Another chance to vote!
Like Suzanne, I'm even more disturbed by the 11 anti-gay-marriage bans passed than about the Presidential election. We knew it would be close. And doing a little activism before the election made me feel slightly less hopeless. Like exercising makes you less tired, I guess.
But that's not why I've called you all here today!
See, here's the thing: someone has actually offered me the help I pleaded for a while ago with the Haloscan crisis. But I don't know whether to take it.
To recap: about 10 days ago, I did a wild, impetuous thing: I added Haloscan comments to this blog. Then I discovered that Haloscan did some stuff I didn't like, like disappearing comments after four months. Also, they don't send me a nice little e-mail when someone comments, the way Blogger does. Thanks to some helpful tips from the Haloscan forums, I was able to make my Blogger comments re-appear, but by then several lovely folks had used the Haloscan feature and I started to have second thoughts.
So now I have two kinds of comments. I don't like this. It's confusing. I like seeing my comments in one neat list.
And now someone has kindly e-mailed me, offering to help me take the HaloScan code off my blog template [I couldn't figure out how because I am an HTML goober].
So here's the question: should I do it? Or should I go cold turkey on Blogger comments and throw my lot in with HaloScan?
I leave it up to you, my ever-growing [now in the double digits! Woohoo! Thanks lesbian moms and comment-repliers and BlogExplosion!] readership. Just leave a comment below. If you use "Blogger Comments," I'll count your vote towards... Blogger comments. A comment in just plain "Comments" is a vote for Haloscan.
Here is a short voting guide with the advantages of each:
*Your deathless prose will stay on this blog forever.
*You, the commenter, can be anonymous if you wish.
*Your comment can be as long as you want.
*I'll automatically get an e-mail so I know you commented, even on an old post.
*[Updated] As Jen points out below, they're transferable in case I ever get my act together and move to my own domain.
*They're a pain to use if you don't have a Blogger account.
*[Updated] As The Zero Boss points out below, they're less likely to generate traffic back to the commenter's blog, since they only link to the Blogger profile.
*Pop up in a cute little window.
*You, the commenter, can link directly to your site and/or e-mail without opening a Blogger account.
*Maybe there are other advantages that I don't know about?
*Mir has them, which makes them cool.
*Are "archived" after four months. [What does that mean?!? Could I still read them?]
*You can't comment anonymously.
*1,000-character limit on comment length.
*I don't get an e-mail notification, so I might miss a comment on an old post.
Now get out there and vote! Let your voice be heard! Don't make me knock on your door with my clipboard!
I'll check back this weekend and do something about the whole mess.