More fun at the Comment Farm

OK. Now you can choose whether you want to be able to receive comments from non Account Holders, in the customizer under General Diary Options – Basic Settings – Secure Comments.

It will default to ON for all diaries, you’ll have to go and UNTICK the box to allow non authenticated comments.

This is where things perhaps get a little confusing. When you uncheck the box, you are ALLOWING unauthenticated comments. You are not FORCING unauthenticated comments. This means that someone can still provide their username and password to leave a comment, so you will know it is them. If they choose NOT to use their username and password, the name will have (Unauthenticated) beside it.

At least in this way we hope people won’t be leaving comments as someone else, although my guess is it that now it has the potential to be the other way around and people will be writing comments, not signing in and therefore getting (Unauthenticated) beside their names so they can claim they didn’t post it! My only advice is, if you see a real user name with (Unauthenticated) beside it, you must treat with the suspicion deserved of the comment. Better yet, just delete it.

I am so bored of the childish behaviour exhibited by a decent sized proportion of Net.Users. Actually, thats a wrong thing to say. Children misbehave in innocence and don’t understand the pain and harm they cause. YOU lot on the other hand, know exactly what you’re doing and enjoy it. But to those that engage in this behaviour, your day will come. What goes around comes around and I (and all the others at the butt end of your ‘jokes’ and ‘funny comments’) wish we could be there to see it. You know who you are. Sleep well my childish friends for one day, one day you won’t be sleeping so good. What goes around comes around.

UPDATE: Add Reader Comments

As promised I have just finished adding the ‘choice factor’ back into Dear Diary.

There is now a new configuration option under the Customiser, in General Diary Options and then Basic Settings. It’s called ‘Secure Comments’ – it defaults to ON (the new mechanism that requires an Atomic account).

If you clear this checkbox and click save then your diary will revert back to the old reader comments mechanism that does NOT require users to be using an Atomic account.

So, to make it clear as mud:

The default is to on. When set to ON, you get the new secure mechanism.

When set to OFF, you get the old unsecure mechanism.

Instructions come in the email notifications as well just to keep everyone reminded since only a few people seem to read the news page it seems :)

If you hear of or see your username or identity being misappropriated in a diary that permits public comments then I recommend you follow this procedure:

1. Contact the diarist and request that they remove the offending comment.

2. Ask if they have considered using the secure mechanism.

In short, we’re adding this choice back in so that the diarist can get their choice again. If we receive complaints about diarists usernames being hijacked and used in these anonymous comments we will reconsider this decision, although any such happenings will be fully reported in this News diary first so that everyone knows what’s happening.

Marcelle – I know and agree with what you say about the phrase you live your life by, but I also live by this one: Live and let live.

I would love to know about peoples thoughts regarding the choice system, how are you getting on with it, is it what you wanted and so forth. Hopefully this should strike a balance and give everyone the best of both worlds. Time will tell.


And now for something completely different

Snapped this off the Webcam today.

That’s Steve…. ’nuff said really.


(Who is probably going to be equally embarrased by something in response but hey, gotta have some lighter moments on this site every once in a while! :) ).


Please read the deardiary1 diary…

Noone is censoring anyone. We are merely saying that if you wish to leave abusive comments then you must stand by them, stand up for them, and be held accountable. If you are not prepared to do that then you clearly do not believe the comments you are making in the first place and therefore why make them?

If you wish to be abusive Marcelle1 then feel free. But be prepared to take the consequences of your actions, like elsewhere in life. The previous system, as explained already, allowed people to be abusive and had NO traceability. Sorry, stopping that is not censorship, it is common decency and common sense. Nowhere else but the internet can you get away with saying rude things to people with no repercussions. Usually those repercussions involve a nice jail sentence if its really abusive, or just a kick in the head if its mildly abusive. Either way, you are accountable for you actions in real life and you will be so here as well.

If you don’t like that, the rule is simple, don’t post your comment…. Ah yes, haven’t we heard this before? Only last time it was aimed at the diarists saying ‘Dont allow comments then’. Isn’t it funny how the shoe now is on the other foot and some people don’t like that?

Too bad. The system is here to benefit the innocent, so they can write their diaries and get constructive, non abusive criticisms if they so desire. Reader Comments where never intended as a flame forum, never intended as a place where readers could hurl abuse at diarists and then hide behind their anonimity. If you have something to say to a diarist but don’t want them to know who you are then guess what….


Add Reader Comment, a bit more

A couple of minor escaping bugs have just been squashed (thanks to Steve for spotting them!) *mutters something unpleasant under his breath* :-) :-)

Something else I didn’t mention in the main announcement is that the emails sent out to diarists are now a little more informative. The biggest benefit will be to those with multiple diaries, as the subject line will now contain the username of the diary that was commented on as well as the username that made the comment itself.