Hell Yeah Bitch! .com has been around for a while now. Actually over 3 years is really long in Internet Time! (Which by the way is 3.33 years to every 1…which explains why we all say: “Dial up! I haven’t used that in a decade!”) During all this time, like everyone else, we have always had a “Preview” button next to the submit button on the comment form. Its always there on nearly every blog and forum, but doesn’t anyone really every use it? I don’t. The last time I remember using the Preview button is when someone made the first AJAX-y style Preview, and I gave that a whirl (Its wasn’t all that exciting if you were wondering), thats it. So answer me this fair readers: Do you use the “Preview” button on comment forms?
What reason is there to use it? Checking spelling / grammar seems to be the most common response, but that makes little to no sense since you can re-read what you wrote in the text field just as easily as you can on a preview page. I guess “seeing what the final product will look like” is a valid response, but since most places don’t allow much, or any use of HTML code in comments, its not going to look all that different than when you wrote it, and if it does, you won’t be able to do anything about it anyway. So is there a point? Do we need this? Do we want this? Will you feel naked with out the useless Preview button staring at you while writing a comment?
Let me know what you think, I’m interested in the seemingly un-interesting today.