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Q1:What about my weblog's comments? Can I import those into my new Movable Type weblog, too?
A1: Yes, Movable Type will import comments as well as entries. If the weblogging system you were using prior to Movable Type also managed your comments, you might be able to simply include the comments' content with the entries in your export file. To do this, you simply add a Comment block for each comment after the entry's other content, like this:
TITLE: wearing a great-looking pair of bad shoes
DATE: 05/29/2003 01:50:49 PM
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BODY:
... you keep wanting to stop, but you know you just can't.
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COMMENT:
AUTHOR: Annie
EMAIL: annie@example.com
URL:
DATE: 11/29/2003 11:19:35 PM
"The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom." William Blake.
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COMMENT:
AUTHOR: Crash
EMAIL: crash@example.com
URL:
DATE: 11/29/2003 11:20:40 PM
William Blake? What do you mean, "William Blake"?
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COMMENT:
AUTHOR: Annie
EMAIL: annie@example.com
URL:
DATE: 11/29/2003 11:21:21 PM
I mean, William Blake!
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However, if your comments are managed by an external system or script and you're not able to include their content in your export file, you can still import them into your new Movable Type weblog, but it might take a bit of finagling.

Movable Type can import a file of comments and match them up with their entries, but in order for it to be able to do that, the comments must include the timestamp of the entry they belong to. For example, the file to import just the comments from the previous example:

DATE: 05/29/2003 01:50:49 PM
NO ENTRY: 1
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COMMENT:
AUTHOR: Annie
EMAIL: annie@example.com
URL:
DATE: 11/29/2003 11:19:35 PM
"The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom." William Blake.
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COMMENT:
AUTHOR: Crash
EMAIL: crash@example.com
URL:
DATE: 11/29/2003 11:20:40 PM
William Blake? What do you mean, "William Blake"?
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COMMENT:
AUTHOR: Annie
EMAIL: annie@example.com
URL:
DATE: 11/29/2003 11:21:21 PM
I mean, William Blake!
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When Movable Type imports the file, the No Entry setting tells it not to create a new entry. Instead, it locates the entry with the timestamp that matches the Date value and attaches the imported comments to it.


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