New Commenting System!

New Commenting System! April 26, 2013

The sorcerers behind the scenes at Patheos are changing the commenting engine for all the blogs to Disqus. You might’ve seen Disqus elsewhere on the internet.

Some of the improvements are:

  • You can finally edit your comment. No more zero tolerance for HTML typos.
  • Long comments collapse so that the first hundred words or so are shown, with a “see more” button at the bottom.
  • You can vote comments up or down.
  • Comments can be sorted—Oldest at the top, Newest at the top, or Best (as voted on by readers) at the top.
  • You can share a comment on Twitter or Facebook.

I’m sure there’s more stuff that I don’t understand yet. (Will your old name will still work? How do you get email notification of new comments?)

There’s one temporary downside: old comments are there, but not all of the comments in the past few days have made it over. The sorcerers have assured me that all is well, and any comments you don’t see will, like the proverbial lost sheep, be brought back to the fold.

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  • Pulse

    Comment on the comments on the new commenting system:
    “No comment.”

  • John Kesler


    It’s good that we can edit comments now. I am using this post to experiment.

    • John Kesler

      I am replying to my own post.

      • Kodie

        I am replying to your post and liking it. But I am liking all the posts.

  • JohnH2

    Disqus has some annoying features in my opinion.

    The ability to vote up and down (especially down) can lead to an inhibited discussion especially on controversial topics such as God loving Genocide and other such things. It allows for people to vote down a comment without ever having to explain what they find wrong with it or why they disagree with it. Down votes have the tendency to devalue the contributions of those that run counter to the consensus of the group which I see as problematic for a site that is supposed to be hosting the conversation on faith.

    I see this less of a problem with voting up as it allows for people
    to express approval for a comment even if they don’t have anything
    constructive to say.

    The edit feature is nice though.

    • Kodie

      Don’t worry. I think on Hemant’s blog which has already used Disqus for a while, you can’t downvote a post unless you are logged in. I don’t know if that’s how it always works. If you feel discouraged to post because all the lurkers who don’t say anything now will be able to downvote you, that’s your problem. You may not be up to find out how unpopular your ideas really are.

  • Kodie

    Test edit: awaiting moderation????? Editing posts is cool.
    Question is – how long can we still edit an old comment? Wouldn’t people jack up their comments so they don’t appear to say what they did say?
    Edit4: I have said a few things and then there is no button to cancel edit in case I change my mind and leave it the way it was. I also liked my own comment because it’s cool to do that. I miss my old comments. I hate the box at the top. I want people to read all the comments before they say something everyone already said.

    Edit: I can still edit my comment more than one day later than I posted it.

  • Greg G.

    I got called out of town for work where the cell coverage for my service didn’t exist, which quickly drained my battery, and the hotel was full of teens who monopolized the wireless connections.

    I left some threads hanging and am having trouble locating them. My phone didn’t thread the messages so I could always find the new responses at the bottom and could use my laptop to respond in a threaded message and use more html. It’s not easy to cut&paste, scroll, or use nonalphanumeric characters.

    I haven’t plugged in my computer yet.

    I do like that Disqus sends email when someone responds. I didn’t get that before.