Switch to Disqus Comment system???
AB currently uses a WordPress comment system which has been problematic. As a result, I have been researching other plug-in systems when readers have asked about functionality not available in WP.
The Disqus system seems to have the functionality that was requested (may be dependent upon web browser being used). An ad-free version can also be purchased for a yearly fee. Does anyone have experience with Disqus (Washington Monthly uses Disqus)? If you do and have an opinion of Disqus, please send me an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Briefly, Disqus Commenter functions include:
– Improved acceptance and formatting of cut and paste material including insertion of gifs, jpeg, and even videos
– Nested comments to the author in a thread and thread of other comments between commenters on the thread for reading convenience.
– Automatic identification of sender of comment and receiver of the comment.
– Bolding, italicizing, striking, underlining, linking, coding, quoting, etc. functionality.
– Editing of comments after publication for a set period of time.
– Login by name and email addy.
The blog was excellent before the program changes. The entire problem, the only problem, is the program changes that were made.
I have never been able to get through DISCUS security fence…they can’t remember my user identity or password, or let me change it. nor can i prove i am not a robot.
i agree with Anne. the previous system was fine. i don’t really think we need all the bells and whistles.
nested comments are actually harder to use than last in last out publication.
I have used disqus for years and it is the best comment system out there. The organization of comments is easy to follow. For example if I reply to a comment it indents my comment and it remains below the original comment.
there is also a history of my posts and comments to me. I am also able to allow others to see my history but I do have the ability to restrict access.
for those of us that comment on multiple sites it is nice to have a single standard comment system.
I hope this helps.
for those sites that get a thousand comments per hour , and those people who wish to carry on a conversation with one other person on those sites, indenting would be a useful feature.
for a site with relatively few comments per hour and people who are commenting “in general” indentation is much harder to follow than having comments appear in order they are received. it’s easy enough to repond to a particular person by just using their name in the first line of your reply. sites that don’t let you comment without a user-name and password and i-am-not-a-robot tests are frustrating, and in my experience absolutely unable to deal with someone who forgetts their user name or password or has trouble trying to guess what the idiot who designed the robot-test means by a “hill”. or eyesight that cannot resolve the dancing letters.
Simplicity is what works best on the internet, as Amazon or Google showed so well. There is a contributor to this site, who has a blog with a black background and white lettering. Of course, I immediately turned away and never will go back because a black background is not conducive to simple reading and I even consider such a pattern insulting to a would-be reader.
Simple works best, at least for me.
Eschaton uses it and I’ve been over there since EV shut down. Seems fine, though for some reason it seems to go out of whack on occasion. Seems like Refresh brings it back in most cases.
Not trying to be mean or anything, but compared to this new platform Discus is the greatest thing since sliced bread.
“compared to this new platform Discus is the greatest thing since sliced bread.”
i have no problem with Disqus; have & continue to use it at several sites…on the other hand, Askismet, the WordPress comment software, has judged me as a spammer at least twice, which meant i couldn’t comment on any WordPress sites until that was fixed…
Every day, a couple of time a day; I check both trash and spam today. Mostly you and the others are in the trash. I just restore you. Askismet would force me to approve some commenters continuously in the old system; but, it would not trash them. There were other issues with the old system. It still is the same system just different after updating.