Development progress: Remark.as

Over these next couple weeks, I’m working on an early, usable version of Remark.as. I’ve been writing about it a bit on my microblog, but wanted to share in a more interactive way, so I’m going to share my progress in this thread.

Would love to hear thoughts and first impressions on everything. So please feel free to share whatever comes to mind!


From today:

Not at all final, but here’s where Remark.as profiles (T883) are now. Each profile is associated with a Write.as blog, with data on top, so you can have an independent avatar and bio here.

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Looks good! I’ve been looking forward to this for a while, can’t wait to give it a spin! :slight_smile:

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Very exciting! I love everything about what I’m seeing. Thanks for letting us in on your process!

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Probably an unrelated question as to the main functionality of remark.as, but would this allow me to follow specific blogs without going through read.write.as?

But yeah I like what I’m seeing in that screenshot and am looking forward to see how it goes.

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Looking good, @matt, I’d love to give readers the opportunity to comment on my blog posts. I’d be curious to know whether comments have to ‘sign in’ or be write.as members, or this will also be open to the public. In an ideal world, I think commenting-for-all would be great, whilst reducing the likelihood of spam (with a name/link they’d have to share, or an ‘i’m not a bot’ checkbox or something?). I’m sure you have your own well-thought out ideas around all this.

Nice work, and I’m looking forward to seeing this develop and go live :slight_smile:

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Yes, that’s exactly right. This is the “buddy list” feature (as it’s called now), where you’ll be able to follow the blogs you want – at first ones on Write.as, and eventually anywhere on the web.

Read.Write.as will also link directly to the Remark.as conversation for a post, if comments are enabled for that blog, so it all ties together.

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Thanks, @jas! We’ll be rolling this out slowly, starting with a small group of people and gradually letting more in, so we can stay on top of potential bugs and evolve it around the community. So at launch, commenting will only be for Write.as users (Pro users, in particular). But comments will be publicly visible, so anyone can still read them without signing in.

You’re absolutely right that spam can be a problem, and I don’t have particular solutions for it yet, besides limiting who has access to the comment section. But the eventual goal is open access – we’ll just have to feel out our way there. I could imagine plenty of gradual approaches, e.g. your email subscribers can comment without signing in, or maybe there’s a secret link you can send to anyone who wants to comment.

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I like the idea of commenting for Write.As members and subscribers, with comments available for all to read :slight_smile:

It would mean I could end my posts with a “comment” call-to-action, rather than (just) saying “hit reply or email me”. I feel that blog comments can help nurture a sense of community and facilitate discussion/connetion, in addition to the 1:1 relationship between myself and each individual reader.

Looking forward to seeing this roll out. =]

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