A tool for generating a pattern library from Markdown comments in CSS. This isn’t the way that I tend to work, but I can see how it would be quite handy.
Here’s an interesting approach to making comments more meaningful:
Instead of blindly publishing whatever people submit, we first ask them to rate the quality and civility on 3 randomly-selected comments, as well as their own. It’s a bit more work for the commenter, but the end result is a community built on trust and respect, not harassment and abuse.
Proving something that Derek Powazek told us 15 years ago:
When we clearly show what is and is not acceptable, the tone does change. People who want to share thoughtful comments start to feel that theirs are welcome, and people who want to spew hatred start to realize theirs are not.
D’hear that, Reddit?
This is a nifty little service: if your site has a webmention endpoint, people can comment on your articles by sending an email.
That means you can comment on any post on my site by sending an email to email@example.com (in the email, include the URL of the post you’re commenting on).
Stuart has implemented webmentions on his site, which is great. It’s also fitting, as he is the inventor of pingback (of which webmention is a simpler reformulation).
Aaron documents the process of adding webmention support to a static site. He came with an ingenious three-tiered approach:
It’s been a pretty fun mini-project. In the end, I created a useful bit of kit that provides three distinct experiences:
- Static webmentions collected when the site was generated form the baseline experience;
In the days before comments on blogs, you could generally have a thoughtful conversation online without everything degenerating into madness and chaos simply because responding to a post required that you wrote a post on your own blog and linked back. This created a certain level of default accountability because if someone wanted to flame you, they had to do it on their own real estate, and couldn’t just crap all over yours anonymously.
A wonderful collection of misconceptions, often the result of being myzelled when young.
PPK has switched off comments for much the same reason that I hardly ever have comments on adactio.com: our sites are places for us to broadcast rather than have a conversation.
What he said. "The wonderful thing about the web is that anyone can contribute to it. If you have something to say, there are plenty of places to say it. But your right to post to someone else’s site rests with that someone else."
This little quiz is surprisingly addictive: match the inane comment to the YouTube video.
A self-documenting explanation of why John Gruber doesn't have comments on his site.
Because the internet needs prophylactics for memetically transmitted diseases.
Here's a handy little trick from Paul: use conditional comments to add a class to your BODY element, allowing you to target IE without a separate stylesheet.
Brothercake looks at the problems, issues, and alternatives to requiring a human to prove that they're not a bot.
Weighing up the pros and cons of allowing comments on blog posts.
Not all communities are created equal. The web needs Metafiltering and less YouTubing.
This blogging Tory MP is stealing someone's bandwidth for the photo in this post. Said photo has been subtly altered. Hilarity ensues in the comments.
A thoughtful post from PPK on the quality (or lack of it) in discourse around Web standards.
Following on from my thoughts about comments on blogs, this video resonates.
This transcription of John Gruber's justification for not having comments makes for superb reading. This is what blogging is really about.
Not if John keeps writing posts as good as this is, it's not.
Hallelujah! I've been waiting for Flickr to add this method. Now the API is truly complete.
Jeffrey's only gone and turned on comments. Who's next? Joe? Me? I just hope he remembers the corollary of Sturgeon’s Law for blogs.
Someone else who doesn't have comments enabled on his site explains his reasons.
In a very meta move, I've seeded Newsvine with my post about comments (and Newsvine) with an eye to soliciting comments.
Keep this one handy in case you have to use conditional comments to hide something from Internet Explorer.