April 4, 2006
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© 2008, John T Unger
Update 4.10.06: The comments feed is now working and the instructions have been fixed and updated so that you can easily create a comments feed which validates perfectly. The new code used in the tutorial was found here. Many thanks to Anu Gupta for posting them at his blog. If you have subscribed to the comments using the link in the sidebar, you should be fine. The proper, functioning URL for following the comments at this blog should be: http://feeds.feedburner.com/TypepadHacksConversations End Update.
Update 4.10.06: Nope, the comments feed instructions are still not quite right. Apparently this is a trickier hack than I thought… I've changed the commenst feed here to use the instructions at TypePad Tips. I'd like to get the feed working so it displays comments only, as individual items, without the posts. I'll post a notice when I get the new feed to validate. End Update.
Timothy Appnel discovered a nasty little bug in the code I posted for creating a comments feed. It was assigning the comments the same date as the post, so they grouped into nice little conversations, but displayed in a random order. No good.
Thanks to Laura at the TypePad Help Desk, I think I have it all ironed out now. I've replaced the code example in the tutorial with the new, improved version. If you used this Hack for a feed from your own blog, you should replace the code too! You can get the new, improved, chronologically sound code here.
Thanks for keeping me honest, Tim. It helps a lot to have smart people checking my stuff. Corrections are always welcome here!
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