So! Disqus! Threat or Menace?

I’m getting a number of bad reports about Disqus from readers struggling to log in or having trouble commenting.  One Patheos writer reports her traffic dropped precipitously after they installed it and it looks to me like the number of comments here has dropped (though I couldn’t say if the readership has cuz I am a technoidiot who has never figured out how to make the web analytics software work and probably wouldn’t know what it means if I did.  Another writer is reporting troubles as well.

So I’m wondering if you could do me a favor.  If you are having trouble commenting here, could you drop me an email and let me know?  I will forward it to our webelves in the hope they can get you fixed up and comboxified so that you can continue the conversation. My email is chez.ami[at]


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  • Disqus is working just fine for this fella…

  • What I love most about Disqus is that it keeps a meticulous record of all the comments I’ve ever made on everything I’ve ever commented on going back years and years to make it easier for propsective employers and law enforecment personnel to see every off-the-cuff remark I’ve ever made, completely devoid of its original context! Thanks, Disqus!

  • Colin Gormley

    Disqus is quite heavy on the Javascript side it seems. Maybe said users are having trouble with their browser’s Javascript engine? I use Chrome.

    • Actually, Disqus isn’t as heavy on JavaScript as it used to be. Disqus 2012 is loaded in an iframe instead of being dynamically generated in the old version of Disqus. It still uses and relies on JavaScript but it isn’t as heavy as it used to be.

  • TheRealAaron

    It’s not great, but it’s functional. I haven’t had any trouble commenting, but I use a Disqus account. If people are logging in other ways (like twitter or something) maybe that’s the issue.

    • I can confirm that signing in via Twitter and Google works. I have both of these connected to my Disqus account.

  • Hillary

    Test comment to see if guest commenting works…

    • Linebyline

      Nope. You just got yourself Yet Another Username and Password, unless they’ve changed something since I unwittingly registered a few days ago. You should be getting an “Activate your account” e-mail shortly.

  • Attempting a comment logging in through Google. It usually works, but I would agree with those who hate this platform–it has always seemed like the least user-friendly comment platform out there.

  • wineinthewater

    I have seen a lot of my comments getting munched. I post. It displays. I go back. It is gone. I log in through google.

  • jcb

    I resent, on principle, having to have an account and sign in. But it presents no actual inconvenience, although I can’t imagine what the advantage of it is. (Advantage to users, that is, I’m sure Patheos has its reasons.)

    • You actually don’t have to create an account. You can enter your name and email and as long as “register” is unchecked no account will be created.

      However, if you comment a lot there are some potential advantages to having an account, like getting notifications when people reply to you, a single profile for all sites, and the ability to edit/anonymize your own comments after posting them. cc @linebyline:disqus

      • foxmental

        Discus has become a social network for me. Equal to that of Facebook and instagram. Thanks for the wp app ^_^

  • Anna

    It seems to have messed up the comments count at the top of each post on the main page. Sometimes it will list 0 comments, but there will be a whole discussion going on…

    • Lori Pieper

      Leave a message…

    • Yes, that’s really annoying. I like to make popcorn before I sit down for a major discussion! As it is, I have no idea what’s going on when I click on a post.

      On the other hand, signing in with facebook or google is easy – and they manage to find my avatar every time . .
      (Immediately after writing this, I had to go wrestle with the disqus dashboard for half an hour before they’d let me sign in using facebook so I could get my avator. No kidding!)

  • Half Heathen

    Well, let’s see if this comment comes through.

    • ManCard

      Just testing this out. I’m trying to see if I want to integrate it into WordPress. In particular I’m curious as to whether it will integrate with Facebook commenting…

  • Joe

    Discus is bad!

    • SupernaturalCat

      Goes hand in (hidden) hand with the fascistic NSA.

  • Ghosty

    Disqus has been a disaster for me. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I don’t use Facebook or Twitter or any platforms that utilize Disqus, so it has zero benefits for me and creates many problems. There have already been several topics that I wanted to “disqus”, but I couldn’t even see the comments, let alone make my own, and by the time the comments would load the topics were almost off the front page.

    My vote is squarely in the anti-Disqus camp.

    Peace and God bless!

  • Veronica

    I hate Disqus, and I would like to go back to the previous comment system. I know it won’t happen, but I’m just saying it like it is.

  • When Disqus works properly, it’s a very good thing. I especially like being able to see at a glance what comments have been replied to, across a variety of threads on multiple websites…it sure beats keeping a bunch of tabs open and hitting “Refresh” over and over.

    The whole “works properly” thing can be hit and miss though. Especially (but by no means only) when it’s been newly added to a website.

  • Dan F.

    My take is that Disqus exacerbates my prideful tendency to be determined to have the last word in any given argument/discussion. Thus I think I’m going to have to be more careful when and where I post lest my pride get the better of me.

    Also, because it’s harder to walk away when you are getting emailed everyone’s responses to your comments it’s also easier to get sucked down the rabbit hole of any given conversation. Before I had to be motivated to keep checking for responses – now that they come to me it’s much more difficult to let things go particularly when I’m sure I’m right (which is almost always – see all of my comments on the original Fr. Fugee thread for an example).

  • Bryan

    The main problem I have is that work blocks Disqus so I can’t join in at all during the day. I have to remember to check back at home.

  • Ghosty

    Another major issue I’m having is that the comments seem to be sorted by votes, rather than when they were posted. I don’t care whether or not a comment is popular, I care whether or not I’ve read it already.

    • At the beginning of the Disqus interface, just below the number of comments shown, there’s a control for sorting the comments. You can choose between best, newest or oldest.

  • Ye Olde Statistician

    Testing , one, two, three, five,…

  • Joe

    I don’t see anyone would prefer the default WordPress commenting system over Disqus or any other commenting platform.

  • Ye Olde Statistician

    Let’s see what Disqus does with this one. Will it post or not?

    • chezami

      Ta dah! It worked!

  • $54136325

    Disqus seems to work just fine……as I am here! I have been using it on all manner of venues……Some sites may not like it because they have more difficulty controlling the input and the comments……ie censoring and gagging the comments….but it works fine for me!

  • Scott

    I have had no luck with the whole Discus thing.

  • Scott

    Until now…