Thanks again to everyone who entered last week's SoOud draw. I have sought the guidance of Random.org and I can now reveal that the winner is
Congratulations! Please send your postal details to persolaise at gmail dot com and don't forget to let me know which one of the SoOud range you'd like to try. If you didn't get lucky today, don't worry: I'll hold another draw before too long.
And now, if you don't mind, I'd like to focus for a moment on a more technical subject. Some of you may have noticed that over the weekend, I briefly installed a new comment facility called Disqus. It turned out to be rather unstable, so I've now removed it, but the experience of trying it has led me to wonder what the feeling is out there as regards the interactive aspects of this blog.
My personal view is that although the current comment system functions as it should, it is extremely basic. I can do without unnecessary bells and whistles (such as links to Twitter feeds and Facebook profiles) but I'd really like to be able to introduce what are known as 'threaded comments'. In other words - and pardon me if I'm teaching granny to suck eggs - I'd like my replies to your thoughts to appear directly beneath each comment you leave, as opposed to the current system wherein you have to scroll all the way down to read my replies. (For an illustration of what I mean, check out these posts from Now Smell This and Nathan Branch).
The other problem is that I need to have some means of contacting people who take the time to write in. Over the last few months, there have been several occasions when I've had to wait a very long time for winners of sample give-aways to get in touch with me and claim their prizes, which has caused me a fair amount of inconvenience. The current does not demand that all 'commenters' should leave an email address, which means I've got no way of getting in touch with them. Disqus would have provided a neat solution to this little issue, had it worked properly...
So my question to you is this: are you happy with the current comment system or would you prefer something 'cleverer'?