I take comments on this site very seriously; this marks my third post on that particular topic.
One one the reasons I decided to move to a self-hosted WordPress blog is so I could install Disqus — a commenting system that gives users an identity in what they post across the web. But it wasn’t long before I pulled it, partly because it wasn’t playing nicely with a mobile plug-in I was using but also because I felt the need to moderate what was said here.
Yet clearly the built-in commenting system wasn’t cutting it. Bleeding edge blogging platforms like Posterous allow you to ping Facebook and Twitter to keep the discussion going; WordPress comments don’t do this by default. And I’m sure you’ve all felt the pain of entering something only to notice an embarrassing typo after it’s been published. I know I have.
I could have gone a similar system called IntenseDebate, which would actually make more sense in at least one way, as WordPress’ parent company Automattic has given it the nod by, well… buying it. At one point last week I had IntenseDebate installed and almost ready to go, but ended up trashing it because (1) my support requests went effectively unanswered, and (2) none of the blogs or people I follow actually use it.
So back to Disqus it is.
If you wanted a Disqus profile to call your own, claiming it as easy as clicking the icon on a comment you’ve previously left — or even easier, click here. Once you’ve a Disqus user name you can promote your own sites and services while commenting elsewhere. It’s win-win, really.
Another benefit for you is that you’ll be able to edit comments after they’ve been published. And a benefit for me if enough of you sign up for Disqus I won’t ever have to worry about moderating comments here ever again; in fact, you can all help me with that by flagging comments yourself!
There are still a couple of issues to be sorted out — some of your comments are MIA on one or two older posts and I’m not crazy about that widget in the sidebar. But all things considered, I think Disqus is the right choice. Other, smarter folks think so too.
And what do you think? You know what to do…