Enhancing Drupal Comments in Drupal 5

Drupal, the free and open-source application for content management system, has its official website at drupal.org. Having the org domain means that the website is not there for any commercial purpose. It is there to serve a certain group for free. Drupal is non-profit and the free availability of its application is a clear proof of that. However, there are people who get confused with another Drupal website, the drupal.com.

Having a .com domain means that the website is made for commercial purpose or it services a commercial company or group. But the Drupal is not a commercial group and so, they are not qualified to have the drupal.com. But there are people who are commenting that the drupal.com should instead redirect to the drupal.org. The problem is, the drupal.com domain name is already acquired and owned.

It was just recently that the owner of the drupal.com domain name donated or gave it to the Drupal founder, Dries Buytaert. Cedric Johnson from the opendomain.org is the former owner of the drupal.com domain name and decided to give it to Dries, primarily to be used for commercial purpose. However, Dries is so far no intent of commercially using the domain name. Fortunately, Johnson agreed that the drupal.com can be used for non-commercial means.

However, Dries still do not have any idea on what to do with the domain name. That is why until these days, the drupal.com is still an empty website. It does not even redirect to the drupal.org website. Anyway, many concerned people are interested to know what the drupal.org will do with its new domain name. The organization will surely use the domain name for better purpose.

Online comments are mostly known for community websites or open posts like blogsite or networking sites. Comments usually allow posting of plain text along with smileys. The Drupal application also allows these common comment features. Users can control the color and size of text as well as put smileys or additional elements like pasted comment posts. But of course, how the comments can be used depends highly on how the administrator set their capabilities and limitations.

In Drupal 5, there are certain permissions available, which are under the administrator’s control. These are the access comments, administer comments, post comments, and post comments without approval. The access comments only permit the various users to view the posted comments. The administer comments, on the other hand, allows different users to have the complete control over modification, editing, and deleting all the Drupal comments posted. Meanwhile, the post comments option provides capability for the users to post comments into the moderation queue of the administrator. Lastly, the post comments without approval permits users to post comments directly without the need for the administrator to approve or publish the comments.

With these limitations and settings, the administrators can certainly have control over how the Drupal comments should be displayed, used, and arranged. Usually, the setting depends on the kind of user groups that a certain site has and the ability of the administrator to handle all the posts in a given time.

There are still other features in Drupal that were specially made for the Drupal comments. One of these is its ability to provide notification to site members whenever a new comment is posted.