When I see a logical fallacy come up in the media or discussion, I like to use it as an example of real fallacious reasoning. And in a political season, this is far too easy. I have a lineup of fallacy posts just waiting to be completed.
Yesterday I set about to complete my post about the ad hominem fallacy. I had written a post about the tragedy of the presidential election — in response to another post that employed the relative privation fallacy. I only had to wait for comment number two for the ad hominem attacks to kick in. So I decided to finish the ad hominem post with this very timely example.
I wanted to link to the ad hominem comment in the political post from the new post, but for the life of me I couldn’t figure out how to go about it. I know there are plugins that add a comment permalink button — which would give me the needed info. But I didn’t want to add a plugin. I know that if you have been to a post with comments and read the comments, your next page load will jump to the last comment you read — assuming your cookies are in place and all that — and the URL will include the last comment number. But I had read past that comment and there were other new comments elsewhere on the site, so I was unsure how to find the correct number for the comment I wanted to link to.
After that, I looked in the comments section in the dashboard and couldn’t see anything. I searched the web for some time. Without inserting php into the site — which I thought was overkill — I couldn’t see an easy way to grab this needed number.
Finally I gave up the quest and, instead, decided just copied the text from the comment and refer to it. Here are the steps:
- Copy everything in the comment from the commenters name, date, and through to the bottom of the comment.
- Paste the information into the Visual post editor.
- Save as draft.
- Switch to the HTML post editor.
- Find the comment permalink and copy it.
As an example, what I viewed the pasted material, it looked something like this:
<li id=”comment-245498″><a href=”http://popcred.net/” rel=”external nofollow”>Alison Moore Smith</a> <a title=”permalink to this comment” href=”http://pix2brix.com/happiness-advantage-5-easy-steps-happier-life/#comment-245498” rel=”nofollow”>August 9, 2012 at 5:04 pm</a>
DiNaRa, so glad this was helpful to you. There is so much good info, I ordered his book,<em><a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307591549/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0307591549&linkCode=as2&tag=pix2brix-20″ target=”_blank”>The Happiness Advantage</a></em>. Reading it now. Will report! (It comes in a <a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003F3PMYI/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B003F3PMYI&linkCode=as2&tag=pix2brix-20″ target=”_blank”>Kindle version</a>, too, which is what I ordered.)
If you look right after the words “permalink to this comment,” you will see a URL. This URL (I have highlighted it in blue in this example) is the permalink to your comment.
Unfortunately, this trick doesn’t work in all configurations. I can’t see a pattern for when it does and does not work, but it’s worth a try to see if your installation allows the permalink to come through.