As a few of you have already noted, the comment section is currently undergoing testing. We’re giving the DISQUS system a shot, and I figured that in order for you guys to be able to give me feedback based on more than “change is bad” kneejerks, I’ll explain the new stuff that DISQUS brings to the table, so you have an idea of why I even thought it was worth trying out.
If you don’t feel like reading, you can just try out their demo, but for the rest of you, here’s a summary of the changes:
1. You’ve probably already noticed, but comments are actually posted in real time now rather than having to wait for me to find the time to go through the moderation queue. They go through two stages of automated spam filtering, and if they pass, they are immediately approved. Of course, if this is abused in any way, I do have the option to go back to manual approvals.
2. This is less obvious on a low-traffic site like this, but if someone comments while you’re still on the page or writing your own reply, you’ll receive a tiny notification that a new reply has been posted. If someone else is typing a reply as you’re viewing a particular comment section, you’ll be able to see that, too.
3. Share button for comments – you can now use Twitter and Facebook to share particularly notable (in a good or bad sense!) comments.
4. You’ll have a commenting profile, so that people can see your past comments easily as well as their interactions with you. They can also ‘follow’ your comments if they really, really love you.
5. Clicking the ‘Community’ tab allows you to see what comment sections are the most active and who the top comment-leavers are at the moment.
6. Threaded comments are now implemented, so you can directly reply to certain comments. There’s also still up/down votes for comments, though we do lose the star ratings for comments.
7. You can rate entire comment sections/threads now, as well as subscribe to them via email or RSS.
8. The ‘ALSO ON CRAPPYPASTA’ section suggests other active/related comment threads for you. You can find this below all the comments.
9. Not really as interesting to you guys as it is to me, but it also allows us to trade traffic with other DISQUS-using sites. So there’s the possibility for more new blood, if that matters to you.
So try it out for a few days and let me know what you think. Do you guys want the old system back? Do you want to keep the new system? Do you think it should be on the main site as well? Do you think the name of the plugin is really stupid (because: yes)? Let me know all that jazz by commenting on this post, and thanks.
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