Whatever: Now With Extra Added Comment Preview

At the request of many, I have, with the help of the folks at WordPress, enabled a comment preview button here. So now you may check for typos, errors, and bad html coding in your comments before they go live. You’re welcome, and I hope you enjoy your Whatever feature. Try to use it only for good.

Also, let me know if you find any problems with the feature; I’ll try to get the dealt with as soon as possible.

There was slight fiddling with Whatever’s theme as part of getting the feature to work. Don’t panic, I’ll gussy the place up again later today.

I’d like to thank Thorsten Ott at WordPress for doing all of the heavy lifting on this; he was extraordinarily helpful, and that helpfulness is but one reason why I am delighted that Whatever is housed on WordPress’ VIP service.

Go ahead and try the preview on this very comment thread, if you like.

1. John Scalzi says:

First post!

BWA HA HA HA HAH HA I ALWAYS WANTED TO DO THAT.

It’s probably more obnoxious because it’s on my own site.

2. Patrick says:

The preview makes everything in the world so much bteter!

3. Bearpaw says:

Whoooooooo-HA!

Sweet. Thanks muchly.

4. JimF says:

I love speel checker.

5. Phil Royce says:

Wow, this will makes life as we know it so much better. Thanks – I think. Now to see if I cna prieviw thsi comtnet.

6. Greg says:

Thank the ever-loving gods.

And thank John too.

Wait. Was that redundant?

7. Thorsten says:

I’m glad we could help :)

8. pedantic peasant says:

“Try to use it only for good.”

I am suddenly seeing a “comment preview” button that lets you preview the comments that your own comment/thread will generate. Which will, of course, quickly allow trolls to tailor their comments for maximum offense.

9. The G says:

Hopefully this sorts out the problems I’ve been having posting comments! Good stuff.

10. Dave Branson says:

Testing, testing… One, two, three.

Yep. It all seems to be in order.

11. The G says:

First comment never appeared, so take 2.

Great feature, is it only for VIP pages with wordpress?

12. Kevin Williams says:

Wait! I want to edit other people’s comments!

13. stoicjim says:

Testing, testing, testes, testing….

Yeah, seems to work just fine.

14. Ben says:

I think, based on a casual perusal of some prior threads, somebody owes John a kingdom…as in ‘my kingdom for a comment previewer’ kind of comments.

15. Leonard says:

Testing. Test2. Test3. Linkie.

BWA HA HA HA HAH HA I ALWAYS WANTED TO DO THAT.

Nice. At last, Whatever upgrades to the tech of 2005.

16. Has there always been a faded version your face behind your posts?

17. John Scalzi says:

For the lest few years, yes.

18. Dave Branson says:

Wow. I never noticed that. Does that mean I’ve been on a counterfeit version of Whatever?

19. hugh57 says:

Thanks! A feature I’ve long wanted back. Especially helpful in testing HTML tags:)

20. TransDutch says:

Now we have no excus for typos. Thanks!

21. ioresult says:

Whoa nice sliding effect!

22. Theophylact says:

Gott sei Dank.

23. ricknm505 says:

how craptabulous tastic orific tacular!

24. Seeing this headline in my RSS feed has been the highlight of my morning. Admittedly, it’s still early, so better things could happen, but I doubt it.

25. LIVED says:

Thsi si a testie. REpaet. thIs si a PREVIEW tets. Okya. this previwe seams to werk just found.

26. This is a great addition! I want one….I want it now.

27. Doc Rocketscience says:

Thank the gods…

Oh, look, a preview and a post button. I look forward to your tweets the epic fall of hubris that feature engenders.

28. Chris Sears says:

The awesomeness extrudes into the neighboring websites!

Now some HTML Lists are still no good.

Now, some LaTeX. $\displaystyle \int_{0}^{1}x^2 \ dx = \frac{1}{3}$. Works in the preview.

29. Kevin Williams says:

LaTeX? *nerdgasm*

30. D. says:

This is a test comment. This is only a test.

Well, at least I’ll know ahead of time that something doesn’t work.

(Typos insert themselves.)
OneTwo This is a test demonstrating that list functions still don’t work.
Infant with emotional whipsaw stolen from Mr. Branson.

This concludes this test. Had this been an actual comment you would have been directed to the nearest flame war. Thank you.

31. scorpius says:

Chris Sears,

you forgot the “+ C”.

BTW, does comment preview mean I won’t have an excuse for my multi-commenting?

32. oye says:

Now if we could only convince them to move the comments link to the bottom of the post where it belongs!

33. Yep says:

Isnt preview and edit part of wordpress to begin with?

34. I use this feature almost exclusively for evil on other blogs. Will you mallet me if I do that here?

35. CLP says:

This is great! Preview buttons encourage people to read what they wrote at least once before posting, which is good for encouraging more thoughtful comments. (Although, I think the quality of comments here at Whatever is pretty awesome already!)

36. Gulliver says:

My supernova of joy is too great for physical expressions to contain, so I am beaming it out across the astral plane.

Go Team WordPress!

@ Greg

Thank the ever-loving gods. And thank John too. Wait. Was that redundant?

I prefer to think of John as a Prometheus and Whatever as his rock…which would make use the eagles I suppose, now with improved eyesight.

@ Ben

I think, based on a casual perusal of some prior threads, somebody owes John a kingdom…as in ‘my kingdom for a comment previewer’ kind of comments.

Ahem…*cough* Greg *cough*?

@ Dave Branson

Wow. I never noticed that. Does that mean I’ve been on a counterfeit version of Whatever?

PolterJohn only appears to commenters that want to believe.

37. YES!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

38. htom says:

LaTeX? Really?
$\Rightarrow \{ Googles \} \Leftarrow$
$\mathfrak { Cool! }$

39. hugh57 says:

Thank you, John, and esp. thank you Thorsten!

40. Greg says:

somebody owes John a kingdom…as in ‘my kingdom for a comment previewer’ kind of comments.

Very well, as promised, John may have my kingdom.

It consists of nine neanderthal knights, eight aching archers, seven surly serfs, six stinking seneschals, five feudal fjords, four fractured fealties, three thin thinins, two terrible tartans, and a hobble hoofed horse in a pear tree.

email me a shipping address (freight cannot deliver to PO box) and it is yours.

41. CRash says:

Whoa. *watches comment area expand magically*

42. htom says:

ps. tiny bug; the preview pain puts a linebreak in the first line as if the “Post Comment” box above the line was an end-of-line mark.

htom

43. As someone who has asked for this feature before, can I just say it’s really nice to see it appear at Whatever. I suspect your mod load will be reduced, from having to kill fewer botched posts. Very nice.

44. $\rho=\frac{-b\pm\sqrt{b^2 -4ac}}{2a}$

w00t!

45. Chris Sears says:

@scorpius There is no +C with a definite integral!!!!! I discovered that LaTeX works on WordPress about one month after I started my math/teaching blog on Blogger.

46. tully says:

my dyslexic typing fingers thank you!

47. A fan of *MORE* discourse says:

Wagathon asserts: “Al Gore is sort of the chief propagandist.”

LOL … Al Gore is *so* 20th century, eh Wagathon?

Modern-day climate-science has shifted to distributed authorship, in which interdisciplinary/multinational teams ranging from eighteen up to seventy-eight persons — and soon many more persons than that! — assume responsibility for honestly, openly, and responsibly fostering a scientific climate-change consensus.

The new system for scientific consensus-building is superior, eh Wagathon?

One reason is, this new, strongly team-based consensus-building scientific method serves to defeat demagogic astroturfing shibboleths, ain’t that right?

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48. John Scalzi says:

As an FYI for future endeavors: Replying to a comment thread where the last comment is more than a year old is not likely to get you the results you want.

49. A fan of *MORE* discourse says:

Pooh, Dixie suggests “Kindly review “Plate Tectonics”.”

… whose effects have been utterly negligible during the 1.5M years (a very short geologic time!) since Megalodon became extinct.

It is a wonderful pleasure to enlarge your scientific understanding, Pooh Dixie!

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