Comments are still welcome here.

Though this humble blog is barely three weeks old it’s getting lots of traffic, and individual posts are generating some great discussion. Thanks for that!

You may have noticed that I’ve removed the Disqus plugin and am moving forward with the standard WordPress commenting system. There are a couple of reasons for this:

1. To make the site more mobile friendly.

Given that about 25% of you are using a mobile browser I was disappointed to hear from Dennis at WAP Review that I received a failing grade for mobile usability. After removing Disqus I’m still getting a “fail” from Ready.mobi, but pages are loading faster, at least.

I think the Ready.mobi issues are due to some advanced styling elements I’ve enabled for the latest generation of mobile browsers. That said, if you’ve any problems with the mobile version of this site please let me know.

2. To keep things simple.

Another reason for choosing Disqus was so that readers could leave comments without having to provide an email address — they could verify their identity with credentials from Facebook, Twitter, etc. That was the theory — in practice, however, you all seem to be leaving just as many comments since I turned Disqus off.

I also think that Disqus is too busy in its implementation. It’s great that it can pull in external discussion from other sites; unfortunately they were not presented here in a way that made any sense to the reader.

And the deal-breaker for me is that Disqus has gone down far too often. Usually for only a short time, but on enough separate occasions to be an issue.

3. To ensure that we all stay on message.

Likely the most contentious point here… I’ve decided to personally moderate all incoming comments.

I’ve learned some hard lessons on my previous blog, and I don’t want any of the valuable discussion here to devolve into petty bickering. If I don’t think your comment adds to the conversation I reserve the right to not publish it. If you’d like more clarification on that, feel free to get in touch.

So… given the rationale presented above, are you more or less likely to leave a comment with the changes I’ve made?

7 comments:

  1. I don’t miss Disqus 🙂

    There seems to be a bug in WPMP 2.0 that causes a 50 KB JavaScript file to be included even on pages served to low end devices that don’t support JS. I think that’s what’s causing the low Ready.mobi scores. My BoostApps.com site went from 5.0 to 2.23 on Ready.mobi after I upgraded from WPMP 1.13 to 2.0!

    Once I confirm the bug (I’ve heavily modified my WPMP themes so I might have broken something) I’ll report it.

  2. I don’t miss Disqus 🙂

    There seems to be a bug in WPMP 2.0 that causes a 50 KB JavaScript file to be included even on pages served to low end devices that don’t support JS. I think that’s what’s causing the low Ready.mobi scores. My BoostApps.com site went from 5.0 to 2.23 on Ready.mobi after I upgraded from WPMP 1.13 to 2.0!

    Once I confirm the bug (I’ve heavily modified my WPMP themes so I might have broken something) I’ll report it.

  3. I’ve figured out what was happening with WPMP that caused mobile page sizes to jump from the normal under 20 KB to over 60 KB, resulting in low Ready.mobi scores.

    WPMP, even with the “Remove Media” option on the Mobile Theme settings page checked doesn’t appear to remove JavaSscript injected by other plugins.

    One of the plugins that I was using, “WordPress Popular Posts” (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-popular-posts/) includes the entire JQuery library (over 50 KB) on every page. Which seems like a pretty inefficient way to track page loads!

    I switched to a different “Popular Posts” plugin (http://rmarsh.com/plugins/popular-posts-plugin/) that doesn’t use JavaScript at all. It seems to do as good a job as the other one and has the advantage that it counts visits from browsers, like most dumbphone browsers, that don’t support JavaScript.

    I don’t know if this is a bug in WPMP or something that is out of its control but I reported it on the WPMP forum: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/355487

  4. I’ve figured out what was happening with WPMP that caused mobile page sizes to jump from the normal under 20 KB to over 60 KB, resulting in low Ready.mobi scores.

    WPMP, even with the “Remove Media” option on the Mobile Theme settings page checked doesn’t appear to remove JavaSscript injected by other plugins.

    One of the plugins that I was using, “WordPress Popular Posts” (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-popular-posts/) includes the entire JQuery library (over 50 KB) on every page. Which seems like a pretty inefficient way to track page loads!

    I switched to a different “Popular Posts” plugin (http://rmarsh.com/plugins/popular-posts-plugin/) that doesn’t use JavaScript at all. It seems to do as good a job as the other one and has the advantage that it counts visits from browsers, like most dumbphone browsers, that don’t support JavaScript.

    I don’t know if this is a bug in WPMP or something that is out of its control but I reported it on the WPMP forum: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/355487

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