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Is Disqus Costing You Comments?

Let’s face it, if you want more people commenting on your blog it sometimes takes more than a good post to get it out of them. AS s a blogger you want to make it as easy as possible for people to comment on your blog. Even though there are so many spam comments floating around many bloggers have decided not to use captchas, moderating comments manually, because they don’t want to present hurdles to their commentators.

I remember awhile back when Mitch wrote a post having a go at Disqus and other third party commenting systems, and then not so long ago Mad about the Banreading a post comparing Commentluv with Disqus, although I don’t think you could call commentluv a commenting system, where the blogger is trying to work out which one to go for.

Personally I don’t like blogs using Disqus and it’s gotten so that I now finding myself scrolling down to see whether the blogger is using Disqus and if they are I don’t even bother reading the post. The only time I will comment on a Disqus blog these days is if I’m reciprocating a comment left on this blog.

I just don’t see the advantage to the commentator for having it installed and if it’s not making life easier for them then as far as I’m concerned it’s a waste of CPU.

Still, that’s just my opinion but I am really interested in what others have to say on the matter and so I’ve decided to run a little poll. It’s a simple yes or no answer but I would really love for you to leave a comment as to why you voted that way. I would also appreciate you Tweeting the post so as to get as many people involved in the poll as possible.

Have You Refrained From Commenting Because It Was A Disqus Blog?

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  1. Oh my God! I thought I was the only one! I hate Disqus! But there’s this other commenting system that was worse but the blog I saw it from removed it and I can’t remember its name.
    .-= Carlo´s last blog ..My Comment Policy =-.

    1. I did try a third party commenting once Carlo but like you I can’t remember which one it was. What I do remember though was that it didn’t add any value to the blog so I removed it.

      It will be interesting to read how others feel about it.

      1. I have tried many 3rd party systems but almost all of them are useless in my opinion. There’s really not much you can add to the whole commenting experience.. and even if you do (which Disque does to be fair), if it’s a hassle to comment, I simply won’t leave a comment.. gotta make things easy for the end user.

        CommentLuv is here to stay, and is a win-win for everyone.

    2. I have tried to contact Disqus many times to ask why I can’t log on – I get on maybe 1 out of 20 times. I have never used profanity, racial slurs, sexual innuendo (even tho I see those things all time in other comments)but just can’t get on. They are doing Fox News no favor. Right now I am trying to make a comment re Obama’s birth cert. Can’t get on. Worse yet, they never even will reply to my e-mails. I’ll be shocked if this gets on!

      1. That’s just another reason for not using Disqus. Perhaps you should bring it to the bloggers attention?

  2. I haven’t given Disqus much of a chance, but then again, I haven’t felt a need to give it a chance. Commenting should be simple and straightforward for the end user, and I find Disqus takes away from the entire User Experience. It requires additional steps (As opposed to typing your comment and hitting submit) and I also feel it scares off commenters. I know when I go to a blog, if I see that Disqus Comment Form, I’m a lot less likely to comment.

    1. I actually joined Disqus and when I’m logged in it’s easy to comment but for some reason I still have an aversion to it. Problem is that you’re not always logged in and then I have to go through another process and that’s when it get’s my goat.

      The way I look at it is that I don’t want to scare any of my commentators, not even one, because that one could have been a real gem of a comment.

      1. Very good point. Even if its only a fraction of people that Disqus might scare off, it still DOES matter. I’ll stick with my default WordPress commenting for now, haha.
        .-= Ryan Cowles@Metacom Creative Design´s last blog ..Turkey Vultures Over Provin Mountain – Agawam, MA =-.

        1. Yeah, I think that’s a very wise decision Ryan.

  3. I generally don’t mind Disqus too much, though you’re right that it’s kind of a drag sometimes if you have to register. But if I really have something to contribute I usually don’t mind registering and it does keep me coming back to participate so in that sense I think it works. What’s your opinion on IntenseDebate commenting?

    1. That’s my problem also Josh, which is why I quickly scroll down to see if the blogger is using Disqus, if he is I don’t read the post thereby removing the dilemma of having to leave a reply. Also gives me more time to read and comment on other blogs.

  4. I finally just registered for Disqus because more blogs are using it. Since I’m always logged in, it doesn’t make much of a difference anymore. I know that I watched a very popular blog recently switch to Disqus, and their comment numbers dropped significantly though, so I know that it does make a huge difference as, if you’re not registered, it is a pain.
    .-= Kristi@Blogging Tips´s last blog ..HootSuite for Blogging – Twitter Management for Bloggers =-.

    1. Man, if that was my blog Kristi and I noticed it reduced the amount of comments people left I would be kicking that plugin to the curb straight away.

  5. I agree with Gail, when I go through my rss feeds there are sites I dread going to cause it takes lots of time to sign up receive a confirmation email and then fill out your profile. All up I would say a full hour to sign up to only a handful of sites.
    .-= Matthew Kramer´s last blog ..5 Tips For Increasing Awareness Of Your Hotspot =-.

    1. Yep, and imagine how much you could have got done in that amount of time?

  6. Disqus doesn’t really bother me. You can normally log in via your Twitter a/c, and usually only once per browser session (could be a cookie issue there preventing credentials being saved across sessions).

    However… As a blog author, I’d never add disqus to my blog. The reason isn’t so much the annoyance to my readers (although, that _IS_ a concern), but more that I don’t see any advantage to using it.

    Kind regards,
    Steve
    .-= Steve Youngs´s last blog ..The Success Cycle =-.

    1. Didn’t know that about using the Twitter account, still that’s one step more than I’m willing to put you guys through.

      Like you said though, if you’re going to install a plugin, and most of them take up some resource, there has to be a benefit otherwise what’s the point?

  7. Ok, so I voted “no” on if I had refrained from commenting at a blog that used Disqus BUT that doesn’t mean I like it. Like others, I find it annoying to spend that extra amount of time just to comment. Nonetheless, if the blog is a good one and I have something that I would really like to say, then I will bear the annoyance to post the comment. That said, although I don’t ban myself from blogs with Disqus, I do find myself spending less time at them.
    .-= Chuck Edwards@Weight Loss Tips´s last blog ..Obesity In America =-.

    1. I hope that some of those bloggers using Disqus take not of this Chuck because even though you are prepared to take the extra effort to leave a comment many aren’t. The fact that you spend less time on those blogs should also be a worrying factor.

  8. Like Gail said, Blogger is the worst. I have a blog on there and comments are WAY lower than my new blog that you comment on a lot. I don’t even bother looking to comment if it’s on Blogger. Some times I don’t leave a comment if my information is not filled in automatically at blogs I visit daily! I know that’s a little lazy, but I like simple and easy processes.
    .-= Anthony @ Innovatively Simple´s last blog ..Think and Stay Refreshed =-.

    1. Heck, that’s me to a tee Anthony, I’ve often regarded myself as the perpetual lazy blogger, good to see that I’m not alone :tongue_laugh_ee:

  9. Haven’t been too involved with it much.


  10. Twitter:
    I have to say it’s an interesting poll response, pretty much 50/50, yet people are saying they don’t like it more than they’re saying they do like it. I’m wondering if folks aren’t quite reading the question properly. It doesn’t ask if you’ve never written on a Disqus blog, just if you were decide not to bother on some blogs because of Disqus. If you loved one blog and kept commenting even if they switched, but won’t comment on any new blogs because of it, or will decide to skip some because if it, then the answer should actually be “yes”.

    At least that’s how I see it. As for Blogger… ick!!! :tongue2_tb:
    .-= Mitch´s last blog ..Customer Service / MS Excel Workshop & Webinar; Sticky Post =-.

    1. I agree Mitch but I’ll let people vote depending on how they feel. Even though the votes are evenly split, like you said, a greater majority dislike the plugin so I would say that unless they really loved the post they wouldn’t comment whereas they would on a normal blog.


      1. Twitter:
        Oh, of course we let people vote however they want, Sire, I was just seeing how the comments were fairly interesting. Even people who would write on those blogs didn’t like it.
        .-= Mitch´s last blog ..Sometimes You Should Read The Terms Of Use =-.

        1. That alone would stop me from ever installing such a plugin.

  11. I dont’t know why people use disqus when there is already a simple comment system available with WP Theme’s.
    Disqus has many disadvantages like it increase the loading time and we have to register for commenting and bla ..bla..:D
    .-= Dev | Technshare´s last blog ..Top 20 Young Entrepreneur Blogs =-.

    1. Who knows Dev, each to their own I say, if they’re happy with Disqus and prepared to lose some comments then that’s their choice.

  12. Voted no.

    Disqus, like any other amount of tools out there for the purpose, is one of the ways that a webmaster or blog author can cut down on their workload.

    If you decide to read blogs solely based on whether they have certain plugins or such tools enabled, I’m sorry, but you’re an idiot.

    I’ve got a Disqus account, and I’ve actually got to say that just staying logged in is much easier than entering my name, e-mail, and website on every single blog post I comment on!

    All this said, I wouldn’t personally deploy Disqus, simply because it’s wasted effort, and all my stuff is decidedly VERY “Web 1.0” – I do all my stuff by hand, and I’ve only used CMSs or blog engines where specifically asked. I find it easier that way, and more controllable.

    1. Hey Horst, welcome to WassupBlog. May I say that calling someone an idiot on his own blog lacks tact, but that’s cool mate because over the years I’ve developed a thick skin and tactless comments slide right off.

      The fact is there are a lot of blogs out there and if I decide to concentrate on those that I find more appealing to me then that’s my choice.

      Trouble with Disqus is you’re not always logged in. As to the regular comment form, with FireFox I don’t have to fill it out as it’s done automatically.

      1. Apologies. I’ve never been good with tact, I just prefer to say things directly instead of skirting around things. I appreciate you not taking it to heart.

        I tend to do my browsing in chunks, so perhaps my experience of Disqus is different to yours, but I’ve never really been logged out after initial login when browsing.

        I can’t say I understand why a webmaster/blogger’s choice of platform for maintaining their site/blog automatically appeals to you, or turns you off, but … your net time, I guess.

        Thanks for the warm welcome, I’ll most likely lurk a bit, your other posts look rather interesting.

        1. No worries Horst, apology accepted. Apart from the reference to me being an idiot it was actually a very good comment. Isn’t it amazing how one misplaced word can make such a difference? :wink_ee:

          For me the commentator is everything and I want to make sure their time on my blog is both pleasurable and profitable. This means supplying, hopefully, good content, making sure that there are no extra hoops to jump through when commenting, and rewarding them with dofollow links as well as the ability to use keyword luv.


        2. Twitter:
          I wonder if you can take it as well as you like dishing it out. Calling people idiots for their choices is idiocy at its worst; that’s what free choice is all about.

          As for me, I prefer not to waste my time with any blog that doesn’t want me to participate with them. If you put up something that makes me stop to do something extra instead of just writing, then it shows you care more about yourself than anything I have to say, and I move on. The general idea of blogging, in my opinion only, is to set up a social aspect of stating a case in some fashion, then allowing others to comment on it without a lot of cumbersome hoops to go through. Hopefully they’ll do it nicely but obviously that’s not always how things go. Still, if you want comments, you don’t throw obstacles in the way. And I’ll go elsewhere, because there’s always someone else who’s just as talented and is saying something constructive and not being insulting that I can read and comment on.

          I don’t like anyone taking shots at Sire, and he may be gracious and accepting of it, but I’m not. :evil_wp:
          .-= Mitch´s last blog ..Web Courtesy; Don’t We Deserve That Much? =-.

          1. Touché.

            I can take criticism on the internet, of that you may rest assured. If it’s a nice day, I might even condescend to defend myself.

            I believe people have a responsibility to take in as much information as practical. Filtering things out that are completely irrelevant, such as how many cigarette butts are in the gutter, is just a matter of common sense. Actively deciding not to read something on the grounds of the ease of response/interaction, however, makes one miss a lot of potentially worthwhile information.

            This is potentially a belief unique to my way of thinking – that the core purpose of language is to convey information. I simply see those who don’t share that belief as not making the most of the abundant resources available to them.

            Also, I agree with you that blogging in the current sense is about stating a case – I don’t believe it’s necessary to be social about it. If you’re stating a case, by adding a social element to your blog you are inviting it to be challenged. That I can respect.

            However blogging can also serve merely to educate, in which case interaction is not necessarily desirable, as one learns when they’ve had the hundredth person spam the word “penis” in their otherwise tidy comments section.

            All that considered, I find it hard to reconcile the idea that one should try to learn as much as possible with the idea that commenting plugins really make a difference.

            That’s my case. Et tu, Mitch? :)


            1. Twitter:
              You make a good case, Horst. However, I figure that for every person writing something that’s earth shattering, there’s probably 100 others who are writing something similar. I consume tons of information; I speed read, which comes in handy since I follow 200 blogs and news sources or more in my reader. Sometimes I want to comment on what I’ve read, and if I’m stifled from my inspiration, I’ll move on and never come back. Will I potentially miss something; yup. Will I know I’ve missed it; nope.

              You make another good point, that being that blogging doesn’t have to be interactive if the purveyor of the information doesn’t wish it. However, if that person is anyone other than Seth Godin, whose blog I also refuse to visit, I doubt anyone else will be checking it out either. Then again, most people writing in that fashion aren’t checking their stats anyway, so I assume they really don’t care what I, or anyone else thinks.

              Course, you should have been here in November and December when the ruckus was about responding to comments on blogs; now that was an interesting free-for-all.
              .-= Mitch´s last blog ..Sometimes You Should Read The Terms Of Use =-.

            2. >Actively deciding not to read something on the grounds of the ease of response/interaction, however, makes one miss a lot of potentially worthwhile information.

              I couldn’t disagree with you more Horst. Firstly I was also taken aback by your comment
              >I’m sorry, but you’re an idiot. :thumbdown_tb: (not to worry, I took a deep breath. Like Sire, I’ve learned to have a thick skin on the net. :laughing_tb:)

              There are so many blogs on the net, I can’t possibly take it all in. I need some way to filter what I choose to read. If someone is going to make it hard for me to comment – one of my key motivations for reading blogs- I will often choose to move on. That is a carefully chosen decision, not a random act of an idiot.
              .-= Ned Carey´s last blog ..Charles County Md Tax Sale 2010 =-.

          2. Hey Mitch, got my back as usual I see. Nice to know you’re always there for me mate.


            1. Twitter:
              Sire, you’re one of the most gracious guys I’ve ever met, and you take someone saying something mean to you with a lot of grace. It’s your space, you pay for it, and thus you deserve respect, period. If he disagrees with the position, that’s something else entirely, but I dislike when people believe it’s their right to be rude because they “like to tell it like it is.” To me, it means a lack of intelligence and consideration for others; yeah, I said it.

              You’re one of the best, and I want to make sure everyone knows it. Even if you are a Christian! :lol_tb:
              .-= Mitch´s last blog ..Web Courtesy; Don’t We Deserve That Much? =-.


  13. Twitter:
    About time you got into this issue, Sire. You know my position, of course, and that goes for Intense Debate and others that do pretty much the same thing. If I’ve subscribed to comments by putting a check in that little box, that should suffice as far as I’m concerned.

    I also don’t want to be tracked via all these different blogs either, something else I know those things do. If someone really cares, they’ll find me just fine.
    .-= Mitch´s last blog ..Facebook Changes And Alter Egos =-.

    1. “I also don’t want to be tracked via all these different blogs either, something else I know those things do. If someone really cares, they’ll find me just fine.” COuldn’t have said it better, Mitch! Disqus reminds me a bit of “big brother is watching you” and that I don’t like at all. As for my main blog, I do have captcha installed for the simple reason to keep the robot commentators away. One morning I woke up to 250+ comments, simply too much and most of them are fine. So, for me it is captcha and hand moderation for the “human spammers”, but no Akismet, I hate that one with a passion, SY


      1. Twitter:
        I have to say you’re the first person I’ve ever heard say they hated Askimet. I swear by it, and always recommend it as the first plugin to add to a WP blog. Freaky!
        .-= Mitch´s last blog ..Ning Is Dead; Well Not Quite… =-.

        1. The reason why I dislike Akismet and stopped using it is the number of false positives it has. Means I got emails from friends “Hey, why don’t you approve my comments anymore?” and then I had to go to the spam folder and “digg them out”. I prefer to block the robots with a captcha and check the rest of the comments by hand and with common sense. But that is just me ;-) SY

          1. Must admit I’ve had to fish one or two comments out, but nothing compared to what Akismet catches. Like Mitch it’s one plugin I couldn’t do without.


          2. Twitter:
            Did your friends used to put in a lot of links? Askimet learns if you put stuff into it properly, but it will always have problems if there are too many links in a comment, which is why I like CommentLuv, since most people know how it works by now & thus won’t add links to their messages all that often.

            I have to admit my issue with most captchas is that they’re hard to read. Whoever the person was who came up with green against pink or vice versa should be slapped or sent back to school to learn something about color blindness! lol
            .-= Mitch´s last blog ..Facebook Changes And Alter Egos =-.

            1. Mine is over a kind of grey concrete like background and set to “easy”. Different things work for different blogs ;-) And no, Akismet also buried comments that had no links at all in it.

            1. Oops, no, sorry, my personal blog I was referring to is at hospitalera.com the link goes to a niche article site I am just building up and where I use WP purely as a CMS and not as a “community building blog with a nice comment section that doubles as a water cooler to hang out around”, my apologies for the confusion. I also have to cope with Akismet on a couple of free wordpress.com blogs I still maintain occasionally ;-) SY

          3. I’m with Mitch here. I love Akismet and have had very few false positives.

            The Akismat filter gets better when you mark the false positives as “not spam”. And you are helping your commeters by doing so.
            .-= Ned Carey´s last blog ..Charles County Md Tax Sale 2010 =-.

            1. Now why didn’t I think to mention that Ned? On the other hand it’s quite possible that some people who leave less than favorable comments have been marked as spam and that’s why Akismet has been picking them up. Sound like another good reason to leave worthwhile comments.

    2. yep, it took awhile Mitch but at least I got it done.

  14. I voted no. I did not refrain from commenting on Disqus powered blogs. Unfortunately, there are too many blogs that I like and belong to friends that are Disqus powered and I am taking that extra mile to comment. Once you register, it does not seem to be that difficult to leave a comment. Although I can understand the frustration of someone who wants to leave a comment and have to take too many steps to do so.
    .-= DiTesco´s last blog ..Google Releases Best SEO Tips Ever =-.

    1. DiTesco, my time on the Net is limited and if unfortunately I have to make cuts wherever possible to make the best use of my time online. If I’m logged in at the time I will leave a comment, if not then I’m afraid I will move on, that is unless I am reciprocating a comment left by a mate, as I will jump through certain hoops for my friends.

      1. Can’t you comment as a guest using Disqus? Pretty sure you can. And I don’t think it has any more fields than the one I just filled out. It also doesn’t have ads misleadingly placed right above the submit button.

        1. You probably can Joe, but where’s the advantage for the commentator. Sure he leaves a comment but doesn’t get to leave his url or anything so nobody knows who the hell left such a brilliant comment. Many just wouldn’t bother.

  15. I dont like blog using Disqus or any other blog which we have to log in to comment. For me, people are free to comment on their own. But I do aware of spam comments which will be distributed well in your blog if you don’t moderate the comments.

    1. No spam on my blog Serenity, I check all comments left on my blog and delete or spam any that I think are not complying to my comment policy.

  16. I use disqus on my blog and have done for quite a while.

    To be honest I’ve become frustrated by it’s unreliability and want to change.

    Sire do you know how I can go back to the standard WP comments without losing my threaded comments?

    1. Hey Ben!

      I think everything would be fine if you just remove the plugin, mate. Just go into the “discussion” settings on your dashboard and make sure that “threaded comments” is on.

      Please note… I don’t know for certain, I’m just making an educated guess.
      .-= Steve Youngs´s last blog ..The Success Cycle =-.

      1. I’m fairly sure that Steve is correct. You could test it by deactivating Disqus temporarily and adjusting it. Nothing would be lost and you could re-enable if you were not happy with the results.
        .-= Kimberly Castleberry@social media´s last blog ..Make Fan Page FBML Welcome Tabs Easy! =-.

        1. I had a Tweet from Ben and he said that he lost all the threads after removing Disqus. I hope he finds a way to get them back. Thing is he’s willing to lose those threads and start again shows that Disqus isn’t for everyone.

          1. Has anyone been able to find a solution to this question: changing back to standard WP comments without losing all previous comments? I installed Disqus and now I totally regret it and want to get out of this mess ASAP.

    2. You mean if you were to deactivate it you would lose all the threads? Man, that’s another good reason not to install it.

      Do they have a forum where you could ask that question? You would think that someone from Disqus would have a solution to that Ben. Most good plugins offer a clean uninstall.

  17. Frankly speaking, this is the first time I hear about Disqus. Gotta snoop it out, but I use Commentluv so there is no need for me to seek out other commenting services so to speak. I do get a lot of spam, but it doesn’t bother me because my spam blocker just automatically deletes them, so I don’t even get to read them, just see the number of spam caught. It’s easy on my nerves :)
    .-= Elena@Russianize This´s last blog ..Submit And Share Your Russianized Images =-.

    1. Hi Elena, which just happens to be my mom’s name, thanks for taking the time to comment. Akismet is one plugin that I can’t do without.The few spam comments it misses I don’t mind deleting myself.


  18. Twitter:
    I don’t like Disqus. It’s often just too complicated when all I want to do, is write a comment about something. I really, really need to want to say what I have on my mind, before I bother using Disqus.

    Why not just use Akismet to stop the spam coming in through the normal wordpress comment form? Captcha is another option, but I’m not too fond of that one too, it’s an annoying step, especially when the captchas are the kind where you often don’t know what it says.
    .-= Klaus @ TechPatio´s last blog ..Friday Flick Find: Best/Worst April Fool’s Prank Ever =-.

    1. I didn’t realize that Disqus was also a spam filter. Even so I still would not put people through have to be members just so they can leave a comment. That to me is just ridiculous.

  19. I am glad you wrote this post Sire. Anything that requires your readers to log in – even if they already have an account – WILL reduce comments.

    I have to REALLY want to comment to bother logging in and often have issues with getting logged in that lose the comment I’ve already typed or simply will not log in at all.

    The only thing worse than Disqus and IntenseDebate are blogspot blogger blogs that do not enable using an email address and URL. Those I usually Tweet at suggesting they turn that on.

    I often have difficulty getting logged in to blogger too. Maybe it is because I use so many different usernames and passwords. Whatever the reason if I have to log in I rarely will comment.

    I believe there will soon be almost separate communities based on where we comment. I have already stated that I make DoFollow CommentLuv KeywordLuv blogs my priority.

    Almost all of my time is dedicated to reading, commenting and recommending only the bloggers in that community. I explain why in my KeywordLuv post linked in the main URL field of this reply.

    Did you hear that I am the new “Editor-in-Chief” at CommentLuv? I’ll be publishing weekly columns there and am also working with Andy to make the comluv site more user friendly. If you have suggestions I hope you’ll let me know.
    .-= Gail @ KeywordLuv´s last blog ..Affiliate Tips Tuesday: Holiday Promotions =-.

    1. Don’t get me started on Blogger blogs Gail, I did a whole post on that and it turned out to be in the top 10 most popular posts.

      Congratulation on your new position too and if I come up with any suggestions I will be sure to let you know.

      1. I’d love to read a post on your opinion of blogger blogs! If a blog does not have standard WordPress comments fields, then I almost never leave a comment. The disqus system is a total pain for people who are not registered to their system/
        .-= Tom@geoarbitrage´s last blog ..What Is Geoarbitrage? =-.

        1. Tom, you’ll find the link in the footer under Popular Posts.

  20. I’m a big fan of Disqus and after installing it on my main blog, comments almost doubled, so I’ve put it on all my blogs.

    There seems to be some confusion over this log in thing. If you set up a Disqus account once, you’re permanently logged in as a Disqus commenter until you sign out.

    So whenever I go to another Disqus blog, all my information is already “there” – I simply type the comment and hit go. Whenever I visit a Disqus site, I NEVER have to type in my name, URL or email address.

    Other benefits:

    Amazing spam protection (It’s why the big blogs use it)
    You (and your readers) are able to reply to comments in email
    You can moderate via email as well
    Everything is backed up – you never lose your comments

    For the reader moving back to WP comments, you can simply export all your Disqus comments back to WP at any time, and you can import your WP comments into Disqus as well.

    The only thing it lacks for me is Comment Luv, but maybe that’s coming :)

    1. I’ve had problems using Disqus.
      First it angered my readers. All 5 of them because they didn’t want to sign up.

      Then, for me personally, when I go to reply to a comment someone has left on my comment it seems to forget I who I am and wants me to sign back in.

      I don’t necessarily dislike Disqus. But I often find it annoying. Still comment on blogs using it though..
      .-= Glen´s last blog ..Changing the World =-.

      1. Is that because your already a member Glen? What if you weren’t?

        1. If I wasn’t a member I probably wouldn’t leave a comment. You have to jump through hoops to join. In my opinion.

          I like the comment system that comes with my theme. And I like Comment Luv.

          And I also don’t have a problem with waiting for my comment to be approved the first time. Seems like that bothers a lot of other people..
          .-= Glen´s last blog ..Changing the World =-.

          1. Cool, that would have to be a no then :wink_ee:

    2. Glad you like it so much Mike, but I got to tell you, I am surprised that your comments have doubled. From the responses I’ve gotten so far it seems that while some people will still continue to comment there’s also a lot that say they won’t. Not one person so far has said that they look forward to commenting on a Disqus blog.

      As to being permanently logged on, that’s not always the case, at least not when I’m concerned.

      Regarding exporting the comments back to WordPress, I reckon Ben would dearly like to know how that’s done as he’s wanting to get rid of Disqus but is afraid of losing all his threads.

      1. Now, if you were on Disqus I could simply have replied via email :)

        I just checked to make sure I wasn’t misleading anyone, and I switched to Disqus in August 2009, and you can see where the comments changed. On the ten posts before the switch I averaged 3.8 comments per post. On the ten posts after switching I averaged 9.4 comments per post. So in fact it more than doubled my comments.

        It would be interesting to check (I can’t be bothered) to see if the same thing happened when Chris Brogan, Gary Vaynerchuk or David Risley switched to Disqus.

        I’m not sure about why some people don’t seem to stay logged in to Disqus – presumably they have cookies disabled?
        .-= Mike CJ´s last blog ..Saturday Discussion – What kind of posts generate the most traffic? =-.


        1. Twitter:
          You sure it wasn’t just because you’re an interesting and great guy, Mike? :-) I love reading your stuff, and you’re one of the few Disqus blogs I do subscribe to and read, even if I don’t comment; that’s what blog readers are for.
          .-= Mitch´s last blog ..What’s The Problem With Palm? =-.

        2. Nope, cookies are enabled. As to your comments increasing, it could well be because your posts got better :wink_ee:

        3. I am using disqus on one of my blogs and I really like it. I saw where someone suggested checking stats. I had not done that and will have to see if my comments have gone up or down since the change.

  21. I understand the usage of Disqus on Blogger blogs due their crappy comment system, but don’t really see the purpose on a WP powered site. I voted no as I will comment on a post if I want to regardless of their comment system. Yet, it’s not a preference.
    .-= Anne Bender´s last blog ..Scherzettino, Performed by Megan Bender & Nitza Kats =-.

    1. That’s because you’ve got such a good heart Anne and you couldn’t leave without telling someone you loved their post :smile1_ee:

  22. Still not sure what everyone else is doing wrong, I’ve never had to log in more then once to any of them…..unless I delete my cache, in which case I have to re-log into everything requiring a log in.
    .-= Dennis Edell @ Direct Sales Marketing´s last blog ..TweetMeme Installed! I Have Some Questions… =-.

    1. That could explain it Dennis, but that in itself is a pain. Anyway, like I said previously, people who are not members and are not inclined to join are not going to leave comments, where otherwise they would.

      1. Perhaps, but I think most people wil log into something like Disqus before having to log into the blog itself, me included.
        .-= Dennis Edell @ Direct Sales Marketing´s last blog ..Comment Contest: 5 Days Left! =-.

          1. Me either, no way man.

            I dunno though, I consider Disqus and the other one, Intense debate? different for some reason…Prolly because it is now a “common” commenting system.
            .-= Dennis Edell @ Direct Sales Marketing´s last blog ..Theme Customization 5- New Pages, Tabs, and More! =-.

            1. I think only because a lot of those people who use it don’t realize it may be costing them comments, or perhaps they do realize and just don’t care.

            2. I hate it due to no commentluv; one of my favorite blogs just switched.
              .-= Dennis Edell @ Direct Sales Marketing´s last blog ..What are YOUR Top 3 Social Sharing Recommendations =-.

  23. Sire when I started blogging – and visiting you – I really didn’t “get it”. To me, it was simply one more click (or two) and (the very similar Intense Debate plugin I was using) brought a lot of features. Unlike Disqus it at least have commentluv integration. However, although I initially missed a few of the toys, it really was guidance from you that helped me the correct wordpress settings (enabled threaded comment) and plugins (subscribe to comments) etc that made me not only miss it but helped my comment numbers go up!

    Today, visiting so many blogs, now in hindsight I “see” clearly the frustration of the visitors you mentioned. Not only do I not like the additional login process but when they could be sharing link-love and chose not to I tend to find myself feeling a little slighted.

    Creating feelings of work, frustration and slightedness in our visitors is a BAD idea as you’ve pointed out!

    Thanks for the post and your poll is very revealing!
    Kimberly
    .-= Kimberly Castleberry@social media´s last blog ..Protect Your Data: How To Back Up WordPress Correctly! =-.

    1. The poll yes but even more so are the comments. Although people have voted no many of those have also expressed some displeasure at blogs that use Disqus, which may in the long run mean they visit those blogs less often.

      I’m flattered that I was able to mold the way you blog in some small fashion Kimberley, as knowing that makes what I do so worthwhile. Know this, that I have also learned a lot from you and I feel that is what true blogging is all about.

  24. I can not hide my feeling when I visit a blog with Disqus! it feels like I am in a strange place.. CommentLuv makes me feel home, I really don’t know why, but this is how I feel about it! Ah I got it.. I think it’s because comments are hosted a way from my blog, this is why I have the strange feeling!

    mmm… or maybe because bloggers who are using Disqus makes me feel they don’t award commenters or they are from that kind that want to keep the juice for themselves.. kind of selfish!

    And of.. yeah, I use Disqus on my blogs that I don’t blog often on them like my auto blog for example, I have a blog about VW Golf cars, I recently activated Disqus on it to not worry about Spammer! this also means I will not be replying to those people!… this is what Disqus for.. I guess lol
    .-= Hesham @ FamousBloggers´s last blog ..MMO a Great Place to Submit Bookmarks =-.

    1. Well there you go Hesham, we have found that Disqus is useful after all, you just have to install it on blogs where you know you’re not going to participate in, so it doesn’t really matter if comments are low.

      I didn’t realize comments were hosted off site. Perhaps that’s why you lose the comment thread when you disable it?

      1. You will lose comments, but there is an import/export feature in the DISQUS tools tab that will help you to export an XML file, then you can import this file to your WordPress database!

        I can say this process is not easy for a beginner, specially if you want everything to work good, and probably you will lose a few comments specially when we talking about thousands of comments and replies!

        So.. it’s kind of.. if you go black, it’s not easy to go back ;)

        1. Sounds like a good reason not install it in the first place. Thanks for all that useful information Hesham.

  25. I voted no. I guess I don’t know what the real issue is with Disqus. Probably cuts down on the spam I suppose so to me it seems like a good thing.

    1. Thing is there are other plugins that cut out spam that doesn’t put any extra work on the commentator, and when you’re looking for comments you want to make it as easy as possible for them to leave one.

  26. I don’t see the point of Disqus. I see no advantage from either the commenter or the blogger. Why does it exist?

    I came here from a Disqus blog, I wasn’t logged in on this computer and I didn’t leave a comment. I didn’t stay there either. I visit Disqus blogs so infrequently I don’t know that I am ever logged in.

    Disqus goes against business principal #1. Make it easy for your customers to do business with you.

    Of course if you want to discourage comments by all means install it :laugh_tb:
    .-= Ned Carey´s last blog ..Charles County Md Tax Sale 2010 =-.

    1. I’m with you on this one Ned, the customer always comes first. It’s sort of like a shop that asks the customer to join some club of some sort before allowing them to shop.

      So far the only ones really supporting it seem to be the ones who use it.

  27. I actually like blogs using disqus. Maybe I haven’t seen the disadvantages, but I think it’s very convenient.
    .-= Julius´s last blog ..Blogging Against Disablism Day 2010 =-.

    1. That could be because you’re a member, those who aren’t probably have a different opinion of it.

  28. I would never use it simply because I have a hard enough time trying to get anyone to comment on my blog. I have a couple of different blogs and one of them has been spammed so badly that I just removed the comments section. The other sections seem to be ok and every once in awhile someone will make a valid comment.

    What I would like to see is how do I get people to leave comments? I don’t want to post things that are really “out there” in order to get people to comment. (I read somewhere that that helps) Anyone have any good info on how to do this?

    Thanks

    Cindy
    .-= Cindy´s last blog ..How to Set Up Webcam For Windows Live Messenger =-.

    1. First Cindy I would install Akismet as that will solve most of your spam problem. Then I would have a comment policy and I would stick to it deleting any comment that isn’t up to par.

      Another trick people use is to ask a question at the end of the post as this usually encourages people to leave a comment. It’s also a good idea not to make the post so informative that it doesn’t leave any room for people to comment because you’ve covered all the basis.

      One last thing, leave lot’s of quality comments on other blogs as this could lead to people returning the favor. Hope that helps.

  29. Great poll Sire, your cranking the votes already thats sweet. I haven’t done a poll in forever, maybe I should rip ya and do one :) Kidding of course.

    I have written about third party comment systems and just about anything third party, I hate it. Always have, call me selfish or whatever else but I don’t do toolbars and try to refrain from anything else that causes traffic leaks.
    .-= Extreme John´s last blog ..Weekend Announcement [Video] =-.

    1. Hey John, hows it going mate? Yeah, I just can’t see why people would forgo the standard comment system to install one that has no benefits for the user and can actually turn people away from commenting. Makes no sense at all.

  30. Currently I only comment on 3-4 blogs that use Disqus, and I am not a fan of it mainly because I think it deters first time commentors because of the additional hoops.

    After actually setting up an account, the few blogs I do comment on that use it I am logged in automatically so it is just as easy as commenting here (firefox saved my info from last comment I left), so no biggie there…
    .-= Keith´s last blog ..Contest: Over $2400 in Prizes =-.

    1. Agreed, once a member it’s not all that bad, but I know I get a lot of new users and I assume that a lot of them may not be members of Disqus so that being the case why would I install a third party commenting system and possibly lose their patronage?

  31. I still comment on Disqus blogs, but I do admit that it annoys me.
    .-= Rose´s last blog ..Daughter suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder =-.

  32. I wasn’t too sure what ‘Disqus’ was, so to ensure i know what we are discussing so i can give an honest comment, i had to go read Mitch article on it through the link on your site. You see, i really don’t concern myself with what’s the next coolest thing, so some of these useless stuff pass me by.
    Anyway, now that i know what Disqus is, i remember i have come across it on some sites,though it didn’t stop me from commenting, i thought it was totally unneccessary. People must know that time is very valuable. When someone comes to your site, after reading a post decides to post, it’s very unwise to further put the reader through unneccessary tasks. Let’s all be considerate, i mean the readers are adding contents to the site and bloggers should be thinking of how to make life easier and more beneficial for the commentators. Like mitch said, since i commmented, i would normally want to be notified of further comments, it’s so unneccessary to have to confirm that again from an email. The more tasks you make people take, the more relutant they would be to see it to the end

    Alot of us waste time on adding things to our sites that are of no benefit instead of concentrating on providing value rich content.
    Well, now you know my stand

      1. Well, i guess what differentiates me from those people is that when i stop to comment, i do so because i really want to add to what has been discussed not because of building links, that’s just a plus. That is why when i don’t find a topic interesting or see no point in adding to what has been said, i don’t comment.

        In one or two occassions when i couldn’t leave a comment on a blog because i was asked to sign in first, i was really irritated and almost angry, because i wanted to make an honest comment. So i want to say that people should either give free acess to everyone to make a comment on their blogs or just completely remove the comment function from their sites instead of limiting those who comment with such stuff

        1. I understand how you feel Karo, but like I said I reckon people like you are a minority :wink_ee:

          I reckon more would move on to another blog that has no such restrictions.

          1. Can you really blame them? it’s annoying but definitely not as bad as pop ups! I get mad when i see those, though you know me, at times i still wait patiently to read the post. I wish pop ups can be done away with. I’m so irritated by it that i did an article on it. Just hope people will listen

            1. Yeah, popups are the worst, especially when they take up most of the screen and sometimes I can’t even see how to get rid of them. When that happens I just move on.

  33. Hey Sire,

    I’ll be honest, I’m not really too stressed one way or another. I did actually try Disqus for a little while on one of my blogs. What I liked about it, was that it made it easy for people to sign in with the their Facebook or Twitter accounts. That said, I kind of like having control of the comments on my site, rather than having an entirely different system handle them.

    As far as the other “debate” going on here. I’m sure I’m in the minority on this, but I don’t really have a problem with making it a little bit difficult for people to comment. If someone wants to interact with my on my site, but can’t be bothered to take an extra couple of seconds to log in … well, whatever they were planning to say couldn’t have been too important really.

    Blog commenting is a two way street. I do agree that the blogger is being helped somewhat by the additional content that comments provide. But especially on “dofollow” blogs, I may be cynical, but I really have my doubts that many of the commenters are writing out of a purely altruistic desire to help me out. Know what I mean?

    I don’t comment much here lately. But when I do, it’s because I have something to say. And if I have something to say, I really don’t care if the blog is dofollow, nofollow, disqus, intensedebate or anything else. If I want to be heard, I’ll find a way.

    So just be clear, I was one of those “no” votes in your poll. ;-)
    .-= Todd@Scented Candles´s last blog ..Angel Wings Scented Candle =-.

    1. hey Todd, thanks for a great comment mate. In regards to

      If someone wants to interact with my on my site, but can’t be bothered to take an extra couple of seconds to log in … well, whatever they were planning to say couldn’t have been too important really.

      That’s a pretty big assumption and while those who really had something to say would leave a comment, that doesn’t necessarily mean that all those comments you could be missing out on were of an inferior nature. :wink_ee:

  34. If I have to sign up to get involved then I ain’t leaving no comments unless I’m DYING to . Disqus and the rest of those 3rd party commenting system just don’t do it me. I’ve seen bloggers having issues with Disqus after database failure and restoration.

    1. Yeah, I was shocked when I found that the comments were held off site. Why would anyone want to lost control of their blog comments.

      Say, I do believe you forgot to vote on the poll ;)
      .-= Sire´s last blog ..Where Would You Be Without Ink For Your Printer? =-.


  35. Twitter:
    I used IntenseDebate for some time until I switched finally to WordPress. When you are in blogger using Disqus or IntenseDebate is far more better than to use Blogger’s default commenting system which throws all the comments in anohter page. I wonder how could anybody have that idea when designing!

    Immediately when I switched to WordPress I could not resist third party commenting sytem. They are java based so the links posted there are useless for search engine. So my commenters were not getting reward for what I had enabled commentLuv plugin.

    Now, I’m happy. I use commentLuv and Dofollow for the comment author’s link. Now I don’t need to say ThankYou! ;-)
    .-= Suresh Khanal@icttrends.com´s last blog ..Google Changed Search Result Page, How to Get The Old Back? =-.

    1. Yeah while they are definitely better than blogger’s comment form it’s still a pain having to ask people to register just so they can leave a comment.

      I agree, WordPress comment form is so much better.
      .-= Sire´s last blog ..Being Real BloggerLuv And Huge Breasts =-.

  36. Personally I had to ditch disqus on my site because it tanked my site’s load time (almost double) plus the comment count never showed up. I liked it to an extent but in the end the cons outweighed. Other people using Disqus doen’t bother me nor discourage me from commenting.
    .-= The Real Josh´s last blog ..Will you be my friend? My future book =-.

    1. Thanks for the comment Josh, not that I would ever use Disqus, but it’s nice to know that there are cons, and that as far as you were concerned they outweighed the pros.


  37. Twitter:
    I think your poll totals are illuminating in great ways. Right now, as I write this, it stands at 36 who said Disqus wouldn’t stop them from commenting and 34 who said it did. Even if the “no” vote is ahead, it’s a very slight lead, and basically means that people with Disqus are potentially losing out on comments from about 50% of all people who might visit their blogs. Since we already know that not everyone who visits our blog will comment anyway, is it really worth losing another 50% of those people who might have commented if that weren’t in place?
    .-= Mitch´s last blog ..I’ve Joined A Health Club =-.

    1. Even now Mitch it’s close, 44 wouldn’t stop commenting and 40 would. With those sorts of numbers there is no way I would use Disqus.
      Sire recently posted…Why Does Sex In Advertising Sell?My Profile

  38. I really dislike Disqus, I can only think of two bloggers that I follow that use it. With the one, I tend to comment on her site. I really enjoy what she has to say. She’s new to blogging, and besides myself, I don’t think she gets any comments. I cannot help but think that some people are turned off by her commenting system? I dislike Bloggers commenting system too.

    However, the one thing I hate the most is when Bloggers want me to register before I comment. OMG, why! I’ve met an amazing beekeeper who happens to live in my State. His podcasts on beekeeping are simply amazing. I always listen to his audios. I remember I even subscribed to comment on a few of his posts, but I haven’t done that anymore. It’s simply another step that I would much rather not do.

    1. I can’t understand why people don’t realize that they need to make it as easy as possible for people to leave a comment. Making people register before commenting is just silly.
      Sire recently posted…How A Woman Made Me Change My Evil WaysMy Profile

  39. I’ve used Echo, IntenseDebate and Disqus. I think they are mostly the same. I like having people login from other networks cause it cuts down on the spam and improves the quality of the comments.

    1. I’m not sure that’s entirely true Jason, it could well be a placebo effect, but heck if you like it then you go with it mate.

  40. I agree with DiTesco, when he says April 23, “I did not refrain from commenting on Disqus powered blogs. Unfortunately, there are too many blogs that I like and belong to friends that are Disqus powered…” That pretty much sums up how I stand on the issue, although I would much rather comment on a CommenLuv blog.

    1. I used to be like Ditesco to, but over time the aggravation got to me and I stopped visiting all but the closest of friends.

  41. I’m not surprised at all the dislike about Disqus. I did some research a few months back, when I was looking at getting a commenting system. I saw so much anger and frustration towards Disqus and IntenseDebate, that I decided to stick with the WordPress comment system, but make sure I set up threaded comments and incorporate CommentLuv.

    So far my system works great, and I doubt I will ever use a system where my comments are hosting in another location, than my blog.

    1. Hi Fiona, I do believe this is your first time on Wassupblog, if that’s the case then I welcome you with open blogging arms. :grin1_ee:

      Let me just say that I truly believe you have made the right choice. The WordPress commenting system is flawless and with the addition of plugins like commentluv I reckon it can’t be beat.
      Sire recently posted…Three Things The Probloggers Have That We Don’tMy Profile

  42. I agree with moondancer. Why would you allow comments on your blog and then discourage people by adding the registration requirement. Maybe there is a valid reason but I have not figured it out yet. As long as people are making meaningful comments that help to further the conversation why make it harder for them to participate? I personally cannot recall that I went through the whole registration process in order to leave a comment. The current trend is that we want things to happen immediately. I think this also applies to commenting.

  43. Disqus takes a lot of time to load and reduces the page speed to some extent, it is also not search engine friendly. According to me using Disqus commenting system is a bad idea.

    1. Another reason for staying away from it.

  44. The only thing more frustrating than trying to comment with Disqus is trying to comment on Livejournal.

    OTOH you appear not to be following your own advice. Just posting the present comment I had to clear two speed bumps; one being that the Website field only accepts websites with feeds, and then that there is a minimum length for comments. This is the first time I’ve run into that. Am often frustrated with blogger.com’s 5,000 character *maximum*.
    Lori recently posted…Quotebag #72My Profile

    1. He Lori, firstly the website field accepts any url and secondly I require a minmal length as it stops people from leaving poor insubstantial comments. As you can see from your own comment it went from a one liner to one with considerably more value :wink_ee:


  45. Twitter:
    I haven’t given Disqus much of a chance, but then again, I haven’t felt a need to give it a chance. Commenting should be simple and straightforward for the end user, and I find Disqus takes away from the entire User Experience. It requires additional steps (As opposed to typing your comment and hitting submit) and I also feel it scares off commenters. I know when I go to a blog, if I see that Disqus Comment Form, I’m a lot less likely to comment.

    1. This exactly why I would never move to a Disqus comment system and why I do not comment on a blog using it.

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