Commenting 2.0 – Epic New Feature

Written By: Emanuel Updated: November 3, 2022

Hello everyone,

and welcome to a new episode of one of the most prolific series of this year:

I have a New Feature

Yes, again.
And it’s a real game changer for all who ask me something in the comments and then wait for a reply.
I also have prepared a little poll about a couple of things, but before we jump in, I need to tell you something.

I am an influencer now!! 

Yes, your boy has made it. Ah, what am I saying… that doesn’t sound “influencer” enough.
I mean of course WE made it, guuuuuyyyys. Because it wouldn’t have been possible without all your support.
Together, me made it all the way to the top, and have a sponsor for this post.
Peak internet!

Today’s Sponsor

Today’s sponsor is Raid Shadow Legends.

Nah, kidding of course.
The real sponsor is the company FlexiSpot and if you work from home and need a proper desk or chair, then they have just what you need. I got my hight-adjustable desk from them a while ago and my back and I are super happy with it.
And for the sponsorship, they let me select another product and I chose the height adjustable desk top M8, or as it is called in German
Höhenverstellbarer Schreibtischaufsatz M8/M8MB.  What a name :)

I use it as a desk when I have a day of Work from Bed, but it’s perfect if you DON’T have a height adjustable desk and you want to work standing. They also have chairs there and some other nice things, AND they’ll run a big black Friday sale this November, so if you need anything this might be a good opportunity.

FlexiSpot.de

Oh, they also exist in other countries like FlexiSpot.nl  and other countries, if shipping is too expensive.
So yeah… thanks for sponsoring this post.

And now it’s time to get to the new feature :)

Comment Reply Notifications

So far, there was only an option to “subscribe” to a comment by email, and get an email notification if someone replies to your comment. But because of legal reasons, you had to confirm every single subscription and also, we all get enough emails already.

All that changes now, because I now have on-site notifications :).
So you have a little notification box that shows you if you have new replies and that lets you navigate right to them.
Here’s how it looks:

 

Depending on your browser settings, you can also get a browser notification, and a push notification on your phone.
So yeah… no more emails and no more going to the site just to check if I have replied to your question yet :).
Now, this feature is connected to an account, so you have to be logged in for it to work. But for now it doesn’t matter if you have an active membership, so even if yours expired and you’re taking a break – the notifications should still work.
Cool.
Now, I actually have a second new feature, also related to comments, so let’s mention that as well real quick.

Comment Search

You might have noticed it already – at the top of the comment threads, there’s now a search function, which searches ONLY the comments on the particular post.
That way, if you have a specific keyword you have a question about, you can quickly check if someone has maybe asked that before.

Not exactly life changing, but at least for articles that have like hundreds of comments, this might be helpful sometimes.
Cool.

So that’s the new features, but before we wrap it up for today, I’d like to ask you a couple of questions real quick.

A couple of Questions

The first one relates to the tech issues that we’ve recently had with the blog.
For those of you who are in the know… it’s basically because the browser doesn’t properly load the jquery module and a few other Javascript files (or the server doesn’t serve them), and it’s ultimately about caching. If these files are not loaded, some functions of the site will not work, but it’s really hard to influence this loading behavior because every browser works differently, especially on mobile.
I’m talking to my host, but they’re not exactly super into solving it and changings hosts is an absolute nightmare.

These issues usually occur after updates and sort themselves out within a few days,  and only a portion of you actually sees them.
But I have no clue how many, so I want to get a little impression.

Have you had technical problems recently? (you can select multiple options)

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And then the second question is about what will be going on here in December :)

Do you want the Epic German Advent Calendar 2022?

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And that’s it for today. Thanks a lot for taking the time to answer the questions and let me know in the comments if you like the new feature and if you think it’s useful.
Have a great day and I’ll see you in a few days :).

 

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