January 29, 2007

Comments? Where are my comments?!

Well, folks, the new tech news is that this site has converted to the new Blogger, which is also referred to as Blogger Beta, even though Blogger has just announced that it is out of beta, but the name, Blogger Beta, has stuck throughout the blogosphere, so as to not confuse anyone with the old Blogger, which frankly was great, except that it didn't support Categories or Labels and, being the detail-oriented and resource/research tendencies that I have, I couldn't wait to convert to the new Blogger or Blogger Beta, so when I got the notice that my blog was ready to be converted to the new Blogger Beta, I jumped at the opportunity to convert. Aside from this being one of the only posts that I have ever written with the longest run-on sentence EVER, I am remiss to tell you that Blogger Beta no longer supports the terrific and stable comment tool that I have been using for three years - Harry Wynn's BlogSpeak - and Blogger Beta doesn't support Haloscan's new Blogger Beta installation either, which I thought I was going to convert to.

Blogger Beta's comments tool ? Well, it sucks and the reason for that is you are not notified of a commenter's IP address. And in the IT world, the IP address is V E R Y significant. Want to know why? Send me an email and I'll tell you. Anyway, in the meantime, until I find a working commenting tool that works with Blogger Beta, I will have to use - BLECH, UGH, EGAD, EEEEK, Blogger Beta's own proprietary comment system, which, I need to remind you - sucks. So, if change is difficult for you, my friends, as it is for me, please bear with me, as I try to get a better commenting tool in the near future. If anyone knows of a good commenting tool - other than Blogger Beta's, please let me know.


Anonymous said...

Actually, I believe Haloscan recently announced support for Blogger beta. They have an automatic install for it which worked well for me.

Smooth said...

Yes, I heard about it, and I ran Haloscan's automatic installer and it failed. After trying several times, I googled Haloscan and their auto widget no longer sorks since Blogger went out of Beta. In fact, Haloscan's forums are gone and so is their Help section. What's a blog without a good comment tool?

Smooth said...

oops, works, not sorks

Hokule'a said...

I think "sorks" about sums up the whole beta disaster. Not sure what to do about it, and I havent heard from anyone that this transition has gone well for them. I wont move until they say "move or die"

Smooth said...

Well, to tell you the truth, Blogger must have done something postive yesterday because now everything seems to be working well once again...I am grateful to them for their efforts as their service is free, so I can't have high expectations, it wouldn't be fair to them.

jhrhv said...

Hi I started reading your site a few days ago and find the stuff you are posting great.

I upgraded my template and had the same issue everyone else is having. I found the fix so you can get haloscan working. I'm a techie.

First remove any haloscan sections you might still have lingering around in your template.

Then start fresh like the haloscan instructions say download the file from blogger then upload back the file haloscan makes.

Expand the widget section and look for the haloscan sections like the example I pasted below. 1 of them I think it is section 1 will be between the tags below
"!-- start haloscan (part 1) --"
sort of like this.

Cut the haloscan section out and put it below the tags like this.

"!-- start haloscan (part 1) --"

I switched <> with " " so blogger will accept the post.

Happy happy joy joy haloscan should start working for you.

Good Luck. Hope that helps you all. It worked for me.

Good Shabos

Smooth said...

JHRHV, thank you for your Haloscan tip. I'll try to add it to my blog shortly, right now I'm still tinkering with some other widgets. Thanks again, I appreciate it.

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