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Friday, August 25, 2006

pab's potpourri: Blogger settings [re-]visited

For a lead-in, see: pab's potpourri: Blogger settings visited

Here are a few more notes on Comments settings:

I show comments, and allow only registered users to comment. However, I disable comment moderation, so I neither get email asking me to approve every comment, nor need to review them on the "Moderate comments" page before they come to light. If something irksome does pop up, as a blog administrator, I can always delete it later.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Threaded message view on topline mailing list

Recently, I've noticed that the topline mailing list at Yahoo! (R) Groups now features a threaded view - once you have a message open on the group site.

The thread view appears below the message itself in your browser window. You may need to scroll down to display it.

Message threads comprise a series of messages and replies to which an open message relates (for example, see Figure 1). They show replies, and replies to replies, in an inverted step layout.

Figure 1: Simple Thread - Three Related Messages
As long as you don't expand the messages, or sort them by date, any message indented below another represents a reply to the previous message.

If there are more replies than one to a given message, they will be indented equally; the message to which those replies thread is the first message up the list that is one step less indented (Figure 2).

Figure 2: Complex Thread - Changes of Topics
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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Blogger step by step

I've just posted, on the KEFL wiki, draft instructions for getting a Blogger account [defunct link to KEFL wiki removed (2006.11.10)]. They talk beginners through the first few steps, but leave beginners to fend for themselves past the required input fields.

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