Everything Old is New Again in the Comments

Since the new Disqus was making so many of us unhappy, it's been removed. Bye! 

Currently deployed for your commenting and conversationing pleasure is the standard comments that come with Expression Engine, the CMS that powers the Bitchery HQ. There's a captcha, and there's an RSS feed for following a comment thread if you'd like. There is numbered comments, non-nested, as per many requests. And there's commenting without up or downvoting. Unfortunately, I can't set up a “like” button without abandoning EE entirely, or using Facebook commenting, which I don't want to do. So we can't like each other, though I did like that quiet, “yeah, I agree” click function of the old Disqus “like” button without the accompanying “downvote” that arrived with the new version. 

I mean, I like you fine, but you knew that, I hope.

Please let me know if you notice anything bizarre or wackadoodle in the comments. I'm sorry for the temporary offline-age while the changes were being made, but we're back in order now!


General Bitching...

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  1. 1
    library addict says:

    It seems to default to your email addy (that is your email is auto-filled when I bring up comments on any of the posts rather than the email field being blank). Is that supposed to happen? I will check the remember my info option and see if that fixes it.

    Thanks for getting rid of the downvote. I liked the original “like” button, too (once I figured out it was there). I wish you could customize: I want this and this and this, but not this. I wish Disqus was more friendly to those odd ducks like me who aren’t on Twitter, Facebook, etc.

  2. 2
    library addict says:

    Okay. I selected remember my personal info. It remembers my user name, but the email field went back to sarah @ smartbitchestrashybooks.com rather than my email addy.

  3. 3
    SB Sarah says:

    That is really, really weird. Let me look into that. 0_o

    Also: I’m really sad that I couldn’t get more customization out of the new Disqus. I had more options to monetize the comments than I did options to adjust appearance or features. That was a big ol’ bummer. And yes, I don’t want you to feel like you have to be on FB or Twitter or anywhere to participate here, and I don’t want the comments feature to make you feel that way either!

  4. 4
    laj says:

    Sarah you’re a star!
    Thank you for making the change, I was loathing the updated Disqus oh so very much.  Maybe they’ll get with the program and make it possible for more customization.  Will losing the Bitchery make any difference to them, I wonder?

  5. 5
    azteclady says:

    Thank you. I’m very, very reluctant to comment anywhere where the new disqus is used, frankly.

  6. 6
    Vasha says:

    Comments don’t seem to be working on the mobile version of the site (I went to my desktop to write this after getting repeated error messages on my mobile).

  7. 7
    Sophia says:

    Ah sorry the other commenting system didn’t work out. But thank you for listening to and responding to your readers. :)

  8. 8
    MissB2U says:

    Thank you, oh thank you for tossing the Disqus.

  9. 9
    Joelle says:

    - The RSS feed for comments will be in place on Monday.
    – The email address has been removed. Weird!
    – Mobile issues *should* be fixed for now, but will be fixed up further on Monday, along with the gravatars.  :)

  10. 10
    sweetsiouxsie says:

    Thank you for this change!

  11. 11
    Niki says:

    For me, the mobile issue extends beyond comments.  I can see the main blog page, but clicking “read more” and “comments” take me to an error page.

  12. 12
    Shawny Jean says:

    I’m gonna miss the like option, but glad to see the end of the up and down voting and the nesting of comments.

  13. 13
    CG says:

    Another thank you for ditching Disqus. I can totally live without the like button if it means getting rid of downvoting and nested comments. One thing I noticed is that if your looking at this post from the home page without clicking on the title to go into the post it shows 0 comments while it actually has 12 comments, the Habo above also shows 0 comments while it actually has 1.

  14. 14
    Bridget Baker says:

    Thank you so much for getting the old comment section back!

  15. 15
    Rij says:

    I was going to ask about the main page showing 0 comments while there actually is comments under the posts but I see CG (#13) beat me to it.

  16. 16
    Darlynne says:

    Thank you, SB Sarah, for turning back the clock as it were.

    I also noticed what CG and Rij said about the comment counter at the top of the post.

  17. 17
    Carol says:

    Thank you, Sarah. I’m really!!! glad to see Disqus gone!

  18. 18
    cleo says:

    I agree with Shawny Jean.  I’m also testing the reply function.  Not sure if I’m doing it right (you click on the [comment link], right?

  19. 19
    cleo says:

    No, apparently clicking on the comment link just gives you the url to a comment (that’s handy).  It looks like you can’t reply to a comment – is that right?  I think I remember that from the pre-Discus days.  I do prefer the non-nested comments, so I’m ok with no reply, it’s just an adjustment.

  20. 20
    SB Sarah says:

    @Cleo: Yes, there isn’t a reply function in the comments module now. I’m sorry.

  21. 21
    Lostshadows says:

    I’m also getting the “0 comments on the main page, post actually has comments” thing.

    My captcha is read57. I’m not a huge fan of captcha, but I’ll admit, I missed the “subliminal” messages it sometimes gives.

  22. 22
    Maddness says:


  23. 23
    Maddness says:

    It didn’t remember my info.

    We can’t edit or delete comments?

  24. 24

    *weeps happy tears* Testing, testing. (I only had to type in the first letters of my name, email and URL and the rest got filled in. Yay!)

    Capcha: radio29 I don’t know what that means but HELLO MY LOVE, I MISSED YOU AND YOUR SUBLIMINAL MESSAGES SO MUCH!

  25. 25
    Randall says:

    So one thing I’m wondering about, hearing malefactions hurled at Disqus all over the blogs that I read, is why use it in the first place?  I mean, what does Disqus offer that the comment system that comes with your blogging software doesn’t?

  26. 26
    SB Sarah says:

    @Randall: Disqus had, in the previous incarnation, some nifty features I appreciated. Comment editing, for example, as well as a moderation panel that was available on a phone app as well as online. There was a good amount of customization available for appearance, too. There were a number of login options for people. But with the new version, the bad parts outweighed the good parts by a lot. I’m sad to see some of the features go, but this is way better for everyone.

  27. 27

    I really liked Disqus….

    The people using it to comment are another matter, of course.

    And oh god, the captcha is back. Captcha is *evil*!

  28. 28
    Randall says:

    Thank you, Sarah.

    Captcha:  him55.  But I’m only 48!

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