New Commenting System (Disqus) For the Site

March 8 2014
by GSL Staff
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logo-disqusAs you may or may not have noticed, we’ve changed part of our commenting system.

When we first started the site, we strictly used self hosted comments. That is, you posted a comment, it was stored and displayed from our database. This worked great…for a while.

As we approached nearly 30,000 on site comments we knew we had to do something to keep our database from getting way too big, way too quickly, so several months ago we added Facebook Comments. This allows Facebook users who are logged in to easily and quickly comment on the site. Also, the comments were stored on Facebook and tied to the Facebook accounts people were already using. Our database was happy.

Adding Facebook comments definitely took some of the strain off of our on-site commenting system, but the number of on-site comments was still growing rapidly. This week, we made the decision to switch our on-site commenting system to Disqus. Disqus is a third party comment management system that handles the management of comments off site. This means our internal database will finally stop ballooning to huge sizes. This has allowed us to save money on hosting costs which means we will be able to expand the site in new, cool ways.

In addition to that benefit, Disqus offers you, the reader, some cool features including comment tracking, profiles and reply notifications if you choose to create an account with them. Don’t worry though, you can still comment as a guest, without an account, the same way you always have. Just make sure to check the “I’d rather post as guest” checkbox when posting a comment.

We understand some people won’t like Disqus, but we do hope you’ll give it a chance. It will allow us to keep the site scalable and useable far into the future by allowing a third party company to handle the discussion portion of our site for us.

Existing comments made on the website have been imported in to the Disqus system. If you already have a Disqus account that uses the same email address you use to comment here, I believe you will be able to claim those comments and add them to your Disqus account. Also, we will be keeping the Facebook commenting system as well since it seems to be very popular with a large number of you guys.

A special thank you to all of our readers and we hope that you will continue to be a part of the discussion as we move forward.

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