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February 2012

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COMMENTS

VFTB PSA

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New Comment System – If you’ve been here for a little bit you may have noticed the other day that we changed the system we use for comments from the standard WordPress provided system to one provided externally by Disqus. I wanted to take a minute to explain the reason for the change and why I believe it’s a better system for not only me as a moderator of the comments, but you as the contributor.

The biggest need for me is to be able to have people who are regular readers and commentors to never have their comments be flagged by the system as spam. If you’re going to take the time to put a comment on the site, I want it to be posted immediately. It’s why I’ve never gone to a system where you must have an account to comment. The system provided by WordPress did not really give me the ability to whitelist various e-mail addresses to never be flagged. Disqus allows me to do that. That said, if you have a comment flagged, know that it will be the only time it happens. Once I see that, provided that you’re not spamming the site, you’ll have your e-mail address whitelisted so as to never have it happen again.

In addition to the moderation benefits for me, the new system allows people to sign in with profiles such as Twitter and Facebook, which allows for the commenter to be a little more personal, which is nice. It should also lend itself to more user icons next to the comments and less mystery man icons, which has always been a goal of mine. The new system also allows the reader to create a Disqus account, which can then be used to set various notification settings across all the blogs that use the system, which includes sites like CNN.com, Time, and Fox News.

Finally, it allows the community we’ve built to reply to each other without the context being lost in a thread that may include 50+ comments. By clicking Reply to someone’s comment, it will note in your comment a link to the comment you’re replying to. It also allows you to click the icon of the person commenting to pull up the comment history of that person, which should easily allow you to look back at someone’s comment history and should make Norm and Jedi’s arguments much more engaging and heated because they’ll be able to look back at things for ammunition on the other person for each of them to misconstrue and argue about. (We kid because we love).

I know there are some that have complained about the system, but it should be a better thing overall for the site as a whole.

How to Follow Us – It’s been awhile since I’ve taken the time to inform everyone on the various ways we can keep you up to date on all that happens here on VFTB, so let’s take a minute to run through that.

RSS ReadersThis is my preferred method to follow blogs and websites that I like. If you’re not sure what this means, this YouTube video is a great start for explaining it in easy to understand language. I use Google Reader, primarily because I use Gogle for everything, but you can use whatever method is easiest. This method is the best for being updated as soon as new post go up.

E-mail Subscription – There is a link on the site just below the website logo for e-mail subscription. This is a daily digest of new posts on the site that gets delivered at 3p eastern time each day. It’s not the fastest way, but for those afraid to use other methods, this is a simple one. Just be sure to click the link in your e-mail to verify your request to subscribe.

Twitter – This is a newer way for the site, as we’ve really only begun to focus on the Twitter Feed in the last year or so, but if you’re not following us, give us a look @VFTB. We’ll even interact and answer questions if you tweet to us.

Calendar – Just to the right of the posts you’ll see the calendar for the schedule of posts on the site. It’s designed to be a guide to what posts are on the horizon and who will be writing them.

Get InvolvedOne of the things I’ve always tried to achieve with the site is community. I want the reader to come for the posts and stay for the interaction not only with other readers, but with the writers as well. We’re nothing more than fans with the medium in which to put our thoughts out there for you to read. With that said, we’re always welcoming feedback and suggestions from the people who matter most…the readers. If you have any suggestions, questions, or comments on the site, please e-mail me – joe@viewfromthebleachers.com

  • Buddy

    If it works for you, it works for me. Thanks Joe!

  • Anonymous

    It’s all good with the computer, but can you look into how to make this better on mobile devices? Because it’s really annoying that I have to set everything up on my computer. Oh and Eli is going to Disney World. I have the day off today, so I am going to hit the hay for 2 or 3 more hours, and then go to Magic Kingdom.

    I went to Disney Boardwalk last night, watched the game at ESPN Club. It was awesome. Met a few Packers fans there (they were all Cubs fans except one, he was a White Sox fan (boo!)), met a Buckeye fan there, and had a great time cheering against the Patriots. Belichick is an idiot for allowing the Giants to score. The only time you do that is when you’re down 1 and need to get the ball back, because it’s a 1-score game still. You never give up a lead or a tie. I still have no voice from all the screaming and cheering I did last night.

    When I was in
    New Orleans for the national title game, I wore my Ohio State jersey,
    and everyone thought I was pulling for Bama. I got called Tiger Bait by
    LSU fans. Wore my OSU jersey for the Super Bowl, and I blended
    right in since the Giants and Patriots have the same colors.

  • Doc Raker

    You like what you know, I am sure this will work out fine. There is always more to it than what we know. Thanks.

  • Brad Bradley

    I have been a proponent for the threaded comments for a long time. Thank you for the addition, Joe!

  • ?et tu, jswanson?

  • Joseph Swanson

    how about google

  • this could be a pain in the ass

  • another test

  • Smitty

    I’m with whoever said making the mobile addition is a good idea..I’m never at a computer, but am ALWAYS on my phone..luckily my phone is powerful enough to handle this site and many others flawlessly, but it couldn’t hurt

  • Joe Aiello

    If I knew a way to have a mobile version I would do it in a heartbeat. If anyone knows of a way, please let me know.

    • Kris

      What? You’re not a coder, developer, designer and user experience architect rolled into one? 🙂

      • Joe Aiello

        Kris, I wish I was even one of those, let alone a better writer.

      • Joe Aiello

        Kris, I wish I was even one of those, let alone a better writer.

  • I have mobile on swan tron…we need to tackle the layout next…let me do some research and get back to you joe

  • I have mobile on swan tron…we need to tackle the layout next…let me do some research and get back to you joe

  • Seymour Butts

    Speaking as someone who writes comments that mostly resemble spam, do what ever, the masses will adjust. It is kind of a pain to re enter my info every time however. ‘m guessing that could be avoided by joining one of the social networks you mention, but I only have so much idle time, and prefer to waste it on VFTB.

  • Anonymous

    Is there a way to set it up to automatically be subscribed to the comments? Or do we have to do it manually for every post?

    • Lizzie

      @BLPCB – Sign into your Disqus account (or create one if you haven’t) and set your preferences to email you all the comments.

      • Joe Aiello

         Thank you Liz. I was just sitting down to reply to his question.

      • Anonymous

        I just looked online at Disqus, I have all the notifications enabled, but there was no option to automatically get all the comments sent to me. Or is it like the old system where comments won’t get emailed until you first comment?

      • AC0000000

        I just looked online at Disqus, I have all the notifications enabled, but there was no option to automatically get all the comments sent to me. Or is it like the old system where comments won’t get emailed until you first comment?

    • @BLPCB – Sign into your Disqus account (or create one if you haven’t) and set your preferences to email you all the comments.

  • Anonymous

    I migrated to the ipad a while ago but found this website to be a royal pain in the south end of a donkey going north…I’ll give everyone a minute to figure that out.  O.K. so I’ll be out of town on business in a deep dark hole with no access to things I love, like Mrs. Fly and VFTB, so I’ll have to hold off comment about this change and how it works on my mobile device until I resurface.  I think mobile is the way of the future.

  • Lizzie

    @BLPCB – it isn’t easy to find. After you sign into Disqus, click on the Settings tab. By default the “general” tab should already be selected on the left. Scroll down the page a bit and you should see Email Notifications, with a link to “click here to change options for email notifications”. Disclaimer: Mine may be different than yours because I’m an admin. If this is making no sense to you, search the Help documents for email notifications.

  • @BLPCB – it isn’t easy to find. After you sign into Disqus, click on the Settings tab. By default the “general” tab should already be selected on the left. Scroll down the page a bit and you should see Email Notifications, with a link to “click here to change options for email notifications”. Disclaimer: Mine may be different than yours because I’m an admin. If this is making no sense to you, search the Help documents for email notifications.