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Friday, January 28, 2005

Haloscan

Added edit 1-29-2005: I've removed Halo for now and added some of my reasons in the comment section. My reasons top paragraph of the 1st comment along with copied posts people left me in Haloscan while it was up and running are available in that same comment.

I have left the Haloscan comments section in the right column that I've had here for a while now.
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Haloscan commenting and trackback have been added to this blog. I've had a few people suggest this commenting system for this blog and figured I would give it a try. I would like your opinion on whether to stay with haloscan or go back to the blogger system. Thanks in advance for your inputs.

Also before I republish the entire blog to this system has anyone else had any problems with losing comments when they installed Haloscan? Or other problems I could run into?

Main question if you don't have time to answer any of the others: Which comment system is better for you Halo or Blogger?


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4 Comments:

At 29 January, 2005, Blogger BlogCruiser said...

I added the halo posts below and took it off for now. Haloscan seems to be a pretty nice system but some of the things like comments being archived and that I can't access them unless I have premium membership, I just don't like. I will have to wait until I get another domain and setup my own services for this blog to improve the comment section. Adding another free service is probably going to frustrate me in the long run. Sometimes you get what you pay for and I can't expect every business to be a charity! :) I've used several hosting services and know which ones I will go back to. So until something better comes along I will be using blogger.

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I think it's great that you installed HaloScan, but you are right, the HaloScan comments do disappear after a month or two, look at my friends blog "Bacon and Eh's"!

http://www.baconandehs.blogspot.com/

I think it's a good idea to use something like Movable Type, or pMachine Pro, and pay to host your blog, so you will always have your comments.

My host who is listed on my blog justs charges me $4.00 a month, and they are great!

I really like your blog idea, and the best part is that your reviews are free, not like the sites you have to pay to get a review, which kinda sucks, as I know!

I wish you luck, and have a nice weekend, and keep up the good work, ok!
Rockchild | Email | Homepage | 01.29.05 - 4:15 am | #

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I agree. Halo is a better choice. I've had to move my posts from site to site and my comments have been able to go with them. Plus, with Halo Scan you get an better layout for handling multiple comments, I believe.
mojo shivers | Email | Homepage | 01.29.05 - 3:03 am | #

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Hi,

I prefer haloscan than blogger comment system. I get frustrated when I can't comment on blogs using blogger that don't have haloscan. By the way, I appreciate your kind comments on my blog in regard to topic about 'Blogclicker'. Aloha and have a great weekend.
Shin | Email | Homepage | 01.28.05 - 11:42 pm | #

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In the longrun I think haloscan's comments are better because that way when you redo your layout you can keep them all.
Amanda | Homepage | 01.28.05 - 11:31 pm | #

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Halo
Trap | 01.28.05 - 9:55 pm | #

 
At 29 January, 2005, Blogger Len Kutchma said...

While it's true Haloscan archives old comments I don't really see this as a problem. Why would you want to access a comment from 3 months ago?

But if you really don't want to pay for a premium Halsoscan account and really don't like Blogger's default comment feature I have a suggestion that may interest you. A hack has been written that is sort of a hybrid of Blogger's default system and Haloscan - you can check it out at...

http://bloggerhacks.blogspot.com/2004/09/metempsychosis-comments-hack-102.html

 
At 29 January, 2005, Blogger BlogCruiser said...

Len Kutchma,

Thank you and I will take a good look at this hack. It may be a very useful tool for the time being. I'm a pack rat and like to have control of everything sometimes. Believe it or not I've had comments that were well worth having years after they were made. It can be like memorabilia too. Imagine running a blog that had statements from George Bush when he was young stating I would like to be President someday. :) Bloggers of today could be the president, Hollywood stars, or sports hero’s of tomorrow.

It’s not just that I don’t want to pay for the premium at haloscan. If I’m going to start splitting between services and owners of the service, I will leave my self open to deal with more policy and other changes. I think if I’m going to start paying services for this service I might as well start another domain and have complete control or most of it any way. For many the service would work very well.

I think Haloscan offers more and makes it easier for more people to post then blogger does. I don’t think blogger has a bad system either. However, there are simpler systems for visitors and users to post comments with other then blogger and I’m trying to make it the best experience for as many as possible when they visit.

Thanks again and I will be taking a good look at the blog link you sent…

 
At 31 January, 2005, Blogger Greg Stephens said...

Blogger Hacks has a good way of merging the systems.
It provides a comment form at the bottom of the item page.
I have it on my blog if you want to see it working.
It is a lot better for commentators who don't have a blog account as well.

 

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