Gordon Swaby

To Disqus or not to Disqus…

I’ve been contemplating for SOME time now on whether or not to adapt the           infamous (is it?) disqus commenting system on my blog.

I have a few questions that i need answered before i even consider adapting it:

  • What if Disqus should suddenly die? All my comments will vanish right? There doesn’t seem to be any option available to import them back into my blog.
  • How Can people comment on my blog when disqus goes down; i really take my blog comments seriously.

There were others but i can’t seem to pull them from memory right now.  I will be sure to add them when i remember.  But for now can someone please explain those two to me.

Written by Gordon Swaby

Gordon Swaby

Founder and CEO of social learning service EduFocal.com. I’m passionate about technology, the internet and the use of technology in education. I am a recipient of Governor General’s Youth Award, the PSOJ’s 50 Under 50 Award, The commonwealth Youth Award and many others.


Lovingly made on Saturday, July 12th, 2008 at 11:44 pm. Filed under Tech, Web 2.0, Webology.

  • http://www.louisgray.com/live/ Louis Gray

    #1, Disqus has only gone down once that I know of, and it was for about an hour. #2, all services have some level of risk, but Disqus is looking to get strong import/export capabilities. Your comments are no more at risk with Disqus than they would be with Haloscan, Blogger, TypePad, etc.

  • http://www.advance-gamers.com Gordon Swaby

    Thanks for clearing that up

  • http://www.sheysmith.com Shey

    You can keep all your existing comments in WordPress and install Disqus for your future posts. However, there isn’t a way to export the comments back to WordPress, yet. I beleive that IntenseDebate does export comments back to WordPress.

    Both systems can be linked to FriendFeed. Whatever system you choose, if they go down, your comments go with them. So far I have only heard of minimal disturbances in service and nothing too serious.

    I also believe trackbacks are still an issue for both.

    You’ll need to do some research on your own before you choose one, but I do recommend that you install one of the two. It has definitely increased the amount of comments on the blog and makes it very friendly for both users and authors.

  • http://www.advance-gamers.com Gordon Swaby

    Thanks Shay, i was wondering about trackbacks

  • http://disqus.com Daniel Ha

    All valid points, Gordon.

    We’re under a lot of (rightful) scrutiny for these issues, but we’re incredibly conscious of it every day at work.

    That said, there’s a lot coming.

  • http://www.hiddenbusinesstreasures.com Michael Benidt

    Hi Gordon,

    I’m a member of mediabistro (requires a password) and just found out in order to leave a comment on their site I needed to join Disqus.com (another password). Why would a blogger want to create another step (another roadblock) to comments? I didn’t leave my comment on the site, because I would have had to register with Disqus. It already required me to log in as a member of Mediabistro, but then I need another log-in password for another comapany?! I don’t think so.

    Technology people keep piling on more technology that doesn’t simplify the process. Just my opinion – Daniel Ha at Disqus did write back to me, so point in their favor. But, why make it hard for your readers?

  • http://mythoughtsonstuff.com Leon

    See! You won’t lose your comments.

  • jordotech

    Hey guys, is there anyway of employing the disqus service without having to make an api call to their server on every page load?



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