Outside the Box

The word-verification system isn’t the only thing that Blogger has changed lately. I’ve complained to the service — with no acknowledgement so far — about the new stand-alone comments page as well.

For one thing, it’s ugly.

For another, users can no longer subscribe to comments from it for the particular post that it covers.

For another still, the Preview layout is now crazy, although in Google’s Chrome browser as opposed to Safari it’s at least easy enough to bump up the page size to sidestep the wraparound bug.

Last week I switched from the stand-alone comments page to comments embedded on dedicated post pages, but that approach has its own issues. So today I switched again to the pop-up window, something that I’ve always found awkward yet might be the least of all evils — which is itself an ironic phrase to invoke given the mantra of its parent company. One can only assume that Blogger has its best people ignoring these problems. You’re welcome to share your own preferences with me, as fellow blogger or reader, either in a comment or privately via E-mail.

[Update: While all of the above still holds in terms of my frustration, the blog is back to using the stand-alone comments page for now.]


  1. Hmm... You're right that the new look (if you can even call it a look — it's more like the absence of a look) of the comments page is terrible, but this pop-up window is really annoying. (Did you know that if you have to sign in the whole Google/Blogger sign-in page shows up in the little sliver of the pop-up window?) I would probably say bite the bullet and go back to the standalone page. And move as soon as you can.

  2. As you already know, I more than share your views on all these items.

    Blogger has its best people ignoring these problems.

    Ah, it's funny (and sad) because it's true...