Friday, September 28, 2012

Yeah, the comment system did kinda suck, so here’s DISQUS

Ok, Rogue Elephant (and others). You got your wish.

The default commenting system on this site was a hindrance to discussion. The Blogger platform developers have been promising a new commenting model for the last year or so and I had been waiting for it to be implemented before deciding what to do.

Along the way, I’ve gotten a bunch of emails, tweets and chatroom comments asking for a better way to provide feedback and engage in discussion over posts here.

I looked at several options, ranging from Javascript widgets to embedded Flash chat to third party hosting.

DISQUS seems to have the best balance between ease of use, moderation and features. It also allows you to connect via Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo and several other services.

Over the next day or so, the existing blog comments will be imported into the DISQUS system so if you can’t find your existing comments, be patient.

There is a higher likelihood of spambots getting through the DISQUS filters that the old Blogger system. The old system used a difficult Captcha code sequence that virtually eliminated spam. DISQUS is pretty good, but not that good.

It’s a fair tradeoff. I’ll have to moderate more, but if that’s what it takes to foster discussion, so be it.

Give it a try. Feedback is welcome.

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7 comments :

GulfCoastBamaFan said...

Talk about it.

Grey Thompson said...

Heheheh, the irony is the comments we did work to put up on IBCR are now gone, including my rant on the stupidity of the racism call on the Cam Newton Hello Kitty cartoon. But I love IBCR, and easier comments are a good thing for sure.

GulfCoastBamaFan said...

They are in the process of being imported into the DISQUS system. I initiated that at 0700 and it can take as long as 24 hours for the comments to be sorted and tossed into the right blog posts. Hang in there. Your awesome rant will be back shortly.

Grey Thompson said...

No worries mate, anything that makes IBCR better is good news. I have my own site and it's gone under a redesign recently so I know how crazy it can get. All for the best, Roll Tide mate

Rogue Elephant said...

Many thanks.
You have no idea how often I gave up trying to comment after the 2nd or 3rd time.
FWIW, I like your site and visit it every day.
Y'all do a great job and now maybe more of us can talk about your posts more often.

Rogue Elephant said...

Many thanks.
You have no idea how often I tried to comment and just gave up after the 2nd or 3rd time.
FWIW, I think your site is great and visit it every day.
Looking forward to posting easier and more often.

Rogue Elephant said...

Many thanks for the change.
You have no idea how often I've given up trying to comment after two or three tries.
I've always liked your site and visit it every day.
Looking forward to posting easier and more often.
Here's hoping other fans of this site realize how much easier it is now and take advantage of it.