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Is there an easily installed FREE online commenting system available that works well with City Desk?  I'm playing with one now but don't like as it is a bit too involved for me at present.

Any help would be appreciated.


Jack Davies
Sunday, April 27, 2003

I use a PERL based on at:

It's an announcer really but can be modified failry easy.


John Cesta
Sunday, April 27, 2003

You should mention the platform you're interested in having it in - php, asp, cgi, MySQL, etc.

Sunday, April 27, 2003 - whoops
Monday, April 28, 2003

John's site has a lot of useful tips and examples using CityDesk and PHP, including a CityDesk template for a weblog system with comments at

David Burch
Monday, April 28, 2003

If only the comments were embeded in the page rather than in a popup... It seems so easy to forget to look to see if there are new ones. Or at least if the number of comments was listed on the page.
Tuesday, April 29, 2003

I found a commenting system I like, but it you requires you make your pages all .php... my site is all .html and Google likes me...

I did get some "Warning: Call-time pass-by-reference has been deprecated" errors running the PHP scripts after I installed them... I posted to the forum about that and I'm waiting for a response. Probably caused by different versions of PHP running on my server & the developer's.

So what I'm saying is I never actually got to install it on my site, but I'm working on it.

No database connectivty required, it actually uses flat text files. Especially good for you technophobes out there.
Thursday, May 1, 2003

So I got that script to work & I'm 90% sure I'm adding it to my site.

The 10% reservation is because my site is already all .html, and I'd have to change it to .php, but I think I may be able to work around that...

I like this script because it puts the comment in your page... you just put one line to call in the script in your template and you're done. No chance of someone browsing in to a comments page from a search engine, the comments are part of the rendered page.

Setup is pretty easy too, you just set some variables in some config files & make sure the data directory has read/write permission.

... and it's free!

I set it up here:

and you can check out the admin panel here:

the username / password are both set to "admin."

I'm still working on this, so I'll be changing style sheets... so don't be surprised if things temporarily go haywire.
Friday, May 2, 2003

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