I love blog commenting systems again


Screenshot of my short lived, MacBook Pro FreeBSD Xfce desktop

If you ever needed some sort of proof that comment systems on blogs are worth keeping, then check out John Whendy's comment on my FreeBSD 7.1 release post from last week.

In it he referenced a previous post I made from all the way back in October last year about my failed attempts to boot FreeBSD along with Windows and Mac OS X on my MacBook Pro, then took the opportunity to painstakingly detail how he managed to get it working on his own Apple hardware right down to the commands. Wow.

Comment systems that attract even 99.95% of comments as spam or rude insults on family related posts are worth the extra maintenance and thicker skin for comments like the one John left. I've become much more cynical since my mum moved on far too early, but this kind of thing restores my faith in humanity again, even if just for a short while :)

Now all we need to do is somehow adjust that ratio to a more favourable level so we have more John comments, and more Jim Kloss comments, and more Atuuschaaw comments, and more Roel comments, and more Neal comments, and more Sharon comments, and more Mary Wallace comments, and more Nick Hodge comments, and more Felix Tanjono comments, and more Little Sue comments… I could go on… and less comments on why I look like a girl or a "faggot" or whether or not I need comprehensive insurance plans from companies headquartered in Barbados.

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