New Feature: Recently Commented

By Anthony | November 22nd, 2005 | 12:17 am

I’ve added a new feature at the top of the sidebar: The “Recently Commented” section will list the three most recently commented upon posts, along with who made the most recent comment and the time that it was made. This should let readers quickly see if anything has changed on a post in which they were having a discussion.

One of my biggest beefs with blogs, as opposed to traditional message boards, is that topics quickly get pushed down on the page and it becomes difficult or annoying to keep track of discussions you’re involved in. This should address that problem, at least on this blog. Not that there are many lengthy discussions here at this point. But there could be. Someday.

7 Responses to “New Feature: Recently Commented”

  1. Cara Michele, "Chosen Fast" Says:

    so… did you want to share that code with the rest of us… ;)

  2. PotatoStew Says:

    It’s a plugin for WordPress blogging software: Customizable Post Listings.

    This is the closest I’ve seen to it for Blogger, but it’s not really very close – it just shows the most recent comments for posts on your first page.

  3. Cara Michele, "Chosen Fast" Says:

    Of course the Blogger one is boring. Ugghhh!! Thanks anyway, though.

    I’m looking at different blogging software now, so I may be changing eventually. I’m checking out WordPress, DotNetNuke and Community Server. Let me know if you have suggestions or thoughts…

    Thanks!

  4. David Boyd Says:

    Write something really liberally and I’ll argue with you about it and thus begin your archives of lengthy discussions.

  5. PotatoStew Says:

    Michele – The only software I’ve used outside of Blogger is WordPress, but I’ve been really happy with it so far. It’s fairly easy to use, pretty flexible, has lots of plugins, and it’s free. The only downside is that you need to find your own webhost, but I’m assuming you already have one for untangledweb, so that might not be a problem.

    David – That’s a great idea! From your WMD thread, I definitely know that you’re capable of holding a lengthy discussion, so now all I have to do is come up with something sufficiently liberalish to provoke you.

  6. darkmoon Says:

    Add some subscription code into it. WordPress has some I’m pretty sure. I haven’t bothered to do it with LUX, but eventually I will even though there’s not as many technological “conversations”.

    Subscription code basically has the conversation email you when for each comment under the post you subscribe or sends you a daily digest if the post updates. Pretty useful.

  7. PotatoStew Says:

    That does sound like a good idea. The only subscription plugin I’ve found so far seems to only let you subscribe to comments posted after your own comment, so it sounds like you need to comment in order to subscribe. That doesn’t seem ideal, so I think I need to look around a little more.