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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

SF Weekly Commenting System Finally Enters the 21st Century

Posted By on Tue, Dec 21, 2010 at 11:59 AM

click to enlarge Sounding off just became that much easier... - NORMAN ROCKWELL, OF COURSE
  • Norman Rockwell, of course
  • Sounding off just became that much easier...

Give a shout if you're enamored with SF Weekly's current commenting system.

Anyone? Oh -- thanks, Dad.

Well, get ready to ditch the ordeals we put you through to prove that you aren't an evil robot. We hate to break it to you, but the current system is going the way of the dodo. Today, SF Weekly's blogs are switching to Disqus to make commenting, interacting with our writers and other readers, and community-building on the internet much easier.

As Tim Lincecum would say, "F*ck yeah."

Disqus is the same system used on many Tumblr blogs, as well as CNN.com, TechCrunch, FoxNews.com, and more. We've decided to make the switch because Disqus offers some choice features, including:

Instant gratification

Comments go live as soon as you hit send, which means bantering back and forth on a story's points or merits will be more like an online chat and less like waiting for your comment to be approved by an archaic spam filter. Disqus also lets you comment via your smartphone. Not while driving, please.

Threaded conversations and gold stars

No more confusion over who you're responding to. In addition to commenting on a post, you can comment on other readers' comments, inline. You'll also be able to share your clever statements on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites, and "like" comments of others.

Get comments via e-mail

You can subscribe to comments on any blog post and also be notified when someone replies to your comments, instantly, via e-mail. You may well never get any real work done again.

Commenter profiles

Be as anonymous or as open as you want to be. Disqus allows you to create a profile for yourself, or log in through Facebook or other sites you already use. Profiles also allow you be a part of various Disqus communities.

So give the new system a whirl and let us know what you think. Naturally, we look forward to your comments.

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