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Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Automating CoComment w/ Greasemonkey
Thanks to Nick & Stephen for pointers to Brian Benzinger's Greasemonkey Script that will automate CoComment's functions and cut out the potentially clunky bookmarklet.
I’ve got it working for WordPress, TypePad, Blogger, MSN Spaces, and Xanga. Let me know if you run into any problems and I’ll try to fix it. But, as I browse to various blogs, it seems to be working.
As pointed out in the comments on the previous post, this has the added benefit of integrating the system with blogger blogs (such as this one) that have comments appear in a pop-up window. Maybe I should change the way the comments appear so that coComment integrates for non-GM users? But man, that blogger comments window is uhghuly!! Thoughts?

Update: Alright, after the discussion in the comments I played a little.... Looks like the Greasemonkey script doesn't work in either pop-up or default modes. I got an error msg with both formats. Bookmarklet it is, I guess? Will check out the comment thread on solution watch & see what's up.

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Posted at 8:42 AM by John.
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Blogger RPM said...
I thought I tried the GM script with blogs like yours and I thought it did not work. Trying again.

But I think you are right. I may consider not having a pop up for comments window, just seems cleaner.

(update: it did not work - the message says that page you are working with is not currently supported by coComment :-()

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Blogger Aditya said...
well... i got my coComment too! lets see if this works...!

(update: didn't work for me either)

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Blogger Aditya said...
sorry about the double posts, but i was just trying to figure out ... what the popup box does is the same as using a javascript statement to open another window with the comments page, to certain dimensions and without toolbars. rest is all the same (including the url that it points to).

then why doesn't the coComments thing work for this, because if you turn the popups off, it works perfectly! any takes on this?

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Anonymous Craffter said...
it will not work because is not your brownser the one who carries the funtionality. is the CoComent service...GM in or not you have to click-go / click-back. is not really that much, you only waste some seconds.

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Blogger Johan Sundström said...
Certainly looks like it's on the right track to something good. Unfortunate that we can't try it yet without an invitation code, though; I'd like to give it a test run too.

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Blogger Aditya said...
@craffter: coComments does work if you turn off the 'comments in a popup box' with blogger.

its working fine with other web services which have the comment box on the same page as the post. maybe coComment looks for the url from the address bar, and since thats hidden here in the popup box, it can't get the url?

just speculating here!

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Anonymous Craffter said...
Well, i didn´t say the system don´t works, i am just saying that it will not work with pop-ups, but otherewise is works great..i am glad someone took the commentosphere idea to the next level.

i think is not just the url, i have checked it in 5 brownser with windows. it will fail one everyone on them if you use comments pop-ups, and in the case of opera for some reason sometimes it don´t works at all.

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Blogger Johan Sundström said...
True enough, invitation codes get sent out within days.

I made them a better Greasemonkey auto-injector that auto-updates its configuration daily to always be in par with coComment blog service coverage. Works like a charm on Blogger and WordPress blogs, and as it uses the same system their own tool does, it should work with all the rest of them, too.

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