I have just upgraded the comments section to “TypePad Connect”. The main changes are:
- Threaded Comments – supposedly makes it easier to follow discussions where one person is replying to another, by keeping all such replies in one thread. Edited to add: I have disabled this feature and gone back to a list. I think the subject of the post is itself enough of a "thread", and that further threading confuses things. Plus, there is clearly a bug in this as some people (eg me) can't see the "post" key with this option.
- Facility to include a picture or avatar with your comments, if you choose to create an account. I believe this facility will work with Blogger and other blog services too (ie not just TypePad), although I haven’t tested this yet.
- Edit facility – you can edit and delete your comments after you have posted them. Looks like you have about five minutes to edit your comment - enough time to fix your html mistakes.
Unfortunately there is a bug in this new system – clicking the comment link in the "Recent Comments” sidebar takes you to just the post, not the comment. TypePad confirmed just now that this is a bug and that they will look into it. If it looks like this will take too long I will probably uninstall the new comment system until it’s fixed. I’ll update you on progress. Edited to add: it looks like you can link to new comments made with the new system - just not comments made with the old system.
Apart from that, I’d be interested on your views on the new comment interface. Does the threaded system work? Do you prefer this to the old interface? Let me know what you think.
One more thing – I just wrote a page giving some examples of how to format comments in blogs. The permanent link is in the column on the right under “Skeptico Info”. Its purpose is to help people do some basic formatting in comments. Most of you will be familiar with all this already – it is meant for someone completely new to html. Let me know if you think I missed something, or if something is unclear.