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Questions and Suggestions
Posted by: AJ 12:00am, Wednesday, 1 January 2003
If you have questions about the site or a feature request, please post a comment here.

Some of the things I'm considering:
- Additional markup tags, like _italics_ and bold
- Highlighting the articles on the front page that are new since your last visit to the site
- Caching articles locally. Many news sites take the full article text offline after a couple of weeks, so this would be a good (but illegal) way to preserve the content for us.

Let me know what you think about these ideas and about any others you might have!

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hierarchical subject categories needed
Posted by: Brian 1:21pm, Wednesday, 6 August 2003
Just like yahoo!!!
Editing comments
Posted by: Dave 1:51pm, Wednesday, 6 August 2003
AJ said it would be easy to allow us to edit or cancel our own comments. I think it's a great idea.
Posted by: AJ 12:57pm, Thursday, 7 August 2003
This becomes a problem if other people have already replied to you comment. (How do you delete it, then? Get rid of theirs too? etc.) I may allow editing if no one else has responded yet.
The usual
Posted by: Dave 2:56pm, Thursday, 7 August 2003
Most sites that allow comment editing append a note that says "This comment was edited by X on Y" at the end. If someone deletes a comment with replies, they keep the comment in with empty text and a note "This comment was deleted."
caching, genres, and new windows
Posted by: Beth 1:33pm, Thursday, 7 August 2003
as requested AJ here are my comments! : love the site, great articles, yes to the local caching, and I also think we should have genres into which you categorise your submitted articles (eg. humour, education, business, technology, Bush, California, you-won't-believe-this, Science, wtf, entertainment etc).Then you can search through genres once this site becomes supremely popular and becomes submerged in articles as I'm sure it will. I also feel very strongly ;) that the articles should open in a new window so we don't get caught in one of those link domino trails and remember that we were browsing NewsDog not reading the terms and conditions for some $1 million prize draw...or something..
As for opening in a new window --
Posted by: AJ 6:27pm, Thursday, 7 August 2003
you can do that yourself in IE by holding down Shift while clicking the link. That may be the easiest solution, as many people prefer being able to control them selves if the link should open in the same window or a new one. However, if the problem is still annoying, I'll see if I can do something about it :)
Link tags
Posted by: G 6:06pm, Thursday, 14 August 2003
Seems like a lot of comments end up having some sort of web address in them. I know you don't want HTML in comments, but maybe you want to do something about this (regexps?) so that people don't have to copy and paste.
Posted by: AJ 8:00pm, Friday, 15 August 2003
I'm not sure what you mean by copy and paste.... To make a link, just use the link[url] construct and it'll show up as a link, as in
Posted by: AJ 8:03pm, Friday, 15 August 2003
now that I think about it.. it might be better to also search for all "http://..." strings and make them links too, automatically.
(no subject)
Posted by: G 10:21pm, Friday, 15 August 2003
I just didn't read above to see the link construct. Catching http:// might be nice, too, though.
Posted by: G 10:23pm, Friday, 15 August 2003
on the main page, in the "post the article" section, you don't mention that you can use the link construct in the comments section.
Yeah dude...
Posted by: AJ 12:44pm, Sunday, 17 August 2003
I'm planning on revamping the whole posting rules soon.
frivolous fix
Posted by: judytuna 3:41am, Friday, 10 October 2003
when the url or title of the article is too long, it makes the article's box extend outside the width of the page, making it so that you have to scroll left and right as you're reading each line. can you make the url and title wrap to the next line instead of making the box wider? or would that screw up linking? no, of course it wouldn't screw up linking becuase it's just a "table" and you change the property that defines how text wraps, right? gah???? yeah, like you make "# views | # comments" wrap to a new line.... =)
(no subject)
Posted by: AJ 8:05am, Friday, 10 October 2003
Hi Judy,
What browser are you using? When I made the site I verified (I think) that this behavior doesn't happen in IE or Mozilla, as I agree it's a totally annoying problem. Some other browsers may be less standards-compliant.
Ah I see
Posted by: AJ 12:43pm, Friday, 10 October 2003
Yeah so Mozilla has that problem too... IE wraps on dashes and stuff. I don't know how to force Mozilla to wrap stuff. I've hacked it so that long URLs only show the first part and then some ellipses...
This is a test comment
Posted by: AJ 10:07pm, Thursday, 23 October 2003
I hope this test works. Now, you have to explicitly select a comment to respond to (or click on the link to make a top-level comment); too many people seem to be mistakenly responding to nothing.
Posted by: ccho 7:31am, Friday, 31 October 2003
are a little bit strange.
I want skins with hints and other bells and whistles.
I also want to attach files, i18n, emoticons, embedded jukebox, and a stock ticker with pictures of hot asian chicks instead of stock quotes.
Hehe, Halloween
Posted by: AJ 7:34am, Friday, 31 October 2003
You probably saw it when I was fooling around with Halloween colors :). Should be back to normal now.
(no subject)
Posted by: Ryan 12:26am, Tuesday, 25 November 2003
I noticed that the article view counter seems not to distinguish between multiple clicks by the same person and separate clicks by different people. While this is not a hugely important feature, it would be cool to build something that does at least some rudimentary filtering (by IP address or something).
View counter
Posted by: AJ 10:49am, Tuesday, 25 November 2003
Hi Ryan, for pure speed, the current way is the easiest way to go. (I'd hate to stress the OCF servers even more.) Doing it the right way would involve storing every IP addr/article pair in the database. You're absolutely correct, though, that that's the right way to do it -- if I ever move the site to or something, that's how it'll be :). In fact, I'm going to test how OCF handles greater load soon, as I want to do the "bold link with new comments" thing properly too, and that will require a similar effort. So if that works, I can fix this too.

Until then, though, use the view counter as a rough guide only...

rss feed
Posted by: judytuna 9:38am, Tuesday, 16 December 2003
hey aj. you should make a newsdog rss feed. then go to and make a newsdog syndicated account. so we can all read newsdog from our livejournal friends pages. because that would be really really cool.

(i know nothing about rss feeds. something about xml, and obvious orange xml buttons. har) (also, * makes italics, not bold? also, why does _ mess up searching?)

That's a great idea!
Posted by: AJ 3:22pm, Tuesday, 16 December 2003
I just got the "newsdog" LJ name :). I think making RSS feeds shouldn't be that hard. Maybe I'll do it over break.

Oh yeah, this is italics because italics generally looks and reads better :). A bit strange, I know... I would have liked to use stars for bold and _ for italics. But the reason I can't is that if you say "_foobar_", the search engine parser (that, sadly I didn't get to write... comes with the database) considers it one big word, "_foobar_", so if you search for just "foobar" it won't find it. But if you use ".foobar." (pretend those dots are stars), then it's smart enough to realize that the word is just "foobar".

Posted by: manu_s 5:46pm, Friday, 2 April 2004
Now that I've jumped on the RSS reader bandwagon, I'd be a user of a NewsDog RSS feed as well. Incidentally, check out; it was inevitable.
RSS Feed
Posted by: AJ 9:23am, Saturday, 24 July 2004
Is finally done:
article feedback other than comment
Posted by: manu_s 4:10pm, Monday, 16 February 2004
I'd like to say I enjoyed reading an article without leaving a comment saying that alone...maybe something like the eprops on the Xanga blogs.
That sounds like a good idea.
Posted by: AJ 4:34pm, Monday, 16 February 2004
Should there be an ediss option as well? :)
Or maybe we should try to stay positive...
Posted by: manu_s 4:36pm, Monday, 16 February 2004
I think a lack of props will be sufficient for a diss :)
"next 12 articles"
Posted by: rsc 3:57pm, Monday, 19 April 2004
The "next 12 articles" link should be at the top right of the page,
not the bottom left. If you're looking for something in particular,
you're scanning forward in time meaning up the screen,
only to find that you need to go forward in time even further,
but the link isn't at the top of the screen where you are.
It's at the bottom where you started.

Yes I really overanalyze things like this.

Posted by: AJ 9:14pm, Monday, 19 April 2004
I put both on the top and the bottom :)
new york times links
Posted by: manu_s 2:14pm, Sunday, 18 July 2004
Just a tip: when posting nytimes links, run them through this web page first:

That way, they never expire.

Wow, that's weird. And cool, if it keeps working.
Posted by: AJ 2:35pm, Tuesday, 27 July 2004
I could run all the existing NewsDogged NYTimes links through that thing...
Here's where I learned about it
Posted by: manu_s 2:53pm, Tuesday, 27 July 2004,1294,64110,00.html
This is a test comment
Posted by: AJ 11:27pm, Monday, 4 October 2004
... to see if the comments RSS works.
Comments broken in Safari
Posted by: stephentyrone 1:29pm, Friday, 3 December 2004
something you did about 2 months ago caused the "reply to this comment" link to be broken in Safari (and probably by extension, other KHTML-based browsers). it worked before, but now, when you click on the "reply..." link, the page reloads, with the "In Response To" field blank.

You can still make top-level comments, but anything else is impossible.

Posted by: AJ 4:32pm, Saturday, 4 December 2004
Okay, this is fixed now. Thanks for your help, Steve.

Let me know if you have any problems.

Posted by: stephentyrone 5:02pm, Saturday, 4 December 2004
here's the proof it works :?)
anyone else find this version better?
Posted by: stephentyrone 5:10pm, Friday, 4 March 2005
This is a test comment
Posted by: AJ 3:01pm, Tuesday, 12 April 2005
On the new, faster site.
(no subject)
Posted by: stephentyrone 11:18pm, Wednesday, 13 April 2005
way to go, aj!
Another test
Posted by: AJ 4:25pm, Monday, 18 April 2005
To see if the new mail system is working.
Maybe this one will work
Posted by: AJ 12:50pm, Thursday, 21 April 2005
(no subject)
Posted by: AJ 8:30pm, Thursday, 21 April 2005
Okay, email comment stuff is not working. And I don't know why. Will look into it soon.
I believe
Posted by: AJ 5:04pm, Thursday, 28 April 2005
This should fix it.
Broken again?
Posted by: manu_s 5:21pm, Sunday, 7 May 2006
I haven't gotten emailed about the last couple comments on articles I submitted.
Fixed, I hope
Posted by: AJ 11:12pm, Sunday, 7 May 2006
Thanks for letting me know. I forgot to fix this when I moved over to dreamhost. If you see this comment but didn't get the corresponding email, let me know.

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