The "Post a comment" module only appears for me within Firefox 3!

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I was wondering why I had hardly seen any comments on any synths and recently came across a post from Oneironaut claiming that they could not see any way to post a comment.

I immediately set out to take some screenshots in Firefox 3 and label them with step by step instructions on this and another question they had. In doing so, however, I thought I should take a look in Internet Explorer to see if the page rendered any differently. Indeed it did! I could not find any trace of the "Post a comment" anywhere on the page.

I then closed FF3, and loaded the page with FF2, only to discover that I could not locate it in that browser either.

I am running Windows Vista SP1 and currently running IE8 Beta 1. I tried IE in IE7 Emulation mode and in default rendering. Both seemed to have the same effect.

I'm aware that IE8 Beta 2 is out. I have it downloaded and ready to install, but am waiting for a fairly large synth to complete before I can restart to complete the uninstall of IE8 Beta 1.

If anyone could test this in IE8 Beta 2 or confirm the same results that I experienced it would be very helpful.
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I am now unable to replicate this error on Vista or WinXP in any browser. Hopefully this is everyone's experience.
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Alright... talk about embarrassing. From what I can tell at present, the only time the "Post a comment" link does not appear is when I am not signed into photosynth.net.

This makes sense... if the site doesn't know who to attribute a comment to, why offer the option of posting a comment?

I think that the photosynth.net team may want to take a page from the getsatisfaction playbook and write some snazzy AJAX to present the comment textbox/icon/link regardless of whether or not people are signed in and sign those who are not already when they hit the submit button.

The obvious drawback (and what I suspect is the reason that the team did not implement this feature) is that people have not yet created an account, they will need to go through the registration process first and the comment may be lost whether the registration takes place in the same tab, a new tab/window, etc. If the user does not yet have a Windows Live ID the problem is more complex yet. Preserving a pending comment through that whole process would be a fairly significant challenge, I would think.

At a bare minimum it seems that a "Sign in to post a comment" a la YouTube or "Would you like to comment? Sign up for a free account, or sign in (if you're already a member)." a la Flickr would solve some user frustration.

For those of you (however few you may be) who are wondering what to look for:

Sign in to photosynth.net
Browse to any synth
Look below the synth (when the viewer is not in fullscreen mode)
Look for this image:

Unless anyone else has any problems, the company is welcome to mark this topic resolved. Apparently it was never a 'problem' to begin with.