Saturday, February 6, 2010

Site Changes Coming... Tomorrow!

We're going to become a porn site. . . just kidding. But we are changing the way comments will work. After extensive experimentation (and a few disasters) we've finally figured out how to add the IntenseDebate comment system to our site. Here is a pre-FAQ.

1. Is the website address changing?

No. Just come to the same place you always have. . . right here.

2. Do I need to sign up for IntenseDebate to comment?

No. You will have several options for commenting. First, you can sign up for IntenseDebate. Secondly, you can just write your name into the "commenter name" space without signing up. Third, you can write your name and turn that into a link to your site.

That said, signing up for IntenseDebate will make it easier to use your avatar -- plus you can link to your own blog or website, and once you are signed in, you shouldn't need to sign in or enter your name again.

3. Can I still read the articles on Google Reader?

Yes. The only thing that will change are the comments. Everything else will continue to work the same.

4. How do I sign up for IntenseDebate?

You will have an option to sign up when you go to make a comment. Otherwise, you can go directly to IntenseDebate to sign up.

5. Is this the same IntenseDebate used by Big Hollywood?

Yes. And any comments you make here will appear on your dashboard in ID, just like your comments at BH.

6. Can I thumb people up (down)?

Yes. In fact, we encourage you to thumb each other up just to show you liked the comments. It only takes a second and it's kind of nice.

7. When is this going to happen?

We're planning to start tomorrow, if all goes according to plan.

8. Why are you doing this to me?

Several reasons really. First, we know that many of you come from Big Hollywood, and this should make it more convenient for you to leave comments. Secondly, several of you have mentioned that you like the way the ID system lets you respond directly to someone else's comment. This will let you do that. In fact, we want to encourage you to talk to each other -- converse, discuss. . . that's why we're here!

And don't worry, we've set it up to keep the threads open so you won't need to open each thread to see the responses. (Although if we ever hit 100 comments in any one article, they may collapse automatically in that article.)

Finally, here is a link to a site we've set up to show you how the comments will look: TEST SITE. Please take a look. If you have any questions or concerns or you have problems signing in with Intense Debate, please let us know.

** Update ** We may delayed a day or two as we sort something out with ID about signing up our site.


Unknown said...

Andrew: All the better to promote our sleazy, right-wing talking points.

StanH said...

Farout! Let the games begin…ha!

AndrewPrice said...

It'll start tomorrow morning Stan. Hopefully, everyone likes the change.

Tennessee Jed said...

Hawk - all the better to promote your sleazy fringe talking points, you mean.

LL said...

I'm simply let down by the lack of attention to porn on the sleazy political site you guys run.

However, it will be interesting to see how you manage the new debate feature. Can I default a vote: THUMBS DOWN to any liberal who ventures here or do I need to offer a reason to ridicule their silly notions of good government? (j/k)

AndrewPrice said...

Jed, yep. . . anything to promote sleaze!

LL, Sorry about the lack of sleaze, we're working on it. We're trying to generate a calendar of naked politicians! Robert Byrd and Nancy Pelosi are sharing December! 8-(

AndrewPrice said...

Let me comment on the point Scott made at the test site --

The thumb thing is not a competition -- please don't consider it that. We want everyone to speak their minds, without regard to the thumbing system. We are here to discuss, to debate and to argue, not to win points or score thumbs up and down.

So please don't let the thumbing system change the way you participate or discourage you from saying whatever you want to say!

patti said...

oh man, the lefties are really gonna hate this!

Unknown said...

Tennessee: How could I forget? We're the blog with the fringe on top.

BevfromNYC said...

Actually isn't what we do "political porn"? Sleazy right wing fringy political porn...
Maybe we should send an invitation to "Idiot Girl"!

This is so exciting! Yey, Commentarama-ians!

AndrewPrice said...

Bev, This is kind of exciting isn't it?

We should find IdiotGirl and send her an invite to come share her wisdom with us!

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