Monday, August 5, 2013

Disabling Disqus

I feel like I hung on with Disqus longer than most, but it's time to let it go. Disqus was a nice comment upgrade back when Blogger had a very limited comment box. In recent months, Blogger added some nice features to their comment function and it no longer made sense to put up with the quirks and weaknesses of Disqus.



Disqus was supposed to be syncing comments back to Blogger all this time, but it turns out that 5054 comments were not synced. Thankfully, the Disqus people have a sync process embedded in their dashboard and I was able to get all but 25 comments to come back to Blogger after running the process at least a dozen times.

In theory, when I uninstall Disqus from the blog, every comment except for the 25 that have somehow been lost should be right where they should be.

Cross your fingers...

UPDATE: It's done. There are a few issues. Comments are definitely out of order in some posts and a few are showing up on different posts than the reader intended. I'm okay with it.
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11 comments:

  1. Just curious - what kinds of quirks did you see? We're doing our best to listen and respond in the product.

    Ryan @ Disqus

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    1. Hi Ryan,

      Some users don't see the Disqus box loading OR have had negative experiences with Disqus and therefore don't bother leaving comments. We use to have conversations via the comments. I don't see that happening too much anymore.

      I found the comment moderation dashboard confusing to use. For example, on the rare occasion that I had to check an IP address (and possibly use the blacklist), it would take quite a bit of clicking around to find it. I feel like that sort of thing should be quickly accessible and easy to find.

      The overwhelming fact is that Google's improvements in the Blogger comment function make Disqus less relevant. I think many of us switched because if the nested (reply) comments. It's just not needed anymore.

      For what it's worth, it took me hours and hours of syncing to get my comments to come back to Blogger. That feature within Disqus is definitely not working properly. I'd enable, some comments would sync, and then the syncing would stop and I'd get an error email. Lather, rinse, repeat. I decided I'd rather lose some comments than keep trying to coax the sync feature to work.

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    3. Got it, thank you for taking the time to detail everything.

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    1. Within about 30 seconds of doing it, I was much happier. :)

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  3. Thanks for this change!! I was never able to leave a comment on your post because Discus said my Windows/IE version were out of date [which they are not].

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    1. That's because Blogger templates have a tag by default that tells any version of Internet Explorer to behave like Internet Explorer 7 (which disables features Disqus needs).

      Although this is out of your control, we have a doc on how a site owner can fix it here (just in case you see this on other sites): http://help.disqus.com/customer/portal/articles/1189621

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    1. Your G+ profile says you're a lover of Disqus, but I'm a lover of design blogging. The best thing for my design blog, as evidence by Roz's post above, is to go back to the traditional comment format.

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