Stupid comment forms

The following is a short rant intended for all those who design comment forms on websites:

When you have a box that says ‘homepage’ or ‘website’ it is absurd to make people type The HTTP means Hypertext Transfer Protocol. Every website in the universe uses this transfer protocol, so making someone type it is always redundant.

The same goes for ‘www.’ Homepages and websites are on the world wide web. They aren’t mail servers or any other sort of networked beast.

In conclusion, I should be able to type and your comment form should understand it.

P.S. Even more unforgivable than sites that produce errors when ‘http’ and ‘www’ are lacking are the small minority that produce absurd URLs when you enter a site name in format. I have seen sites where putting that yields a link to: “” Nightmare!

P.P.S. See www is deprecated for the argument that having to say ‘www’ is unnecessary in all circumstances, not just when filling out comment forms.

Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

4 thoughts on “Stupid comment forms”

  1. Can’t you just type in the address? I always assumed most blogging engines would just use whatever you put in and put it in the link to your name… most browsers these days should default to http:// if its omitted from a link, and most sites either redirect or mirror with the www. omitted. Its the browser that needs to support it btw, not the website – if you put in and it can’t find it, its likely a browser issue… of course, i could easily be wrong about all of this.

  2. Bob,

    I am not talking about the URL you put in the location bar to go to the site. I am talking about the ‘website’ box in the comment form. Whether it demands the inclusion of ‘www’ or ‘http’ or not has nothing to do with your browser.

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