How to Comment
The Mary Ferrell Foundation invites you to enhance our Archive of materials by adding reviews, ratings, and other comments to it. All site visitors can read comments, but a free Membership is required to post them.
The comment system enhances the value of pages on our site and the research materials in the Archive, by allowing members to add analysis, opinions, and pointers to related material. People familiar with the case are especially encouraged to contribute their perspectives on important archive holdings.
What is a Comment?
A comment is a note that is linked to a particular page or item in the Archive. The comment appears at the bottom of the page being commented upon. Some Archive items (books, essays) may be given a 1-star to 5-start rating as well. Each comment has a subject (title) and a body. In the body of the comment, links to related Archive materials may be included.
What Kinds of Comments Are Allowed?
Comments are moderated, meaning they are not posted until a moderator has approved them. Comments which are offensive, irrelevant, or otherwise inappropriate will be rejected. This includes profanity, sexually explicit language, lengthy diatribes devoid of factual content, and excessive posting. The MFF reserves the right to reject comments for any reason.
Where can I see Comments?
Comments appear in these places:
- At the bottom of the page of an Archive item such as a book, essay, document page, or journal page.
- At the bottom of pages further up in the document hierarchy. For instance, a comment on page 412 of the Warren Report will also be seen on the main page for the Warren Report.
- At the bottom of other site pages, including Starting Points, Features, Multimedia Archive pages, and in other places.
- Recent comments may be viewed on the Comments page of the Archive. This comment browser may also be accessed from the view all comments link in the Comments from around the site... section of the home page.
How Do I Make a Comment?
- 1. Select "Make a Comment". This button is found at the bottom of a page which accepts comments. This will bring up a popup window where you can enter the comment.
- 2. Enter Comment Summary (title), Body, and Rating. Please use an informative title to help others understand the point of the comment. If the page accepts ratings, you may choose to select a rating from 1 (worst) to 5 (best).
- 3. Select to Post Anonymously or Not. Anonymous posts are accepted - click the "Post Anonymously" checkbox to do so. Normally, your member id is attached to the comment.
- 4. Click Preview. You may preview your comment within the popup to make sure it's right.
- 5. Click Submit. Submit your comment for moderation.
The comment is now submitted for moderation. If it is accepted, it will usually appear on the site within 24 hours.
Note: Comments may not be altered after they are submitted. Please Preview the comment and make sure it appears exactly as you desire.
Can I Reply to Others' Comments?
The comment system does not feature a direct reply method. You can refer to other comments by their title. Useful "replies" of this sort are encouraged, but engaging in back-and-forth debates or worse may cause comments to be rejected. There are forums on the internet intended for this purpose. See Other Resources for links to these forums.
How Do I Put a Link in a Comment?
You can add links to books, essays, journal issues, documents, or document pages to your comments. These appear like footnotes in the comment text, with the footnote reference giving the linked name of the referenced archive item.
The format for all links in comments is either <doc=XXXX>, where XXXX represents the archived item’s unique identification number, or <page=YYYY>, where YYYY represents an unique "pagelink" identifier (NOT the page number within the document). You must include the <doc=> or <page=> symbols for the commenting program to understand that you are creating a link. Here are specific directions for linking to different kinds of archive materials:
Link to a Book or Essay - Find the numeric document id to the book. On the Selected Book or Essay page, this should be in the browser address bar; i.e. if your address bar shows http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/viewer/showDoc.do?docId=56, then the doc id is 56. Then enter the code <doc=56> into your comment where you want a footnote link to appear.
Link to a Document - Navigate to the document. The browser address bar will show the numeric id of the document. As in books and essays, enter into your comment the code <doc=NNNN>, where NNNN is the id shown (e.g., <doc=1398>).
Link to a Journal Issue - Navigate to the journal issue. The browser address bar features the document id. Follow the same instructions as for books, essays, or documents.
Link to a Document Page (or Journal Issue Page) - You may also link to a particular page in a document or journal issue. Navigate to the page and look for a special numeric value just above the page image on the far right, usually 6 or 7 digits long, such as 177480. Then enter into your comment the code <page=NNNNNN>, for instance <page=177480>.
Links to other pages on the site or on other websites is not supported.
Note that you may want to have two browser windows open to make this process easier, or two "tabs" in the same browser if you have an advanced web browser such as Firefox.