Nobody comments here, so it’s not a personal need, but I want to see comments on blogs and articles organized differently. First I’ll say what I want to see, and then I’ll explain why.
Each comment will be directed to one of four triage categories. These will not be the traditional “Doesn’t need treatment now”, “Needs help”, and “Too hard to help–let him die” categories. Rather, they will be: Read more…
Categories: a.research, blogging, bureaucracy, consensus, conservatism, decisionmaking, elitism, political philosophy, statistics, thinking, voting
Here’s features I would like for my blog:
- A way for commenters to be emailed future comments on a thread. Volokh Conspiracy has that.
- A way to make sure that a particular post is “sticky” and stays as the first or the second or the n’th post appearing. VC has something like that too.
- A way for any post that I update to move from whatever date location it is in to the top of the list, with a note as to its original and new date.
This blog doesn’t get enough comments to notice, but often some of a blog’s comments are as worth reading as the post itself. The problem is that the good comments get lost in the cloud of worthless comments. Thus, a comment moderator is important. He should be ruthless in deleting bad and even mediocre comments. For many blogs, that means 90% of comments will be deleted, and 50% of the commentors will be offended and not comment again. That’s fine. It will increase the quality of the blog immensely. Just note in the Policies section that all comments are moderated and that even on-topic comments that add no value will be deleted.
Most people have mediocre minds. They should read blogs, but not write on them. Well, that sounds too severe. Even a mediocre person can contribute comments of great value– not ideas, but facts. The problem with well-meaning medicrities is that because of their very medicrity they can’t understand what’s worthwhile and what’s not, and don’t appreciate the value of new information.
I updated my template (the HTML code specification for things like font size) for Blogger. To apply the new template to the blog, the blog needs to be republished, I think. Even new posts don’t use the new template, though the new template does save and preview successfully. All the documents on Republishing on the web refer to a nonexistent STATUS tab that I think must have existed on BLogger before 2006 but is gone from the new version. So I don’t know how to republish.
Later that day: Now the changes do appear. I guess that Blogger republishes every so many hours automatically.