121 thoughts on “Is this thing on?

  1. First! :)

    Great move Mr. Z. Are they moderated? I guess I’ll find it out jst after the click.


  2. Awesome! I sub to your RSS feed and visit often. There have been a number of times where I wish I could have left a comment on posts… now I can. :) Looking forward to future discussions here on your site!

  3. Wow, this is definitely something I’ve been anticipating for several years now. Your move to WordPress suggested you were headed this way, and now you’re allowing comments! Woohoo!

    I hope you have akismet running, probably the only comment spam solution you’ll ever need.

  4. Neat! How much, if any, HTML is allowed? The usual bold/italic/hyperlink, or nothing at all?

    I guess I could just try it and find out.

    Did that work?

  5. I wanted to say something yesterday when I noticed them activated but I didn’t want to just leave a meaningless comment. Gotta say, it’s cool to be able to finally comment on Zeldman.com!

  6. Opening the comments here is a great move. Hearing the voices of many people from the Web development community will surely create a lot of discussions which will in turn contribute back to the community.


  7. Good thing the first (and hopefully only) “troll” is a certain Storey :) I’m not gonna cite Bob Dylan, but certainly you already have yourself.

  8. I can comment on your blog but I can’t find your book in the brick-and-motar bookstore. And since Amazon ripped me off for $150 I refuse to give them anymore money. Sorry, completely off topic.

  9. I am pretty quite lurker for the most part, but every now and then I have something to say. I will ditto others here by saying that I too have missed this feature in the past, and am glad to see it active now for future use. Oh, by the way, love your blog!

  10. Good news.

    I’m sure I’m not alone in wondering about what eventually tipped your judgement in favour. Will you perhaps write about what I assume is essentially a change of heart?

  11. Hmmm, I don’t recall ever outsourcing comment writing. To the person who thought that was really cute: put your Protec helmet back on, stop drooling, and try not to pee on the carpet when the doorbell rings.

  12. Hey Jeff,

    Congrats on getting the comment system working. Just remember to watch out for comment spam!


  13. Of all the brave things you’ve done (professionally), this may be the bravest.

    Did I say brave? I meant insane.

    Here’s to everyone playing nice.

  14. That’s great news. Honestly, I had not been visiting regularly – and now you are again on my daily list. Discussions make it very interesting. Thanks.

  15. Ahh, comments after so long. Finally!

    Like others I was also wondering if you were ever going to open up comments. Now I know. ;)

  16. Comments are so Web 2.0! It might require a new Zeldman-logo, with shines and wet-flooreffects and all … ;-)

    But seriously, opening comments is great, and insane at the same time. I’m hoping for some good discussions and feedback here.

    And it finally gives me the chance to say: Thank you for all the good reading over the years!!

  17. This just feels weird…

    It’s like looking at a Ferrari on the showroom floor and the sign now says – “get in and press all the buttons!”


  18. Another “wow” comment here!
    This is really a new era.

    Hope all the inevitable comment spam won’t steal you too much time.
    Thank you Jeffrey!

  19. Didn’t you do a semi-comments thing for a while with your Apartness blog on Blogger? I seem to remember a few times you posted here, but then directed readers to Apartness to comment.

    Maybe that was before the switch to wordpress.

  20. Didn’t you do a semi-comments thing for a while with your Apartness blog on Blogger?


    Maybe that was before the switch to wordpress.

    It was! I was still hand-coding this site at that time.

  21. Thanks Jeffrey! I hope that the users commenting keep it civil and professional. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have to deal with moderating comments here on zeldman.com, i know it’s practically a full time job for me at Digital Web Magazine and that’s with disabling comments on older posts, etc.

  22. Found my way over from Experience Curve. I’m not familiar with this blog, but since it relates to Web Design, I will check it out in more depth.

    Congrats on the move to allow comments. It will add a new dimension ti this blog as people begin to exchange ideas, share opinions, and build upon each others thoughts.

    Nice move.

  23. Yikes! comments? Otay, I guess, but why must everything be commented on?
    I don’t know if it really furthers the process. I liked the homepage feel sans comments. Like minded opinions do not make truth, only mediocre consensus.
    Still, this must cut down on the email. Blog on garth….

  24. Hey Jeffery!…excellent…it’s nice to be able to drop comments here after reading your site since about 1999

    I remember back in the day i used to just send you emails…i think this will be an improvement….not that emails are hard to write or anything, but this is a nice way to get a sense of what folks think of a particular article…also, it creates a nice sense of community…

    all the best!

  25. comments @ zeldman.com? i am speechless…
    it might become a full-time job just to read all of them though…
    best wishes to the best!
    your visitor and reader since 1996…

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  27. testing, 1,2,3… ouch! better turn those comments down, the feedback is LOUD!

  28. With the addition of comments, there is even more reason to frequent this site. If a site has a good community (which this one does, I’m certain) you can learn almost as much from the comments as from the original post. One suggestion: figure out a way to separate trackbacks from actual comments.

    Anyway, good move!

  29. Hey Jeff!

    The RSS2 generator shipped with WordPress needs a small mod to pass validation. Open your wp-rss2.php file (found in your root directory), and find ‘wfw:commentRSS’ , then change that to ‘wfw:commentRss’.

    You need to find it twice.. the opening tag, and the closing tag.

    And voilá. =)

  30. Actually passes validation (my bad…) but there are annoying warnings.

    The ‘Encoded…’ warning is fixed by going to your wp-admin | options | reading, then setting the syndication feed to ‘Summary’ which makes the feed ‘text only’ (me thinks).

    So, question… What is better? to make sure it validates without warnings? or make it look nice on RSS Feed Readers (like this one)?

  31. Thanks for your concern, Mau, and also for the tips. But I’ll keep things as they are.

    Switching to “Summary” would send summaries instead of full text. I’d rather deliver full text.

    My RSS feed preserves structural semantics (i.e. lets headlines be headlines) and sometimes includes images. The semantics and the images convey meaning. I’d rather deliver more meaning with validation warnings than less meaning with no warnings.

  32. Dear Mr Zeldman. In addition to your acting duties for the position of “somewhere between intenet ‘guru’ and ‘god,’ ” your are now tasked with the duties of comment moderator. Good luck. Some of us are crazy.

    For in the same way that Lassie can have fleas, your website will itch with the irritation of the 2% of your audience who are annoying, nasty, and malicious. Good luck.

  33. [email protected] says:

    What 2%?

  34. Well thank you for adding another dimension to the space where we intereact with your premiere content. In other words, this is like “Ah, you mean the man in that book’s cover? yeah, he’s Zeldman, we chat often” w00t! hehe :-P

  35. Spam? Within a day of turning on comments. Much of it is link farm pingbacks and trackbacks, rather than traditional robotic non sequitor posts. But WordPress has great moderation tools, making it easy to detect, flag, and banish spam. I also installed Bad Behavior, and it seems to be quietly helping.

  36. I REALLY hope you are still planning on making An Event Apart tour stop in Los Angeles. If not, I have lost faith in the human race…

  37. Thanks, Patrick! We don’t announce upcoming cities until we’ve got dates and venues locked in place. We don’t enjoy keeping people in suspense, but we’d hate to disappoint you if we announced a location and couldn’t follow through. That said, you can probably expect An Event Apart in or near Los Angeles before too long.

  38. Not sure if anyone mentioned this before (98 comments so far), but the comments look like:

    X person says the date and then some other stuff after that

    with the current layout of comments.

  39. Monsieur Z,

    Now that you’ve opened the doors for community participation is there any chance you’ll re-open the old book cover design contest? (knudge-knudge wink-wink)

    Congrats on the big step… comments. I hope you get as much enjoyment out of it as we do. This is going to add a whole new dimension to the Daily Report.

  40. I guess I’m in minority that atually liked it the other way. I can certainly understand why Andrei Herasimchuk pulled up his drawbridge and filled his moat. Comments are great when comments are…well…great, but Drew…I think you got the wrong part of that percentage ratio.

    I’m sure you’ve weighed your objectives against the noise factor carefully, Jeffrey, and know well what you’re doing. ;) (Comment numbers, perhaps, so folks can refer to, say, post 532 on page 6?)

  41. will comments be rss enabled per post ?? I dont see a flag which sez : “RSS feed for comments on this post”

    at times, its good to take a highly interest post and obtain comments via rss.

    Just a thought

  42. will comments be rss enabled per post ?? I dont see a flag which sez : “RSS feed for comments on this post”

    you don’t see a flag which sez that becuz rss feeds are not enabled per post. at least, not at this time.

  43. … becuz rss feeds are not enabled per post. at least, not at this time.

    Not enabled?


    Sure, only the last 10 Comments which is not much on a one-sentence-post with 112 comments so far. Gratz.

    /pd, take the standard blog-feed and use a programm like SharpReader that supports the “wfw:commentRSS” Element. Thats even simpler.



  44. Not enabled?

    Ah. Semantics. WordPress allows per-comment RSS feeds, so it is possible for readers to abstract them by adding /feed/ to the end of the URL. I could also automate this via PHP and design a widget to let readers subscribe to the comments for any individual post. I may get around to it. It was clearly a good thing to do for A List Apart articles, but I don’t see as great a need for readers to do it here. But, maybe.

  45. Glad to see comments turned on, I always appreciate your insights.

    One thing though that you may want to consider.

    Every time you have separate JavaScript links in your page you are slowing the loading of the page down and thus not creating an optimal experience for your readers in terms of page loading times. Why is this important?

    Because people look to you to lead the way. Your JavaScript should all be rolled into one script and one external link. That will slightly increase the load times, you can test it for yourself and if you need help with a page load time script to test with let me know.

  46. Hi, Eddie. The slight lag you’re describing has nothing to do with the scripts in the head of the template, or the fact that they are separate. Those scripts have been sitting there like that for several years with no problems.

    The occasional slight lag is new and has to do with the job board I inserted in the sidebar starting yesterday. JavaScript calls the job board up as well, but the lag comes from the fact that the job board is housed on a separate (and busy) server (not from JavaScript).

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