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February 1, 2007: Style Author Comments on Your TypePad Blog
Comments: 23 | Categories: Advanced Templates , Hacks for Comments
Have you ever wanted to make your own comments stand out from those left by visitors to your blog? Aside from ego, there are good reasons to do so… by making it easy to see that you respond to comments,... Read full article

November 16, 2006: Build Community with a Custom Comment Archive Page for Your TypePad Blog
Comments: 12 | Categories: Advanced Templates , Blog Tools , Community , Dialogue , Hacks for Comments , Hacks for Layout + Design , Widgets
Debra Hamel who provided an excellent hack the other day (How To: Display Excerpts Rather Than Full Posts on Your Blog's Archive Pages) has sent me two more cool hacks! Debra rocks! Today I'll show you how to create a... Read full article

July 31, 2006: CoComment: Better Than Ever
Comments: 2 | Categories: Blog Tools , Community , Hacks for Comments

It’s over now, the most requested feature is up and running (it actually has been running in hidden mode for a month) so don’t be surprised to find many new comments in your conversations.... Now you can activate coComment on any webpage, and create a comment which will trackable in your conversations on the coComment service.... NEW INTERFACE, SITE STRUCTURE AND NAVIGATION With help of the great usability specialists Namahn, we have reorganized and simplified the site.... TRY THE SERVICE WITHOUT REGISTERINGIf you want to give coComment a spin without signing up, a temporary cookie will be set on your browser - without you having to give any information.... AND TONS OF OTHER FEATURES Five languages available (English, French, German, Italian and Spanish), more capture-compatible platforms (most notably YouTube!), add people or sites as favorites, send coComment invitations, customize your page (try to drag and drop the boxes on the right of the screen!), and much more!

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July 6, 2006: Blog SideNotes: A Cool Alternative for Footnotes from arc90
Comments: 6 | Categories: Blog Tools , Hacks for Comments , Hacks for Layout + Design

They're a nifty little mix of CSS and Javascript that allow you to annotate your expanded thoughts in a little box off to the side of a blog post. Footnotes are a drag because they pull you out of the context by making you travel back and forth to the bottom of a page… one of the best things about reading online is that you can actually link to footnotes (and provide a return link) in order to minimize the hassle of navigating to the expanded information.... The box sets them off so that you know what they are, and you can choose to read them (or not) without breaking the flow of concentration.... Because they're styled with CSS you can easily change the appearance, but somehow, it just didn't really move me and shortly thereafter dropped off my radar. The original version required a bit of template modification to include the Javascript (it's possible you could just drop it in a Typelist, but I'm not sure.

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June 13, 2006: You Can Now Retroactively Add Older Comments to CoComment
Comments: 6 | Categories: Blog Tools , Dialogue , Hacks for Comments , News

Guys, I have a feeling you're busy right now dealing with support issues with the new extension, and that's as it should be, but a quick blog post to let people know that you've solved a major issue is always a good idea. Here's where I learned about it: I clicked on over to the support forums for bugs to see if there was any mention there of the issues I'm having with Firefox slowing down and crashing.... Until we manage to make that annoyance go away, you can retroactively select the text of the comment you posted and click the bookmarklet in order to add it to your coComment conversations.... I spent some more time reading various threads on the forum about issues with the new extension and it sounds like the folks at CoComment are really working hard to get it running smoothly and to answer questions and resolve issues.... But in the mean time, I know what I'm definitely going to do… I'm going to use the bookmarklet to go back and record all the comments I can find via google that I left all over the web before CoComment existed!

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June 13, 2006: Poll: Have You Experienced Problems With CoComment's FireFox Extension?
Comments: 3 | Categories: Blog Tools , Browsers , Dialogue , Hacks for Comments , Issues , Reader Polls

I recently blogged about CoComment's new Firefox Extension. I was pretty excited to see it, and really enjoyed not having to use the bookmarklet to track my conversations.

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June 10, 2006: coComment Now Has a Firefox Extension!
Comments: 2 | Categories: Blog Tools , Browsers , Hacks for Comments , News

I only just saw this: coComment has released an extension for FireFox. The extension automatically enables coComment on supported blogs and notifies you if you have new comments in 'Your conversations.' Why does this totally rock? Well, now if you want to keep track of the comments you leave on other blogs, you no longer need to click the bookmarklet to do so! I'm always forgetting to use the bookmarklet before I post comments, so this is a welcome addition for me.

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May 24, 2006: Moderate Comments, Trackbacks or Both (with TypePad's New & Improved Feedback Interface)
Comments: 6 | Categories: Basic Templates , Community , Hacks for Comments , Hacks for Trackbacks , News , TypePad

Today, TypePad made some changes to the interface to make it easier to choose how you want to moderate feedback on your blog. They've separated controls over comments and trackbacks and provided a new page where you can enter your desired settings. On high traffic blogs with good participation, it's often impractical to moderate comments… it just slows the conversation down and can create a bit of a workload for the blogger. On the other hand, trackbacks are much more likely to be spam and generally don't need to be posted immediately to have value when they are legit.... Here's a screen capture that shows you the various options for comments: And here's what you can do with trackbacks: In the post announcing the new interface and controls at Everything TypePad, the recommended settings are as follows: Our recommended configuration for active blogs is moderating TrackBacks, requiring CAPTCHA for unauthenticated comments, and providing users the ability to sign in via TypeKey to comment.

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May 8, 2006: Styling Author's Comments to Make Them Stand Out
Comments: 3 | Categories: Basic Templates , Hacks for Comments , Hacks for Layout + Design

I'm still working on some advanced template code to make author's comments stand out… In the mean time, here's a Hack suggested by Nuthatch for styling your comments to your own blog: One person requested, " I'd like an easy way to style the author's comments to make them stand out from reader comments."... When you leave a comment on your own blog, just style it in bold, or color, or whatever distinctive way you like using HTML tags.... I'd add one suggestion to this… Rather than adding the HTML tags to your own comments at the time you post them, I'd use the edit comments feature on the list comments page to add them in after. That way, you can go back and make sure that all your own comments on your blog are formatted the same way.... So you might also want to copy your comment to your clipboard before posting the edited version, just to be safe.

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April 24, 2006: PSA: Use Caution with this Hack, or Better Yet, Wait for the Feature
Comments: 0 | Categories: Corrections , Dialogue , Hacks for Comments , Hacks for Trackbacks , Issues , News , Six Apart , TypePad

5.4.06 If you read the comments on my recent post about CAPTCHAs, you noticed that Colleen at TypePad posted some very interesting info there about a powerful hack to combat spam. But be warned, this hack is in beta right now… I honestly must recommend that you hold off using it for the present until a few issues are resolved with the way it implements.... Below are Colleen's comment, Michael's response, and the warning that TypePad has posted on the IP banning page: The IP banning page can be used to block keywords, URLs, email addresses, etc: Posted by: Colleen | April 19, 2006 at 11:23 AM The word banning hack that Colleen posted about above is definitely a hack, and we're working on turning it into a real feature.... Posted by: Michael Sippey | April 22, 2006 at 05:33 PM I want to quote the warning from the IP banning page in full, since there is definitely a call to use caution if you play with this hack: When adding keywords or URLs to your comment ban list, be careful with words that can be used to form other partial words.... This means words like "theme," "therapist" and "theatre" would be banned from being used in a comment, even though they are not on the comment ban list.

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