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We’ve Recently Moved To The Disqus Commenting System

April 4, 2013 by  

In an effort to create a better user experience for our readers and offer a more engaging commenting format, we’ve switched to Disqus. As with any change, there are always questions that come up. I’d like to take a few moments and go over some questions commenters have raised.

Question:

“It is a royal pain to have to enter one’s handle and e-mail address every time. Why do attempts to ‘improve’ nearly always end up being a step backward? And don’t tell us to ‘register’ because that will make it ‘easier’, Bob. That will only make it easier for people to data mine and track our communications—-the number of cookies that my security software has had to deal with is in the thousands and I don’t need more.”

Answer:

The new system may seem more intrusive and demanding by offering you the option to register, but in reality it’s more transparent. In the previous commenting system, your username could be remembered by the system without having to register. However, a cookie was still set in your browser to accomplish this. Without a cookie, we don’t know who you are and we can’t automatically sign you in. Registration is easy to do with Disqus, and you won’t see any email advertisements from them.

Question:

“Why are posts with links being deleted??? I just made a comment with a link in it and it disappeared. Another post disappeared yesterday. I hate this new forum! … OK. It’s here. Just way down below. I still hate this!”

Answer:

The answer here lies in the way the comments can be sorted. By default, the sort order is “Best.” This ranking is achieved by the number of votes it receives through clicks on the “up” arrow as opposed to the number of votes it receives through clicks on the “down” arrow. Comments with many “up” votes will generally appear at the top when this method of sorting is selected. As you can see in the image below, you can also sort by “Newest” or “Oldest” comments first.

disqus-demo.-1

You also have the option of viewing statistics on the site’s comment activity. By clicking on “Community,” you can view a section similar to the image below.

disqus-demo-2

“My Disqus,” as illustrated by the next image, will display information specifically relating your account. This information includes notifications of replies made to your comments.

disqus-demo-3

Disqus also has a sharing feature built in to each comment. Next to the “Reply” button, you’ll notice the text “Share.” Click the link to share it on your favorite social network. (Facebook and Twitter are currently supported.)

If you happen to like a particular comment a reader has made, you can cast an “up” vote for it by clicking the up arrow at the bottom-left corner of the comment. Conversely, if you disagree or dislike the comment, you can cast a “down” vote against it by clicking the down arrow. The number next to these arrows represents the number of votes the comment has received.

If you’re still in the dark about something related to the new comment system, feel free to ask a question or make a comment below. I’ll do my best to answer all inquiries and help make this transition as painless as possible.

Documentation on commenting with Disqus can be found here.

Spencer Cameron

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  • Warrior

    And here I thought Disqus was a fish!

  • Bob666

    Life changes people -get over it people.
    I miss the email that let me know if a comment was made and shared that comment with me. is there nay change of getting that feature back?

    • GALT

      Actually this system is better, because when someone actually replies to
      you……..you get a notification, the actual text, and a reply button
      which brings you directly to the post, directed at you…..and this feature
      works for any reply…… ( including topics older than 24 hours…..although
      I don’t know is this eventually expires or not? )

    • Spencer Cameron

      This feature is still available. See here.

      • Bob666

        Spencer,
        how do you change the email o your account?

        • Spencer Cameron

          If you’re already logged into Disqus, you can go here.

  • GALT

    Can’t manage to get my avatar to take yet…….even while having registered,
    also, PLD still has me registered as signed into “word press” and the previous format…….even though, other aspects of Disqus are in effect and working as
    described………

    • Spencer Cameron

      I see you’ve got it working now. :)

      • GALT

        pain in the ass though… ;-)

  • Right Brain Thinker

    Thanks for the info. I am beginning to see some advantages to the new system, particularly since it has implanted another cookie WITHOUT my having registered. That makes signing in much faster, which was my major complaint when I said,
    “It is a royal pain to have to enter one’s handle and e-mail address every time.
    Why do attempts to ‘improve’ nearly always end up being a step
    backward? And don’t tell us to ‘register’ because that will make it
    ‘easier’, Bob. That will only make it easier for people to data mine and
    track our communications—-the number of cookies that my security
    software has had to deal with is in the thousands and I don’t need
    more.”

    Your “Answer” doesn’t quite explain how I managed to be “registered” and get a new cookie without actually registering, but I have long given up on trying to completely protect myself from cookies beyond what my security software provides.
    “The new system may seem more intrusive and demanding by offering you
    the option to register, but in reality it’s more transparent. In the
    previous commenting system, your username could be remembered by the
    system without having to register. However, a cookie was still set in
    your browser to accomplish this. Without a cookie, we don’t know who you
    are and we can’t automatically sign you in. Registration is easy to do
    with Disqus, and you won’t see any email advertisements from them.

  • Karolyn

    I believe the majority of posters on PLD are older and do not take to change as easily. Eventually, we get used to it. How spoiled we are! I’m speaking for myself too because I don’t like having to enter my name and email every time, even though it is in my computer memory and all I have to do is click on the right one. God forbid I have to type my name and email address! :-)

    • Charles

      It has nothing to do with “not take to change as easily,” and it has nothing to do with “how spoiled we are.” It is about being pushed into more and more tracking, being pushed into joining more and more so-called “social” networks, that have NO value to us as individuals.

  • Doc

    The biggest problem I have with DISQUS is that they tend to lean to the left and delete posts that are derisive against high profile left wing politicians.

    • FreedomFighter

      The also are seem to remove anything with a link, a feature I am not in favor of.
      Laus Deo
      Semper FI

      • Spencer Cameron

        Actually, we haven’t removed any comments because they contained links. Perhaps your comment simply got lost or jumbled under the sort option “Best”.

    • Right Brain Thinker

      Does that mean that all the moronic names that O’Bama is called by the morons will not be accepted? Hallelujah and praise the Lord if that is so!

      • Cliffystones

        It’s “Obama”, not O’bama. He’s about as Irish as I am Klingon. And if they stop letting us use “Obummer” then they have to delete all posts blaming Bush :).

        • Right Brain Thinker

          Cliffy, you are obviously not aware of the new information about O’Bama’s ancestry. It has been discovered that he is descended from a survivor of a boatload of Kenyans who were shipwrecked on the Irish coast back in the 1400’s. He is one of those “black Irish” that people are always talking about and his real name is Barry H. O’Bama—-he only kept the Barrack Hussein Obama handle because it sounds so foreign and unAmerican, and therefore would cause all those illegals and Muslims and 47%-ers to vote for him. Rumor has it that HiIlary has a team working to come up with such a “foreign” name for her for the 2016 campaign.

          I must disagree with you on the “Obummer” versus Bush comment. “Obummer” and variants are just stupid, childish, and ignorant “tags” used by sore losers and illiterates—-no relationship to reality there. “Blaming Bush”, on the other hand, is 100% in touch with reality (throw Reagan in there too) and any deletion of comments that blame him for the damage he did would be a total denial of truth—-like saying the sun doesn’t come up every day..

          And there are no such things as Klingons—-have you no respect for the truth?

          • WTS/JAY

            RBT: It has been discovered that he is descended from a survivor of a boatload of Kenyans who were shipwrecked on the Irish coast back in the 1400’s. He is one of those “black Irish” that people are always talking about and his real name is Barry H. O’Bama—-he only kept the Barrack Hussein Obama handle because it sounds so foreign and unAmerican, and therefore would cause all those illegals and Muslims and 47%-ers to vote for him.

            According to some sources, Obama comes from a royal-bloodline. The same blood-line that all President’s, except 1, share. I would suggest to all to consider carefully the next you decide to post derisive-remarks aimed at Obama…careful, he is royalty!

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=OnYpMcaHCFI

          • Right Brain Thinker

            Good one, JAY (Glad to see the S is gone)

            I had 9:59 to spare so I watched what you call information from “some source” about the British monarchy. It was great fun—-lots of wing nut stuff from Nazis to Muslims to FreeMasons—-all laced together with paranoia and (shhhhh—conspiracy!).

            You made the part about O’Bama up, though—-he wasn’t mentioned even once. Shame on you.

          • WTS/JAY

            RBT: You made the part about O’Bama up, though—-he wasn’t mentioned even once. Shame on you.

            Unfortunately, you never made it to part-4, my dear RBT. Btw, there is no mention of “Muslims” in part-1…it addresses the Brit-Monarchy and Free-masonry but makes no mention of Muslims…hmm, strange that you would claim that it did. I guess the old “brain-pan” doesn’t work as good as it used to, hey RBT?

          • http://personalliberty.com/ Bob Livingston

            Dear Right Brain Thinker,

            You write: “you are obviously not aware of the new information about O’Bama’s
            ancestry. It has been discovered that he is descended from a survivor
            of a boatload of Kenyans who were shipwrecked on the Irish coast back in
            the 1400’s. He is one of those “black Irish” that people are always
            talking about and his real name is Barry H. O’Bama” According to his Social Security number he is Harrison J. Bounel. He is also, apparently, Barry Soetoro and Barack Hussein Soebarkah in addition to Barack Obama. http://personalliberty.com/2013/02/15/president-harrison-j-bounel/

            Best wishes,
            Bob

          • WTS/JAY

            Obama will be whatever you wish him to be, RBT…that’s the wonderful thing about Obama. All you need to do is rub that “lamp” and make a wish!

          • WTS/JAY

            RBT: PS (and it WAS Bush’s fault—believe it!)

            Oh, i believe it, RBT. In fact, you shouldn’t be talking about Bush in past-tense…here, come closer, and i’ll tell you a little secret; Bush never left the White-House. Bush is still in the White-house…disguised as a Kenyan-Muslim; shhhhh…

          • Cliffystones

            I never heard the Irish story. I would have figured his Mother for the “Irish Side” The Klingon comment was just a little jest fella :) But on a side note, if you want to see some Science Fiction illustrating the pettiness of human politics, watch the remake of “Battlestar Glactica”. I’ve been watching this for the first time on my Kindle. Many episodes depict a real study of the idiocy of mob rule.

            I also avoid those names, but “Obummer!” is kinda funny to me. No love for the Bushes here either. It was “Bushes fault” for getting us into two long, drawn-out wars complete with wealth destroying “nation building”. Sticking around in Afghanistan and Iraq after we gave them their initial butt-kickings was a complete and utter waste of lives, time and resources.

            But please re-evaluate President Reagan. At the time I disliked him as well. But I now truly believe that as an individual he was a principled man who had the best of intentions for our nation. It was some of the people in his administration who had the ulterior motives (re; Bush, Cheney, Watt, Weinburger) IMO.

          • Right Brain Thinker

            I did catch the Klingon thing.

            None of the names are funny and the only one I have seen that was even the slightest bit clever was “ObaMauMau”, because of the connection to the Kenyan Mau Mau tribe and the alliteration—that one at least showed some “education”. As I said they’re just stupid, childish, and ignorant “tags” used by sore losers and illiterates.

            I’m glad you DO recognize that Bush did do the country some major harm, but I am sorry that you didn’t mention his tax cuts and borrow and spend policies that greatly increased the debt, and his pro-corporation and anti-regulation positions that encouraged the Wall Street gangsters to nearly destroy the country (to mention just a few of his “faults”).

            I can agree only up to a point that Reagan “was a principled man who had the best of intentions for our nation” and that his advisers were at fault for many of the things that occurred on his watch (not to mention Nancy’s astrologer). Nonetheless, he was the one out there making the speeches and selling it to the country and he therefore “owns” all of it.

            His failed “supply side” and “trickle down” theories, his pro-business policies, and his tax cuts began the huge growth in the debt ,and were the template for the Bush disaster—-the country has been in trouble since 1980 and even before because of the Repugnants, and conservatives just can’t bring themselves to admit Saint Ronnie’s failures, just like they want to forget W and blame it all on O’Bama.

      • Charles

        Right Brain Non Thinker, you insist on your “right” to insult and bash George Bush, while insisting that everyone who disagrees with BO sit down and shut up. You need to grow up. I have read most of your posts; they are childish and pathetic. You don’t win any points.

    • Spencer Cameron

      Disqus doesn’t moderate comments. It’s up to the people who run each individual site. See here for more information.

      • Rosech Levy

        Thank you for stating the same as I.

  • Right Brain Thinker

    I’ve been “exploring” and have discovered that one doesn’t appear in the “community” stats if one has not registered with Disqus. Don’t much care since I’m more concerned with the quality of my posts rather than the quantity, but I would like to know how I got “registered” enough that I only need to type the first letter of my “handle” to get recognized yet I am not considered a member of the “community”?

    • Spencer Cameron

      @0aec5096448246ce2b49cba17e17a716:disqus, your browser is filling the data in for you, not Disqus.

      • Right Brain Thinker

        Thank you. Although I’m not techno-savvy enough to understand how my browser “sees” what I’m doing when I’m on the PLD site and knows to help me out in that way. If I recall, it didn’t happen the first few times I posted under the new format—-I had to type in my entire handle and email address. (???)

        • Spencer Cameron

          Since that’s specifically related to your browser, I can’t say with any certainty why you noticed this behavior.

  • Kenyan Krusher

    New System Sux!!!!

  • dan

    oh,alright….i’ll try it…if I have to
    Karolyn shamed me into it ….and I’m not THAT old…
    but I’m still not doing Facebook !

    • Karolyn

      dan – You’d be amazed at how much you can learn on FB – people posting different things from all over the web.

  • Average Joe

    My question: Who is editing / monitoring the posts now? Is it Disqus or someone else. I ask because lately posts are being edited or removed for some of the silliest comments. If we can’t speak freely here, where can we speak freely? If it is Disqus, doing this, they need to be told to stop…censorship sucks….and we can get plenty of that from the MSM…we don’t want or need it here. Being able to speak without having to be PC 100% of the time, is why many of us come here…free and open discussion. Please don’t push us out the door. End the censorship.
    Aj

    • http://personalliberty.com/ Bob Livingston

      Dear Average Joe,

      You write: “Who is editing / monitoring the posts now? Is it Disqus or someone else. (sic)” Our in-house moderators will continue to do the moderation. At my direction and in an attempt to improve the conversation they are working to crack down on the name-calling, slurs and other ad hominems directed at the other commenters and the authors, and the use of expletives. I encourage you and everyone to please re-read the comment policy above. Those who adhere to it will not see their comments altered in any way. Those deemed to have violated it will see their comments either edited or deleted. Repeated violations will result in the commenter being blacklisted. You are encouraged to make your points, but you must make them in a civil manner. Anyone who finds his vocabulary so limited that he must use expletives to make his point is encouraged to purchase a thesaurus or find one online.

      Best wishes,
      Bob

      • GALT

        Actually…..some of the functions of disqus, cause posts to
        change position……..so the choice of…..

        best………oldest…….or……. newest ……will have an effect

        the choice of best…….constantly adjusts the position of posts based on
        the votes it receives…….so these are constantly moving….

        also, a topic is now “multiple pages”…..which require one to hit the
        load more comments button at the bottom of whatever the “length of the page is set to for pld”

        If one has chosen……… best………posts can shift continuously between
        these pages…….depending on the number of “comments” each
        topic receives………

        in any case…..regardless of choice……..comments are no longer
        on a continuous scroll from top to bottom………which takes some
        getting used to……….

        • Karolyn

          That is a big problem for me. I keep going to the discussion I was involved in and can’t even find the latest posts. When the page is refreshed, different posts show up and newest ones are gone. This is no fun! Also, I can’t even find my own posts.

      • Cliffystones

        Bob,

        I’ve used Disqus on other sites. Another advantage is that you can log in to comment on more than one site. Disqus has been a descent format IMO. For those of you who would like to post links, post them text-only in quotation marks. Then the rest of us can cut-and-paste into a blank browser page.

        And I do hope you’ll still allow “#$@%&!!!!!” to help show emotions like frustration and disgust.

    • Spencer Cameron

      Here is what Disqus has to say about their role in comment moderation.

  • FreedomFighter

    What are the HTML abilities of this new format?
    Laus Deo
    Semper FI

  • Newspooner

    All good things must come to an end. Usually, needlessly.

  • GALT

    test

    #ff0000 test

    test

    #008000 test

    • GALT

      test

      test

    • Spencer Cameron

      The tag is not supported by Disqus. See here for a list of permitted tags.

      • GALT

        so in other words…..there is no way to alter text color?

        • Spencer Cameron

          Not at the moment.

        • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

          Nope.

  • Rosech Levy

    I have never had a a problem with Disque. I also do NOT recommend using any social sites due to lack of privacy and their super liberal leanings. Thank you for giving an option that is reasonable and easy to use.

  • dean29685

    I am dumping DISCUS because 3 time sofar I have recieved a message to add my social networks in lieu of a normal login I have and never will have a social network.

  • Karolyn

    is there some way to see the most current comments? Or even all the comments? Every time I go to the discussion I was participating in I cannot find some of my posts and some of the most recent posts are not in evidence. When you get to the bottom of the page and hit “see more comments”, you do not start out where you ended up on the previous view; and earlier page is gone.

    • Spencer Cameron

      @Karolyn, you need to sort the comments by “Newest”. Take a look at the answer to the second question in the above post.

  • Jimmy the Greek

    Here i is for all to see LOL it works and gets the Greek stamp of approval

  • RightGunner

    In the past most conservative sites that I read used Discus, but then it began to fade away. Recently they have reapeared and I am happy. I am too old to have a facebook account and I don’t tweet, I roar.

  • http://unicornuproar.com/ Moscato-Moe

    I love disqus. I use it on my own site.

  • Paul Nichols

    Excellent move. I much prefer Disqus than most other systems. Oh, BTW, I am an oldie and I like changes. Give me a good running River over a stagnant pond any day!

  • Charles

    “…by offering you the option to register,…”

    Forcing someone to do something is not “offering you the option.” How long will it be before you drop all other choices and demand that everyone go with disqus? After that happens, I will be denied the opportunity to comment, because I absolutely refuse to be dragged into another useless system (useless to me, and, I’m sure, useless to hundreds of thousands of other people.) It’s just as bad as the sites that now allow only those who log onto facebook to post comments, another thing I refuse to do. Allowing people to supply their email address in order to comment has never caused any problems. It is stupid to change that.

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