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Monday, January 12, 2009

Trouble with Comments?

Hey,  I just found out that my sister has been trying to leave comments on my blog unsuccesfully since last week.  She types her comment, submits it, then . . . nothing.  The comment box goes blank again.  I'm supposed to get email notifications for all comments so I can allow them, and I haven't gotten any for hers.

So now I'm curious: Is anyone else having problems?  If you'd let me know at mcanary(at), I'd appreciate it.  Thanks.


Thirsty Bob said...

Here's a comment. I love you.

Did you get that?

Anonymous said...

American Yak here.

It has to do with the new implementation of something called OpenID into blogging tools such as blogger and wordpress.

It's a newer technology which has seen a lot of movement in the last year, hence the implementation. However, the user experience is a little different than users are familiar with, so it isn't always the easiest to understand or use.

This will change as user interface developers (such as I) figure out the easiest ways of implementing the OpenID experience for the end user. Unfortunately, blogger doesn't seem to be on the cutting edge of that development, and this implementation is a kluge.

From what I understand, WordPress is closer to attaining that goal. But even so, the whole process needs a real overhaul in thinking -- that's my feeling. But the community is working on it; I know; I've been communicating with some of the main developers a bit.

Here's a video which explains it fairly well, even though it's a little outdated and doesn't address problems with that particular implementation:

Here's a more in-depth tutorial, for those who want to get to know it better:

Finally, a list of providers:

After having studied it, I do think the Internet will be _rebuilt_ on OpenID and OAuth, and will actually start a new iteration of the web, i.e., Web 3.0 or whatever you want to call it. This is because OpenID and the DiDo project are spearheading an effort to decentralize social networking, essentially turning it inside out. Where Facebook is building a corner, DiSo/OpenID are building tools to make the Internet itself a social networking entity, or, as Six Apart coined, "The Internet *is* the largest social network."

J and M Lloyd, est. 2004 said...

Mary, you're a natural blogger. Love reading it. Let me know if you figure out what the long comment means...