A quick something I pulled together. Three Pain(t)Shop Pro 8 crashes and a lot of frayed patience later, here it is! The reasoning:
Commenting on long lit pieces usually results in me either having to copy and paste the story or (long) poem into another window so I can see where I am in the text as I type, or spending a lot of time scrolling up and down searching for where I stopped reading to comment. I know I'm not the only one, so here is my hovering comment box suggestion. It'd hover next to the text (or on the text?) as you read down. (Because admit it, by the time you get down to the end, you know you've forgotten the 372 really
good points you had while you were reading). This is akin to film annotations. It could also hover at the bottom of the screen (perhaps a choice for the user?)
To avoid loss when the text goes from the hover-comment to the actual comment box, perhaps the hover-comment could be directly linked to the comment box (anything typed in the hover would simultaneously be typed in the comment box below).
Ideally, this would be defaulted to be off, to be used only by people who want it. This would help avoid the drama of people having a hover when they don't want one.
Let me know what you think, and if this is something you'd like to see!
pointed out that the space on the right is used for Ads for non-subscribers. That's a shame, but I'm thinking having the comment box hover at the bottom of the screen wouldn't be too obnoxious either.
That and perhaps there's still space under the ad if the story/text/deviation is long.Update2:
A few people have expressed concern that this kind of box would involve a serious slow-down of the site. I'm no programmer, so if you are, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. I just know I've seen this kind of thing around other sites with no perceptible slow-down or speed leeching.Update3:
I'm hearing it can be done an easy way, and it can be done a hard, server-consuming way. Update4:
I got a script of under a dozen lines more or less going. Still work in progress, but it's functioning.