June 9, 2011
By Adam Bink
Folks, you may have noticed threaded comments are back. Our tech wizard installed them, along with fabulous new rotating pictures of the community that rotate every so often, last night.
A few issues to help you get used to the new comments system:
- You may have noticed old comments have not yet ported in. Don’t panic! We have over 100,000 comments in the system since Day One, and it can take some time to import in. We’re keeping an eye on the progress. Here’s an example of what an old post with imported comments looks like (the margins may look a little funky). Sometime later today, all the comments will have been imported. As of this post, comments from January 2010 through early March of this year are in the bag.
- While we are still exploring login options, at the moment, there are several options you can use to log in. First is your old WordPress.com account. This is different than your login at the top right of the page. It’s the same username/password you used on the old system before we migrated over, e.g. from January 2010 until early May 2011. This is helpful because many more people have that account than have registered under the new system. A second way is to register with IntenseDebate, which runs the new comment plugin. Note: if you already have a WordPress.com account from the old system you’ve been using prior to last month, you do not need to register with IntenseDebate; the accounts are automatically linked so you don’t have to create a separate one. If you look at my comments on this morning’s threads, you see I am using my old WordPress account from the first version of P8TT, linked with IntenseDebate. The third way is to register with OpenID. Last, you can comment as a guest. It’s up to you. There may be more ways, and we are waiting for the comments to finish loading in on other posts, so I will post any updates.
- You can turn on and off the threads. I think this is one of the coolest features. If long-running debates that make you scroll way down aren’t your thing, or you’re tired of a discussion, you can simply click to turn off that thread, while leaving on other threads if you like. If you love you threads, you can leave as many on as you like. So, it’s kind of a happy medium between those who love their threads and those who want to get to new comments when they reload or come back to a page. It’s all up to you.
- You can subscribe to new comments in two ways. One is by subscribing on the backend of your user account. Simply login, and you will find this page:
You can have the system automatically e-mail you when someone replied to a comment you made.
You can also subscribe by leaving a comment and subscribing just to replies, or to all new comments on a blog post thread.
Several folks have asked whether you can still subscribe to new comments without leaving dummy characters for comments. We’re waiting for the comments to finish loading, and will look into it. A lot of folks like that, and so do I.
- As always, it can take some time getting used to the system. Please use this thread as an open thread to leave questions and report glitches. Not everything will be perfect for everyone, but we think the plugin will do the job. As always, if you’re having extreme trouble, drop me a line.
- Comment away!