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I happened to notice that we have nearly 3000 daily RSS subscribers. Which by my reckoning, means that a quarter of all readers on YBNBY do so via our feed. And that also means that a high proportion of our regular readers are consuming our stories that way.

I wanted to just take the time to give a shout out to readers via RSS and let you know I've added a "leave a comment" link on every story, as well as including the recommendation engine links. Would love feedback from you on whether you like this or not, and encourage you to stop by to leave a comment now and again.

And don't forget, you can also subscribe to a comment feed and a breakfast links feed here on the site. (And you can now subscribe to be notified of future comments on a particular story via email, so it's easy to follow a conversation).

Update: Based on feedback I removed the recommendations from the feed. I'll experiment with another extended feed that combines stories and comments, and if I get it working, anyone who wants to transfer to that one, can do do then. Please keep suggestions and comments coming, it really helps plan out future enhancements.

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8 Comments

I AM SO HAPPY YOU ADDED THAT LINK. I am a serial commenter.

WHOA. This comment box has disappeared twice since I have been typing this comment. It disappears, and all I am left with is this link: "Sign in to comment on this post, or comment anonymously." I don't want to sign in! And I don't want to comment anonymously! Luckily I am able to enter my name even though the link says ANONYMOUSLY (THAT'S misleading).

ANYWAY, I am glad you added the link even though this particular commenting session has been RIDDLED WITH TROUBLES. The new link erases the need to click through to the post, THEN comment. One less step, one happier reader (commenter!).

said Katie D. on April 16, 2008 2:33 PM.

Hey Katie

Thanks for your comment. Maybe I should reword the template here - I'm using what came built in with Movable Type, but clearly it's a little misleading.

MT is supposed to hide the form from you until you decide how to comment. Registering means you just set up a username and password, and once you do that (and we've approved it) all your future comments are published live without moderation (so if you are a serial commenter, it's probably worth it).

Anonymous commenting just means "comment without registering, but it'll be moderated to stop spammers and pornographers". and the length of moderation will depend on how busy we get with our day jobs :)

As we continue to improve YBNBY over the next few weeks, we'll tweak the wording. But please don't be afraid to register - it just means we'll trust you :)

(Wondering if Katie signed up to receive future comments by email, or she won't see this. Hmmmm)

said Scaramouch on April 16, 2008 3:04 PM.

Oh and for anyone wondering what we do with the information of ppl who register, read our privacy policy at the bottom of the right hand menubar. If nothing else, it's kind of funny.

(kind of)

said Scaramouch on April 16, 2008 3:13 PM.

The recommendations aren't necessary and are kind of annoying. The comment link is fine, but not really necessary either, since we always have a link to the story itself. What would be good is attaching comments to the stories in the feed. I've seen a few sites do this. I know it's a tricky thing to do technically, but it's a nice feature.

Go feeds!

said RumorsDaily on April 16, 2008 3:17 PM.

Eh. I agree with RumorsDaily. None of the links are needed... In fact, they're really more annoying than helpful. If we need to comment, there's obviously a link to the actual story, which is exactly the same thing.

But, I disagree with RumorsDaily when it comes to attaching comments. Personally, I find it rather annoying, as well. If I want comments, I'll just click through.

said Katie on April 16, 2008 9:48 PM.

That's frickin awesome

said Jennifer on April 17, 2008 11:01 AM.

I didn't sign up to receive future comments, but I saw your response! I SAW!!!

said Katie D. on April 17, 2008 10:01 PM.

I'm a little late here but I have FireFox and what I do is open the link for the next story in a new tab. I usually have a bunch of websites/stories from the NY Post/links from this site and others going at the same time opened in tabs so sometimes it takes a day to get to the next story, like now. The benefit of this is that I never run out of things to read, which is key when ya piggyback wifi and sometimes 'junior' kicks me off.... just an idea...

said Jeni Gump on April 20, 2008 8:52 PM.
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