User control of the Blogger comment form

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This post is about a bookmarklet that I use when submitting multiple comments to a blog run on the Blogger platform. It standardizes the input window. This functionality isn’t of much value unless you’re submitting several comments in succession, for example, when entering a giveaway.

There are three possible settings for Blogger blog comments. When you look at the end of the comments section at the bottom of a Blogger post, you’ll see either an embedded form (Figure A) or a link to Post a Comment (Figure B).

Figure A: Embedded form

Figure A: Embedded form

Figure B: Post a Comment link

Figure B: Post a Comment link

In the latter case, if you click on the link, you’ll get either a small pop-up window (Figure C) or a new, full-size window/tab (Figure D). If word verification is enabled for the blog, it will show up here.

Figure C: Popup form

Figure C: Popup form

Figure D: Full page form

Figure D: Full page form

This bookmarklet opens a full-size window/tab like Figure D regardless of the blog’s settings.

This is useful because…

  • You find out up front if the blog has word verification (a.k.a. captcha) enabled so you can make an informed decision on whether you want to proceed. The embedded form is sneaky. You type your comment, click Post Comment, and only then does it prompt you for word verification if necessary.
  • You don’t have to wait as long between comments for the page to load because there aren’t any widgets on the page. When using the embedded form, you have to wait for certain elements of the page to load before you can make your next comment or submit a word verification. If the page has a lot of widgets on it, this can be a noticeable amount of time.
  • You can open multiple windows/tabs and easily tell them apart because the blog post’s title is there at the top of the window. This functionality is especially useful when entering giveaways that give extra entries for entering other giveaways. With the pop-up form, there’s no way to easily tell which blog post spawned the window. In fact, if you try to open the comment window from a second post, it will take over the first pop-up window.
  • You don’t have to scroll down to the comment form because it’s at the top of the window.
  • You won’t hit submit on a comment and dash off without realizing that word verification is required.

So without further ado, here are two versions of the bookmarklet. 1) opens as a new window and 2) opens in the same window. Follow the instructions here to install it. When you’re on a post of a Blogger blog, just click the bookmarklet, and it will open a full-size comment window either in a new window/tab or in the same window/tab.

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