Sunday, May 22, 2005


Meta-Blogging is blogging about blogging.

99.99% of bloggers are at the mercy of their host when it comes to the design of their blog. Living in that 0.01% is pacified over at jScoop. He (odds are but one often doesn't know when it comes to blogging. He's mentioned a girfriend [could be a Lesbian, of course] and I've seen references to Paul in some of his coding or somewhere).

Lets start that sentence over. He is literally creating his own blog software. Why, you may ask. Ahah, you have just entered the Meta-blog zone.

My biggest grip about, the host of this blog, is that one cannot comment on comments. Nested commenting. If a commenter makes an outrageous statement and is followed by 5 more commenters who are quite sane, you have to make a reference to that offending comment in your comment. But worse so may everybody else in addition who may want to comment on your comment to the comment.

You get the idea.

There is one more major issue in the blog world. It won't happen here at my blog because nobody cares, but it's trolls. Trolls are commenters who are extremely uncivil. The more popular your blog the more they are attracted. Eventually they can drive away the civil commenters who made your blog popular in the first place.

Scoop the software of the so-popular DailyKos (That's my diary page over there) has resolved both of those issues. Comments can have nested comments and comments can be rated. Good ratings can generate "Trusted User" which further give one the power to tag Trolls. If enough Trusted users tag a troll comment it disappears. Trolls hate it when they can't get the attention they crave.

Could jScoop be in my future. We'll see. There are more Meta-Blog issues that come into play. We'll save that discussion for another installment of Meta-Blogging.

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