Saturday, February 12, 2005

Comment Changes

The folks at have improved their commenting system, so I've altered my template accordingly. If you click the "X comments" link below each post, that takes you directly to a special "commenting" page, where you can read previous comments or post your own. It's quite flexible - you can even choose whether to show or hide the main post while you write your response. And anyone can comment using the name of their choice (and an optional link to their homepage) - no more compulsory "anonymous" postings for non-Blogger users.

If you click the usual 'permalink', it should take you to the item page, with the comments displayed after the main post as usual. But you'll need to go to the 'commenting' page if you want to add a comment of your own. (I've gotten rid of the hack which allowed comments from the item page itself.)

Hope it works - there's always a chance I will have screwed something up while playing around with the template code. Let me know if you have any problems or suggestions. (I could make the comment page open in a new window - would that be convenient or irritating?)

If the item-page comment hack is sorely missed then I suppose I could bring it back. I just think it might be confusing because after you post a comment (even using the hack), it now automatically redirects you to the separate "commenting page". So the hack seems a bit of a waste of time. I'll keep the 'recent comments' hack though - I think that one's still worthwhile.

So... any comments?


  1. test comment using "other" identity

  2. This is better than the old way, but I still think Typepad's system is better than Blogger's. In fact, I think Typepad is better all around. Is there any respect in which you think Blogger is better than Typepad? Or is Typepad more expensive? (I don't know about the prices of these things, since I was given a free one-year subscription.)

  3. I don't really know much about Typepad. I suspect it probably *is* better. But Blogger is entirely free (unlike Typepad), and good enough for my purposes :)

  4. Ah, I see. Yes, being free does make up for any deficiencies.

  5. blogger is crap. fullstop. but it is free. I would love to get onto another server, but I can't really afford it.

  6. I think I'll stick with normal Blogger comments, at least until BH's 2.0 hack is released.