Thursday, August 18, 2011

The First Anniversary of the Day of the Commenters

One year ago today, blog commenters tasted true freedom for the first--and maybe the last--time in Internet history.  What follows is a republication of post chronicling the events of August 18, 2010. . .a date that will live in inanity:
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.
To mark this date, bloggers throughout the world should utilize the blink tag in some pointless, yet conspicuous manner.

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