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.Text Request

January 23, 2004 17:13 by matthaw

Something has been bugging me about .Text the last few months.  I finally felt it was time to express my thoughts, or rather a request for v.96.  What if we were able to track which blogs we made a comment on, or enable the same comment notification that a blog owner receives?  I don't know how many countless times I've had to actually try and remember whose blog I posted the comment to, and then, which entry.  It could be easily done (now when I say easy, I mean from an end users viewpoint) to have this, maybe an extra checkbox on the comments to say "Notify me when someone posts a comment".  It would work the same way as the ASP.NET forums.  How 'bout it?

Update: CommentRSS is currently enabled and available within .Text, however NewsGator currently does not support it.



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January 23. 2004 18:17

I agree, I have at times wanted the same option.

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January 23. 2004 18:22

We had a discussion about this a few months ago...problem would be that emails used in blog comments are unverified - so you can (and many do) enter eny email address - I have lots of comments from billg@microsoft.com - but I don't think it's actually him Smile (unlike ASP.NET forums where you have to be a member).

I had an idea about a 'casual membership' system, but you'd still need some way of confirming your identity - so password or some other token (e.g., cookie would be sufficient)...

Scott Galloway

January 23. 2004 18:24

Even still, thats not a bad problem.  I was thinking the same thing for "casual membership" where the checkbox wouldn't be available unless:



1. You subscribed with .Text to be a casual member

2. You're a blogger within the .Text application



Would that take care of the headache?

Matt Hawley

January 23. 2004 18:29

BTW - please let me know if you reply to this! ;)

Graeme Foster

January 23. 2004 18:29

Personally I'd favour a comments RSS feed, either for a whole blog or for the comments on individual posts. No membership problems then.

Graeme Foster

January 23. 2004 18:31

Personally, I don't think a blog feed would be everything that I would want.  I would probably want both worlds.  Only because they're are some posts that I want to follow more closely than others, so an email would be better, however...others that I just want to keep track of, would be nice - enter RSS.

Matt Hawley

January 23. 2004 18:31

Here's an idea that may work for this. Setup a protocol like trackbacks for comments.



So I could put in my blog URL and it could do a comment track back and send a ping to my blog saying I posted here then on my blog I could see, ok I made postings here, here, and here ...



Does this make sense? I think this should be relatively ease to do considering it almost mimics trackbacks ...

Adam Weigert

January 23. 2004 18:34

Thats not a bad idea..I could see some sort of win app coming out of that to track them.  Maybe use Web Services?

Matt Hawley

January 23. 2004 18:57

YOu do know that CommentRSS is already supported in .TEXT?  You can subscribe to the comments of any post see scottwater.com/blog/archive/2003/11/21/10719.aspx">scottwater.com/blog/archive/2003/11/21/10719.aspx

Scott Galloway

January 23. 2004 19:01

Well, thats cool... I wonder if they're is any plan on having NewsGator support CommentRss.

Matt Hawley

January 23. 2004 19:03

the first link in google for:

newsgator commentrss



is:

www.newsgator.com/.../shwmessage.aspx">www.newsgator.com/.../shwmessage.aspx

Jason Nadal

January 23. 2004 19:04

I'm starting to wonder if they're is a way to extract comments out ... maybe a WinApp could be used.  It would still be nice to have a webservice I think.

Matt Hawley

January 23. 2004 19:04

You can 'subscribe' to any posts comments directly (it's just a standard RSS feed - this one is weblogs.asp.net/.../62101.aspx">weblogs.asp.net/.../62101.aspx)

Scott Galloway

January 23. 2004 19:08

Ahh, very cool.  I guess that answers my question...however, I'm not really sure if I would want to add a new Rss feed in NewsGator each time I want to track some comments.  I think that a WinApp sitting in your task tray with an alert would be cool...or a website that tracks things for you and sends emails. Hmm, thoughts are rolling now.  What would you guys like to see? Web or Win?

Matt Hawley

January 23. 2004 19:08

This is nice, i missed the post telling .Text has CommentRSS support. Uptill now i used bloglines (bloglines.com) to read blogs and if i replied somewhere i just saved the post to check back later.

David Cumps

January 23. 2004 19:09

I've never used Bloglines, does that have this feature?

Matt Hawley

January 23. 2004 19:09

(I would like to see Web btw) easier to check from everwhere.

David Cumps

January 23. 2004 19:14

Sadly enough it doesn't

It does a nice job at keeping your feeds ordened in folders and with a winapp sitting in your tray telling you when there are new entries, which you can check online then.



I got asp.net, dotnetjunkies and the msdn feeds (along with some others) ordened in it, it shows all new posts since last visit



but for each post you can choose 'Save' which puts it away in a seperate sections, that way i remember where i replied, and i check back once in a while, to finally remove it if the commenting ended :p



here is an example of the public visible part:

http://www.bloglines.com/public/DavidCumps">http://www.bloglines.com/public/DavidCumps

David Cumps

January 23. 2004 19:16

Well, I think that I may be adding an extension to my website - I cant quite create a new website, against my company's policy...plus this will be free!

Matt Hawley

January 23. 2004 19:29

Really pretty simple to do this - I do a similar thing to monitor hits on my site (yup, I am that sad!). I have a little notifier icon popping up (like MSN) telling me that I have a 'new hit'...Pretty easy to modify this for displaying a 'new comment' message. Only 'issue' would be specifying which blogs you want to watch...the list could get very large very quickly!

Scott Galloway

January 26. 2004 04:52

I wrote a CommentRSS extension for Newsgator. It basically rendered the comments with the post. However, it wasn't very usefull because there was no way of getting updated comments since the post wasn't "modified". However, I've suggested to the NG folks that they tread a post with an updated number of comments as modified. Once this happens, I'll release the extension.

Omar Shahine

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