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by John Casasanta
June 17, 201031 comments

With all the chatter about blog comments and Safari extensions lately, we figured that we’d mash the two up all Reese’s-style.

Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you Daring Fireball with Comments, Take 2: the Safari extension…

Daring Fireball with Comments, Take 2: the Safari extension

Thanks to @kalleboo for whipping the extension out in record time.

Enjoy, and spread the word!

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  1. Racist Mike
    12:49pm, June 17, 2010

    Now I might even think about reading Daring Fireball.

  2. はいるど
    12:50pm, June 17, 2010

    Finally! Back in business!

  3. Jiji
    12:53pm, June 17, 2010

    The first time was not very funny. This, however, is in a whole different league. Nice work.

  4. Creig
    12:57pm, June 17, 2010

    Really‽ REALLY‽ I can only begin to imagine the comment threads a plugin-only comment system for people who “might even think about reading Daring Fireball” with names like Racist Mike will generate. I shudder to think.

  5. Mike
    1:04pm, June 17, 2010

    I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks like this but I think the guy’s opinion should be respected. I think he as many valid points for why he does not want to include comments on his site. IMHO a separate, third party site to post comments related to his articles is reasonable (although a bit provocative considering his opinion on the subject), but to integrate comments forcefully into the dude’s website is crossing the border a bit. I know it won’t modify the site for those who don’t have the extension installed, but still I think it’s a bit too much. What’s the next step? Hack his hosting provider and setup a comment system in his account?? My 2¢.

  6. はいるど
    1:07pm, June 17, 2010

    I’d like to say that you are retarded but you pretty much speak for yourself, Mike (both of you).

  7. Mike
    1:44pm, June 17, 2010

    はいるど, I’m sure his aversion with comments has something to do with the kind of comment you just posted.

  8. Robert M
    4:04pm, June 17, 2010


  9. Brook R
    4:11pm, June 17, 2010

    Here’s my approach to comments on DF: Let everyone own their comments by posting from their own twitter accounts, in reply to the @daringfireball feed.

    (currently updates hourly)

  10. David Orgel
    4:23pm, June 17, 2010

    When I uninstalled DaringFireballWithComments, it crashed Safari. Is that normal behavior? This is the first Safari extension I’ve uninstalled. ;-)

  11. Felix D.
    4:38pm, June 17, 2010

    What is wrong with you people? Where do you get this idea that you are somehow entitled to leave comments on somebody else’s website?
    If he doesn’t want comments, that’s it. You want comments, start your own website.

  12. Lanny Heidbreder
    4:46pm, June 17, 2010

    After the first version of DFWC I have no desire to see the second. However, this is a much more ethical way of going about it. This way you can opt into making DF suck without reproducing his content, and the whole rest of the world doesn’t have to see it.

  13. Kennon
    4:51pm, June 17, 2010

    Wow.. just lost a ton of respect for TapTapTap. This is the equivalent of redecorating someone else’s house because you don’t care for the decor they’ve chosen.

    While this may have been posted in jest, I find it quite ballsy and wrong.

  14. はいるど
    5:06pm, June 17, 2010

    Hey Mike, lighten up. You sound like you need to have fun.

  15. jo cal
    6:20pm, June 17, 2010

    This isn’t about opening the democratic process. This is about a bunch of trolls who decided long ago they can’t stand Gruber so they’re going to force their voice on as many people as they can.

    If you don’t like the guy, why the hell do you keep reading his stuff? Jesus.

  16. Fark
    6:33pm, June 17, 2010

    …and this comment thread is a perfect example of why Gruber doesn’t enable comments on his site…

  17. Alex
    7:11pm, June 17, 2010

    I like Gruber. I like you guys. You both do some great work.

    But honestly, this is incredibly childish. Just drop it already. It’s embarrassing.

  18. Anonymous
    7:58pm, June 17, 2010


  19. J
    8:09pm, June 17, 2010

    Why is there such a huge fuss over this extension? It’s as if you are forced to see comments on DF, you’re not. You don’t have to install the extension, thus you don’t have to see the comments.

    “This is the equivalent of redecorating someone else’s house because you don’t care for the decor they’ve chosen.”

    No, this is the equivalent of giving someone glasses that has the ability to change the decor of the house. You will perceive if differently if you choose to, you aren’t being forced to.

  20. DDKK
    8:16pm, June 17, 2010

    That’s stupid and an insult to Gruber. :-P

  21. mikeash
    8:23pm, June 17, 2010

    The backlash over this extension is tremendously amusing, given Gruber’s constant stance on technologies like Safari Reader. He has consistently held that if users are modifying the presentation of a web site on the client side, that’s the fault of the site, and they shouldn’t fight it when readers are just trying to get the experience they prefer. Well, if people prefer DF with comments, who is Gruber to say no?

  22. sdofjweio
    8:46pm, June 17, 2010

    Any extensions for Chrome?

  23. Jeremy
    10:51pm, June 17, 2010

    i can’t believe the other people in your company would allow this. this really taints the other products you have that are great. now i feel icky for getting the new camera app :(

  24. cmz
    12:35am, June 18, 2010

    I fully endorse the use of this plugin.

  25. notgruber
    12:51pm, June 18, 2010

    @mikeash, that’s the most salient explanation that can be given, bravo, and I now agree 100%

  26. Rocky Erwin
    3:35pm, June 18, 2010

    This is very funny. Tacky as Kentucky Derby hat fashion. But I can’t figure out how it is made. Where are the comments being stored?

  27. Joe
    7:35pm, June 18, 2010

    This plugin proves daring fireball needs comments.

  28. lkm
    4:26am, June 19, 2010

    troll troll troll troll troll, troll

  29. Marcy
    12:20am, July 15, 2010

    I love this plug-in. Before trashing it, install it and read some of the comments. It’s really well done.

  30. LE
    5:50am, July 17, 2010

    To all the people who think this is some kind of infringement: WTF? This is very much an opt-in, and the people who install such a plug-in are obviously interested in discussing what he writes.

  31. Geoff Taylor
    8:49pm, September 4, 2010

    Having this extension installed can cause Safari 5.1 to take FOREVER to load. Took me forever to track down the culprit. Once I disabled (then later removed it) everything was smooth sailing again.

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