Thursday, December 01, 2011

Dear Boston Magazine, Please link out to the subject of your story.

CC Chapman

Boston Magazine has a nice article about my friend CC Chapman, Dawn of the Dad.

The problem with the online version is that they don't link out. They don't link to the main subject of the article, CC's blog post about Ragu.

I commented:
Why don't you have links to the original blog post by C.C. Chapman?

The whole point of the article is to talk about his blog post, but how can a reader go back to the original source to see what CC actually wrote?

Google, I guess.

Here, I'll help:

Ragu Hates Dads

My Final Word on Ragu

Update (One more link from CC):
The Secret Sauce – Free Advice for Ragu

There, that wasn't too hard.

Please link out to the subject of your story. Makes sense. Thank you.

My comment is still not appearing on the Boston Magazine site. They must have people that need to approve comments before they are made public. Not sure why it's not there yet.

Dawn of the Dad - Boston Magazine

Update - Where did my comments go:

Now I know why my comments never ended up on the Boston Magazine website, they were posted to my Facebook page.


Let's see why.

When you click to add a comment, you are presented with this dialog box:

Boston Magazine: Share your comments with your Facebook friends
Image: Boston Magazine comment Dialog Box

So, like every other comment box on the internet, I clicked FACEBOOK, to, as I thought at the time, LOG INTO THE COMEMNT SYSTEM with FACEBOOK.

I left a comment.

Then I left.

I just went back to see if my comment had been posted. Nope. But another one had.

So I looked into it some more and read the comment dialog box more carefully.

It says:

Share your comments with your Facebook friends.

So the comments are posted to your own Facebook Page.

Boston Magazine Comments
Image: My Facebook page

That's not right.

The dialog box makes you think.

You've got to decide if you want your comments on the Boston Magazine page or not, AFTER you click the comment button.

Makes no sense.


Now there are 10 comments. How am I supposed to see them? Go over to the article and try to see the comments. All I see is one.

Dawn of the Dad - Boston Magazine | Comment (10)
Image: Boston Magazine 10 Comments

Update 12/2/11:

They added two links:

Dawn of the Dad - Boston Magazine
Image: Boston Magazine story with two links


  1. Of ALL the pictures out there of me, you choose this one? Too funny! I'm still giggling as I write this comment.

    Yup, it is annoying that traditional media still doesn't fully embrace the web. Simple things like linking.....

    Someday right? I sure hope so.

  2. CC, When I did the search it came out #1.

  3. I posted this as my comment on the Boston Magazine site:


    Mic check....

    Mic check....

    Did anyone (Did anyone)
    Read (Read)
    Steve's Garfield's (Steve Garfield's)*
    Comment? (Comment?)

    Anyone care to respond?

    Your Mission - Should You Choose It:

    If you respond to our mic check,
    you will be the first responsible
    person in a position of authority
    to do so.

    Congratulations in advance.


  4. Any word from Boston Magazine, or was your request Ragu'd? At the risk of being that guy on the Internet who is wrong...

    The trend to undermine fathers in our culture is probably reflective of so many families without one.

    In some (many) educated quarters, dad is just a source of DNA; or is the lunkhead who impregnates the prom queen; he is absent in many poverty stricken American homes; and frankly, as a television stereotype character, he is funnier as a fool than a font of wisdom.

    All the same, it would be nice if someone over at Boston Magazine reared up on their hind legs and responded with their policy for linking to their source web sites.

  5. David,
    Thank for helping to make them aware of the issue.
    I appreciate it.

  6. Hey Steve, that was fun. And tell your friend C.C. thanks for stepping up for all of us dads. I'd write more but I'm three days late getting that damn elf back on the shelf...

  7. The elf is back on the shelf. I am training my daughter to behave within it's gaze in much the same way corporations will expect her to behave when they monitor her email or watch her over closed-circuit television. I threaten her by saying things like "You better behave. The elf is watching and is going to report back to Santa Clause." I am seriously troubled by this thing.