on.

You can change your display name in “Edit Your Profile” page under the “Register” menu.

We’ve had a couple of requests for ways to pay for memberships outside of credit cards. Absolutely this is possible. Reach out to use a awa(at) or gunfreezone(at) and we’ll get something worked out.

If there are other payment methods you would like us to consider please let us know below in the comments and we will look into them.

In the meantime take a look at The Essential Guide to Anonymous Payment Methods in 2021 for different methods of making anonymous payments using other methods.

Blog Status

It has been another week. We are slowly finding our rhythm. J.Kb. is doing a great job and high quality content. Miguel is doing his hit and run postings. I’m just hanging on by my fingernails.

Status things:
We still plan to start using memberships in another week. I’ve been writing a new theme that will look like the current theme but provide the features we need under the membership model.

The site decided to purge all the nonces. This is how your browser tells the site that you are the same person on the same browser. Unfortunately it doesn’t really tell you this until you try and post a comment, at which point it gives a nasty message.

The fix is to go to the home page and reload.

As part of the move we prestaged the site to This allowed us to do testing and such. Unfortunately the process also turned all of the mentions in the database into This was most easily seen when clicking on the Gun Free Zone Banner.

This is fixed in the live site. There are still a few instances of the wrong name but nobody should see them.

Fixes in code but not on site yet:
It was brought to our attention that somebodies real name was used when they left a comment after becoming a member. This should not have happened. We’ve set it up to use your username as your display name for now and we’ve updated the code so that if you change your display name all comments you made as a member get the new display name.

WordPress, the software that runs this site, has a feature called “nickname”. If you set your nickname you can also set the your displayed name to your nickname. This will allow you to have a user name that is not displayed. Members can get to this feature by logging in and then going to the small bar at the top right that starts with “Howdy,” Use that to edit your profile and you can change your Nickname and your Display Name.

The stopper right now is we are adding the “Nickname” field to the registration and membership edit profile pages.

For members that are at the Shooter level, please feel free to contribute articles to the blog by sending to either awa(at) or gunfreezone(at) Contributions will be posted under your name.

Finally, we’ve added code so that we can make “Feedback” Postings. A feedback posting is open to comments from anybody.

This is a feedback posting so you’ll be able to give whatever feedback about the site you want.

Go for it. Please let us know what we are doing right and what we need to change.