27 Jul 2006 1 pm eastern

Is this thing on?

Just letting my RSS peeps know that zeldman.com now accepts comments. As of yesterday, actually. All right, then.

[tags]zeldman, wordpress, blog, comments[/tags]

Filed under: Community, Publishing

121 Responses to “Is this thing on?”

  1. Hans said on

    Holy shmoly! A new era of Reports! I must say congratulations before the Onslaught begins…

  2. huphtur said on

    confirmed (via rss)

  3. Kero said on

    First! :)

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


  4. Cameron Moll said on


  5. Mau said on

    Yay! It will be grand!

  6. Dale Cruse said on

    Comments? Shweet.

  7. Neil Crosby said on

    Just joining the great “hooray” about the opening up of comments.

    So, yes – “hooray”, I say!

  8. Chris Harrison said on

    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!

  9. Jon Lee said on

    I was wondering if you were going to accept comments after switching to WordPress. I guess I just found out.

  10. Elliot Swan said on

    Sweet, I’ve been wating for this to happen ever since you switched to WP.

  11. markku said on

    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.

  12. Greg said on

    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?

  13. Adam Kalsey said on

    When I commented yesterday I had no idea that I would be the first-ever comment on Zeldman’s blog. Do I get a prize or something?

  14. Stafford Kendall said on

    Congrats and such

  15. Tim said on

    Holy frijoles — I never thought I’d see the day.

  16. jeremy said on

    Excellent. i think i’ll comment then!

  17. Ara Pehlivanian said on

    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!

  18. Sarven Capadisli said on

    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.


  19. Nathan said on

    Great. Look forward to discussions.

  20. Mike Cherim said on

    There goes the nice short page-length :-)

  21. Jordan Ryan Moore said on

    It’s about time… ;)

  22. XINERGY said on

    Ahhh… And the gates to communication have finally opened. May you gain valuable feedback from your readers.


  23. Rob Mientjes said on

    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.

  24. David Anderson said on

    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.

  25. Jeremy said on

    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!

  26. Tanny O'Haley said on

    Wow! Comments! As popular as you are, do you really have the time?

  27. John Dunagan said on

    If only so that I can say to you: congrats, Jeff.

    it was a good move.

  28. Christian Watson said on

    Great news – here’s looking forward to some good discussions and not too many trolls.

    PS: Any chance of a comment preview?

  29. Tassoman said on

    You’ll be very busy now.

  30. Martin said on

    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?

  31. Mike Whitehurst said on

    hmm, comments, well ok…

  32. twelveoaks said on

    I have no useful comment at this time.
    Keep up the good work!

  33. Mau said on

    hehehe… Greg gets along very well with Z.

  34. Greg said on

    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.

  35. Dave said on

    Hey Jeff,

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


  36. Michael said on

    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.

  37. Kevin Sweeney said on

    Dude, you just got called an idiot on your own blog. ;)

  38. Ben Buchanan said on

    I have a mental image of you hitting the button, then leaping under your desk screaming "incoming!!!" ;)

  39. Dave said on

    The link on my name is wrong. It has a comma instead of a full stop. I didn’t type it like that. :-/

  40. Nirav said on

    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.

  41. Ross Johnson said on

    Wonder if putting a cap on the amount of comments for post will become necessary?

  42. Kyle said on

    I feel like the gates have been opened… the barriers let down. Let the debauchery begin.

  43. draco said on

    Ahh, comments after so long. Finally!

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

  44. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    The moat has been drained, the drawbridge lowered.

  45. Enrique said on

    La verda es que se echaban de menos en este sitio ;-)

  46. Luuk Platschorre said on

    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!!

  47. klaas said on

    Wahey! About time…

  48. JBagley said on

    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!”


  49. Emilio said on

    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!

  50. Jeff L said on

    Geez, I want to get in on this just so I can look back in 10 years and say “I was there when….”

  51. Jeremy Flint said on

    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.

  52. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    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.

  53. Greg C said on

    Australia says hello, well at least one of us….

  54. Gregg T said on

    Excellent News…

  55. Nick Finck said on

    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.

  56. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    Adam Kalsey said:

    When I commented yesterday I had no idea that I would be the first-ever comment on Zeldman’s blog. Do I get a prize or something?


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  58. David Armano said on

    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.

  59. Don Ulrich said on

    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….

  60. Frank Taillandier said on

    Bravo jeffrey, now you’re part of Web 3.0

  61. JF said on

    All I can say is “Yay!”.

  62. Tyson said on

    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!

  63. Piero Fissore said on

    Oh, comments on zeldman.com. Nice. So, after four years I can say: “Hello, Zeldman”, and you can hear that. Yes: nice.

  64. Pingu said on

    Good for you!

  65. Arthur Chidlovski said on

    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…

  66. Pnhckriaoae (Pianohacker) said on

    High levels of yay-ness…

  67. Mondo Dynamo said on

    Congratulations on throwing your posts open to comment – good move!

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  69. Derek Pennycuff said on

    Hellow comments.

    Goodbye productivity.


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  71. Jeff Wilkinson said on

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

  72. rapt00r said on

    Good to see you added comments!

  73. alan said on

    But with comments on, how will you keep The Internet out?

  74. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    But with comments on, how will you keep The Internet out?

    Heh. Good one.

  75. Brandon said on

    Woohoo! Thanks Jeff.

  76. Erin said on

    Dude! I look away for the weekend and *poof*, comments. Yay!

  77. Halans said on

    Comments, pff, so last century… ;-)

  78. Dave Weeks said on

    Jeff, nice touch. You are building a very cozy community. Dave

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  80. Ryan Masuga said on

    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!

  81. Marko Dugonjić said on

    It was about time, ha ha! Gratz on the delivery

  82. Mau said on

    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. =)

  83. Mau said on

    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)?

  84. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    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.

  85. Jason Wall said on


  86. Daddyo said on

    Keep up the great work! Bollocks to the detractors!

  87. Daddyo said on

    Re: last comment
    should have read :- Thankyou!
    Long day….. sorry!

  88. Drew said on

    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.

  89. Edward Einhorn said on

    Thanks for opening it to comments!

  90. [email protected] said on

    What 2%?

  91. Tim Kenington said on

    Great work Jeffrey! Can’t wait for An Event Apart Melbourne or Sydney here down under!!!

  92. Nano Taboada said on

    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

  93. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    Can’t wait for An Event Apart Melbourne or Sydney

    Sounds good to me.

  94. Dante said on

    Comments on Zeldman.com? About time!

    I wonder how long it’ll be to you start having to deal with comment spam…

  95. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    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.

  96. patrick said on

    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…

  97. henry said on

    very good ! you are great man .

  98. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    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.

  99. Tony said on

    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.

  100. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    Good eye, Tony. Just did some comment layout tinkering. Should be better now.

  101. Chris Huff said on

    I may as well jump on the bandwagon. Adding comments was a good move. Interactivity. I love it.

  102. Ray said on

    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.

  103. Ash Haque said on

    I smell a revolution :)

  104. A.M. Digital said on

    Greetings from…. Belarus :)

  105. Tony said on

    Much better, and good job on making the site more interactive.

  106. Destry said on

    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?)

  107. Dante said on

    Not to be greedy, but may I request An Event Apart San Francisco?

  108. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    Comment numbers, perhaps, so folks can refer to, say, post 532 on page 6?)

    Permalinks, baby.

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  110. /pd said on

    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

  111. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    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.

  112. Glenn said on


  113. Jowra said on

    … 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.



  114. Javan said on

    well i’d better hop on this comment train!

  115. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    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.

  116. Eddie Traversa said on

    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.

  117. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    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).

  118. WaltDe said on

    Very good reading. Peace until next time.

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  121. Cleve Dore said on

    Right now I’m having amnesia and deja vu at the same time. I think I’ve forgotten this before.

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