and even tho i'm a newly minted resident of the cookie cutter nation - even if only for a little while - i do like the new template i ended up choosing. it's a slinky little number from mr. dan cederholm that i'll eventually end up perverting. still, it's nice enough to keep in place while i get everything sussed out.
as for the new blogger, i've got a list of reflections...
- it feels like they jacked the new per post archive format from typepad/movable type
- the commenting features feels as if it's been lifted from livejournal [sans threading]
- the design on the front page [and thru the rest of the site] is a breath of fresh air
- the dashboard is a real improvement as far as user friendliness goes
- i'm glad they ditched the classic post interface in favor of an adapted version of the lofi one
oh, before i forget... i wanted to expand a bit on the new commenting system while i had a chance. when you want to add a comment the first thing you after clicking on the comment link is go to a page on the blogger servers. there you are presented with not only a comment box but also the text of the post you're commenting on below the text box. after you add your comment blogger ftp's [or sftp's] a new page with your included comment to your server. there's probably a cleaner way to do that last step [see: less impact on ftp/sftp traffic], but i'm not sure how offhand.
i haven't tried to add malicious code into the comment box just yet, but i plan on fucking with it over the next day or two. i'd expect that they strip most open tags and malicious includes. i'll find that out soon enough, won't i?
[note: just like j.ko i'm a bit disturbed with the way they seem to be tracking links in comments, but i'm curious to see what exactly they're doing. time to start sniffing my own traffic too.]