Monday, June 11, 2007

Dear WikiFrayers

skitch has made it possible for comments from the a blog to the forum to automatically link back to the blog post they are in response to. That means, with the following code on your blog, readers can opt to send their comments to the WikiFray Forum, and those comments will contain a link back to not just your blog, but the particular blog post the comment is in response to. In this way, those reading the forum will be alerted to your new blog content.

<span style='font-size:xx-small;'>You must be <a href='' target='_blank'>logged in</a> to send comments to the forum. <a href='' target='_blank'>Register</a>. <a expr:href='";forumid=4&amp;url=" + data:post.url + "&amp;title=" + data:post.title' target='_blank'>Forum Comment</a>.</span>
skitch is also working on additional upgrades. Without making any promises, he hopes to make it possible to display the number of forum comments in response to your blog post as well as a Read Comments link that only returns those forum posts directly in response to your blog post.

By the way, the above hack is HUGE.

Anyway, by using the above code your blog is a simple cut and paste away from having old-fray style comments that double as bookmarks. And having the option to send comments to the forum doesn't mean you can't have blogger comments as well. To better appreciate what I'm talking about, post a comment in response to this blog post.

If you want to experiment with putting Forum Comments on your blog but don't know how, just say the word and I'd be glad to help.