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TIMO ZIMMERMANN

balancing software engineering & infosec

Comments and Posts

posted on Thursday 8th of March 2012 in

There are some general things I want to talk about. The future of
hopelesscom, what I consider a good solution for comments and how my
posting behavior will change. The last part was not planned for this
post but is a direct reaction, partly in response, to one of my
last posts.

Last thing first. I mentioned that I am working on my language skills.
I know that my posts are not always a pleasure to read and I also know
that I lack some basic copulas. Really working on it. Big promise.

But what I actually want to cover is that I will change two things. First
I will start making shorter posts. Think of them as notes. My longer posts
that cover some sensible topics will be a lot better formulated and read
twice or maybe three times before I really hit publish. Reading my last
post again I started to understand Bjarnis problem or how it came to
the discussion.

I should have separated two things – flaming Firefox and my problems with
CORS. I mixed them up. Reading them I see the point he is trying to make.
I thought the last few sentences covers fact that there is a basic problem if
you use wildcards. Even if I have some problems with CORS and its
implementation half of his comment would have been unnecessary if I
would have been more clear in my initial post or my first comment.

Reading the conversation again, together with my post, I can see how
he and likely other people can come to the conclusion that I just do
not understand CORS or why it was implemented the way it is. I should have
separated those two topics from the beginning and should have added some
more informations why I dislike CORS and how I think the problem should
be fixed instead.

Comments

This is a good moment to leave the old post and move on to comments in
general. I added Disqus, again, because I like comments. Even if they
are not positiv if they are well written and provide value I love
having them in my blog. No matter if I am corrected or if something is
added – or if it just makes clear that I should really work on my writing
skills – if I can learn something it was worth implementing them.

I have read many blogs and I have seen many statements people made. I have
seen all the flamewars and all the possible reactions. What I never got is
why people act pissed or start calling names when someone disagrees and is
even trying to prove his statements. Sometimes I believe people fear to be
wrong or think they lose credibility if they admit that one of their
thoughts or opinions was wrong.

The only thing that bugs me personally is when people get me wrong because
I tend to formulate short sentences and jump between topics. The post I
mentioned is a perfect example. But this is entirely my fault and I am the
only person who can fix this.

But there is one thing I dislike. Disqus. And according to my last post I
also believe that it is not necessary to have a comment form in your
blog at all. Even if people want to respond directly they could just
write their own post and send you a trackback or mention at Twitter or
something else.

I am not sure how I will solve this with my next system. Maybe I will
just add a comment form. Maybe I will add something similar to tumblr
and show trackbacks. Maybe I find a better solution.

Hopelesscom

There will be some changes. I currently have two blogs. My private blog,
this one, and my business blog currently only in German. Since I moved
back to IT it is likely that I will merge those two blogs under a new
domain. Topics will not change much but I will add some work related
stuff. There will be more informations on this later and it will not
happen the next few weeks.