Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Technical Idiocy

This afternoon I inadvertently deleted a very nice comment from Jim B. I'm SO SORRY! Thank you for commenting! Please comment again and I'll try to get it right!

And also, someone mentioned that its horribly hard to comment on blogger. Does anyone have knowledge about how to make it easier? (she inquires of the interwebs)


Kat said...

I'm unsure as to why it's considered hard to comment. You make the comment, enter in the captcha, and then I have it default to signing me in using my Google ID (which, I'm always signed in to Google, so it's nothing other than leaving that option checked). It gives me the option to be Anonymous or using the same login you'd use on Wordpress, etc. Then you hit publish. Except for the captcha, it's no different than commenting on most blogs- the captcha isn't hard to read, miraculously,however, or unheard of in other places on the web. There's no way you could make it easier, without moving your blog somewhere else, with no guarantee that this person would find it any easier to comment there.

Kellie said...

There are (or at least there used to be) other sites you can run comment boxes through - they give you the coding, you post it in your blog template. I think I know how to do that, if you're not familiar with the process, but I don't have such a site to recommend, as the one I used to use is gone now.

Mostly I just use Name/URL on Blogger comments, though, 'cause that tends not to be hard, whereas Google Account probably is.

Jim said...

I have used a couple of the other blog systems. I don't think their comment systems are easier. Actually, I think blogspot/blogger is fairly good.

The one thing it does do that is annoying sometimes, is limit the html features available. One cannot for instance use block quotations. That may be what your correspondent had in mind. Blogger does not consider that a bug, they think it is a feature. If you have seen the mess comments threads can become where block quotes are unchecked, you can see why they take that view. ;-)

Unless one is willing to spend a lot of energy moderating comments, I think this is about as good as it gets.

One techie's view.


At A Hen's Pace said...

I removed the captcha step about a year ago, and have not had any issues with spam. That made it a little easier for folks.