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fu ([personal profile] fu) wrote in [site community profile] dw_beta2012-09-23 11:54 am

Comment Pages in S2: the old becomes new

One of our long-running projects is to remove the old crufty code written in BML (our old templating system) and replace it with better alternatives throughout the site. And the coding for talkread.bml -- which is what is used any time you load up a site-skinned comment page -- is a particularly painful example.

Add to that, having the site-skinned comment pages be written one way, and custom comment pages another, makes it likely for one to lag behind the other. For example: site-skinned comment pages show the link for entries with screened comments as: "x visible | y screened". But S2 comment pages didn't have that information until this code push!

So I'm really happy to say that we have a new version of the comments page which uses pure S2, so now site-skinned comment pages and journal-styled comment pages are formed the same way on the backend even if they don't look the same. [personal profile] exor674 worked hard on the backend to make this possible, then [personal profile] momijizukamori came through with some spit and polish (with some help from [personal profile] kunzite).

The idea is for the new version to look as much as possible like the old version, though there might be a few discrepancies, because the backend is so different. [personal profile] momijizukamori has done her best to mimic the look and feel of the old comment pages. But the comments page is one of the most used pages here, so we'd like you all to come and give it a good shakedown.

Turn on beta testing for the "New S2 Comment Pages" -- and let us know in comments if you find anything out of the ordinary.

List of known issues.

momijizukamori: (dreamsheep | styles)

Re: Some other differences I noticed in the site comment scheme

[personal profile] momijizukamori 2012-09-23 11:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Ooh, do join us ;) I mostly work in styles, which is very easy to start out in if you know CSS - I think aside from typo fixes, adding new color themes is one of the easiest starter patches.
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Re: Some other differences I noticed in the site comment scheme

[personal profile] chagrined 2012-09-24 12:01 am (UTC)(link)
I did like one patch back in december and then just had a lot of other things happen in life which prevented me from doing more. actually I should have commented on this entry with [personal profile] kimira which is the alt account I am using now for dw_dev stuff, but I 4got and commented with my regular account instead, oops.

maybe I will try some styles things! in december I was working on / now am trying to again work on this bug, which is sort of also S2 related? but my dream is a fix for the bug to allow video embedding in comments, haha, which will probably require beefing up my perl skills ...a lottttt. XD
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Re: Some other differences I noticed in the site comment scheme

[personal profile] momijizukamori 2012-09-24 12:03 am (UTC)(link)
Whooo removing tables! I fully approve (as uh probably noted by the fact that I wrote most of this S2 comment page stuff in like a week).