Discuss Is Dead. Long Live Discuss.

In the almost 10 years that I’ve been writing in this space there’s always been a page for “posts” and a separate page for “comments” on those articles.

When I first cobbled together the application that allows me to write and you to read these pages, there were no “best practises” for how blogs should work other than the “show posts in reverse chronological order.” Since that time the world has decided that comments should appear at the end of posts. And so I figured it was probably time to catch up.

Starting today, thus, every post has a permalink, and on that single page you’ll find the post itself, followed by any comments, followed by a comment form where you can leave your own. This is neither revolutionary, nor particularly elegantly grafted together for the moment. But perhaps it will, by conforming to the de facto standard, make this space a little easier to digest.

Thanks go to Steven Garrity who first suggested that I move in this direction about five years ago. I am nothing if not slow to act.

Please let me know if you notice any inconsistencies in the comment-leaving and comment-reading process.


Peter Rukavina's picture
Peter Rukavina on November 11, 2008 - 21:26 Permalink

I’m interested to find how different an experience this makes exploring the blog; it feels like I’ve moved the arm-holes in my jacket from the top to the sides (sensible positioning, but takes some getting used to after holding your hands in the air for so many years).

oliver's picture
oliver on November 11, 2008 - 21:49 Permalink

I suspect you ignored the same suggestion from me years before you ignored Steven, but he can have the glory if he wants. My suggestion might not have registered as needing to be ignored, seeing as I would have been lacking any Web knowhow whatsoever. As a criticism it’s kind of a no-brainer, if I do say so myself. Do definitely keep it, please.

oliver's picture
oliver on November 11, 2008 - 22:24 Permalink

While you’re at it, would you de-capitalize the D’s in “ADD.” It looks like it’s some kind of Web widget operator, like the links that read “RSS” or “XML.” Long ago I’d occasionally go bonkers looking for the “Comments” link. Typographic aesthetics be damned!

Olle Jonsson's picture
Olle Jonsson on November 12, 2008 - 09:15 Permalink

Yes, what he said, commentary should be encouraged with some other, less techno-speakly term.

Steven Garrity's picture
Steven Garrity on November 12, 2008 - 15:52 Permalink

Also, you should rename the “Post your Comment” button to “Open your Heart”.