Enabled Disqus Comments

I’ve re-enabled comments on this blog. I had to disable them a while ago because the spam was getting out of control. This time the comments will be hosted by Disqus.


Disqus

What I like about Disqus so far:

  • In order to leave a comment, you can create a Disqus account and edit your profile, but you don’t have to. Casual, anonymous comments are still possible. Disqus calls them “unverified”. I find this important because I never felt like creating an account for commenting on somebody else’s blog, so my readers shouldn’t have to do this, either.
  • Disqus lets me export all comments, so if I decide to stop using the service, I should be able to migrate all comments into whatever I’ll use next.
  • It has avatars, threaded comments, RSS feeds, mail notification, etc.
  • It has an API and plug-ins for various blog systems.
  • Alternatively, it supports integrating comments using JavaScript. This way, it’s possible to have comments even on a completely static web site. No CGI needs to run on the web-server. I’m planning to get rid of WordPress and make my blog completely static (more about that later), so this feature will be essential.
  • Hopefully I won’t have to deal with comment spam. Let’s see how that works out…

What I don’t like:

  • Disqus doesn’t have an import function yet, so for now I’ll have to live with a mix of old comments in WordPress and new comments in Disqus, such as in this post. Actually, it’s really not as bad as I first thought. In any case, this feature has been requested and promised, so we’ll see.

So, why don’t you give it a try, I’m looking forward to your comments!

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