CoComment integration progress...
Feb 6, 2006
In my earlier post, I mentioned that the comments system on this blog was not compatible with CoComment.
Well, it looks like I've made some progress. If you use the bookmarklet now, you should notice the little CoComment icon appearing next to the submit button. Submitting the comment will, in fact, add it to your CoComment tracker! :) But there are a couple of problems.
Firstly, you'll notice that the blog title appears as "untitled" in your tracker. A number of other blogs seem to be having the same problem, and it has to do with the way the blog and post titles are extracted from the page. The CoComment devs are looking for a better way to handle this.
The second problem arises from the fact that I don't have separate post pages on this blog. Because of this, only the name of the page (for example, 2006_02_01_archives.php) is extracted as the post URL, and the unique post ID that's passed as an argument is ignored. The effect is that if you left a comment under this post, and another comment under the post before this one, they would both be clumped together in your CoComment tracker as if both comments were made in response to a single post, which is obviously not the case. Interestingly enough, the CoComment team blog has the same problem, so I'm hoping it'll be fixed soon. If they can find a way to extract the entire URL, including the unique post ID, that should do it. I've reported this on their forum, explaining the situation.
So basically, if you decide to use the bookmarklet with this blog, keep in mind that you'll see comments on your tracker that have nothing to do with the comments you posted or the posts they were in response to. What you'll essentially end up with, for the moment, is a list containing any and all comments posted to this blog in a given month, which is probably better than having nothing at all, but I'm just letting you know in advance. :)
Oh, and if you find that you're forgetting to click the bookmarklet before submitting comments, check out the Automatic CoComment script for Greasemonkey. It auto-discovers compatible comment forms, so you don't have to remember to click the bookmarklet each time. Greasemonkey is a Firefox extension, but IE users should be able to use Trixie for the same purpose with the same script (not tested yet).