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blog post is "collapsed" but the entire post is in the code

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I happened upon a blog which has the title of a post .  That's all that's seen.  It then says "no comments yet"  and after that - "view original post".  If I click to view the source, the entire post is in the source -   is this typical of blogs?  
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Hi Linque,

Different blog software will display different things.  Also, depending on how the blog owner setup his or her blog you will notice different buttons, meta information, links, etc.  Often you can scroll to the bottom of the page and find what type of blog program is being used.

Often many blogs don't have any comments yet as it sometimes requires users who want to comment to register first.  Or, the blog owner isn't allowing any comments yet and thus you see nothing and to view the original post would be if there were lots of comments and you wanted to see the first posting quickly.

Maybe the blog you saw was either empty of any recent posts, or what last post was there has already been archived and so it looks empty.  There could be other reasons too.  

If you're interested in blogging, there's lots of information out there.  I personally have enjoyed using WordPress <http://www.wordpress.com> and Nucleus blog programs <http://nucleuscms.org/>.

And to see a good comparison chart of some of the best blogging software and their features, visit here: <http://www.asymptomatic.net/blogbreakdown.htm>.

Good Luck!

Mark
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Thanks Mark -   and I will search this out more.  What was confusing to me was the source showed a complete long post including links - NONE of which appear in the visual page of the blog.  How is that possible?  It's not the lack of comments I was asking about, but more about this "invisible" post with active links (that were actually apparently indexed by google, since that's how I came upon this blog.     Isn't it a bit odd that something NOT on a page is indexed (and it's also in the source)?

That's why I'm trying to find out if this is a feature of one of the blogs.  Anyway - I'll wait a bit to see I'm making sense - but your info is very valuable

You mentioned "archived" - is this what it might be?  when something is archived - does it still show in the source?
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