Comments

July 10, 2007

I’ve been thinking a lot about comments lately since I got a bunch of contentious anti-Mormon spam (call it what you will). I just read this very informative and pertinent article at Lorelle on WordPress:

Editing Your Blog Comments:

I believe that everyone has a right to their opinion. I also believe that not every opinion is appropriate for this blog. I take time to carefully reexamine my post content to see if I invited the comment. Even if the comment opposes my beliefs and values, but is related directly to the content, then I’ll leave it. If it makes a good point, I might edit out the nasty parts, leaving the value. It depends, but I think about it and weigh my options, taking into account the intent of the commenter.If it is to inflame, then it’s gone. If it is off topic, it’s gone. If it is spiteful, it’s gone. If it is harmful to others, it’s gone. If it continues the conversation, then it may stay.

There’s a lot more good stuff on that post; I’d recommend you read through it. As she says, comments are a crucial part of blogging. Feel free to leave me some, and I’ll work on being a better blog administrator.

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WordPress advantages

July 10, 2007

I’ve been using WordPress for less than a day and like it much better than Blogger already.

  • Better comment features The comment interface is much nicer than Blogger, where you have to go to a separate page to leave comments. It’s so much easier to just have it at the bottom of the post. And the administration side is much easier to use and gives me finer control.
  • Tag cloud I like tag clouds, and they just weren’t easy to do on Blogger.
  • Good analytics WordPress tells me not only how many people came to my blog, but what parts they looked at, where they came from, and where they went. This is a bit better than what I was getting from Google Analytics on Blogger (that service is really nice, too). UPDATE: Just to clarify, I actually think Google Analytics are better overall, but WordPress’s analytics give me what I need to know more concisely. For one thing, WordPress doesn’t provide geolocation information, a feature I like on Google.
  • OpenID Haven’t used it yet, but WordPress gave me an OpenID, which will make it easier to comment on LiveJournal and other sites that use OpenID.
  • Finer control over layout and content Blogger is all single-page oriented, but WordPress allows me to have static pages in addition to my dynamic content.
  • Administration interface WordPress just provides so many features that Blogger doesn’t have.

Don’t get me wrong, I like Blogger, and I like Google. Blogger is admittedly easier to setup and use, and probably better if you want a blog that just works. But I’m quite enjoying my new toy: WordPress.


Hello, WordPress!

July 10, 2007

So I just ported my old blog from Blogger to WordPress and have been quite satisfied so far. WordPress gives you a whole lot more control over just about everything than Blogger does, and it’s much easier to customize. Given, Blogger was simpler to set up and easier to use, but I like WordPress better overall so far.

One gripe I have is photos don’t work quite the same as on Blogger, but I’ll get used to it. It still works reasonably well. I hope I don’t use up my 50MB too quickly. 😉

So, that’s the latest news here. Hello, WordPress!


Milford Flat wildfire

July 9, 2007

This thing is monstrous. The air in Utah Valley has been pretty bad since Saturday, even though we’re nowhere near the fire.This wildfire is the biggest in the history of Utah: it’s burned 300,000 acres already, over 3 times larger than the previous record of around 95,000 acres. Since it’s so big and moving so fast, the firefighting teams are having a hard time doing much about it.

All started by lightning.

UPDATE: Here’s an article from this morning with some more recent details.

UPDATE (July 17): The fire is now fully contained, but it has devastated 567 square miles of ranch land. But now there is fear it may have stirred up radiation from nuclear fallout.


Comment moderation

July 6, 2007

I regret having to turn on comment moderation, but I was getting a lot of anti-Mormon spam from an author unwilling to reveal his identity.

Please feel free to submit comments on any post on the blog. If they are relevant and clean, I will almost certainly post them. (I can’t guarantee anything, but if you give me an identity it will also greatly increase your chances of getting published.)

I have also removed the discussion on Trolls because of its fruitless and disparaging character. I apologize to all my friends who posted testimonies there. I am grateful for your support.

Thanks once again, and I hope this will be a benefit to all my readers.

UPDATE: Since I’ve moved to WordPress, I’ve decided to leave the discussion on Trolls there, although I have edited them a bit. The discussion has some value as it stands.


Trolls

July 2, 2007

I just spent a while reading this post and the related comments on Bryant’s blog. Anonymous’s anti-Mormon comments still have not ceased to amaze me. I understand that members of the Church aren’t perfect, and I think we all need to accept that. But to rail on the Church as a whole and Mormons in general for the unbecoming actions of a small group is completely nonsensical. I just have to voice my opinion on the matter. I must agree with most of the other comments on the blog that endeavor to handle the subject kindly and tactfully. I am still astonished.I also read a post on Robert Scoble’s blog earlier today about trolls in the blogosphere and trolls in the real world. I have to say this whole Mountain Meadows massacre discussion on bethings is perhaps an instance of that. If we band together and don’t give him the attention he’s begging for, maybe he’ll go away.

I know what I believe, and I’m not going to let any anti-Mormon try to tell me what I believe.