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Yesterday, we added three new features for Reg commentards. The most obvious - and many of you spotted this already - is that commenters no longer have to write a title to accompany their post. We like headlines but many of you don't, so this is our gift to you. We have introduced a new sorting option - now can you arrange by …

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Happy

Excellent.

As per title.

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About bloody time too!

Thanks Reg.

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A title is not required and may or may not contain letters or numbers

Nice.

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Paris Hilton

Lord High Muck A Muck.

But why do we still require message bodies?

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I like not having to put a title if we don't want to..

..but I still think separate pages just to upvote and downvote a page is ridiculous, and discourages me from voting more than I do.

Great work on the changes you made though Reg, keep 'em coming :)

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I just went to a separate page to upvote your comment....

Because I agree, it's a bit annoying :D

Oh. I did a title, that was unnecessary!

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Hooray!

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:) That is all

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But does this sort by time?

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Reader-generated threads

I'd be very wary of that. You could get the same result by using some sort of letter-column article, inviting a more wide-open thread use, but I'm really not sure how you could combine moderated comment threads on articles with fully reader-generated topics.

Go look at Making Light for how "Open Thread" creation can work. But I doubt you will get the poetry. Or the debate on serial commas.

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Agreed. Tech sites that allow for reader-generated threads tend to end up with all sorts of conspiracy nuts taking over the debates - partly due to the fact, that such threads will often be more lightly moderated.

Oh, oh, my first post w/o a title... will it work?

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I was a bit worried at first, since I read that as "... but we are thinking of opening up forums to reader-generated threats."

Although, come to think of it, readers seem to generate their own threats all the time, here.

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NO to reader-generated threads !!

Definitely and permanently not. If there is reader with something interesting to tell the world, he's already got a blog anyway. And, if he actually has a brain and knows how to write, he's probably got his own site.

If I want to plunge into the madness that is the Word of the Public, I've already got plenty of incoherence and terrible writing in the comments, thank you. When I come to read at El Reg, I expect editorial overview and professional writing. For the inane and utterly idiotic, I have Slashdot.

Let's keep it that way, shall we ?

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Yeah! I like The Reg specifically because it's NOT Slashdot.

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A travesty!

Was I first to comment on the comment story? Was I?

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No you weren't.

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\o/

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Headmaster

We also want to filter posts by poster's gender

I would like to suggest 2 radiobuttons so you can choose the following options:

A) Show boys' posts only

B) Hide girls' posts only

Also, since I am an anally pedantic foreign grammar nazi, the following options:

A) Click here to report spelling fails

B ) Hide illiterate posters' posts because they can't be taken seriously

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Live by the sword...

So we can hide your post for the use of "2" instead of "two" then? "radiobuttons" instead of "radio buttons". Not sure if "nazi" should be "Nazi" but I guess so....

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And a "Block" button for idiots

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"Hide illiterate posters' posts because they can't be taken seriously"

lack of English writing skills is not the same as lack of knowledge. Schools, colleges and universities do not teach in English in other parts of the world. This doesn't mean that the graduate will be less knowledgeable when compared to someone who studied in English. You need to understand that someone whose first language isn't English might have _more_ to offer then someone whose first language is English, and vice versa.

By the way, my first language isn't English, so could you please excuse my lack of understanding of the English language and explain the difference between these 2 statements for me: "Show boys' posts only" vs "Hide girls' posts only"?

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Can I have a block button for all comments containing the pretend word "simples"?

Yes, I know it’s in a dictionary somewhere but that doesn’t convince me that anyone using it is worth listening to.

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@ Live by the sword

Ooooops :)

That was my point ( and own fail ), it would have saved you from reading my comment, and I have just learned that radiobutton as a word doesn't exist, and it's Nazi, not nazi...

By Christmas the world would be free from should-of-gone's and your-my-best-friend's.

Everyone's a winner :)

Dictionary.com will be my best friend from now on, I guess

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and a block for all comments containing "could of"? Please.

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There isn't. I read it as a humorous repartee, where the joke is truly on those that take it seriously.

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"and a block for all comments containing "could of"? Please."

ABSOLUTELY AGREE.

Also a way to block people for the incorrect use of:

their / there / they're

too / to / two

its / it's

How about a grammar down-vote button? Get 100 of these and you have to suffer a "This poster is a moron" icon on all posts for 1 month!

I'm not talking about people who obviously don't have English as a first language - that's acceptable.

Oh, and people who say "I could care less" should just be shot on the spot.

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Difference

Well, I think amanfrommars might have gender NULL so "Hide girls' posts only" wouldn't exclude him.

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[snip]

Also, since I am an anally pedantic foreign grammar nazi, the following options:

A) Click here to report spelling fails

B ) Hide illiterate posters' posts because they can't be taken seriously

[snip]

You mean: 'Click here to report problems with spellings'. In fact it's frowned upon to use 'click here' in terms of usability. So you should probably say 'Report spelling mistakes.' Make sure it's underlined.

Oh and nazi should be written Nazi.

And you simply need to say pedantic - technically.

A dog just crapped by the bench I was sitting on so I'm grumpy and mean today. Sorry.

B. Yep. So I should not have seen this beauty.

Rant on folks. Happy days.

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Lower case generic

When a word has taken on a more generic meaning using lower case helps distinguish it the original term. For example, I doubt many pedants are actually National Socialists.

Who writes mentor with a capital m?

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+1 for down-voting bad spelling/grammar.

And no exceptions for non-native speakers, who very often show a better command of the written language than the natives themselves.

No choice of icon for anons does not make any sense.

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Of course

one assumes that what you really wanted was to filter by poster's sex. Gender options would be masculine, feminine, and (depending upon your choice of language) neuter. It appears to me that you are addressing male and female.

I'm always happy to help.

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Show boys vs hide girls

It is a bit like "Heads I win, tails you lose". He doesn't like women and wants to be able to hide their posts. There is no difference between the two, that is the point.

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The problem is that English is a moving target.

Considering what some teachers have tried to do to the language, that would seem to be an inevitable survival tactic.

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>>'Who writes mentor with a capital m?'

Those people who are referring to the original Greek hero Mentor in Homer's epic poem The Iliad.

Obviously.

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Die by the sword...

it should be NAZI because it stands for National Asomething Zsomething Isomething.

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And...

Don't forget "Bored of" etc. It's "Bored with" you idiots!

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RE: Difference by AC13:15

"Well, I think amanfrommars might have gender NULL so "Hide girls' posts only" wouldn't exclude him".

Why would you want to hide his/her/its posts (apart for the fact that nobody can understand them)

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English first

"By the way, my first language isn't English, so could you please excuse my lack of understanding of the English language and explain the difference between these 2 statements for me: "Show boys' posts only" vs "Hide girls' posts only"?"

I'm told English grammar is more irregular than that of many other languages, but it can be taught. The English sense of humour, however, is imparted only by osmosis.

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Grammar Nazi, heil thyself.

Technically, it's "sex" not "gender".

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English grammar...

... is not particularly irregular. It may well once have been, though as with all living languages it has evolved in such a way as to remain useful.

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The best suggestion, surely, would be to ban anyone who wants to comment on anything, as like Groucho Marx who would never join a club that would have him as a member, I don't want to read comments on a site that would allow me to make comments.

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@And...

Don't forget my English teacher's pet hate:

.try and ...

Not possible! ...try to... is correct.

Now about the apostrophe: Just bought 'eats, roots, and leaves' as the pretty definitive guide for English punctuation. As I'm an old, sad git, I'll read it tonight. Bugger all else to do.

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amanfrommars?

Hasn't been around for awhile...New "nick" maybe?

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Who writes mentor with a capital m? E E 'Doc' Smith.

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You omiited the one that forces me into a pedantic rage that burns with the heat of a thousand suns: Why can't you f**ktards learn the difference between "lose" and "loose"?

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@Dan White on Lose/Loose

Abso-loosely (terrible play on words, I accept) drives me insane too.

You don't loose the game and you don't have a lose wheel !!

Arrrrgggghhh !

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Idiots can be reformed.

ACs can't.

oh s**t I did a title. They can be useful sometimes.

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@sheep++

Spelling/grammar is learned behaviour, copying. If you read lots of books which have been carefull checked, you will spot typos, spelling mistakes and grammar errors immediately. If you mainly read on the web, you will lose (loose it???) rapidly.

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"Oh, and people who say "I could care less" should just be shot on the spot."

Which spot?

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