Finally working on “improving” the comments here

11 years ago

One of the biggest misconceptions that people have about the comment threads here is about having to register to post comments; since comments are handled by a forum, people tend to assume that they have to register to post, which is not the case. I’m finally pulling in some of the code from my blog to try to display comments inline as part of an entry, which I think makes it less obvious that it’s a forum and makes it more obvious that anyone can post a comment.

Obviously there’s a lot of kinks to work out but I’m working on it. I wanted to get the functionality in place first. So, let me know if something particularly baffling happens; for example, I’m sure that somewhere in the archives there’s some comics which have a colliding “basename” and so they’ll try to have their comment pages at the same URLs as each other. This is yet another artifact of how my Movable Type hacks work. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to resolve. But there may be other technical problems as well. We’ll see.

(Edit: According to SELECT entry_basename,count(entry_id) AS n FROM mt_entry WHERE entry_blog_id=5 GROUP BY entry_basename ORDER BY n ASC; there shouldn’t be any colliding page names, at least.)