Sunday, March 29, 2009

A Note on Anonymous Comments

I've switched over to JS-KIT for comments. They are still not moderated and anonymous comments are still welcome. Under the new system, you will be able to comment under an OPEN-ID, Google id and the rest. You can also post as a "guest" without providing an id. The difference is that you will be asked to give a nickname if posting as a guest.

The reason for this is clear from the comments in the previous and other posts - I and others would like to engage anonymous commenters, many of which are fine and intelligent comments. However, when numerous people are posting as "anonymous", it is impossible to keep track of a thread. With individual nicknames, the arguments and arguers can be clearer. The new system also allows commenting to individuals on individual threads, so that the main thread is not broken by side issues (I hope).

I still haven't figured out how to make the comments appear in a pop-up (As at AMPapist), so when you hit comment, you'll see a full page with the original post followed by comments. Any tech help on this is appreciated.