[LINK] SMH "comments"?

grove at zeta.org.au grove at zeta.org.au
Mon May 31 13:14:13 AEST 2010

On Mon, 31 May 2010, Ivan Trundle wrote:

> On 31/05/2010, at 11:51 AM, grove at zeta.org.au wrote:
>> ... I have been unable to make any comments on the SMH website.
>> The comments are still there, but the login panel for them is gone.
> Using Safari on a Mac, I cannot see where I can place comments either, even alongside articles that have comments (and without the usual 'comments closed' indicator).
> However, if I switch from Safari (with AdBlocker) to Firefox (with no plugins), I can now see the 'Would you like to comment' box with 'Sign up for a free account'. The resultant source code displayed for both the Safari and Firefox output is identical.

I am using a custom built FireFox 3.x on SPARC Solaris 10, but it also affects the FF 3.0.6 on my 
Leopard Mac G5 at home.

> At first blush I'd have mused that a cookie in Safari might think I'm signed in. But even after removing all smh cookies, still no panel.

I will remove all cookies for SMH next!

> Delving deeper, there is a javascript that allows for the commenting form to be displayed: and javascripting needs to be on to permit the commenting feature to work.

And JS is enabled in my browser.

> Delving deeper still, Adblocker is the culprit for me: If I disable it, I can sign up or login and see the comments panel.

I have Adblock Pro running - I will disable it!

> Didn't think that the iPad would have Adblocker capabilities, though.

Hmmm, I don't have an iPad yet, I just wanted to comment about it!

> Have you tried http://www.smh.com.au/contacts/readerlink/ to make a comment?

Thanks - that was the URL I was looking for.  I will try Adblock first, though.....


Rachel Polanskis                 Kingswood, Greater Western Sydney, Australia
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