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Comment form in News feed? Russell has been doing it for a while and I am jealous. (not that I was already jealous of Russell) I notice that I comment on his posts a lot more. The comment form, though cumbersome, was quite enticing even on frivolous posts. Since blogging to me is lifeless and unfulfilling without interaction with my readers and since people are very stingy with their comments unless goaded, I am really drawn to the idea of having a comment form on my news feed. I investigated further and found that his feed puts out a tabular comment form that is quite simple. I might have to try it out and see how well this works for my news readers.

What do you think? Should blog news feeds have small comment forms embedded into them? (See how I have to goad to get you to say something?)

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  1. Hoover says:

    Yes, there should be embedded comments allowed. As you said, blogging is lifeless without interaction. If the process to add this is easy, and it is attractive to the reader to use it, I’d add it to my news feeds as well.

  2. Michael Moncur (10 comments.) says:

    I don’t like how it clutters up the feed, but maybe for those weblogs that post infrequent long items rather than frequent short ones it would work.

    Also an excellent idea to throw in on an occasional post that needs more comments than most.

    I do wish there was a more proper way to do this, though—like a comment system accessible by newsreaders and integrated into their UIs. I can dream.

  3. Leonid Mamchenkov (4 comments.) says:

    At first when I saw the comments form in the feed, I got jealous too. But after some consideration I don’t think this is a good idea. Post feed does not include all the comments to the feed, but provides a comment form. This might lead to the situations where a visitor does not read other comments, but comments himself. Comment dups will rise.

    I think that the “Comments” link is more than enough. If someone feels the urge to comment, let them come to the site, scroll through other responses (although I must say it does not necessarily mean that visitors will read all of them), maybe click on the ad to support the site, and than leave a comment.

  4. Martey (3 comments.) says:

    I agree with Leonid. The comments form might be useful in a comments feed, but is out of place in a normal feed, especially one in which people comment often.

  5. Phil Ringnalda (3 comments.) says:

    If you had already done it, I would have said almost exactly what Leonid said, making us both (well, mostly me) look foolish. Putting a comment form in your feed may be a useful way to start private conversations, but since it’s not community, there’s no reason for it to be public: just run the form through an email script, and send it to yourself, since you are having an individual discussion with each separate reader.

  6. Mark (118 comments.) says:

    There HAS to be a better way to allow for simple commenting via feeds. But I have to agree with the general consensus that a singular comment posted without a chance of gleaming the discussion taking place, is quite pointless. It then becomes a private communication rather than a public interchange. Comment links in news feeds which post directly to an email is an option that I will have to consider very seriously. Maybe a “comment from news” feature that accepts comments as private messages and then can be published at the author’s discresion.

  7. Diana (1 comments.) says:

    I think a comment link is sufficient enough. It’s nice to be able to leave comments. It’s also nice to receive them as well. But, I would never goad.;-)

  8. John (4 comments.) says:

    I agree with the others who point out that a comment form in the feed defeats the purpose of a discussion – unless the feed includes comments in it. Unfortunately, this leads to its own set of problems; every time there is a new comment the feed resets and I get a new post in my feedreader. I can end up looking at the same post a dozen times, which is fine if I’m participating in the discussion, but a pain if I’m not.

    I think the basic comments link is best.

  9. Leonid Mamchenkov (4 comments.) says:

    Well, since so many people agreed with me, I might something else. :)

    I think that commenting form is appropriate in the RSS feed for comments to some post. This will make sense, imho – you read through the comments, you see something that you want to reply to, and *bang!* you have a reply form…

  10. Explooited says:

    Program on the emergence of civilization.

    “14 species of large animals capable of domesitcation in the history of mankind.
    13 from Europe, Asia and northern Africa.
    None from the sub-Saharan African continent. ”
    Favor.
    And disfavor.

    They point out Africans’ failed attempts to domesticate the elephant and zebra, the latter being an animal they illustrate that had utmost importance for it’s applicability in transformation from a hunting/gathering to agrarian-based civilization.

    The roots of racism are not of this earth.

    Austrailia, aboriginals:::No domesticable animals.

    The North American continent had none. Now 99% of that population is gone.

    AIDS in Africa.

    Organizational Heirarchy
    Heirarchical order, from top to bottom:

    1. MUCK – perhaps have experienced multiple universal contractions (have seen multiple big bangs), creator of the artificial intelligence humans ignorantly refer to as “god”
    2. Perhaps some mid-level alien management
    3. Evil/disfavored aliens – runs day-to-day operations here and perhaps elsewhere

    Terrestrial management:

    4. Chinese/egyptians – this may be separated into the eastern and western worlds
    5. Romans – they answer to the egyptians
    6. Mafia – the real-world interface that constantly turns over generationally so as to reinforce the widely-held notion of mortality
    7. Jews, corporation, women, politician – Evidence exisits to suggest mafia management over all these groups.

    Movies foreshadowing catastrophy
    1985 James Bond View to a Kill 1989 San Francisco Loma Prieta earthquake.

    Many Muslims are being used like the Germans and Japanese of WWII::being used to hurt others and envoke condemnation upon their people.

    They can affect the weather and Hurricane Katrina was accomplished for many reasons and involves many interests, as anything this historical is::
    1. Take heat off Sheenhan/Iraq, protecting profitable war machine/private war contracts
    2. Gentrification. New Orleans median home price of $84k is among the lowest in major American cities, certainly among desirable cities.

    Our society gives clues to the system in place. We all have heard the saying “He has more money than god.” There is also an episode of the Simpsons where god meets Homer and says “I’m too old and rich for this.”

    This is the system on earth because this is the system everywhere.
    god is evil because of money.

    I don’t want to suggest the upper eschelons are evil and good is the fringe.

    But they have made it abundantly clear that doing business with evil (disfavored) won’t help people. They say only good would have the ear, since evil is struggling for survival, and therefore only the favored could help me.

    The clues are there which companies are favored and which are disfavored, market domination being one clue, but they conceal it very hard because it is so crucial.

    I offer an example of historical proportions:::

    People point to Walmart and cry “anti-union”.

    Unions enable disfavored people to live satisfactorly without addressing their disfavor. This way their family’s problems are never resolved. Without the union they would have to accept the heirarchy, their own inferiority.
    Unions serve to empower.
    Walmart is anti-union because they are good. They try to help people address and resolve their problems.
    Media ridicule and lawsuits are creations to reinforce people’s belief that Walmart is evil (disfavored).
    I believe the coining of the term “Uncle Sam” was a clue alluding to just this.
    The middle class is being deceived. They are being misled into the unfavored, and subsequently will have no hope.

    Amercia is a country of castoffs, rejects. Italy sent its criminals. Malcontents.
    Between the thrones, the klans and kindred, they “decided” who they didn’t want and acted, creating discontent and/or starvation.
    The u.s. is full of disfavored rejects. It is the reason for the myriad of problems not found in European countries. As far as the Rockafellers and other industrialists of the 19th century go, I suspect these aren’t their real names. I suspect they were chosen to go and head this new empire.

    Jesus Christ is a religious figure of evil. These seperatist churches formed so they could still capture the rest of the white people, keeping them worshipping the wrong god.
    And now they do it to people of color, Latinos and Asians, after centuries of preying upon them.

    Since Buddism doesn’t recongnize a god, the calls are never heard, and Chinese representation is instead selected by the thrones.
    It was set up this way. Perhaps dyanstic thrones had a say, but maybe not.
    Budda was the Asian’s Jesus Christ::: bad for the people. “They came up at the same time for a reason.”

    Simpson’s foreshadowing::Helloween IV special, Flanders is Satan. “Last one you ever suspect.”
    “You’ll see lots of nuns where you’re going:::hell!!!” St. Wigham, Helloween VI, missionary work, destroying cultures.
    Over and over, the Simpsons was a source of education and enlightenment, a target of ridicule by the system which wishes to conceal its secrets.

    Jews maim the body formed in the image of “god”, and inflicted circumsision upon all other white people, as well as the evil that is Jesus Christ. I believe Islam is the one true religion, and those misled christians and cooperating Jews who attack “god’s” most favored people will pay for it dearly one day.



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