New Comment System: Disqus

Nathan Volker

As some of you may have noticed, our comments section looks a little bit different today. We just swithced from Drupal’s built in comment module to a new system called "Disqus."

Why? I’m glad you asked.

There were two main reasons we switched. The first one is that, with Disqus, you can easily log in using your Facebook, Twitter, or Yahoo account (instead of needing a account) to leave a comment. We hope this will encourage more discussion on the site and make it a little more "social." If you don’t want to use any of the three, you can easily sign up for a Disqus account in less than thirty seconds.

The second is that we were being hit by spam – lots of it. Our old spam filter was catching a lot of it, but there was a significant amount that still got through. It was a headache to try and moderate and made the site look cheap. With Disqus, spam should be significantly less. It has top notch spam detection, and there is very little benefit to spamming Disqus anyways (Search engines don’t "see" the comments, so no matter how many times someone posts a link to his site that sells knock-off watches, it will not show any higher on Google’s search results).

There is a downside, however. All the old comments haven’t been migrated to Disqus… yet. We are working on it, but it’s a little trickier than we originally thought it would be.

Try it out below!