March 14th, 2004

Andrei in the office

Comments in RSS posts (part 2)

This past week I posted on a topic and then submitted a bug to zilla.

The topic was on the handling of the RSS feeds and an error in displaying comments. Basically the bug was misreading the 'allow comments' preference as to whether or not to display a <comments> tag.

Now, I continued the original thread over whether it was appropriate to use the nc-link (if chosen by the user) as the link in the comment tag. One reader pointed out that this might cause a story to become un-visited in the news reader every time the comment tag changed. He also suggested it might be a bad hack

So, I went back to the 2.0 specification. The spec did define that the comment tag should point to the page where the comments reside. For LJ, that would be the entry's individual page without the nc-link information.

My problem is that I would like a mechanism so that a news reader application could track this data appropriately. I wound up looking at the specification for the RSS 1.0 and 2.0 Blog Comments Module. This seems to be something that could work well in conjunction with LJ.

As it is an external model, it can be ignored by readers that can't process it. It can also become another "Paid only" function to have this data added as it would probably add some processing time to the process.

So, I am curious. Does this sound like a viable solution? Does this sound like something that can be implemented to the existing RSS feed generation mechanism with little overhead? Is this a solution that the LJ PTB would support? What about Naomi?

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Comments UI issue

Not sure whether this is the right place to raise this, but I'm increasingly coming to the conclusion that there's a UI problem with the standard LJ page displaying an article with comments (it obviously may or may not exist to the same extent with S2 styles, since the layouts vary).

The page seems completely clear and unambiguous, but people clearly confuse the link to reply to the journal post with the link to reply to the last comment on the page. During the year I've been using LJ, I've seen numerous posts where someone has replied to a comment intending to reply to the journal entry, or vice versa. Rather to my suprise, I just realised I've done it myself in a recent thread I posted in.

It's commonplace enough that I'm coming to the inescapable conclusion that there's a UI design problem, but it's obviously fairly subtle.

I assume everyone else has seen this mistake made; anyone care to comment what it is about that page that makes it confusing to use?