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Well, that didn’t work.

Those of you who’ve been around for a while know that I recently switched from WordPress to Disqus for commenting. I explained why in more detail here, but the gist of it was that I was getting overwhelmed with moderating the number of spammy, “trolly” (is that a word?), hostile and unproductive comments.

Disqus seemed to be a perfect solution. It would allow comments, but people would have to register first – which would dramatically cut down on spammers and trolls. It would also allow readers to flag an inappropriate comment, and after two flags the comment would be automatically deleted.

Sounds good, right? The only problem is Disqus sucks. It’s totally unreliable, doesn’t sync with WordPress well, often duplicates comments and is just harder to work with overall.

So I’m going back to standard WordPress comments. New visitors will have to have their first comment moderated, which I hope will reduce some of the nonsense.

I’d still appreciate your help in flagging inappropriate comments. There’s no way to do this automatically, so you can just send me an email through the contact form.

I’m not checking in on comments as much as I used to simply because of how busy I am. I do try to respond to genuine questions when I’m able.

Thanks for your understanding and support!

    • I had disqus for allong time, and then i didn’t. i’ve been trying to get it back for Months. I am pretty mad about this. i missed many chances to comment on things i care about. Disqus keeps saying that my email and password are already in use. Of course there in use i am the one who (use to be able to use them.) Fix this will ya? I know you won’t because i have written you before and got O results. Charles Girard.

  1. I just tell any sites that I use, that I won’t use their site nor contribute any funding to them as long as they allow the discussion disruption and troll-enabling Disqus system on their site.

    Disqus is actually designed to give trolls every advantage over real people commenters.

    If any site I use complains that they need to employ Disqus, I just tell them “Deal with it” — but I’m not going to write one more comment nor send one more dollar if they don’t dump Disqus.

    I simply won’t deal with any site that allows Disqus to hide trolls — these sites have become worse than useless, in that Disqus even hides and allows the CIA/NSA militarist IBM Watson AI system autobot-troll army of non-human ‘things’ to eff up human discourse. Who wants to discuss anything in such a poisoned environment?

  2. One day a Month or so ago Disqus dropped me flat with no explanation. All of a sudden i could not log in, and i still can’t. i said some pretty bad things to them but i do not apologize to them i am still unable to log in. Charles.

  3. Dsiqus can be a PITA sometimes. There are some anti-spam techniques for the WP comments. I was using Disqus as well and had to switch back. However, my service providers and developers wrote their own WP comment plugin that uses WPs native comment database, and not one in the cloud, like Disqus. I’ve been on it well over a year now with never a single problem. You could also ultimately install a captcha. None of these offer you full protection thou. You need to hire a VA or someone you know and willing to help to go through those and comb it down a bit. and only left relevant content. I dont have this problem on my blog (yet) but I’m already planning for it…

  4. Disqus is effing hopeless. You cannot change your post in any way before you post. You can’t finish your post if you try to change anything. You have to keep blindly typing on, and then it doesn’t work much either. It drives me silly.

  5. Add me to the club of folks who dislike Disqus. I hate jumping through hoops so that I can comment on a post and I worry about security.

    I’ve been using Postmatic on my blog as an alternative for comments – http://wordpress.org/plugins/postmatic. Folks seem to be responding well to the ability to respond to posts via Email.

  6. A blog like this one engenders healthy conversation. There are others, though, that just invite drive-by spam comments. I guess the better (and more proactive) solution is to become the kind of blog where discussants want to engage in an online conversation.

  7. Hi Karen,

    Great to hear another report from the field. I’m still really enjoying “all comments moderated”. I’m wondering if it isn’t from using Thoughtful Comments from the beginning. We’ve never been overwhelmed by nuisance comments (bots are stopped dead, troublemakers are flagged right away and excluded). I get a lot of value for instance in the comments on either http://juancole.com or the Guardian. And on our own sites, many of the comments can be very useful.