Alex Blaze

A couple words about comments

Filed By Alex Blaze | April 30, 2008 3:38 PM | comments

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Half the fun at the Bilerico Project happens in the comments. I can't thank you all enough for participating there, those who do. Not only does it let our contributors know that someone is reading them, it helps us learn and grow as writers and thinkers!

If you think a contributor is wrong, wrong, wrong, leave a comment in that post! We aren't hard souls here at TBP - we can accept criticism and grow. If you think a contributor is right-on, also leave a comment to encourage them to speak out more. The contributors and the editorial team take comments seriously, and we get into fun discussions in the threads as well.

I love to receive comments from new people who I haven't seen on the site before. Since I just had to go approve a long line of comments, I'm moving this post up about how to register to comment (so you don't have to wait to be approved!). Some HTML basics are after the jump as well.

You can register as a trusted commenter here at the Project. All you have to do is sign in down at the end of the comments section with your LiveJournal, OpenID, Movable Type, Type Key, or Vox user name. If you don't have one of those, you can sign up for one there with Movable Type or Type Key. It's really easy, and then Bil can make you a trusted commenter after your first comment. No more waiting for Bil or me to get out of the shower and approve your comments!

We also allow basic HTML for hyperlinks, blockquotes, and cool styles. Here are some things you can do in the comments here to make what you say look snazzy.

Hyperlink: A hyperlink is that thing where the text you're reading turns green and is underlined for a few words and you can click on it to go to another webpage.

Like this.

The way you'd type something like that into a post is like this:

<a href="">Like this</a>

Make sure to use the "http://"! This also helps to keep long URL's in the content column instead of drifting off to the side of the browser.

Blockquote: Do you like quoting others? This helps to delineate what you say and what someone else is saying, like this dude says:

Kneeling comes naturally for a priest. Mm-hmm. Doesn't Mark Jordan estimate that 2/3 of priests have G-cards? Well, then. I'm going to say that this is more likely than not a blow job joke.

Just put in blockquote tags - <blockquote>Quoted text</blockquote> - and you get some indentation action.

Stylized text: Do some fun stuff with text. DON'T FORGET THAT ALL CAPS MAKES YOU SOUND CRAAAAAAAAZY AND NO ONE WILL TAKE YOU SERIOUSLY. Italics and bold are good substitutes:

  • <b>bold</b>
  • <u>underlined</u>
  • <i>italics</i>
  • <del>strike through</del>
  • <center>This centers text on the page</center>

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We definitely love the comments. I can see on our site tracker which stories get the most reads each week. (That's how I do the weekly round up.) But we have so many phantom readers out there.

Show us some love already! ;^)

I would like to comment on "comments." It seems that comments are becoming more commentary in nature. I enjoy commenting on a comment of a comment, because it keeps my commenting skill at their peak.

But, there are some commentors whose commenting skills are something to comment about in a seperate comment. One wonders if their comment has a point to it, commentarily speaking. Yet, we comment on, ever hoping that the one special comment will one day get us noticed enough to become more than a common commentator.

("Tator." I know what I'm having for dinner tonight.)

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Despite propaganda from the editors to the contrary (such as Alex's mis-information above), the <strike> and </strike> tags do not work for the lowly blog readers/commenters, only for the Bilerico editors and contributors.

They have special software. They are elitists like that, y'know. And it's just the type of world we live in, so get used to it. Try complaining, get ignored.

Now, where did I put my Alan Turing cyanide apple?

Wilson46201 | April 30, 2008 7:20 PM

B L I N K ?

Guess not... (hecky-durn)

A.J. is correct. Only and will do a strikethru in the comments section. I don't know why. All of the alternate tags work though , , etc work though. Odd.

The comments section will also turn most URLs into links, but leaving really long URLs without using HTML to link words is discouraged.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | April 30, 2008 10:38 PM

Serena, you know I lust after you.

Monica, the Department of Redundancy Department needs a new comment coordinator.

A.J. as always you are correct.

Bil I have no idea what this post is about after "Some HTML basics..."

I'm not even sure my comment on your and Jeremie's fine job on public radio registered. Oops, there are those nice men with my morning meds.

Let's see what works:


OK, Allen, the del tags work, so I changed the post. Thanks for finding that!

Probably too much info, but I've just learnt that, for emphasis in blockquote when commenting, only italisation works.

I've also just emailed Bill regarding possible gremlins at the MT signup for new accounts.

(tks once aagin to Bill for personally enabling my acc.)

This line uses "del" tags to strike itself out.

Yes, it appears that the "del" tags work but the "strike" tags do not.

This post is a test. The stuff in the previous post about elitism was just my sad attempt at off-the-wall rye humor.

Or maybe it was pumpernickel ... well, whatever.