Reply via email

category: meta

I noticed Ethan Marcotte and Robin Rendle added “Reply via email” links to their RSS feeds. I decided to steal their idea for this blog.

In the early days of the web, it was common to leave long-winded responses on each other’s blog posts. I didn’t blog back then. Now, (almost) all long form stuff that ends up in my comment queue is from content marketeers that show up just for the link juice.

I do really like getting replies, positive, negative or neutral, so I’ve added a Reply via email link to make that easier. Hope it is useful to some!

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Francesco Schwarz replied:

Inspired by Hidde de Vries (who got inspired by Ethan Marcotte and Robin Rendle) I too added a “Reply via email” link at the bottom of every RSS feed item. Check it out!

I like this kind of subtle UX improvements for “hidden” stuff like RSS feeds. Similarly, if I link to an external source I automatically add the external link at the bottom of the corresponding RSS feed.

Thanks for the heads up, Hidde!

Jan Boddez replied:

Bookmarked https://hiddedevries.nl/en/blog/2020-07-14-reply-via-email.

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