Saturday, February 16, 2013

to disqus or not to disqus

I've been going back and forth about trying to decide if I want to enable disqus comments again on my blog. I had them for a while, and then removed them. In the end, for me commenting is about having a discussion, and that discussion is with you, so I need your input! Here are my thoughts on Disqus:

Pros
- We can communicate better. There aren't any "no-reply" commenters, I can respond directly to you in line and you will receive an email, and everyone else can see the reply as well. You can't do that with blogger comments - if I reply in line you won't receive a notification, and if you leave an email address, no one else sees the reply.
- You can see what other blogs people comment on, and discover new blogs (although this may be a con for some people)

Cons
- Some people don't have a Disqus profile and may not comment
- Some profiles are not set up correctly, so I can't find other people's blogs
- It takes a few seconds longer to load
- Doesn't always work on the mobile layout

So what are your thoughts? Do you love Disqus as a blogger? Prefer not to use Disqus as a commenter? Please cast your vote or let me know your thoughts!


44 comments:

  1. A poll about this?!?! Genius. I've been mulling it over as well, trying to decide if I wanna switch to Disqus as well. But most of the bigger bloggers I come across have it, which by no means, means I have to have it, but it's at least a sign that it'll probably be something that makes my life easier. Does that make sense? Why do I end all of my comments with "does that make sense" instead of just trying to clarify myself? WHATEVER I KNOW YOU UNDERSTAND ME I HAVE NO MORE TIME FOR PUNCTUATION

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  2. Well I was the first to vote and its now at 100% yes. The answer is clear.

    I do like disqus but have heard complaints that it doesn't load properly sometimes. And there are people with disqus hate that refuse to comment on blogs with disqus (from what I've heard via gomi, don't actually know anyone that feels that way though). I love that there can be discussions and that you know people are getting the response instead of wondering if they'll return to the post to read your answer (90% of the time the answer is no). I wish there were other options other than disqus (and there are, just not widely used) but most people these days are familiar with it so its just stuck.

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    1. Disqus only works on my iPad for kimmie's blog...otherwise, I can't comment via iPad for disqus. :(

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  3. I love Disqus in theory, but I still have had a lot of problems with it. So I voted hell to the no, but it's more a 'no for now' :P

    (although yes the Blogger system is definitely flawed with the replies :( I always have to remember to check back later and usually I forget)

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  4. Voted yes. Although I still have yet to upgrade to the new disqus, I think their model for commenting is great... when it works. The fact that it's so easy to have a conversation and get notifications for when replied are made is great. Recently, I've found that a lot more of the comments have been marked as spam, even though they aren't. I find myself having to go to the disqus site once a week to sort this all out which is a bit of a pain, but the overall model works well for what it needs to do which is why I've continued to use it.

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  5. i like disqus for the ease of conversation/discussion it allows. i also like replying directly to comments in the email notifications i get from disqus (i don't know if the blogger commenting system allows that). but i think even if the commenter doesn't have a disqus profile, they can still easily comment as a guest. i'm sure you'll make the right decision for your blog but i appreciate you asking input of your readers since we're the ones who comment and may have the most preference. :)

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    1. I pretty much agree with everything Heidi wrote!

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  6. I like disqus a lot! As a WP user, I find it so much simpler to be logged in & see all of my blog comments in one place. Hoping you go for it!

    -Emily
    www.herphilly.com

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  7. I don't mind what comment system ppl have, I'll still leave one on the blogs I frequently comment on. I've noticed though on Heidi's blog that (on my iPhone) it'll say no comments for example on the mobile site but if I click "view web version" there are comments. In fact I left Heidi one tonight on the mobile version which doesn't show on the web version when I click on that. Weird!

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  8. I'm a lurker and rarely comment on blogs but I definitely don't on blogs that use disqus even if I have something I want to say. It never loads right in any of the web browsers I use. As for the Blogger comments, sometimes it's messed up but if you embed the comments on the post page (an option in the settings) you can reply in line to comments and commenters can suscribe by email to get any comments made after that in their e-mail.

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  9. If I look at blogs at work (I know, I know I shouldn't) disquis is blocked, so if I want to comment I have to do it from my phone (super annoying) or wait until I get home and then remember to go to the blog and comment. So I'm not a fan. I do agree it's easier for conversation though. So really, I'm no help in making your decision. Sorry. :)
    Ginny
    mynewfavoriteoutfit.blogspot.com

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  10. I installed Disqus on my blog and so far its going well. i like being able to communicate with people better. However, some times some of the comments don't show up, so I don't know if people are still commenting the old way (which I thought was disabled) or what. Its kinda weird, I haven't totally figured it out yet.

    Personally, I'm trying to decide if I want to go to WordPress or keep Blogger. If I go to WP, I would still use Disqus to have interaction with people.

    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.blogspot.com

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  11. I'll comment either way and won't complain unless there's a freaking word verification.

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  12. I like the fact that Disqus is easier to carry a conversation, but certain browsers won't even let you leave a comment on Disqus. This has been an issue for me lately. Also I noticed on tablet devices disqus won't let me even log in to my account to leave a comment (even though I use the correct log in information).

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  13. I have disqus and I like it. I didn't know there was such a strong hate for it, I haven't seen the GOMI thread that Kimmie is talking about. I like it because you don't just have to have a blog to comment, some people link to twitter, etc.

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  14. I have no problems with Disqus but I do know people who have a difficult time getting it to work for them as a commenter. But since I've never had any issues I say go for it!

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  15. Hate Disqus, hate it. It never loads properly on any platform I use and as a blogger I tried it and it became the bane of my existence. But I know people who swear by it.

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  16. Because I'm a disqus user,. I'm curious to which platforms people are using when they say "it never loads on any platform I use"

    I'm commenting from my phone right now and I remember why I hate the blogger commenting system so much. It's impossible to go back and edit within the comment box unless you click out then back in at the exact spot, which is why I can't remove that annoying period after my comma up there, because my fat fingers cannot hit the right place and after tapping in and out of the comment box 5 times I gave up.

    And as for the comment above re: mobile version comments, disqus doesn't ever load on blogger mobile versions so I had to disable mobile view on my blog.

    And re: Katrina's comment, disqus flags people who look like spam and lowers their reputation score or whatever, so if someone is adding their blog link at the end of every comment, they look like spam to disqus and their comments will get flagged incorrectly. There is no way to turn off their spam filter (I've been so annoyed with the flagging of non-spam that I emailed customer support) so the only way I've found to combat that problem is to send me an email notification for every comment received, including spam, and I just reply to the email "approve" to approve it. Pretty annoying.

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  17. I love that when you respond to one of my comments, it ends up in my inbox. Disqus doesn't work the same way, does it? If it does, then I change my vote and you can switch. Whichever one involves the least amount of work in seeing a reply is good for me :)

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  18. I just installed Disqus on my blog today. It looks so weird that there are no comments anywhere, but hopefully it'll look lively in a few days!

    http://stylishsass.blogspot.com

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  19. For discussion purposes, I love Disqus because of all the Pros you listed. However, I don't have enough experience with Blogger's commenting system, and since the time I started blogging it seems like Blogger's commenting has gotten a LOT better. I've been trying to decide the same thing you are! I'm looking forward to hearing what you decide.

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    1. Since you're here Audrey, Ever since you chnged to disqus I haven't beeb able to comment on your blog unless I'm on the ipad. So It's true it doen't work on all browsers

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  20. I personally comment on blogs more that have Disqus. Even though I have my Blogger commenting profile set up to email me when you respond, I don't always get that email. So if we're trying to have a discussion, or I ask you a question and you answer it, I may or may not get that. With Disqus, I always get the response. I also like it because it allows you to sign in with social profiles.

    I use Disqus on my blog, and I've honestly never had any problems with loading.

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  22. As a commenter, I hate Disqus.

    I definitely deters me from commenting, but maybe it's because I can never remember my password. Really, I can't remember why I hate it, because I avoid commenting on blogs using Disqus unless there is a compelling reason to do so (e.g. your blog is on fire!).

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  23. I can't win with making sense of these comments tonight.

    It should read "It definitely deters me" not "I definitely." Seriously, maybe you should use Disqus. It would keep me out!

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  24. i personally hate disqus...i don't like that ppl can see every comment i ever made (even though i know that's silly since my comments are public, but it just seems extra stalkerish somehow?)

    that being said i totally get the wanting to reply to people, i always reply to comments via email wherever possible, i hate the "no reply" commenters..and will usually reply to those in line. sometimes i will even go to their page and tell them their email isn't linked, that's how much i hate it :)

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  25. I am very interested in this conversation. I have been using Intense Debate but I don'k like that I can't reply to a comment through my email and have it send an email to my commenter. I've been considering switching to Disqus or maybe even going back to Blogger. I just hate losing all my old comments

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  26. I love using Disqus! It's worked great on my blog - especially the way that people then get your reply comments. The only problem is when someone comments without leaving their blog link and/or they don't have their profile set up right so I can't then visit their blog. Apart from that, it's been good :)

    life-etcblog.blogspot.com.au

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  27. I agree with the commenter who said that they hate that people can see every comment you make. It actually deters me from commenting on some blogs because I don't want my profile linked to that blog even though I might have had a valid point to add.
    I also can't comment on certain blogs when I am at certain job sites or volunteering at my kids' schools because disqus is blocked. My .02

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  28. I used it and loved it, but many people told me they could not comment on my blog and it didn't work for them- so I went back to Google- but I really miss commenting directly and having it email the person. Who knows if they even see that I reply to them. Here's a neat fact- I work for a commercial real estate company and Disqus is one of our tenants!!

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  29. I was wondering the same thing for my blog! I agree with your pros and cons of Disqus. Sometimes I like it on other people's blog, but I'm not sure if I'd like it on mine since I agree, I think it may deter people from commenting if they don't have an account. I also don't like how everyone can read my comments - that's kind of weird.

    I do like how I get e-mails for every response. I'm not sure if I can really help you here since I'm confused myself. :-/

    PS. You are in pharmaceutical research and I'm in pharmacy school! Totally agree with you on the white coat thing - blah!

    Victoria

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  30. I've never considered Disqus, so I'm going to have to sit on the fence...

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  31. Disqus is not perfect, but I really like it for all of the reasons you listed. However, when I bought my own domain and everything transferred to the new address, I lost all of my pre-Disqus quotes. Does that make sense? Like 6 months worth the quotes just disappeared forever. That really sucked. According to Disqus (very helpful during the issue BTW), that shouldn't have happened...

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  32. One thing I learned with Disqus was to disable Blogger's mobile option. Disqus doesn't play nice with mobile options and would show the old Blogger commenting tool, and then only mobile comments would be seen on mobile devices and Disqus ones on computers.

    One thing that sucks is when I have had issues and had to re-install Disqus I had it duplicate and triplicate some of my comments and removed the threading and I am still cleaning up old archives that have crazy confusing comment trails. But in general, their care for users is amazing and I have seen it has increased legit comments and discussion on my blog, especially between readers which is awesome.

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  33. As a commenter, I have been anti-disqus in the past. I still comment, but I don't like it as much. When I read your note about profiles not being set up correctly, I was like "hmmm" and checked my settings. I think my profile is better now, so maybe I will start liking it more.

    My main problem with the blogger commenting form is the question of replies. I try to reply via email, but a lot of people are no-reply bloggers, so then I try to comment back on their blog, if I can find it. The weird thing is if someone asks a question, I feel like I need to reply on the blog, so others can see my answer, AND reply via email, to make sure the person knows I answered. And that just seems sort of ridiculous.

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  34. i have Disqus installed on my original blog...did so prior to Blogger rolling out the feature that allows you to reply in your comment thread.

    here's why i DIDN'T use it on my new style blog: it takes too long to load and not all comments are captured. another thing i've noticed is that Disqus's commenting system has tried to take on the life of a social networking platform by allowing for communities, etc. also, if you don't change the settings, it makes recommendations for other blogs (that have nothing to do with niche) right next to your comments. call me selfish, but i don't want a commenting system that directs traffic away from my blog.

    here's what i do know: people who are coming to your blog because they're genuinely interested in what you have to say will comment regardless of the commenting system you use. you can't please everybody so do what works best for you. and BTW...i voted no to Disqus. :)

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  35. I'm a terrible commenter so I'm not sure this would apply to me, but I'm not a huge fan of disqu. It usually freezes up my computer and sometimes won't load at all. Blogger does have a reply system now, I think I just have to go into your layout to change the settings on it. (Hah, it did take me a while to figure out what a no-reply commenter was!) Either way, it is your choice and as everyone else has said, we'll read no matter what. :)

    And since I'm so slow to the party, congratulations on being accepted into med school! It's really exciting and I'm so happy that it ended up happening for you!

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  36. I've been having the same debate! But as far as your pros go...Disqus doesn't automatically email people when they receive a reply to their comment. It took me literally two years to realize that people were replying to me! But still...I voted yes for you. You're right--it does make interaction easier!

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  37. For some reason on my ipad I can not comment with disqus, the comment box disappears!

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  38. Don't do it! I have it and I'm about to delete it because many people have stated that they cannot comment on my blog and the same thing has happened to me while visiting other blogs. I feel their frustration. Disqus looked promising, but alas I'm deleting it right after I publish this comment.

    Chandra
    More Modern Modesty

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  39. Disqus is just another tool for the NSA profiling, It's a recorder for centralizing anything about you.

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  40. Thanks for this. I was thinking about using it on my blog, after reading this I won't

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