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By Byrne Reese
Posted June 22, 2007.

As you can see has been getting its fair share of comments and community participants recently. Its just so good to see users as engaged as they have been. And it is so a good feeling logging into Movable Type and seeing our dashboard light up with so many comments.

To make it easier for community members to track these conversations, we have began publishing a comments feed for that anyone can subscribe to.



metisinternet on June 24, 2007, 11:20 p.m. Reply

The movable type team are doing a great job at involving the blogging community. I can’t wait to see where all this collaboration will lead.


demonsurfer on June 25, 2007, 3:51 a.m. Reply

Yay TypeKey rego works :) thanks!

LJ has a really great community, particularly with comment/post notifications and ‘friends lists’ etc. If we could hook into that somehow…


Nei on June 25, 2007, 2:04 p.m. Reply

Integrating the MT-Notifier into Movable Type 4 would be great, it is unbelievable that Movable Type doesn’t have such basic functionality out of the box.


Sara on June 25, 2007, 4:43 p.m. Reply

I’m not clarknova, but I guess that form does server the purpose to some extent. It would be interesting to hear how Elises use of an additional blog just for a “Contact Us” form has worked for LMT. I am seriously considering playing around with that kind of setup once I go live with MT4. So handy having the comments right there in the application and not risking losing mail and such :) And it’s dead easy linking to the form with just the native MT tags now we’ve got built in multiblog functionality.


Sara on June 25, 2007, 7:39 p.m. Reply

Re Contact form:

Would like to see specialized pages for such things. eg MT comes with a contact us page pre-installed. Of course this introduces the need for being able to set the page order differently than what we’re able to do now, since I’d like to have that link at the bottom of the list.


demonsurfer on June 26, 2007, 3:12 a.m. Reply

I created a separate weblog on MT3.5 to use as a contact form and it worked great - scripts I’ve tried in the past always ended up being abused for spam, so the MT alternative was a relief. I imagine with Pages, this should be a cinch - effectively the same thing without having to create an entirely new weblog. I’ll have to test it later when I have a spare moment (which seem to be few and far between lately).


Nei on June 26, 2007, 3:23 a.m. Reply

You could easily have a contact form by creating a second blog where you make all comments mandatory for review before publishing and modify the template that says “Your comment is being hold for approval” with “Thanks for your feedback”.

However, the comments feature alone can never serve the idea of feedback, since it is much more potentially public than people submitting feedback might want to be.


demonsurfer on June 26, 2007, 5:46 p.m. Reply

Yeah true Nei, and how you suggest it be set up is exactly how I have it set up in 3.5. For 4.0 it would presumably be the same, unless we were able to change comment options at entry level, which is unlikely and, imho, not worth the time to add as a feature.


Nei on June 27, 2007, 4:54 p.m. Reply

I thought I had already commented on that, but maybe my comment got lost?

I was wondering whether there’d be any chance you could fix the comment feed to link/guid to the comment permalinks instead of the threads?

Dave Stillman

Dave Stillman on June 28, 2007, 2:37 p.m. Reply

@Nei: The comment feed has been fixed and takes you directly to the comment now.


bestnet on March 10, 2011, 5:32 a.m. Reply

I am seriously considering playing around with that kind of setup once I go live with MT4. So handy having the comments right there in the application and not risking losing mail and such


Elvina on July 30, 2012, 2:49 a.m. Reply

Hi, I am a newbie. Can you tell me where is the benefir of having a feed of your comments? Who will put that feed in a reader or it is for search engines?


Lorrie on November 15, 2012, 11:30 p.m. Reply

I won’t subscribe to the comments feed and I am going to tell you why. I really like to read your site, because it is informative and well written. The people who stands behind Moveable Type are good we all know that. However, I don’t think that my feeder will be benefited by the comments, because everybody can write something which could not be so important to me. This is why I will stick only to the news feed, not the comment one.

Byrne Reese

Byrne Reese was previously the Product Manager of Movable Type at Six Apart, where he had also held positions as the Manager of Platform Technology and Product Manager for TypePad. Byrne is a huge supporter of the Movable Type user and developer community. He dedicates much of his time to promoting and educating people about Movable Type as well as building the tools and plugins for Movable Type that are showcased on Majordojo. He contributes regularly to open source; and he is an advocate for open protocols and standards like Atom and OpenID.