A User’s Guide to Pray Tell

As we close in on 600 posts (wow!) and 10,000 published comments (WOW!) we’d like to thank our readers and contributors for making it possible. We’d also like to provide a few helpful hints to improve your Pray Tell experience.

Keeping up with Pray Tell
  • First of all – have you bookmarked our home page?
  • Those of you who use Facebook are familiar with the “news feed” consisting of various events from your friends when you log in to Facebook each time. If you “like” us on Facebook (visit us at http://www.facebook.com/PrayTellBlog to do so) news of new posts will show up in your news feed. You can also share Pray Tell posts with your friends on facebook by clicking on the small facebook icon at the bottom of each post, which is the first icon, the white letter ‘f’ on a blue background, after the words “share” which conclude each post.
  • Twitter provides short messages of 140 characters or fewer from users you “follow” or subscribe to. If you are a Twitter member us and follow us (www.twitter.com/PrayTellBlog), your Twitter news feed will include messages when PrayTell puts up new posts. While you’re on Twitter, remember that Kim Belcher of PrayTell is “tweeting” Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae, condensing this magnum opus to 140 character installments.
  • PrayTell also has an RSS (“Really Simple Syndication”) feed. Many Web sites which are updated frequently provide RSS feeds. There are a number of web sites and browsers that provide feed readers, where you can monitor changes in your favorite Web sites in one handy location. If you use a feed reader, please subscribe to our RSS feed (http://www.praytellblog.com/index.php/feed/) where you will also receive news of the latest Pray Tell posts.
Comments on Comments

Our comment interface allows a few HTML commands. HTML – HyperText Markup Language – is one of the languages of Web pages, and uses commands that are between a less-than sign and a greater-than sign. For example, if you type:

<B>Something that you want to emphasize </B>

You will see:

Something that you want to emphasize.

This also works for italics, with <i> and </i>, respectively.

You can link to Web sites in your comments, too; for example, the command

<A HREF=”http://www.praytellblog.com”>Pray Tell </A>

will provide a link to

Pray Tell.

(A reminder that
Pray Tell does not endorse any external links and is not responsible for any actions that result from following a commenter’s link. Please exercise caution when following any commenter’s links)

Keep the comments coming in – we welcome your wit and wisdom!

Thanks to editorial assistant Chris Ángel for work on this post.


  1. ‘quote’ inside chevrons and ‘/quote’ inside chevrons does not seem to work. How does one achieve this? (I can’t even type the code, because it comes out as a blank.)

    1. Paul, if you click the “QUOTE” button (instead of the “REPLY” button), you’ll see the extensive HTML used by the quoting system here.

      Instead, I think <blockquote> … </blockquote> is the way to go, as demonstrated here:

      ‘quote’ inside chevrons and ‘/quote’ inside chevrons does not seem to work. How does one achieve this? (I can’t even type the code, because it comes out as a blank.)

      Might I add, from a technical viewpoint, that the stylesheet for a BLOCKQUOTE element — with its massive margins — greatly hinders readability. I would recommend reducing the margins.

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