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A quote posted
about redesign & commenting.
As presented by the remarkable Fred LeBlanc.
now with 65 reads

You write on your site; I write on mine. That’s a response.

John Gruber

This was posted on June 16th over at Daring Fireball.

I was just wrapping up the design and functionality for comments on my posts here when I read that. (I told you, I’ve been working on this thing for quite a while.) It really hit home. Why bother letting people add their comments onto my site? This site that I’ve worked so hard to build. You post something silly or stupid or something just taken out of context and WHAP! Someone doesn’t get it and posts a weird comment.

And then what do you do? New “social mediaist” rules state that you shouldn’t take it down. That’s censorship. People hate that. But then I have this weird blemish on my site forever. It doesn’t matter to most of you, the analytics say that most of you only visit once or twice and just want Roundabout (fair enough, and that may change now that I’m maybe giving you a reason to come back).

I’m sorry, but it’s just too much power for you guys.
Or in a sense: it’s not you, it’s me.
(It’s not really me.)

The hope is that this site constantly expands and develops over time. Of course, I say that about all of my websites and they all head disastrously for redesign within a couple of months. If comments are something I feel are needed, they can easily be added in. For now, I’m sticking with just whatever comes out of my head.

This doesn't mean that I don't care about what you guys think. I do, but send me messages on Twitter, or try to figure out the reCAPTCHA on the contact page. Better yet, write about my lunacy on your site and send me a link! (You can write about me on Facebook, but I won’t see it; I don’t do that stuff.)

So if you’re looking for the comment box, or waiting for me to “enable” comments magically, it won’t happen (for now). That functionality got scrapped anyway, I’ll have to rebuild it if I’m interested. And so far, just twelve hours after launching, things are looking good.

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Fred LeBlanc is trying to make the web a better place. He develops, designs, writes, improves, constructs, invents, and creates (hopefully) interesting content and projects.

He’s reasonably well-known for his jQuery plugin, he co-runs a meet up for web folks and he’s been known to make a TextMate theme or two.

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