Thursday, August 19, 2010

Great Moments in Blog Commenting History

Actual Image Used on the Day of the Commenters

August 18, 2010: The Day of the Commenters.

Yesterday, several commenters at Hit & Run (who will remain nameless here, to protect the innoc--well, the guilty) uncovered an inline exploit within the comments section of the blog that allowed commenters to insert images (including animated GIFs!), resize text, color text, and even embed blink tags--all within a comment.

Needless to say, Hit & Run commenters utilized these new powers only for good, invoking them solely to emphasize an already erudite point. Actually, that's not quite true. Before the end of the Day of the Commenters (around 7:00 p.m. EDT), animated images of barely clothed women had already made an appearance, no doubt as a prelude to the total pornification of the blog.

Though doubtless an annoyance to the webmaster and staff of Hit & Run, I can say personally that those of us regulars who attended this commenters' fête enjoyed it thoroughly. And, annoyance though it may have been, at least it was used for fun by persons friendly to the blog, allowing it to be fixed without any catastrophes.

Now, sadly, virtually all evidence of the Day of the Commenters has vanished from Hit & Run, along with any ability to replicate the experience. HTML for commenters has been emasculated. Only a simple Wiki entry stands as a testament to this brief taste of FREEEE-DOOOOM!

Still, this is only one blog. There are others. Go forth my brothers ("And sisters!")--and sisters--and show other blogs, blogs that offend you, blogs that oppress free men ("And women!")--and women--and blogs that need a vacation from sanity what HTML disobedience is all about.


highnumber said...

Sounds like a blast. I need to find a site that I'm ok being banned from to test it out.

Pro Libertate said...

They haven't banned anyone over it yet. Hopefully, they won't. Shoot, I would've stopped if Mike had asked me to. Really, it was better that we discovered it than someone hostile to the blog. Could you imagine that power in Edward's hands?

I understand that someone who shall not be named did the same thing to LW's blog.

VikingMoose said...

um. i saw the wiki.

am heading to Stevo's bunk.

(that's really cool. and a fun writeup!)

Pro Libertate said...

Kudos to Mr. Corning for capturing the moment. It was a nice vacation from the Mosquearade.

capitol l said...

Came over to find that Nick Clegg post to link, but I don't care enough to anymore. Nice post on The Day the HTML Stood Still.

I felt like Cool Hand Luke yesterday, after one of his escapes. Knowing that it would all end soon, and the freedoms enjoyed crushed under the steel gloved hand of the webmaster...but that wasn't the point.

The point was to forget about the impending future and live in the (colorful, blinking, pixilated) moment.

A shining beacon of freedom was lit yesterday only to be extinguished...I would be a liar if I didn't say that the taste left me wanting more...

Now, where was that NICKCLEGG that I saw laying around here.

Pro Libertate said...

It was a great day, a day that will live in inanity.

VikingMoose said...

maybe we could get a couple of haiku to commemorate?

(or co-mammorate?)

*quickly heads back to Stevo's bunk*

Pro Libertate said...

That's an idea.

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