Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Jan 2012 23:53 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes The last few weeks there's been a considerable amount of chatter on the web about whether or not a news website, blog, or some hybrid thereof, needs comments. Since we are working on the next version of OSNews, which means I've been thinking about things like this a lot, I figured I'd pen down my thoughts on comments.
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RE: Commenting engine
by Laurence on Wed 11th Jan 2012 12:14 UTC in reply to "Commenting engine"
Laurence
Member since:
2007-03-26

Thom: Your commenting engine is not perfect, but is actually very good (I do not think it has any problem actually, but that does not mean that it cannot be improved even more). As several commenters said above, the high quality of the comments is directly proportional to the quality (education, 'madurity', etc.) of the readers; but, as you also said, a tailor-made commenting engine fits perfectly with the site as a whole and shows a lot of respect for your readers.

Thanks for the good work, Adam and Thom.


I'd personally like to see greater text formatting controls (eg bullet points and perhaps nested quoting). But on the whole there's not a great deal that needs to be done.

Also, I still think hyperlinks in comments should open new tab/window by default.

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RE[2]: Commenting engine
by cmchittom on Wed 11th Jan 2012 14:10 in reply to "RE: Commenting engine"
cmchittom Member since:
2011-03-18

I'd personally like to see greater text formatting controls (eg bullet points and perhaps nested quoting).


I'll second the bullet points (and add real numbered lists), but nested quoting already works

This is the first quote.
"This is the nested quote
"

Okay, strike that, I guess it doesn't. I would have sworn I'd seen it before, though.

Also, I still think hyperlinks in comments should open new tab/window by default.


And I think that a website opening a new window by default is at an annoyance level on par with punch-the-monkey ads. ;) Doing something the user didn't ask for is pretty much Always Bad.

Edited 2012-01-11 14:13 UTC

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RE[3]: Commenting engine
by Laurence on Wed 11th Jan 2012 15:41 in reply to "RE[2]: Commenting engine"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26


And I think that a website opening a new window by default is at an annoyance level on par with punch-the-monkey ads. ;) Doing something the user didn't ask for is pretty much Always Bad.


If it were talk about the main site itself, then I'd perhaps agree. But I think as the links are unaffiliated with OSNews they should therefore not navigate away from the site.

I guess there's no right way to do this - just personal opinion ;)

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