A couple of new blog features

I’ve added a few new features to the blog this morning: comment subscriptions and spoiler blocks. I explain each of these briefly below.

Comment Subscriptions

As I find more and more people commenting on posts here and the threads getting longer, I thought it might be useful to provide guests with the ability to subscribe to a particular post and receive email notifications when comments are added to the thread. You can also subscribe to a post even if you don’t leave a comment. For each post you subscribe to, you will get a confirmation email making that validates that you really want to subscribe. This feature should now be available for all posts.

Spoiler Blocks

I added this feature specifically for my Vacation in the Golden Age posts. The dilemma is thus: some stories have a great twist that you really don’t want to give away; on the other hand, they are extremely hard to find these days and it is unlikely that a reader will seek them out. On the other hand, there are famous stories (like Asimov’s “Nightfall”) which are readily available and also spoiler-worthy. Rather than hold back information and not give away the ending, I will use the spoiler-blocks to hide what I think might be a spoiler. Any reader can choose to open the block and read the spoiler. Or skip it. It allows me to write what I want, but leaves you the choice of reading that part.  The spoiler blocks work like this:

[spoiler title=”You can find the spoiler in here”]If you can see this, then you’ve obviously decided to see how this thing works. Brilliant, right?[/spoiler]

Hopefully, readers of this blog will find these new features helpful. As always, I continue to look for ways of making this space more user-friendly and comfortable; a cozy little corner of the web for you to visit from time-to-time.

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.