Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Some Comments on Commenting

No, sorry, this isn't a post about flamers and comment etiquette (waves as everyone wanders back to Twitter).

Rather, I want to get some feedback on commenting. I am thinking of installing a third party comment system such as Disqus or Echo. I've waited 2 ½ years for Blogger to give us something decent and they haven't. Though I have heard rumors about a new Google comment system being launched soon. Have you heard that?

Anyway, curious what your thoughts are. My goal is to have a more interactive system that allows for direct replies to specific comments. My experience is that such a system creates a more engaging discussion.

Blogger's system posts comments as they come in. A lot of my comments are from overseas readers,  and are posted while I am asleep. By the time I'm awake and available, the comment I want to respond to is buried deep up in the queue. If I respond, it feels like a fractured conversation.

So I'm curious, what is your favorite system? Any you really dislike? I know none are perfect (except perhaps Wordpress, but for some reason Blogger doesn't allow Wordpress plug-ins – spoilsports).

I also wanted to thank everyone who commented on my last post. I know it can be difficult to know what to say after reading something so raw and personal. I have a hard time responding to your comments on those posts, too. I'm not sure why. Maybe, like many of you confessed, I just don't know what to say.

But if you left a comment, know that you were heard and that I appreciate the support. It means a lot.

Okay, commenting systems. Which is the lesser evil? Disqus? Intense Debate? Stone tablets? If you've installed one, did it go smoothly? Are you put off by having to sign in to a system in order to comment?





31 comments:

  1. I was going to change to Disqus but was advised against it as the webdesigner had had a lot of trouble with it and she and some clients had lost all their comments.

    Blogger actually now allow threaded comments which is what I think you are looking for. I am sorry that I can't tell you how to change it as @mumstrosity (on Twitter) did it for me - maybe you could get in touch with her ?

    Hope this helps in some way ! Have the best day possible !

    Me

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    1. Okay...didn't work the first time (see comment below)! Trying again!

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    2. Really glad that it worked - looks like I can reply to your reply - wonder how many times we could do this ??
      Enjoy your day !
      Me

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    3. I don't know. Looks like indefinitely! It looks like a reply to a comment and a reply to a reply are handled in the same fashion...i.e., it only goes one level deep. Still, such an improvement.

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  2. I use the Blogger comments, but just moderate them so I see them before they post and can reply to them as well right away. It may take a bit longer for some things to show as comments, but there have been some comments that I've chosen to delete because of their negative response. I think Eden Riley uses a different comment system because I can read her blog at work, but don't see the comments until I'm on my home computer, so there must be something that the work firewall blocks about them.

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    1. I've used comment moderation before and it required too much time to manage (for me, anyway). But I think 'Me' just solved my dilemma!

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    2. Then I must also have embedded comments also, moderating them just adds more time, but for me, it is still good to censor some.

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    3. I hear you. I go back and forth on the issue of moderation/censoring. Fortunately, I rarely get censor-worthy comments. But it's come up a few times in the past. If they're nasty or spammy, I just delete them.

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  3. Ha, I had no idea! I just googled how to do it. Testing with this reply. You apparently have to have your comments set to 'embedded' as opposed to pop-up (which is what I had). It only allows you to go one level deep (you can't reply to a reply for instance), but it's better than nothing. Thanks!!

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    1. This is the system I use now. Being able to reply directly to the person who commented helps it feel like a conversation.

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  4. Ok I was going to say I've found disqus to be the best for being able to reply individually, but I am liking the look of what you've done. However I do like being able to go further than replying just once. I want there to be a conversation in my comments.

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    1. I agree Pink. I was leaning towards Disqus too, but I will try this for a while and see what I think. This is still a vast improvement over what it was.

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  5. Okay, so if this works I may adopt it myself -- thanks for being such an awesome guinea pig. XX

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    1. It's my role in this world, Tones. I go first and make all the mistakes. Others can then decide if they want to follow suit. ;)

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  6. Don't have any experience with the Echo but I can't say I'm enamoured with Disqus... I find it slow and unreliable and sometimes has trouble signing me in. As clunky as it is I'm sticking with Blogger's own.

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    1. I've had issues with Disqus on mobile devices, and so many people read from mobile devices now.

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  7. I moved to intense debate many years ago and it's very good however it struggles with comments left via the mobile versions of blogger blogs so I keep it turned off for now. Bloggers new threaded comments does much that the others do and won't get it's knickers in a twist with mobile idc containers.

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    1. I like intense debate. I also kind of like having the option to 'like' comments that you get from several of the third-party systems, but not sure it makes up for the hassle of having to sign-in every time you comment.

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  8. Blogger has a threaded comment system?

    Fantastic!

    As someone who has heard too many horror stories when people mess about with their blogs I've left well alone but I'm going to give this a go.

    Thank you :)

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    1. I know! We're the last to know, Sarah. :p

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  9. I'm on Intense Debate. It went really smoothly. I'm having issues at the moment, but that's a problem with blogger, not ID. I love being able to reply directly to people who take the time to leave a comment.

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    1. I like ID. And I'm loving the reply option I've got now. It's great. I may never shut up...

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  10. Thanks, changed mine as well! I was also struggling with same issue, and couldn't figure it out...

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  11. I have just stuck with the blogger one as they allow me to reply now although sometimes the box comes up and they don't allow me to type anything...so there are obviously still some issues to work out.

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  12. I am so happy to read this as I have been wanting to implement something as well! I always like to reply to blog comments but usually have to rely on their comment being linked to their email address.

    And its usually hard enough to find time to read blogs, let along go back and see if your comment has a reply on the actual blog post, like with disqus...

    As I am on blogger I hope I can do what you have done K? Does that mean when you reply it shows up both on this blog and in my inbox?

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    1. Donna, I don't know. I was wondering the same thing. Let me know if you get a notification when I reply, okay.

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  13. I use Disqus and have had no problems with it. It does allow for several levels of reply.

    I use the new Blogger system for my new blog and it seems to be OK.

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  14. Thanks for exploring this K, looks good and I might just try it on my blog as well. So glad to see you back in the blogosphere, hope all is as well as can be for your and your gorgeous kids. Hugs from Perth xxx

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  15. Hi Kakka! Thanks and hugs back at ya. xo

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  16. Love the threaded comments! Thanks for the idea..will add to my site. Nice to see you back up with your blog!

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