As was the case previously, there are two significant cons to using the service:
So why am I giving it another chance?
Data portability is a good reason. If you’ve never used Disqus on your WordPress blog it actually doesn’t touch your original comment database, just makes a duplicate copy. The great thing about this is that I can dump Disqus at any time and instantly be back to business as usual. The not so great thing is that my upwards of 1,000 comments are still in the process of syncing — for example, the commenter called “Andrew” that you’ll see in older posts is actually me; Disqus is still in the process of figuring that out.
Disqus also provides an extra layer of spam filtering. Akismet is very, very good but still lets the occasional junk comment through. I have enough faith in Disqus that I’ve actually turned comment moderation off, at least for a trial run. I also comment on other blogs around the web (it’s true!) and know the validation that comes with seeing your comment go live immediately after you hit the return key. Disqus gives you the ability to edit your comment after the fact, and to broadcast your comment to Facebook or Twitter if you’ve an account on either.
And for the flamebait and such makes its way through I’ll at least be able to spot it while on the run with Disqus’ mobile interface.
But the biggest reason I’m giving Disqus another shot is because I’m coming to realize that it is, in fact, a social network of sorts. More and more of the blogs I regularly read use it, and having it installed here means that you can easily track my comments left on those sites. This is why I’ve replaced the “recent comments” sidebar item with a Disqus widget showing the top commenters here who are members. Doing so also makes room to feature the latest from this site’s Twitter account, which I’ve wanted to do for a while now.
Barring some unforeseen disaster I’m going to give Disqus a full week to prove its worth. If you’ve any thoughts or issues with it please let me know. You know what to do!