Recently I removed the ability to subscribe to comments from this site. I'd been testing out MT Notifier for a while, but although it's a great plugin it had started to cause me to receive a huge amount of spam.
The very helpful Chad Everitz offered me a number of ways to fix this problem. However, I wasn't sure it was worth the hassle so I just got rid of the plugin.
This got me to wondering whether I'd just removed a feature that people liked and used. Personally, I never subscribe to comments and I've seen plenty of highly trafficked sites which don't provide the ability for readers to do this.
So, my guess is that no one misses this feature too much. But I thought it might be interesting to conduct a poll to find out for sure.
Here's the link to the poll for RSS readers.
Creating a poll is quick and easy and you can choose between two types — one where you vote and one where you rate different choices. The rating option is nice and sets it apart from other polling tools.
On the downside, no customization is possible via the Zoho Polls interface and as you can see the fact that if you have five options you get a vertical scroll bar is extremely annoying.
Although you can change the size of the poll by altering the code for the
iframe that embeds it into your site, making the poll taller just makes the space at the bottom of the poll larger.
My verdict is that there are better options out there.
Posted on: September 12, 2006 | 2 Comments