Well, that didn’t work.
Those of you who’ve been around for a while know that I recently switched from WordPress to Disqus for commenting. I explained why in more detail here, but the gist of it was that I was getting overwhelmed with moderating the number of spammy, “trolly” (is that a word?), hostile and unproductive comments.
Disqus seemed to be a perfect solution. It would allow comments, but people would have to register first – which would dramatically cut down on spammers and trolls. It would also allow readers to flag an inappropriate comment, and after two flags the comment would be automatically deleted.
Sounds good, right? The only problem is Disqus sucks. It’s totally unreliable, doesn’t sync with WordPress well, often duplicates comments and is just harder to work with overall.
So I’m going back to standard WordPress comments. New visitors will have to have their first comment moderated, which I hope will reduce some of the nonsense.
I’d still appreciate your help in flagging inappropriate comments. There’s no way to do this automatically, so you can just send me an email through the contact form.
I’m not checking in on comments as much as I used to simply because of how busy I am. I do try to respond to genuine questions when I’m able.
Thanks for your understanding and support!