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Post #455 • January 17, 2005, 11:37 AM • 4 Comments

I've decided to give myself a vacation today and put up the big spread of images from palmbeach3 tomorrow morning (although my idea of vacation consists of learning about how to parse XML using PHP's DOM classes and then cleaning up the studio). So instead I'm putting out this special offer.

I scripted the code in to send me an e-mail every time someone comments. The e-mail includes the comment, although it strips tags so formatting and links disappear. It does however include a link to the post on where the new comment appears.

For a limited time, and to a limited number of people, I offer to include your e-mail address on the list that sends comment alerts to.

If you follow these discussions to the point that you're refreshing your browser window every five minutes, you may enjoy this service. I use this code to track activity on older posts, and you can do the same. Keep in mind that this will put a lot of e-mail in your inbox - one per comment. I just counted 217 comments total for the last five posts. But for's heavy users, it will make it easier to track discussions. I find it indespensible.

To sign up, e-mail me.




January 17, 2005, 8:06 PM




January 17, 2005, 8:15 PM

It works. PHP XML DOM classes don't, though, at least on my server. I guess it's studio time. Thank you for caring.



January 17, 2005, 9:30 PM

I think i'll pass... I kind of like checking in on my own schedule. I'm still a little confused about "what is RSS and what can it do for me." I need some sort of custom home page that'll have new posts on RSS enabled sites. Would there be a way for such an animal to track whether new comments have been posted since I last logged on?

Actually, I have no idea what I'm talking about. Must read , which seems about as good a consise RSS primer as there is, and lean to use



January 18, 2005, 12:24 AM

Some blogs have separate RSS feeds for every comment thread. This probably entails each comment being given its own permalink (the entry link plus "#anchor").

See Carolyn Zick, for example: here's the feed for comments on this post.

I've never used this, so I can't attest to its usefulness, but it would allow readers who use RSS to choose which comments they wish to follow. It would require their feed readers to check back for updates, just as we now must regularly refresh the page to get the latest.



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