There have been several tweaks and additions to the ORARC website!
For those who hadn’t noticed, all editions of Oxtales shy of the 90s have been available for your viewing pleasure on the Oxtales page for a little over 6 weeks now (as noted in the last edition of Oxtales itself). I have, however, just completed the laborious task of finishing off the 90s uploads and links, so the collection is now complete! Go back to the future here!
Much gnashing of teeth has also been involved in getting comments to display in-line below articles on the home page, but to the relief of my dentist and wallet I have succeed (sort of) in getting this working. I am a PHP programming genius! (not really).
I say ‘sort of’ because I think the comment system wording is a little unclear. If an article has no comments on it, you’ll see this under the post itself:
Click ‘Leave a reply’, enter your comment and your response will soon appear (after it’s been moderated if it’s your first post, or immediately if you’ve commented before).
An article that has already been commented on, though, looks like this:
The imperfect bit (in my humble opinion) is that clicking the reply button in the bottom right of the above image will reply to the comment that’s been left (so in this case you’d be replying to Bruce VK2HOT’s comment) – not make a new comment on the article itself. If you want to comment on the article itself you need to click where it says ‘1 Reply’ (top right of the image) and fill out the form.
You can differentiate between who you’re replying to, as it does tell you:
Commenting on an article.
Replying to an existing comment (Bruce, VK2HOT in this case).
Here’s how it looks in practice:
The top post is Bruce’s comment (well done too Bruce!) – the next (indented) post is my reply to Bruce’s comment and the bottom post is a new comment regarding the article (and is therefore not indented). Leaving a new comment on the above article would require you to click on the ‘3 replies’ at the very top right of the image. This should be familiar to anyone who’s worked with threaded discussion systems (once you get around the crappy wording).
Clear? Not really? Clearer? Hopefully… I think this may need some context and may become clear as you give it a try…
I hope with the comments now being displayed in-line instead of hidden on the post’s dedicated page (which no one ever visits), we’ll get a little more interaction on the site. So, please, get commenting! 🙂