Thursday, 1 March 2012

More Blogger problems

Last week Blogger introduced a new word verification “captcha” which is much harder to decipher than the previous one, and which produced a number of complaints. Personally I was quite happy with the previous one, which as far as this blog is concerned had succeeded in pretty much eliminating spam. I ran a poll which concluded that the new captcha, while not ideal, was the least bad option.

However, now they have changed the appearance of the comment form, and in doing so seem to have lost the button to subscribe to further comments, which I would have thought was pretty vital. There have been a lot of complaints on the Blogger forums, but nothing has been done so far.

So I’ve switched the format of the comment window so it is now embedded below posts, which still gives you the option to subscribe to comments, and even lets you do so without having made a comment yourself, which the previous one didn’t. Let’s see how long that lasts before Blogger cock it up.

4 comments:

  1. The bastards should leave well alone, or at least should ask users what they think.

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  2. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. New Coke anyone?

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  3. Both the ability to subscribe to threads, and the edit buttons on the .co.uk view, now seem to have been sorted out, so better late than never. Comments have now been restored to the pop-up window, which I personally prefer.

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  4. But they've now changed the user dashboard, which to my mind makes it uglier, less intuitive, less informative and harder to use.

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