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I like to spend my Saturday nights doing wild and crazy things, like installing blog plug-ins. Yesterday night I installed the Simply Threaded plug-in, which I hope you all will take full advantage of. It allows you to respond directly to any comment on a post, displaying your comment directly underneath and indented, instead of displaying your comment at the bottom of all the comments (though you can still do that too). This is handy because it will allow me to directly respond to people’s questions instead of editing comments and inserting my answers in bold text as I have been doing. Here’s an example of how it looked when I responded to Jeni’s question about Cliff Blox:

Threaded comments

All you have to do is click the “Reply” link on any person’s comment. Your browser will then jump to the bottom of the page where a checkbox will have appeared with the name of the person who’s post you are replaying to. If you are using Firefox, the checkbox is automatically checked. If you are using Internet Explorer, you’ll have to check it yourself. (Don’t make me explain why, just know that cross-browser compatibility issues like this is why IE makes web developers scream “Aye-eee!”)

Threaded comments

Now just type your comment like normal and hit the “Post” button. Your comment will then appear indented below the comment you replied to. This feature doesn’t work if you hit the “Preview” button. Sorry, not my fault, I didn’t write the plug-in. If you just want to reply at the bottom of the post, comment like you always have, or if you already hit “reply” just uncheck the box.

Hopefully this will help make discussions in the comments less confusing. A couple weeks ago there was a kerfuffle when two people used the name “Red” when they replied to a post and someone else commented on what the first Red said, but the second Red thought the person was replying to her and OH MY GOD this is how wars start! So, no more. Please don’t be scared to try the new commenting system. It’s okay if you screw up once or twice. I’ll fix any obvious errors or double posts. Feel free to practice on this post if you want. Enjoy!

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PastaQueen • April 6, 2008 at 8:28 pm

You can try replying to this comment if you want.

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PastaQueen • April 6, 2008 at 8:28 pm

Like this!

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PastaQueen • April 6, 2008 at 8:29 pm

Ad infinitum!

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Amy • April 6, 2008 at 8:32 pm

Very cool. ;) And far more productive than MY night!

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Stacie • April 6, 2008 at 8:46 pm

You think your Saturday night was exciting? I went to the gym at 10pm on Friday. I felt SO cool walking back past the bars between the gym and my apartment at 11:30pm all sweaty from my workout when others were all dressed up for going out in the city. Woot!

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Red • April 6, 2008 at 9:16 pm

But can it do a fourth level?!?!

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Michelle • April 6, 2008 at 9:33 pm

I think this will be a great addition!

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VerseFameBeauty • April 6, 2008 at 9:36 pm

This will be much better. :-) Good use of your Saturday night… I spent mine cleaning my apartment and starting on a 60-page final project (but soon college will be over FOREVER, so it’s okay! lol).

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Cindy • April 6, 2008 at 9:42 pm

Techie geeks and pet people ~ I’ll never understand you. I love you, mind you, but I’ll never understand you. And if your techie geek tendencies make my life go smoother, then who am I to complain?! I love my computer for what it helps me accomplish, but I haven’t the faintest idea how any of it works…and I don’t care to know, either, as long as it keeps doing it. I’m glad you’re having fun with this latest innovation!

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Marie • April 6, 2008 at 10:25 pm

Well, this is entertaining.

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MaryK • April 6, 2008 at 11:22 pm

Indeed. Entertaining as all get-out!

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Jeni • April 6, 2008 at 11:50 pm

Wow I’m famous! This is so much fun. Wonderful addition.

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Amy • April 7, 2008 at 12:20 am

Obviously you have a sickness! I mean, I’m a crazy runner & log all sorts of exercise hours, but 11:30 is bed time! :)

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Andrew is getting fit • April 7, 2008 at 3:20 am

Must implement at once!

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Andrew is getting fit • April 7, 2008 at 3:30 am

Nooooo! Movable type only.

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Mark • April 7, 2008 at 5:15 am

Oh, cool, now your blog is one step closer to Drupal. ;-)

This is one of those logically-should-be-an-improvement but in-practice-sucks things. When the comments regularly exceed 100, yeah, as a stopgap while you’re setting up your forum software. Otherwise, it’s hard to follow new stuff (unless you’re an obsessive who subscribes to comment RSS feeds). And the chronological order of the discussion is harder to follow.

You could use an IP address-based avatar system to give people a visual hint that “Red” may not be “Red.”

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Chubby Chick • April 7, 2008 at 5:56 am

This is so cool! :)

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KateH • April 7, 2008 at 6:43 am

I totally agree with you!!!

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MizFit • April 7, 2008 at 6:49 am

Id so the same with my saturday nights if I could ever figure any of this stuff out…

M.

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Heather • April 7, 2008 at 8:02 am

Which Red are you? :D

Number one or number two?

Why are Thing one and thing two running around my head now?

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dietgirl • April 7, 2008 at 9:06 am

This is hella cool! Just wanted to mention, I use Firefox and I can’t see the styling for the comments ie the boxes aren’t there so it’s hard to tell who belongs to what comment! I promise I am not one of those anally retentive “YEAH BUT it doesn’t in Opera or Zorg4.0″ people!

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dietgirl • April 7, 2008 at 9:10 am

OK the styles suddenly appeared and now I look like a twit. Sorry comrade!!!xx

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PastaQueen • April 7, 2008 at 9:34 am

You’re not a twit! The same thing happened to me when I was testing it. I think your stylesheet was probably cached. Refreshing the page fixes it in case anyone else has the same problem.

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Curvyjones • April 7, 2008 at 10:56 am

Neat!

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red • April 7, 2008 at 4:00 pm

OMG YOU USED MY NAME LET’S START A WAR

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sb • April 7, 2008 at 7:46 pm

Hmmm… I’m a bit of a techie geek (PQ, you are a role model for me in more than one way, since my geekdom only aspires to the level of designing web pages) and I’m a huge pet person. So do they cancel each other out, and then you can understand me… Like multiplying two negative numbers give you a positive number? (Told you I was a geek… so stop rolling your eyes at the math analogy! sheesh)

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Jennette Fulda tells stories to the Internet about her life as a smartass, writer, weight-loss inspiration, chronic headache sufferer, and overall nice person (who is silently judging you). She does this at JenFul now, but you can still have fun perusing her past here.

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