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1. Please make sure you support all languages (utf-8).
2. Some public forums want anonymous posts that they can check and allow manually but still need to know who it came from (newspapers in Sweden does this a lot). Usually requires entering an email adress every time and a checkbox "I preffer to be anonymous".
I'll need to cross check, but I think with the default settings, it's currently supported.
> 2. Some public forums want anonymous posts that they can check and allow manually but still need to know who it came from (newspapers in Sweden does this a lot). Usually requires entering an email adress every time and a checkbox "I prefer to be anonymous".
Good idea, I'll add support for anonymous posting with appropriate moderation policies to prevent spam/abuse.
Thanks for the feedback.
I guess that would fool most ad blockers, and users would have to blacklist the "comments.mysite.com" on an individual basis. Seems kind of shady to me. Have you considered this?
There's nothing wrong with using the CNAME if you're only serving comments off that domain.
Also, I'm pretty sure you can regex adblocking DNS entries, so you could block on comments.. pretty easily with minimal casualties. You'd have to intentionally randomize it to bypass adblockers... Which will probably get your domain listed as a badhost by most peers.
(Smarter adblockers would check for CNAMEs and IP blocks, but let's not ecalate the arms race for no reason.)
> it's just another Disqus.
The main difference is the privacy aspect since I don't track users or serve ads. Disqus' business model depends on collecting user data and monetizing it, unlike mine where I directly charge website owners to embed comments.
That's probably what Disqus would have said too if you asked them when they were in your phase. Privacy concerns aren't solved by promises, it's solved by infrastructural and technical decisions that make tracking impossible or/and simply not profitable.
Also, what's to prevent a provider from double-dipping? If you can sell the product plus your users data you can presumably generate even more income. For example, mobile phone carriers sell monthly plans to users and some sell users location and usage data (usually "anonymised") to advertisers.
I don't mean to imply that you are doing these things, or that you ever would, but without independent verification by a trusted third-party, all the users have to go on are your marketing claims. What's your plan for dealing with sceptical users?
* clear policies on how user data is handled
* explicit commitment to never sell user data to third parties
* transparency about any specific concerns users might have
* no dark patterns to trick users or website owners
* a track record of good decision making and staying true to the commitment to privacy
And for people who find me through forums (including HN) or via my blog, I think my privacy + no bullsh*t leanings are pretty clear.
Since I'm solo and bootstrapped, I don't know what options I have regarding independent verification of my claims, but if I get to a point where I can explore such options, I'm all for third party verification of my claims.
This may make quite a legal difference when the justice system gets eventually involved.
If history has shown us anything, it's that everyone has a price and if someone comes along with enough money you'll change your tune. No thanks.
AFAIK I agree that this is another disqus, third party hosted, no privacy expectation, vendor lock-in, etc. also very expensive.
It's another Disqus.
I'm far more likely to send you an email than I am to sign into an unaffiliated third party and trust their cookies.
Unfortunately, that's not true for the blogs I read.
However, I ended up missing out on critical information that readers left in the Disqus comments. For example, if a blogger might review a power tool and a commenter might ask "what's that accessory you're attaching to it?", the blogger will then reply with the answer and may attach a link to the product in Disqus.
Similar situation with programming blog. Some followup Disqus comment may have a correction of syntax, etc.
(I wish people would stop leaving useful information in Disqus comments so I can go back to blocking it again.)
Disqus usually still "shows" when blocked; it just doesn't load the comments, so it's not like it'll be hidden from you that way.
I've been using email successfully, since the early 1980s. It's easy enough for us old people to understand. Well, some of us understand it. Some folks insist on doing it in emacs, but they are few and far between.
Emacs, it's a great operating system but a really lousy text editor.
When I first learned to use a computer, you were fancy if you had an amber screen. These days, I don't even get involved in the vi vs. emacs wars. Instead, I recommend gedit.
The other day, someone was pointing out that you could use one of the image libraries and browse in emacs with ASCII art images being generated on the fly. They were seemingly proud of this. I kinda felt bad for then and I wanted to send then a mouse.
I'm only half joking. So long as it works for the individual, who am I to tell them what to do? It does seem pretty crazy, but the world needs crazy people.
there's no reason that a) needs to happen in a public
comment and b) that you cannot provide an email for
people to reach you at
(If I wanted to talk about things where people couldn't be honest in public it would be different)
The (terrible) server-side code is https://github.com/jeffkaufman/webscripts/blob/master/commen...
As the blog owner you opt into ads on your blog in disqus. If you don't want the ads go check the settings in the disqus control panel and all 3rd party requests disappear.
checking my own blogs using disqus I see no 3rd party requests at all with my ad blocks off
Only one problem - WordPress have abandoned it. It still works, but there are no updates. So some of the icons look dated. And who knows what security holes are present :-/
 - https://posativ.org/isso/
 - https://github.com/Libbum/oration
The other key feature I'm curious about w/ Disqus alternatives is spam filter performance. Isso does not have any besides manual curation of comments.
Unfortunately this also rolls over to the spam filter portion. There were discussions in the bug tracker about this a while back, where the main Isso dev stated that it's a mostly obscure piece of software and spammers are not currently targeting it, so why bother worrying...
Scaling it horizontally is where is starts to get tricky.
You can see the demo-page here:
Provide your email address as an image, receive the comments in your inbox, append the really interesting ones to your blog article.
You really want to remove the spam and will have to do some moderation in order to keep your comments feed clean and interesting anyway. Making it a bit more difficult for your readers to comment has the advantageous effect that they'll think twice before writing. Moreover it also changes the way they write, because now they are addressing to a specific person instead of talking to everyone.
For sure it will probably drastically reduce the number of comments you get, but which one do you prefer: quantity or quality?
Blog here: https://www.ploggingdev.com/
Demo page where you can comment : https://www.ploggingdev.com/2017/08/building-a-disqus-altern...
You should add your list to the private beta to join the other active testers.
Check it out here: https://www.remarkbox.com
GA uses the double click network to give you those age, gender, and interest category information.
Disqus was pretty cool at the time, including their presentations to Pycon and their design. I wondered how the funding would go but was a pretty big fan.
Switching to a static site generator was the right choice, since 2-3 new blog posts have been written since I left. ;-)
The free version is good enough for casual blogging. No ads, no tracking, visually appealing.