A quick update.
I read all the comments from last week’s site update post again, as promised. All 368 of them! We often learn a lot from these threads, and last week was no exception. I had absolutely no idea that commenters were pasting in twitter embed code to get the pared-down version of tweets that show up on Balloon Juice.
When I managed my IT group, I used to joke that if you put 10 tech people in a room you’d get 11 different opinions. My new corollary: if you put 10 Balloon Juice commenters in a room, you’ll find a lot of interesting people, and you’ll also find 11 different ways that people accomplish the same thing.
But I digress!
I spent some time this week documenting what we want from the new comment system and why we want it. I am happy to tell you that we now have a shiny, new, custom-built comment editing system for the new site.
If you want buttons, you’ve got buttons! You don’t need no stinkin’ buttons? You can enter your own html code or create it elsewhere and paste it in. You want to paste in a twitter embed code? You can do that. If you’re a front pager, it will look like a fully embedded tweet, just as it does now on the current site. If you’re a commenter, you’ll get a pared-down version of the tweet, with text and links, as you do now.
You can format your comment with buttons in visual mode and then hit the text button if you want to see the html code. You can do the reverse: compose in text mode and then hit the visual button to see what it looks like before you post your comment. You can compose in one mode and edit in the other, if you want. You can go back and forth so many times that you forget to ever post your comment. You get the same buttons on edit that you had when you created your comment.
If anyone wants to weigh in, and particularly if you were kind enough last week to share your opinions or your place on the Art Pain Scale, you are welcome to use the (10-point) WaterGirl Happiness Scale, as shown below. In random order. Please check all that apply.
WaterGirl Happiness Scale
I couldn’t be more pleased.
I am so relieved!
It still feels like there is a rock in my shoe.
You guys rock.
I want to have your babies.
I was terribly distraught last week; now I feel mildly relieved.
No matter what, I will never be happy.
What are you talking about? I missed last week’s thread.
Updated at 2pm Saturday: I will check back periodically all weekend for additional input, questions and comments.