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As I thought about how to add comments to the framework, I had these thoughts:

Aren't comments simply posts with a different parent (a post's parent is a blog and a comment's parent is a post)?

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Can't comments have a Subject and URL associated with them? Shouldn't we be able to syndicate them exactly like posts, or along with posts?

Isn't generating a comments page for a post (or posts) exactly like generating the blog page (with additional tags to refer back to the original post, etc)?

So, why not treat comments exactly like posts in the framework? Of course, we could use a completely different database, but I think the XML syntax remains the same.

Publishing comments is no different than publishing a composite blog (with posts from a bunch of different blogs).

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Thoughts?

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> Publishing comments is no different than publishing a composite > blog (with > posts from a bunch of different blogs).

You know, I've had the same thoughts all along, and I agree with you completely. From a framework perspective especially, I see no reason to treat comments differently from posts. Perhaps there's something I'm overlooking, but I can't think of what it is.

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