Oh, Man. Is That Ever LAME, D&C!

Whoopha, talk about pathetic.

I decided to comment on an article and realized I would need to setup an account to do so.? That’s really stupid in the first place, but then I realized why, and OM-freakin’-G, is it lame:

The D and C is using phpBB to provide it’s commenting software.

Mind you: phpBB is a perfectly acceptable forum application that I used for quite a while on this website.? However, the fact remains that, of my two largest reasons for dumping it, the main one was that it can’t really be made to be really compatible with blogging or with commenting.? It’s just it’s own thing unto itself and will not be made a part of anything else without a ton of coding.

And after you’ve gotten done doing all that coding, you would have done yourself as many favours by simply creating the commenting code yourself.? Or found some way to integrate WordPress like half a million other commercially-owned news websites.? I’m guessing that there aren’t very many web developers over there at the D&C, or if there are, they’ve got one of those dumb-ass bosses that gets an idea sold to him and then acts as though he’s left The Mount with the answer directly from God.

As if it wasn’t bad enough that they have an utterly pathetic RSS feed such that it’s more sensible to go to the page than to check the feed; not bad enough that they use outdated, unordered and insecure query information in the URL; not bad enough that they have no perma-link structure to support referencing an article more than a few weeks old; now, they’re using ten-year-old technology to affect a three-year-old, long passed-over trend.

Maybe they should just stick to print.

By Tommy Belknap

Owner, developer, editor of DragonFlyEye.Net, Tom Belknap is also a freelance journalist for The 585 lifestyle magazine. He lives in the Rochester area with his wife and son.