Comment o’ the Week and Stuff!

Welcome to Friday, everyone! First up, some reminders and helpful tips for commenters. Then, Comment o’ the Week!

The Comment Code of Conduct page is here. You’ve all been pretty fab lately, but I just thought I’d mention it for n00bs. Also, that page has some tips, which I will paste here for your convenience, since we still get emails from people asking about them:

To reply to a particular comment, log in and click the little arrow by that comment’s post number. A link back to that comment will automatically be pasted into the comment box.

Prettyfying Yer Comments
Spice up your comments with some HTML! These tags <strong>make things bold</strong>, these <em>give you italics</em>, use these tags <a href=””>to make a link</a>, and <blockquote>these are handy for when you’re quoting someone.</blockquote> Don’t forget to click the “Preview” button before posting to make sure your comment looks the way you want!

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If you see a comment you particularly like, nominate it for the Comment o’ the Week by replying to it and including “COTW.” Comment o’ the Week is awarded every Friday. The winner gets to choose the following Wednesday’s Afternoon Inquisition question!

Okay? Okay. On to Comment o’ the Week! This week’s choice is short and sweet, in response to news that the Messiah appeared in a bag of Cheetohs:

ZapskiNo Gravatar // May 28, 2009 at 9:39 am

Cheesus is the reason for the season(ing)

Well-played, Zapski! Your prize is to choose next Wednesday’s A.I., so send it in using the contact form.

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca is a writer, speaker, YouTube personality, and unrepentant science nerd. In addition to founding and continuing to run Skepchick, she hosts Quiz-o-Tron, a monthly science-themed quiz show and podcast that pits comedians against nerds. There is an asteroid named in her honor.

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  1. For reasons unknown, the reply and preview buttons don’t work when I’m at the office. If I’m not feeling too lazy, I’ll type in the “a” tag manually.

  2. Also, I’ve been playing around with the tags myself and having fun re-learning them, but I have to wonder…

    Are there scripts out there we can use to create a tag automatically? Either in the browser or on a text program that you can cut-and-paste from?

  3. @Steve:

    Do you have a script blocker or something like that?


    No! Make us do some work for our comments. That kind of work is healthy brainfood.

    However, as I mentioned somewhere esle in this here joint, I really do think you should recode and move the Preview button up above the previewed text and the Submit button

    Preview button

    Lorem ipsum dolor previewed text, consectetur adipisicing elit….

    Submit button

  4. @MiddleMan: Oops! Screwed up that last one…

    True, It’s fun learning new ways to tag like this, but not everyone who come here is going to be proficient at tagging, Having the basics set up for them let them make the best use of their posts.

    But that doesn’t mean that we can’t play around on our own.

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