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Now with anonymous content!

Sort of. I just finished a first pass at allowing visitors to post comments anonymously. Note that all anonymous (non-logged in) comments will go into moderation awaiting approval before being visible in an article. The only other major catch is that these anonymous comments are, for now, only available at a top level and will not work as threaded comments. That's probably not too difficult to fix, I'm just tired right now.

Please let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions to improve this feature!
Sander
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Re: Now with anonymous content!

Yay! \o/

So, what I think: you should have a "preview" option, and/or (but ideally and) a comment next to this textarea explaining if URLS are linked automatically, and what kind of formatting options (if any) are available. [b]ubb-style?[/b] html? *markdown?* - People tend to expect at least one of these on weblogs nowadays, and not knowing which it is, _and_ not being able to preview is limiting.

Also, this textarea should be way larger. Why isn't it at least taking up the full width of the fieldset, and twice as high? (Small textareas make people write short off-the-cuff comments; large tetareas invite people to write more thoughtful things.)
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Re: Now with anonymous content!

I tried looking for some sort of bbcode parser, but never really found anything satisfying. If you're aware of something, then I would lurv to hear about it! I do allow some limited set of HTML, would it be sufficient to simply indicate what is accepted? I've also considered using some sort of WYSIWYG editor like TinyMCE, but eh...

The textarea is the size it is for mostly cosmetic reasons. It's what fits the space best. I agree, it's small, but I haven't figured out how to make it all right.

I made the post notice not fade away, though, so there is that!
Sander
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Re: Now with anonymous content!

TinyMCE: eww. Just saying "<em>, <strong> and other basic HTML supported" or some such should work fine.
As for bb code parser: just write your own. :) (Alternatively, maybe you could rip whatever punbb uses out of that? iirc it isn't too ugly, although I don't think I ever looked at it in depth.)
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Re: Now with anonymous content!

I understand now. I'll try and get some copy in there to explain what tags can be used. I will also see if I can do a javascript thing to increase the size of the textarea when the user clicks an "enlarge textarea" box, or something like that. That should get me the look I want in standard operation, and the more useful area for users like you. :p

Thanks for the suggestions!
Sander
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Re: Now with anonymous content!

*blinks* <img> is allowed? Goatse coming up in three, two, ...
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Re: Now with anonymous content!

*shrug* The posts are moderated. I can filter out anything unacceptable before it goes out.