Howdy, all! No doubt you noticed the blog was out of commission for a few days. Our programmers were hard at work restructuring our comment system. You’ll find the blog is much, much easier to participate in now.
Here’s what’s going on:
Previously, the blog was designed with an attached (“bridged”) vbulletin forum. All blog posts showed up in a relevant section of the forums…er, fora. To comment on a blog post, you had to be a registered member of the forum first. This offered a number of benefits, but also some limitations. While the forum provides a community-like space for frequent readers to get to know each other, new readers who simply wanted to share a quick thought on a post weren’t havin’ it. So we’ve come up with a great solution that gives you the best of both worlds (genius, I tell you). To comment on a post, simply click “Comments” at the bottom of the post. Voila, comment away! You’ll simply have to provide your name and email, and your website if you have one. Your email stays private.
We still have the forum, which you can navigate to by clicking “Forum” up yonder or by typing www.marksdailyapple.com/forum into your browser’s URL window. We’re keeping the forum for several reasons:
1) It’s fun. You can start your own threads or even write your own posts (and pimp your own blog!). You can expand upon any blog post or take it in a new direction – basically, the forum is for you! Moving forward, commenting on posts will be a lot easier and registration-free, but we’ll all still be hanging out in the forum daily, so no worries there!
2) You get the weekly email newsletter. The newsletter includes the “best of” from the week, which is handy if you don’t always have time to check the blog daily or still haven’t gotten with the program and hooked up your RSS reader! 😉 The weekly email usually includes an extra recipe, fun link or other bonus tidbit you won’t get here at the blog.
3) We’ve also kept the forum so all the many thousands of comments on past blog posts didn’t get lost in the shuffle – that would be tragic! They’re all still there, archived in the Blog Forum section at the top of the page. This might make things appear a little funky for you longtime readers who are used to comments being located in the blog forum. In fact, you can already see the changes: scroll down the Mark’s Daily Apple main page and you’ll notice that many posts appear to have no comments now (hey, what happened to my comments!?!). Don’t worry – the comments are still “there” – they’re simply archived in the forum. From now on, comments will be visible on the main blog page only – not in the forum. The transition is really very simple and everything is a lot easier now (cool!). Go ahead, comment on this post. See how easy that is?
The blog is now your oyster, so don’t hold back. That said, keep it civil, and let’s not feed any trolls!