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Blog Notes: Site Updates
Monday, 2005 May 23 - 12:24 am
A few notes about this site.

- I've hidden the e-mail addresses on comments. Since traffic on this site is increasing, I'm starting to get increasingly concerned about people's privacy. I still want you to enter your e-mail address when you comment; but now, I'm the only one who will see it. And I won't spam you with it, I swear.

- I've considered moving off Haloscan, and implementing my own comment management system. I even tinkered with a test page. But then I got bored and started wondering if it was really worth it. Yeah, I could add my own features (like e-mail notification when someone replies to your comment) and have better integration with my site, but I just don't know if I want to put that much effort into it. The same goes for the article management system. I mean, iBlog works okay for me, but I could do something better if I really worked at it. I just can't justify spending that much time on it, time that would better be spent actually creating content.

- This weekend gave me the idea that we should have a community blogging session at some point. We'll all pick a common topic, and we'll all write about it at the same time. (And, we'll drink.) What do you think? Anyone interested?
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Comment #1 from Javi (Guest)
2005 May 23 - 5:04 am : #
community blogging sounds good - i'm already writing a long essay about my religious belifes based on your urging from a previous entry, so i'm already putting that into practice after a fashion - might be good to do it in a group way.
Comment #2 from jen (Guest)
2005 May 23 - 8:12 am : #
i'm in, too, except for the drinking part.

i've been considering a 'religious post', too, though it isn't really my journaling style to write anything actually meaningful. i'm pretty sure that any essay about my religious beliefs would fall closer to yours than javi's, except for all the experimentation you did.

it would be an interesting experiment. let's do it!
Comment #3 from Melinda (Guest)
2005 May 23 - 9:45 am : #
I'd give it a shot, though I'm not the prolific writer that many of you seem to be.
Comment #4 from Nicholas (Guest)
2005 May 23 - 9:55 am : #
Can you easily make it possible to let a commenter delete the comment? I'm not a computer person, so I don't know. On some forum you can, but they have log-ins. It might not be possible on a blog comment. You've been nice enough to delete my stupid comments on request.
Comment #5 from MonoCerdo (Guest)
2005 May 23 - 11:01 am : #
I'll be out of town this weekend, so no community blogging for me (unless I can rig up a wireless connection at a high school graduation), but I think it's a great idea and I'll be interested to read the results. Just be sure to post a list of participants so we know where to go.
Comment #6 from Ken (realkato)
2005 May 23 - 2:59 pm : #
Ah, Sarah, it just wouldn't be the same without you. Maybe we'll put it off for a bit. I'll try to come up with an interesting topic, and maybe we can try it in a couple of weeks.

Nicholas, I can't do what you're asking unless I move off Haloscan AND I create a user-login facility. Right now it's easier to just deal with the occasional e-mail requests to edit or delete comments.
Comment #7 from MonoCerdo (Guest)
2005 May 23 - 5:45 pm : #
Well, thanks for waiting for me! Now I'll have to try extra hard to pull my own weight when we get down to business or people are going to be all, "We waited for her WHY?"

Also, I just read GunGirl's comment on your dating update post and, as a member of your public, I want updates. Don't go wasting my tax dollars now, Mr. Senator. Remember who pays your salary.
Comment #8 from Jenn (Guest)
2005 May 23 - 10:55 pm : #
I'm all for moving off of Haloscan, because Haloscan refuses to load on my mac, so if I read one of your posts on my computer and want to comment, i have to boot up the husband's PC, load up the site again and comment there. It happens in both Safari and Firefox and it irritates the piss out of me.

I'm all for community blogging, and boozing.
Comment #9 from Ken (realkato)
2005 May 24 - 12:26 am : #
Hmm, Jenn, I and a majority of my readers are Mac users, and I don't think other folks are having this problem. Can you see other people's comments? What version of Mac OS and Safari are you using? Do you have JavaScript and cookies enabled? Does this only happen for my site, or for all sites that use Haloscan?

If I lived near you, I would take a look at your computer and fix it for you. I hate seeing a Mac user in distress. :o(
Comment #10 from Jenn (Guest)
2005 May 24 - 1:07 am : #
Java and cookies are enabled, cache has been cleared. It happens on all sites that use Haloscan. I believe I'm using OS 10.2.8 (I'm on the PC atm) and Firefox 1.0.4, and I'm not sure what version of Safari I have. Come to think of it, Sitemeter hasn't been working on my computer either. What a pisser.
Comment #11 from Speaker (Guest)
2005 May 25 - 4:02 pm : #
am I allowed, or am I a black sheep here too? :( ;)
Comment #12 from Speaker (Guest)
2005 May 25 - 4:02 pm : #
okay, that sad face looks mean, it was meant to look pittiful....
Comment #13 from Ken (realkato)
2005 May 25 - 6:57 pm : #
Speaker, it'll be open to anyone who wants to play along. No need to look pitiful! Baa baa black sheep!
Comment #14 from Travis Tidmore (Guest)
2005 May 26 - 4:42 pm : #
I'm in! Back in January over at Live Journal there was a sort of group blog session. In honor of Lewis Carroll's Birthday a bunch of us wrote that day a tale of how we "Fell through the rabiit hole"

A lot of strange, wonderful stories. But a lot of fun, to all have the same basic idea and see where all it went.

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