Comments and Community
With the ability for others to make comments directly to our Runboard blogs we now have what I would call a standard blogging system which is much nicer than it was before where the blog simply acted as a journal for our thoughts. This is a nice thing I think, especially since we can turn comments on and off so when the mood strikes we can still do the "editorial" style posts.
Of course being the type of person I am I would like to see more (such as a small "custom CSS and HTML" panel so I could style my blog) but this is a nice format I can live with.
The question now becomes how to use the blog so that others can find a related community to my posts. I want to do this because I want to promote the Message board side of the Runboard system and not have things separated so that there are two almost totally unrelated Runboard systems. After thinking about it I have decided to put in a "Community Comments Link" which will take a person to the community where my blog post subject is being talked about. For example, this post deals with the growth of the blog system so when you click on the button for this blog entry it will take you to "The Neutral Zone" where we have been talking about this in a Runboard Community Message Board. If the blog was dealing with a RDS issue you might find yourself transported to "The Runboard Directory" and if the blog was Bible related you would find yourself at "It's The Bible."
When CSS room is added...
Recently Runboard increased the size of allowable "hosted CSS" for all boards. After thinking about it for about a week I decided to "un-pack" the CSS that had been scrunched together on some of the boards I own and/or have admin access to. Let me tell you, it is a real pleasure to be able to read the CSS now without using a sheet of paper pushed on the screen to make sure I don't miss a comma or semi-colon while coding a "live" board.
Many thanks to Thor for making the coding a much more pleasant experience by giving all of us a little room to spread out. *grin*
Link to this post
No I am not begging for viewer's.
I was looking to see what I could do to help Runboard this morning and it occured to me that while Runboard has added a "Link to this post" feature we had no free graphic image
created for those that want to save space or decorate their links! Sooo... I created this image
and have placed it with the images hosted by rbbt.net in this post
Comments to a Blog
Being able to post a blog entry is really cool and the new format created by Runboard is slick but it is missing the the ability to post comments about a blog which has been made which limits things a little bit... or does it? This blog is a test of an idea given to me by Mo. Since BB-Codes work in a blog let us try creating a "comments" link to one of the boards I admin and see how that works...
To start we create the topic for responses on the message board then copy the reply link url. In my test that url is: http://www.runboard.com/btimeandagain.f11.t447|pleasedo=followup
Now using a graphic image found on rbbt.net I create the reply link like so:
To see if this works click on the "comments" button below and see if a reply can be made...
Now this works but what if I want two options? IE:
A option to view the comments first by going to the message board the comments are on.
And a option to make replies directly (as in the above example).
Simple, we use two buttons found on the rbbt.net and code it like this:
If you run the codes together then the "buttons" will appear side by side as I have it below...
Oh yes, if someone has a better set of "button" graphics than the ones currently on rbbt.net I will gladly replace the current set with yours.
A Very Happy Independence Day to all my friends in Texas.
Time to start getting ready for the 175th anniversary next year!