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Post #1073 • October 15, 2007, 9:10 AM • 19 Comments

I finally updated the comment form, which was a hack from its inception. Using Javascript to open a new window without consulting the user is a big usability no-no. If you like that behavior, you can generate it yourself by holding down Control or Command (Mac) while clicking the link on all modern browswers. In fact, my little awful bit of Javascript was interfering with that behavior, which is another big usability no-no.

Also, there's a new guideline. You can see it easily enough because the guidelines now appear on the comment form. The guidelines in general have been strenghtened a bit. Just a bit. I pledge to work harder to lead by example regarding the guidelines, which even I sometimes fail to follow. Having them there will remind me.

It also happens sometimes that I contemplate the role of the artist/critic, and struggle with that as mutually hindering if not downright oxymoronic. These struggles typically end on their own when I become tired of them. I say to myself, Self, this is what you do - paint, work on a dozen side projects, and write art criticism, so let's do this thing. So I pledge to be as smart and sharp-eyed as I can. But whatever I bring to this effort, this blog is as lively and edifying as it is because I'm blessed with some excellent commenters. I'm grateful for what I've learned from you, and I will strive ever harder to justify your readership. Thank you.




October 15, 2007, 12:47 PM

Thank you Franklin, for your interesting work. The form combined with the guidelines is a cool idea. Best regards from Tbilisi, Hans



October 15, 2007, 5:33 PM

I tented teated tested it a couple threads back and it works beautifully. It's nice to have the post handy on the same page as the comment. I'll use control-comment-click when the thread gets a little longer and scrolling takes too long.

This idea comes from reading at "Make sense. Non-sequitors and analogies will be deleted."



October 15, 2007, 5:45 PM

command click does not give me the old form. I use the archetype of a modern browser, the much maligned IE.



October 15, 2007, 5:45 PM

Make that control click. I don't use a Mac except at work, which I will soon be quitting.



October 15, 2007, 5:50 PM

Not the old form, just the old behavior of the comment form opening in a new window. The form is the new one either way.



October 15, 2007, 6:06 PM

Not to put too fine a point on it, Franklin, but I get the new form plus the whole thread, whether or not I control click. And it does not open in a new window. Not that it is really important.



October 15, 2007, 6:18 PM

That's right. Since the form appears in the same window now, it becomes necessary to reproduce the post and the thread. If ctrl- or cmd-clicking doesn't open the form in a new window or tab, adjust your preferences in the browser. Even better, switch to Firefox before God kills another puppy.



October 15, 2007, 6:27 PM

I like the old way, on fuss no mus.

This is ugly design.

I feel mommy is looking over my shoulder, how adult.



October 15, 2007, 6:28 PM

OK. I have and use Firefox. However, there are some sites it just don't work worth a rat's butt on. So I have it set up for a quick launch into Goggle. Otherwise I use IE.

And god loves my puppies. Especially my Jack Russell who has rid my property of chipmunks, squirells, rabbits, and one very obnoxious wood chuck. She also makes life miserable for moles.



October 15, 2007, 6:36 PM

Mommy is watching, G. Mommy is reading.

I have to ask about the obnoxious woodchuck.



October 15, 2007, 6:52 PM

g: I quoted you as accurately as I could.

f: that damn woodchuck dug the entrance to his home in a window well for my basement, right below the exhaust exit I use to get rid of MSA fumes from my painting area. That chuck no longer dares to cross the lawn to get to his old burrow - assuming it is still alive. That dog is the smartest one I've ever had. She is the archetype of a good art critic. She sees and investigates everything and proceeds as if she is a Great Dane. My only fear for her is that she would follow a skunk into its burrow and die. In close quarters a dog cannot survive the hydrochloric acid that is in skunk spray.

Somehow there is a metaphor here for what goes on in the art system these days, which I "get", getting back to g.


Marc Country

October 15, 2007, 7:26 PM

The 'high road'? Aw, man...



October 15, 2007, 8:02 PM

Coming to getcha



October 15, 2007, 8:04 PM

Try the other high road.



October 15, 2007, 11:25 PM

seems the same to me



October 16, 2007, 6:58 AM

Giving it a try.


goo goo

October 19, 2007, 4:02 AM

You've screwed up Google search results.



October 19, 2007, 6:47 AM

In what respect?


goo goo

October 19, 2007, 7:28 AM

Google serves up this result :



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