Important news about commenting

I’ve been trying to implement a new comments system that will help streamline the Trollhattan commenting experience without filling my inbox with spam at a rapid rate.

I’m hoping that the situation is now sorted.

When you hit the comments button, the form will look as it did previously, but with the addition of a question and a field for you to type an answer (the answer is in the question, so don’t sweat about it). I’m yet to test, but I think the answer is case-sensitive, so start your answer with a capital ‘S’.

If you include the answer as required, your comment will appear straight away without having to queue up for moderation. If the answer is not included or is wrong, the comment will go to the moderation queue. I’ll keep this process for a few weeks, but as people get used to it, i’ll eventually just have it delete comments entered with the wrong answer.

Typekey registration is still available, though it’s a pain in the backside for the user and I don’t recommend it (and thanks Ryan for giving me the gentle size 11 in the pants that I needed to get busy on this). As long as you’re accepting cookies, the form will remember your information. All you should have to do is manually write in the answer, remembering the capital ‘S’ and then write your comments.

Go give it a try.


Things I know from this weekend:

Good seats in your car are worth the money.

In contact sports, size will always beat speed in the end.

Bill Gates looks very out of place in a rock n roll crowd.

I still don’t understand Michael Stipe (from REM, above). Never have, never will. After the blue face thing at live-8 I’m convinced more than ever that he’s just a monumental tosser.

Elton John is a fat old queen that should just confine himself to abusing his servant staff. Please leave us common folk alone. Between work, children, taxes, sickness and mechanical breakdowns, there’s well and truly enough in this life to test us without some has-been in a poncy outfit and dumb glasses inflicting himself upon us.

Your friend’s baby may be cute, but his voice at maximum volume is cute to his parents only.

Giving up smoking really, really sucks if you don’t have enough things to meaningfully occupy your time.

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  1. This is a third attempt, hope it doesn’t show up as a triple post. Sason didn’t work, so I’m trying Sixten:

    Speaking of Sixten Sason, do you think, in the 1960’s that he was more of a help or a hindrance to SAAB? I thought his Catherina design was abominable and the 99 had an unfinished look to it which took years of refinement to make it look right. There is no doubt in my mind, however, that he established the style that uniquely defined SAAB for years to come. The 92001 was a shear stroke of beauty and originality, and I really miss the wrap-around windshield of the 99. I think his styling had become a bit off late in his career, but SAAB has never found a capable replacement in my mind. He was a one-of-a-kind, which SAAB sorely needs today, someone with a vision.

    Have you ever seen this metacool site by Diego Rodriguez?

    I think his remarks about what defines a brand:

    “As I’ve written before, your brand does not define the character of your offerings. Instead, your offerings (and the layers of sales, service, support, and meaning creation surrounding them) define your brand.

    Want a strong, vibrant brand? Make brand building the job of your product development group and your brand team. If you still need convincing, just think about the incredible amount of brand equity created by Sixten Sason over the course of his career at Hasselblad and Saab, and how quickly Saab lost it once his influence was gone.”

    I would love a return to the old SAAB he describes here where he talks about how fast SAAB lost its brand equity after GM took over:

    “Kitman attributes Saab’s crash to a lack of leadership. I would go beyond him to say that leadership was surely lacking, but management, particularly brand management, was in no short supply at GM and Saab. The old Saab was run by rally junkies who wore blue and gold underwear; it was run into the ground by a bunch of pin-striped, brand-managing fun sponges whose only gold is on their wrist.”

    By the way, his metacool site looks very familiar to, same source?

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