New Comment System Up!

Hey Everybody! Take a look at our new commenting system! We talked about the pros and cons and decided to do this for a one month trial. If it sucks, we go back to the old way. You tell me what you think.

I’m expecting there will be a few kinks to work out from the initial install, so if you see anything weird or have any tweak requests, please leave your thoughts here.

If you select to create an account when you leave your first comment, you’ll stay logged in (assuming this is your primary computer) and you’ll start accumulating a list of all your comments in one place. This is really cool, but totally optional.

You can also comment with OpenID instead of with your email address. If you use the internet a lot, there’s a good chance you already have an OpenID. And if not, they’re easy to get.

A note to anonymous and pseudonym-using commenters: This system doesn’t support anonymous commenting (sorry) — you have to go the pseudonym route. Just get a Gmail account under your fake name and use that when you fill out the form. Or make an OpenID. As with the old site, the system will display a your image if you’ve associated a gravatar with the email address you use, so be careful not to accidentally cross your identities that way.

Neat things:
– you can edit and delete your comments after you leave them
– you can get emails when people respond to you directly
– you can subscribe to full comment threads and watch the entire conversation over email if you want
– you can quietly report inappropriate comments to me so i know about the immediately

Okay… go play and tell me how it goes.

Posted by on April 2nd, 2009 at 06:43 pm

Category: general info 9 comments »

9 Responses to “New Comment System Up!”

  1. sarahdopp

    Anticipating a question: I temporarily took the "Recent Comments" list down from the sidebar (it got weird in the transition), and will be playing with that again soon. I think we'll get it back — just need to get some new comments into the new system first.


  2. Gabriel

    It looks really great so far, Sarah! :)


  3. Gabriel

    Ah, account signup was easy.


  4. Quinby

    Can't wait to see how this turns out! It looks like it'll be a good thing.


  5. Strangel

    It sounds great,
    registration was a snap. =)

    it should get ideas flowing freely <3 it


  6. stii

    testing, testing…


  7. stii

    I had problems posting using my openID. has anyone else had any? here's a quick summary of what happened:

    -clicked "or post using open ID"
    -entered open id in box
    -didn't tick "sign up for intense debate"
    -clicked "submit comment"
    -error message: "Not Found

    The requested URL /openIDComments.php was not found on this server."

    is it something I'm doing?


  8. Eridani



  9. Eridani

    well, that part seemed to work. I didn't fancy intense debate in the end, though.


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