Hey all, you may have noticed that posting comments to the site has been getting a little bit slow at times. Speaking as someone who sees it from the back end, I’ve also been getting hit with a ton of spam comments just within the past couple of months, and it’s a pain in the ass to delete them with things running at the speed of a tortoise.
In response to this, my advisers are helping me upgrade the commenting system to Disqus which will be a little more user-friendly and feature such upgrades as truly threaded comments, which is something I’ve wanted for a long time and makes it much easier to see different discussions going on. Here are some answers to what I expect are the most common questions people are likely to have:
- Do I need a Disqus log-on? – No. You can make a Disqus account if you want, but you can also sign in with your Twitter/Facebook/Other social media service log in, or you can comment on the fly (I believe – it might depend on how I decide to have my settings in regards to spam management).
- Are the old comments going to be deleted? – No. It may take a bit of time for them to re-populate after the conversion, but I’ve been told that they should all show up eventually, assuming everything goes smoothly lol.
- Is this going to change the way you moderate comments? – Moderation will become more user-friendly for me, but I’m not planning to change the commenting rules. The only type of comments that will be heavily-moderated or blocked will be genuinely harmful or abusive ones directed at myself or others, which has consistently been my policy.
The comments system will be going down today until the upgrade is complete, so please refrain from trying to comment until I post again that comments are open. If you need to contact me for any reason, please email me at jessi (at) s1e1 (dot) com. Thank you!
ETA: Well, that was quick. The comment system should be updated at this point. Enjoy!