Reply links in RSS feed

Eric Meyer:

Inspired by Jonnie Hallman, I’ve added a couple of links to the bottom of RSS items here on meyerweb: a link to the commenting form on the post, and a mailto: link to send me an email reply.  I prefer that people comment, so that other readers can gain from the reply’s perspective, but not all comments are meant to be public.  Thus, the direct-mail option.

This topic has come up a few times. Most recently, I believe, there was a discussion in the NetNewswire Slack if apps like NNW should have ways to comment directly in them.

Comments are making a comeback, I think. It was just in 2017 that I turned comments back on. At the time, I wrote:

To that end I’ve decided I’ll start turning comments on some posts (like this one). I’d much prefer people reply to my blog posts on their own blog or – starting today – on my blog. Even though I like better than Twitter or Facebook doesn’t mean I want to have to navigate to that web site each time I want to reply to comments on my posts.

A large majority of my current on-site comments come from I believe it is for 2 reasons. First, the community is very engaged there. Which is great. Second, it is easy to comment.

Perhaps if it were a bit easier to comment via RSS it would spur more discussion in the blogosphere. I don’t know if what Jonnie and Eric are doing is the answer to that, but it could be. I’ll set aside some time in the near future to add similar links to my RSS feed as well.

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