Reposted with updates & corrections!!! of May 27, 2010 version: July 14-15, 2010


NOTE:  Below I |= Lynne Alexandrova| use “Admin” & “Moderator” interchangeably. I am both + blog Author.
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1. Comments Length & Content [cf. current page at 1122 words]

How about a popular conference abstract length, in the humanities, at least: up to 500 wds per Comment. Going a little over (or down to 1 word) need not bother you too much, if making a point impels you/suffices to do so. However, liberal over-reliance on the First Amendment, on transnational www territory, will be mitigated by Ecosonic Axiology: good will! criticism of ANYone/thing welcome, when supported with argumentation.

Redundantly, perhaps, inclusion and accurate citing of references goes without saying, as epistemic courtesy to one’s audience and sources–ES Axiology–and commentators are invited to do likewise (see CCL in sidebar).

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2. Comment(ing) Process(ing)

When you press Submit, you should see a note saying “awaiting moderation” and, with some templates, your Comment too.

Per my minimal usability testing and try-outs elsewhere, if your submission disappears into thin air, it may be that it was directed to Spam, or it may have been marked as Unapproved, either of which would be equivalent to “awaiting moderation”, without giving you an acknowledgement of receipt, so to speak. Suspicious sequence of characters, lingering in the Submit Window…? programmers would know better why.

The Admin can retrieve submits from Spam and revert to Approved status just as easily as they can send them there in the first place. Unless they have chosen the Permanent Deletion option, that is. Not sure if the reprieval is with or without any time limit otherwise.

On the submitter side, I once saw my text “disappear” while still being far from complete (I must‘ve pressed something). The unsubmitted submission appeared on the site several days later, I guess, when the Admin got around to it & chose to make a joke.

A sure way to check if something went through is to resubmit the exact same text – you’ll get a message to the effect that this has been submitted already.

The Moderator can be receiving submissions by email, and even replying from there, or s/he can Approve/Unapprove/Trash/Move to Spam from the Comments section on the blog’s behind-the-scenes area.

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FYI:  by email, the blog Admin receives

  • what you entered as Name and Email
  • PLUS the originating IP
  • characters you typed – text + code

While testing, using made-up email addresses worked, though when I was using non-alphanumeric characters and spaces in Name and/or email ID, the submissions were being directed to Spam.

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3. Word-processing Short-cuts Work
>>>>>> Isn’t this handy?! <<<<<<

    • to copy – press Ctrl key + c key
    • to cut – press Ctrl key + x key
    • to paste – press Ctrl key + v key
    • to go one step back – press Ctrl key + z key

NB! On a Mac: Alt, not Command = counterpart of Ctrl key on a PC.

I’d watch myself not to count on Ctrl/Alt + s key to save (so monitor your reflexes!). Unless it’s short and sweet, do your text in word-processing, and then paste in Comment. BUT, if you have a penchant for taking risks… by all means, go for it!
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4.1 Code you can use

Similar to Facebook – you cannot switch between Visual and HTML view like an Admin can do here. Comment space is a hybrid of the two, with a rather impoverished code inventory.

By trial-and-error, here’s what has worked with the current open-access WP template so far:

  • to italicize: <i>text here</i> => text here
  • to bold: <b>text here</b> => text here
  • to strike through <strike>text here</strike> => text here
  • to left-indent (and “bleach”) a text excerpt: < blockquote > </blockquote >

    If it is possible to do those wonky double quotation marks and shade the area, I have not discovered the tao for this template. BUT! on the Admin side I do indentation without text-bleaching by using unordered-list code without the list-item tags – see “FYI…” below

  • URLs: <a href=”http://www.hotmail.com”>http://www.hotmail.com </a> to get http://www.hotmail.com
  • email link <a href=”mailto:ecosonance@hotmail.com”> ecosonance@hotmail.com </a> to get ecosonance@hotmail.com

And that’s pretty much it. Unless I’ve overlooked something, with the bare-bones free access template, at least, you cannot:

  • code for/use different font sizes or different font faces
  • do colour coding
  • code for lists, whether ordered <ol></ol> or unordered <ul></ul>
  • insert a separator line, aka horizontal rule <hr/>
  • use the tab key

So, forget about named anchors, Embed Object, and the like. Also, commenting guests cannot upload images, so provide a URL to an image.

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FYI: code that works for me (posts&pages) – angular brackets for tags for the “()” below, and square brackets for the “||”:

  • Named anchors
    If the destination is …LOVE…here, bracket it and name it. Always type a # before the name, which signals the name of a named anchor:

      (a name=”#love”)…LOVE…(/a)

    To create a link to it, tag the start point with the code for a regular link, e.g., text like here or image. To the URL of the page containing the named anchor add the name of the anchor including the “#”. Make sure there is no forward slash “/” between the end of the URL address and #love:

  • Embedding YouTube videos:
    |youtube=”paste URL code between the double quotes here”|
  • Images(optionally, caption underneath):
        |caption id=”” align=”aligncenter” width=”360″ caption=”Dr Masaru Emoto Labs’ crystallization” |
      |/caption |

    To turn the image into a link, substitute the URL for “null” in (a href=”null”).

  • Embedding of ULs yields a Tabs-effect.
  • Typing &-n-b-s-p-; code, without hyphens!, serves as pressing Spacebar, including in post titles.

 

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4.2 Circumventing – or at least anticipating – “traps”
When I choose to bother, I compensate (both in posts and in comments):

  • for <hr/>, by using underscore __________________
  • for bullets, by using shorter or longer strings of “=”, “-“…

You cannot count on tricking the template:

  • e.g., by pressing the spacebar multiple times, to push text to the right – it would still left-align in display
  • e.g., by skipping down 1-2-3… Returns, to insert more than one blank line – display would still show only one blank line (well, you can settle for a “.”, but you cannot white it out in the absence of a “color”-coding option)

Instead, prepare to be tricked by it:

  • the <br> tag doesn’t always succeed in separating lines of text, even on the Admin side 😦
  • e.g., Ctrl + l key – which in word-processing would left-align – may conjure up a pop-up to let you search for a URL, or browse for a file/folder on your computer. Not that this is not a silver lining, really, right?

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So let’s enjoy the simplicity we’re offered, free of charge,
– plus the bonus: it saves time! –
and focus on the content

Lynne 🙂


Reposted with updates & corrections!!! on May 27, 2010 version: July 14-15, 2010