New TalkBack Feature Now in Beta!

Saturday September 5th, 1998

MozillaZine now has a "talkback" feature for you to respond to individual news items. Just click the "talkback" button under the title. Hope you like it!

#1 Re:New TalkBack Feature Now in Beta!

by Alex Farber

Thursday July 8th, 1999 9:39 AM


Having talkback is very nice, but I think, that the ugly round "talkback" tab looks not very good at at your amazing rectangular design. Could you maybe consider putting it on the side or smth else? I also wonder if you will have a simplex text ticker file like, so that it will be possible to fetch the headers from your site and put it at my web page (with links pointed to your site)?

Great work, keep going! Alex

#2 Text Ticker

by MozillaZine Admin.

Thursday July 8th, 1999 9:40 AM

The text ticker file is something that I may be able to work on this coming week.


#3 Re:New TalkBack Feature Now in Beta!

by George (beg)

Thursday July 8th, 1999 9:49 AM

Well, i think it looks ok...The talkback text is in bold or some thing, maybe try a differnet font..

I think it looks fine.

Maybe also say how many people have responded to the news article??

#4 Re:New TalkBack Feature Now in Beta!

by George (beg)

Thursday July 8th, 1999 10:50 AM

Another thing...Could you post the time you post news?

Cause i forget if i am already read some thing?

its just a thought?

#5 Re:New TalkBack Feature Now in Beta!

by MozillaZine Admin.

Thursday July 8th, 1999 3:28 PM

I've added a "number of responses" feature to the front page. With this change, the front page now becomes partially "dynamically generated". That means that the page is no longer a static HTML file.

This means that the page now may load slower than before. I have not noticed a speed slowdown yet, but it may happen. Please send me email if you notice that the front page's loading slows down drastically because of this new feature.


#6 BTW - a quick note on the site and Slashdot.

by MozillaZine Admin.

Sunday September 6th, 1998 11:04 AM

I understand that there are a lot of people out there familiar with I visit it many times each day myself. Although mozillaZine was developed using as a reference, it wasn't the only reference. I also found useful functionality and layout ideas in sites such as,,, and I'm not out to duplicate slashdot. If you have any comments about what you'd like to see happen to this site, and those comments happen to involve the duplication of some function of slashdot's site, try to think of a way that the functionality can be improved upon or made unique.

My goal with mozillaZine is not to be a baby Slashdot. My goal is and has been to develop a fast, robust, attractive and well written means of presenting news of interest to the Mozilla community. Please consider these goals when considering new functionality for the site. I'd like to see mozillaZine grow into a site that *other* people want to duplicate - not a site that only duplicates what others have done.

I hope no one takes offense to these comments. They aren't meant as a criticism directed at any one person. I decided to speak up now so that we could start directing the conversation about site improvements towards creating a unique and enjoyable mozillaZine. Also, the site would cease to become a pleasure for me if it ended up becoming no more than a Slashdot clone.

So, realize that some things will just stay the same because that's the way I want 'em to stay! :) I will continue to make improvements based on your suggestions, if they will improve its usability (I have made a number of changes just by the posts to this news piece!).

OK, I've ranted long enough. Thanks for your ear.


#7 Re:New TalkBack Feature Now in Beta!

by broken

Sunday September 6th, 1998 6:10 PM

Hi, I'd like to say I like the site a lot so far... I think a site like this was needed. I don't have the time or the experience to contribute to the Mozilla project, but I think it's really interesting and would like to know how things are going. This is the niche your site's filling (and very nicely :)

Anyway, I've got a minor complaint. When you view your site using 1024x768, the site itself only takes up half of the page horizontally. I know that if you make it any wider it might screw up with lower resolutions, but maybe you should tinker with it a little bit.

Keep up the great work!

#8 Re:New TalkBack Feature Now in Beta!

by Alex Farber

Monday September 7th, 1998 6:40 AM

I think that dynamically (on the fly) generated start page is bad idea. Isn't it better to parse the start page just each time when someone posts and update the number?

The reason is - not every visitor is making a post. Why look up the numbers of responses *each time* then? Better do it once after each posting.

Greetings Alex

#9 Re:Great Site

by Ben Prater

Tuesday September 8th, 1998 3:20 AM


Love the site! Come here daily -- I think more to look at great design than to follow Moz, but hey -- I had one of the original Moz sites, in fact, it's still included in the FAQs, so maybe I'm still a fan at heart.

Keep up the great work, I'll be back again and again.