Wednesday, 17 August 2005

Blogger: editing comments part 3 - Greasemonkey

I've changed my post on editing Blogger comments, yet again, to add mention of an ingenious script by Browservulsel for the free Firefox browser's Greasemonkey extension. If you use Firefox this add in is probably the easiest way to get the ability to edit comments on Blogger - it just takes a few clicks, and no template hacking is needed. (On how to install the Greasemonkey extension and Greasemonkey scripts, now see this post).

What this script does is to alter your Blogger "Edit posts" page (that you get to from your dashboard), so that, on the right, after the usual "View Delete" against each post, is a new item called "Comments" (see the pic in the Browservulsel post).

If you click that link for a particular post, it calls up the usual popup window with all the comments made on that post. The difference is that, at the bottom of each comment, after the standard trashcan delete icon, there is now a new "permanently delete" red X icon and, in relation to editing comments, there is a new pencil icon which, when clicked, calls up the same "edit comment" page for that comment as is described in my original post.

[Updated 21 Jan 2006:] It also adds an edit comment icon against each comment on your individual post pages. However, the edit comments icon doesn't automatically appear in the popup window that appears when you click to post a comment (though it appears in that window after you've actually posted a comment e.g. to respond to someone's comment on your post). I think most people probably have a popup window for posting comments rather than inline comments on the post page, as that's Blogger's default.

So if you want to have the ability to edit comments easily from the popup comments window, this is what you should do after you get and install the script:
  • in Firefox go to the Tools menu, Manage User Scripts
  • select Blogger comments editor in the list on the left
  • click Add
  • enter (or paste in) this: http://**
  • click OK
  • click OK again.

If you don't use Firefox however, the easiest cross-platform solution is still the simple template edit I described in my original post, or the form I have provided in that post for occasional edits.

I just love how on the Net people can build on each other's ideas and make things better and better for everyone. That's the way it should be.

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Nonsensical_Flounderings said...

I installed greasemonkey and the script and it works a treat.

Improbulus said...

That's great Mik! All credit to KRS/Truckspy for figuring it out, and Browservulsel for writing the script.