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David Byron

David Byron is a software developer working for the military-industrial complex. At Popehat, he writes about art, language, theater (mostly magic), technology, lyrics, and aleatory ephemera. Serious or satirical poetry spontaneously overflows from him while he's recollecting in tranquility. @dcbyron

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29 Responses

  1. mikhael says:

    Great – any plans for comment likes/dislikes like the Volokh Conspiracy

  2. gramps says:

    This will make keeping up with The Prenda Saga a little easier.
    Thanks, Tony.

  3. Rob says:

    Kind of redundant, isn't it? Each post could already be directly linked to/bookmarked by clicking the comment's time stamp.

  4. BradnSA says:


  5. Matthew Cline says:

    Nice. It'd help if it gave some feedback to the user, like a notice saying "Your place has been saved; when you come back to this page press the thumbtack right before the comments section, next to the comment count".

  6. Aaron says:

    Ah, it does work! Though I second Matthew Cline's suggestion, and further that if the icon for the bookmarked post could be different, as in a 'pressed down' state, it would work better.


  7. onehsancare says:

    So, where others see pushpins, I see "bookmark comment," and where others see the pushpin at the top, I see "resume thread from bookmark." This makes much sense, except to an ultra-literalist, who has been fruitlessly searching for pushpins.

  8. onehsancare says:

    Pushpins! I see pushpins!

  9. Jordan says:

    Thank you David and Tony H.!

  10. XS says:

    Echo the "thank you" comments

  11. sellew says:

    Many thanks, and especially timely given the new Prenda update!

  12. When did commenting on the internet become an actual lifestyle? Anyone know the exact date?

  13. SarahW says:

    That's so handy. Thank you.

  14. HandOfGod137 says:

    Would it be possible to include a function to autolink from multiple sources (Wiki, The Grauniad, academic papers etc) that prove that one's current opponent is not only wrong, but definable as a massive asshat, purely from context? I would sell some of the less interesting members of my family to have such a thing.

  15. David says:

    Yes. Here.

  16. David says:

    @Kizone Kaprow

    When did commenting on the internet become an actual lifestyle? Anyone know the exact date?

    I believe gossiping to the priests of the oracle at Delphi may be the earliest well-documented example. Kagan is good on this.

  17. Clark says:


    Kind of redundant, isn't it? Each post could already be directly linked to/bookmarked by clicking the comment's time stamp.

    Not sure I see the utility either. If I want that feature I right-click the timestamp in a comment (next to the commenter's name) and select "save as bookmark" from the pop-up menu.

    Maybe other browsers don't have this functionality ? Still, no skin off my nose, so if others like it, mazel tov.

  18. David says:

    Some Mac users have no right button and no left hand.

  19. Bear says:

    @Clark: Yeah, I just bookmark the timestamp, too. Works better for me because when I'm actively involved in a discussion, I often use the browser bookmark function to save notes for myself (easier than repeatedly scrolling back through comments for those reminders). But if all someone wants is a quick link to the last comment they read, so they can pick up the thread easily, I suppose the pushpin is OK.

  20. BaronLurk says:

    Nice addition. Thank you.
    One suggestion for improvement: instead of at the Comments header, place the recall pushpin near the title of the article; in that way, one does not have to scroll down to find it.

    Granted, not usually a problem, but some epic tomes …

  21. I was Anonymous says:

    I run NoScript. What sites do I have to enable to avoid the "ex Parte!" message?

  22. Dan Weber says:

    I'm getting ex Parte! even with all scripts on. I think David accidentally a debug message.

  23. David says:

    No. "Ex Parte!" is a specific response to this user's request.

  24. Bill Sides says:

    Thank you Tony H.

  25. lagaya1 says:

    ah! nice!

  26. I was Anonymous says:

    Ah ha!!!! It indeed works!

  27. AlphaCentauri says:

    I see pushpins on the individual comments and get the Ex parte message, but there's no pushpin at the top of the comments section.

    Edit: Never mind, I'm seeing them on other pages, just not this one.

  28. efemmeral says:

    Thank you! The comments can be personally invaluable. Example, the comments in the "Hope" post by AlphaCentauri and freedomfan about the certain onslaught of scams. My husband is brilliant in many areas but handicapped technologically; he also handles our insurance. Their comments shook me into realizing I need to be with him when he inputs the info.