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Let’s Get Down to Business

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Anitza

Hello everyone! You may have seen me pop up on some of the comments here and there throughout our blogger’s entries. Did you know that you too can leave comments on our entries? You can, and there are two ways to do it!

First, you can simply fill out the form at the bottom of each blog entry, for example, this one. You will need to write out what is in the captcha (that graphic with the random words and numbers) to prove that you are not a robot. Your comment will then wait for approval, usually mine (as the web coordinator) but it could be the actual blogger as well. This could be a few minutes and sometimes, unfortunately, a couple of days.

The other way you can comment is by creating an account. If you create an account, which is really simple to do, you will be able to simply login and comment to the entries without ever having to fill out the captcha again. You will also have the ability to choose an avatar from our gallery (there are tons of icons to choose from!) to represent who you are instead of just getting the Aquarium’s grayed out logo next to your comments. You can do that by clicking on the links that say “Your Account” throughout this section of the site. And best of all, although your comments are subject to being edited or deleted, they initially go straight through to the site with no wait time. I think that overall, that makes registering a much nicer option.

There are also a few other things that I would like to point out that could be easy to miss. If you have a favorite author, or if you happen to be really curious about a certain topic, you can always use the filters on the blog homepage to navigate through either the authors or the topics. Whenever you click on a specific author’s name, it will take you to their page with a small intro and all their entries. It is a great way to keep up with specific people.

Oh, and one more thing about comments: you can always check that little box that says “Notify me of follow-up comments?” to keep track of conversations you have taken part in. If you register, you can also keep tabs on all those “subscriptions” (it’s what they end up being called) under a link called “View subscriptions”.

I won’t really be a regular blogger since my web escapades really are not all that interesting, but this is your opportunity to ask me any questions you may have.

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Laura

Sunday, October 14, 2007 11:49 PM

I really enjoy the blogs! For those of us reading mainly via RSS—is there any way for you to add the author of the entry into the syndication?

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Anitza

Tuesday, October 16, 2007 02:25 PM

We actually have that on our “To-Do” list, Laura! We actually don’t really like the way that the RSS feeds are sending out the entire entries with no formating, so we plan to have them so that the summaries go out with important information, like the title, author, and perhaps even the main photo. We still have to look into how much we can actually implement seeing how the Atom and RSS 2.0 feeds are really different. But we will definitely be editing those templates soon!

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Tom

Thursday, October 18, 2007 04:52 AM

Greats site Thanks for your work!

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