4/19/2005

Thanks to Blogger Hacks

We were able to install the cool new feature "Recent Comments" on our sidebar, and we'd like to give a shout out to Blogger Hacks, whose template for this feature made it all possible. Thanks, Ebenezer Orthodoxy, you're the best!

7 Comments:

Blogger Kim Siever said...

Of course those are not truly recent comments. They are only recent comments from posts on the front page. Any recent comment on an archived page will not show up in the list.

4/19/2005 03:39:00 PM  
Blogger Heather O. said...

Oh-I didn't know that, Kim. Do you know how we can change that particular code so it will access the comments from an archive page? Administrators get emails when there are any comments, so we can keep track of them, but it would be nice to show readers who is posting as well. Any advice?

4/19/2005 04:48:00 PM  
Blogger Kim Siever said...

It's virtually impossible.

The way the hack works is it actually imports all the comments for the current posts onto the front page and just makes them invisible. Then it runs through them and creates a list of the commenters and the post to which they are commenting. That list is what is put in your sidebar.

The only way to allow for all posts to be included is to have all posts displayed on the front page. After a reasonable amount of time, however, that wouldn't be feasible.

4/19/2005 05:01:00 PM  
Blogger Heather O. said...

Well, shoot.

T&S manages it somehow, but I know they have a totally different interface (I don't even know if that's the right word--I'm WAY out of my element here!). Maybe once we are as rich and famous as they are, we can buy a domain name and get a better server than Blogger, and then we will rule the world--bwhahahaha!

4/19/2005 05:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Kim Siever said...

T&S manages it because they have their own web server and have installed WordPress (a popular blogging software title). Same goes for BCC.

Blogger doesn't have a recent comments feature, so the only way to come close is by using a hack. The problem with hacks is there is always a drawback.

I'm not saying the hack is inherently bad, but you need to know all the facts when deciding on using a hack.

4/19/2005 07:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Susan M said...

Geeze, I thought maybe you were mistaken, Kim, so I had a look at the code, and you aren't kidding! I don't know much about blogger but there's gotta be an easier way than that to do it.

But it works well enough, I'm glad you added it.

4/20/2005 12:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Susan M said...

Geeze, I thought maybe you were mistaken, Kim, so I had a look at the code, and you aren't kidding! I don't know much about blogger but there's gotta be an easier way than that to do it.

But it works well enough, I'm glad you added it.

4/20/2005 12:18:00 AM  

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