CoComment Support in Subtext

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CoComment Logo Since I was called out, I went ahead and quickly implemented CoComment for Subtext, but I have yet to deploy it to my personal blog. It will be released as part of our upcoming interim release which is focused on bug fixes and a few developer goodies thrown in.

I said before I wasn’t interested in supporting CoComment, hoping to see a cleaner approach come along and surprise everyone. But it seems that adoption of CoComment is going pretty well and I am not one to stand in the way of progress. Besides, it really didn’t take long to implement at all.

CoComment support in the latest build of Subtext is pretty automatic. There is no need to update any skins. Simply go into the admin section under the Comment Settings and click a checkbox to enable CoComments. That’s it!

I wrote a base server control (in Subtext.Web.Controls if you are handy with Subversion and want to get it from our source control repository) for rendering out the CoComment script. This control lets you set the various properties and renders out the appropriate CoComment script. I then inherited from that class to implement a Subtext specific version. That control gets rendered in the head section of the page to maintain as much XHTML compliance as possible. I am seriously anal, aren’t I?

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8 responses

  1. Avatar for Simone
    Simone April 4th, 2006

    I still don't understand what that CoComment is all about

  2. Avatar for Steve Harman
    Steve Harman April 4th, 2006

    I'm still not clear on exactly what CoComment is trying to accomplish either. I've read the "What is CoComment" stuff over at but it is not exactly obvious [to me at least] what all this hype is about.
    Anyone have a link to CoComment for Dummies?

  3. Avatar for Haacked
    Haacked April 4th, 2006

    The general idea is that CoComments track your comments on any blog that supports CoComment. If a blog doesn't support CoComment, you can use their bookmarklet in your browser to indicate you want your comment tracked.
    THen you subscribe to a feed from CoComment that will show all your comments and any responses to your comments. That way you don't have to keep returning to a site to see if someone responded to your comment.
    I think there are better ways to implement this tracking, but this is the best we have now.

  4. Avatar for jayson knight
    jayson knight April 5th, 2006

    Just to expand a little on what Phil had to say, in addition to being able to subscribe to an RSS feed of your conversations, there are 2 other ways to track them as well, for example my CoComment comments page is here, and they also have a small peice of html you can use on your own site to embed your cocomments, once again you can see mine <a href="
    I agree with Phil that there is probably a better way to do this, but coco is still in early beta stages so hopefully they'll get it cleaned up a bit. The other obstacle they face is that to make it useful, lots of people have to sign up for it, and the blog owners have to implement coco on their sites. It'll be interesting to see where this goes. The good news is that coco is backed by Swiss Telecom (the largest telecommunication company in Switzerland), so it's probably not going anywhere anytime soon.

  5. Avatar for Steve Harman
    Steve Harman May 2nd, 2006

    OK, I'll bite... I'm going to give this new-fangled CoComments contraption a whirl. I mean, since I now get it for free with subText, I guess I can make real use of it.
    Here goes!

  6. Avatar for Sergey
    Sergey August 4th, 2018

    I think I’m bit late for a party, but do you still use CoComment? If not, what do you use right now?

  7. Avatar for haacked
    haacked August 22nd, 2018

    @Sergey I’m using this now:

  8. Avatar for Sergey
    Sergey August 27th, 2018

    @haacked Thanks! I hope you don’t mind that I mentioned your post as a demo for this commenting system at open-source-comments.