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A few sites I've stumbled across recently....
Yesterday's commenting bug appears to have been fixed (although I haven't been officially notified). I've therefore switched HTML in comments back on.
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Will auto-linking still work?
Test - http://bishophill.squarespace.com/
Does that mean that the automatic linking has gone? It's not mentioned now below this comment box.. :-(
While HTML was off, auto-linking worked (a huge plus IMHO) and comments with HTML links didn't get diverted to Captcha hell.
Now HTML is back - everything has reverted.
Is it possible to have the best of both worlds?
No, it's plain text and autolinking or HTML and do your own links.
If there's demand for the former, I can switch back. Let's see what others think.
The capcha moderation quarantine when adding a link is the most offputting recent problem. It rather deters us from including useful links at all.
I vote for HTML and DIY links. Without HTML, we lose blockquotes, italics, bold, strike and so forth. The price for autolinking is too high.
I've therefore switched HTML in comments back on.
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Loosing HTML is a cost that vastly outweighs the questionable benefit of autolinking.
Bishop Hill - how are you feeling now?
Agreein' with Martin A
How to make your own URL link (if you needed to know and are not a computer wizz or you don't hold such things in your head)
1. Google html a tag
2. Top if the list is probably http://www.w3schools.com/tags/tag_a.asp. Go to this page.
3. Cut and paste the following line <A href="http://www.w3schools.com">Visit W3Schools.com!</A>into the BH comment you are typing.(NOTE: Lower case "a" appears in the actual line, not upper case "A")
4. Replace http://www.w3schools.com with the URL you want readers to go to.
5. Replace Visit W3Schools.com! with the text you wish readers to see and click on.
6. Click Preview Post and check that the text is what you want and that clicking on it takes you to the site you want.
Like Pharos, I've started avoiding links altogether because the comment often doesn't get out of Captcha quarantine until the discussion has moved on to the point where it's irrelevant.
I suppose it depends whether you prefer your comment artistically embellished, like the work of an early Cistercian monk, or content-rich with lots of quick 'n easy links.
I'd go for the latter.
"Click Preview Post and check that the text is what you want and that clicking on it takes you to the site you want.
That's it.Feb 29, 2012 at 12:57 PM Martin A "
Every time I use "Preview Post", I go straight to Captcha hell, without passing GO - and then lose interest in the discussion.
Didn't used to happen - but has every time recently.
Captcha + quarantine is a total pain.
Is the choice between (1) autolinking (2) DIY links plus the joys of captcha and automatic quarantining?
In that case, the choice is much less clear-cut. Sometimes I get captcha and instant posting, other times captcha + quarantine.
Bishop Hill: Some time ago, you mentioned you had used a site that preserves web pages even if they are subsequently 'disappeared' from the site where they originally appeared.
Would you be kind enough to remind us (ie me) of the URL for that site?
Yes, if I get into captcha limbo, I wish I had spent the time doing something more useful.
Maybe because I have a French IP address, captcha gives me stuff to type full of accents (é à etc). With a UK keyboard, this adds to the fun.
And pretty much recovered thanks, although I'll need the antibiotics for another week.
"Captcha + quarantine is a total pain.Is the choice between(1) autolinking(2) DIY links plus the joys of captcha and automatic quarantining?In that case, the choice is much less clear-cut. Feb 29, 2012 at 1:15 PM Martin A"
That's how I understand it, Martin - maybe Bish can confirm.
BTW - I use Wayback Machine for searching old web pages.
Well, we could go back to quill pens, parchment and wax candles.
Over at Bad Astronomy, which suffers from similar issues, I noticed a commenter placing a dash (-) before the URL (that http thingy) to seemingly get around the spam filter.
Let's see if the same trick works here.
No captcha, no quarantine.
Bob's your uncle.
Don't forget abracadabra. :D
OK, I just posted tried to post a totally link-free comment in the Nordhaus thread (just when I thought it might be safe to post without keeping a copy). But I got sent to captcha and then to moderation limbo.
Am wondering if failure to correctly capture the captcha causes this?!
"captcha gives me stuff to type full of accents"
I don't think it cares about them, but you do have to type punctuation marks.
I agree. Emphasis can be done with caps or like *this*, and although manual linking is doable, it's easy to get wrong, and if you compose externally, the quotation marks don't always translate properly. I vote for auto-linking.
Paul Nurse gave the BBC's prestigious Dimbleby lecture last night, addressing science and its place in society.
Great and we can do out of demand even what the price is falling on the demand .
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