I received a response from the Haloscan people.
I had emailed them to report the fact that the ‘edit’ function under “comment management” wasn’t working.
Their concise reply informed me that the ‘edit comment’ functionality is no longer available.
What, did they run out? How am I supposed to correct my commentators’ spelling mistakes? How am I supposed to put words in their mouths? How can you take this control away from me?
They promise enhanced functionality.
I am astonished by the pulling of the carpet from beneath my virtual feet.
You can’t just take functionality away!
But I suppose they can. Especially when you’re not a paying customer.
I consider leaving Haloscan. I consider upgrading to a paid account for the privilege of exporting all my comments from Haloscan. Then ditching the bastards. It would be a drastic move, and I wonder if I would not be playing into their hands. Maybe this removal of the “edit comment” functionality is a ploy to get a massive infusion of cash.
“If all the non-paying Haloscan customers upgraded their accounts and became paying customers, how much dough would the Haloscan people be rolling in?” I wonder.
I wonder if I’m not a bit paranoid.
I wonder how I could consider the Blogspot (Google!) people more trustworthy than the Haloscan people. The Haloscan people, afterall, have ‘halo’ in their name. The Blogspot people have spot (yuck) or Blog (hmmm). There is also that whole association with Goo and gle.