Please welcome HTML in comments

For months — perhaps even years — John McCreery and MTBradley have been sounding off in the comments about how damn hard it is to learn textile format, the only way SM accepts to format comments. It turns out he wasn’t the only one. Textile — a beloved markup language I learned back in the days of the University of Blogaria — was bringing our site to its knees with its inefficient and moribund addon. Since I was the only one using it, the community didn’t like it, and it crippled the site, we’ve disabled it. Textile is dead, long live HTML — huzzah!

The downside of this is that since it took me like a month to make the change it will probably take even longer for me to go back and clean up the entries I’ve written that have textile markup in them. So for a while — indeed, let’s face it, possibly forever — these pieces will look weird. Sorry — its just hard to find time to do website maintenance while also applying for tenure. And any rate that stuff is old news, right?


Alex Golub is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His book Leviathans at The Gold Mine has been published by Duke University Press. You can contact him at

5 thoughts on “Please welcome HTML in comments

  1. Sweet! You obviously have more pressing concerns right now but you could go ahead and make the move to XHTML

    Are you planning to work the blog into your tenure file? Surely it is worth as least as much as a book review to your department, school, and the discipline.

  2. Ah now there’s a bloggable question. I think I am going to list it under ‘public outreach’. Its too bad, though — I’ve spent literally megabytes of time working on this instead of ‘publications’.

  3. Your old stuff is gold, so don’t let it languish in the textile pits forever.

    Congratulations and good luck with your tenure review. If an outside letter detailing your work here’s value for the creation and maintenance of interdisciplinary community would be of any value, this historian will be happy to oblige.

    I put references to John’s and my blog in my current promotion file. It’s in the professional development section but I might also have put it under community service. I also offprinted a series of posts preparatory to a conference presentation under scholarship. I think these things work if you frame it all properly in the narrative as a substantive supplement to the more traditionally peer-reviewed kinda stuff.

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