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Writing good comments

You wonder just what calls out the ire in persons when they leave a comment that feels rather hypocritical. In case you’re wondering, it was left on my practise-related post, hence the truly evident stab. Too bad it was a bad stab. Have a look yourself, it’s not too long a read:

practise writing english

I decided to delete it as spam, but now I think that’s too bad, as it made me laugh a little. Let’s dissect.

  1. A proper sentence should start with a capital, bar a few exceptions. A very few.
  2. A proper sentence is supposed to end with punctuation. In this case, I see only a few possibilities that could work: “!”, “.” and “…”.
  3. English is a language: it must be capitalised (I’m not using “should” here, as people tend to then think they’re free to do whatever they please).
  4. It’s an attack. Few will argue that this is meant as a friendly constructive remark regarding my writing skills1.

Some tips for those to comment: don’t attack without sound arguments; don’t tell me what to do; don’t be stupid. Hey! That’s a pretty easy list to remember!

On this topic, by the way: if you spot mistakes in my English—it happens to the best of us, and to me a little bit more often—, just tell me about it via e-mail, IM or even in the comments. As long as it’s constructive, I don’t see any problem with it. We’re here to learn, right?

  1. I know this doesn’t say anything about the form of the comment, only about the contents, but I consider it worth noting.

A reboot for Rob

Okay, so if you would like to rate my new design, that would be neat. Now, welcome to my new design. It has green and magenta and phylacteries (oh yes, I’m using that name now) and should be a nicer format for me to maintain. As Gabriel guessed so well, I will be writing more. It just feels better now.

What is new, what is going on?!

The phylacteries are new and neat. Upon hover, a box pops up that shows the four latest commentators for that post. As we speak, I’m having some issues with linking it properly, but even then it is a quick overview of what happened on what post. I’ve got rid of a lot of stuff, and am rebuilding the pages. They’re broken right now, but will be back later this week. All for the cause of flexibility. There are new humane time stamps, which was cheered upon by several. As a last thing that I like to mention, I’ve followed Andy and now use hCards in my comments. Semantic richness for the people.

“Hey, man, this is broken…”

What is? Please tell me what’s broken via e-mail or in the comments. Also, if you know fixes to the IE issues (there are, um, some…), I would be grateful. Very.

It was Anatoli who coded the JS that powers the recent comment box. He didn’t have the time to make it work everywhere as it should, so if you think you can help out, let me know. So yeah, explore and comment. I like to know what you think.

Hodge-podge

It would seem that even my Flickr stream is more “where the party’s at” than my very weblog. That hurts no one, as there are some nice photos there (my hair is featured prominently). I have, however, planned to participate in Adam’s CSS Reboot under a fitting alias. I guess that should force me into at least some activity. If you’re also in, holler!

My stats application tells me I get bazillions of referrals from a previous client, which is cool. I hope they all see that I actually also do things next to nothing, as a look at my weblog would lead one to conclude. On that note, I have been doing things. A community-ish website is coming up (running a slightly public test phase as we speak) and I’m doing a very nice, fun design for a to-be weblog. I’ll post about those things when they launch. Work includes logo design, identity work, hacking apart and together web applications and general web design. Good fun!

I’ve been more eclectic than usual these past few weeks/months, having regained my interest in Shakespeare, Nietzsche, Foucault, Paaltjens, pencils, gouache and moleskines, to name several items I can waste my time on blissfully. Related product placement: I so badly want Painter that it hurts. Ray will understand.

Oh! Oh! I will be trading in my age badge next week! It will be my 18th birthday on the 15th of March! I will be attempting some CAR DRIVING. I can legally drink whisk(e)y. I can vote for ridiculous political parties just because I can.
Boy oh boy, what an eventful coming of age! Oh, and just a snarky by the way, gifts are welcome, congratulations come in a close second.

Now to grab a painkiller. Headaches and gastroenteritis aren’t beneficial to one’s state.