For most of the time WinExtra has been around and accepting comments from our readers I have used the default commenting system with a slight modification to allow for the comments to appear in a threaded manner. As of today I have changed that to utilize the new comment management system from Disqus.
This new service from Disqus is still in development stage and as such doesn’t have a way to import any existing comments; although Daniel has told me that this is a priority for them to get in place. In the meantime the new comment system will only be available for any new comments being made on posts.
I have it set up without any moderation of comments as that is how I had the previous system set up as well. However new commenters will be asked for their name and email address before their comments will be displayed.
By default the Disqus comments are displayed in a threaded view with the newest comments at the top of the pile. the other thing is that if you have an account with Disqus you will be able to assign a picture for your avatar that will be able to be displayed with your comment. Along with that you will notice both an up and down arrow beside each avatar which you can use to score that value of the comment.
One advantage of having a Disqus account is that it will follow you as you visit other blogs that also support Disqus and you can get an RSS feed for both the blogs and the comments made from each of the blogs you post comments to. For a better explanation of how it all works you can drop by the Disqus FAQ page and read through to get a better idea.
The reason I went with Disqus is because I believe they have a lot of interesting things coming that will make it easier for both bloggers and readers to keep track of their comments over the larger blogosphere landscape and make it more interesting to be involved with the blogs you like to read.
Now as soon as they get the import of old comments in place I will be upgrading that part of the WinExtra comments. In the mean time I hope you find this an easier way to get involved and voice your opinions about the things I write about here on WinExtra.
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