I think this post is a testament to how very much this site needs new categories, or at least an "other" category.
I don't know what to think of the new system - it seems to be fixing what's not broken but I haven't seen it at reasonable usage yet.
I personally like Disqus LOADS better and wish the Spartz sites hadn't made this new commenting system just because.
Spartz mods, what was wrong with using Disqus? Why the need to change it?
Because this way everybody has only one account, instead of having a user account (for submissions and favorites) and a separate Disqus account just for comments.
In the future we're also planning to reward users who actively participate, and with Disqus it's really hard for us to tell who's participating.
What don't you like about our system? The nice thing is that since we coded it, we can easily make changes to it. If you send feedback (click the button on the right), then we'll take your suggestions into consideration. We've already added a lot of things (HTML, editing, liking) that we didn't originally have, because people asked for them.
I don't think you can really get your hopes up for too many Disqus commentors coming and making this change to switch from their Disqus accounts to these new accounts. People already have their Disqus accounts set up and it's a lot easier for me to use Disqus because I'm familiar with it.
Another problem I have with it is that it looks a lot like Disqus, so if there isn't anything new being added to the table, why switch?
Another thing that will make it hard for people to want to switch is because Disqus is used on a number of other sites, DearBlankPleaseBlank, Tumblr, etc., so it's very convenient for us to have Disqus for all of these sites, taking away Disqus and adding more accounts and more passwords for us to remember takes away a lot of that convenience that people want.
Also, I think we should have the ability to flag comments and give a reason why we feel the comment is inappropriate as it felt like in the past if we flagged a comment nothing would happen, so I could say a ridiculously racist comment and it would still be there because the mods didn't seem to remove comments no matter how inappropriate they were. I hope this makes sense.
Another idea is to add the ability to attach images/files to our comments, I feel like that would help especially since I've seen a lot of people adding images in the past.
Please take these suggestions into consideration, I think they would help these accounts add something new and get better.
Where exactly is the feedback button? I don't see it.
Hmm. I can see what you mean about saving submissions, but people can just bookmark or save links. I don't really think it was worth all of this upheaval. With regards to the participation thing, Disqus has a community box for that. You can see the most frequent and most liked commenters.
I like the new system and I really like that you're responding to our feedback (no offence but we as users really weren't listened to until a few months ago.) I don't think Disqus needed to be changed because there was nothing wrong with it - you can't fix what's not broken, ya know? - but you guys have obviously worked hard on this. It looks nice and it seems to work well.
One thing: I sign into Disqus through Yahoo! so I don't actually technically have a Disqus account. Weeell... I kinda do but it's at http://disqus.com/yahoo-NNTW253I5QB4O6USLFTZTDLGW4 if you see what I mean. Is that going to cause any problem with importing my comments into my new account? I've made nearly 4,000 comments and I don't want to lose them. :/
Also, will likes be transferred to the new system?
Anyway, thanks for taking our ideas on board. We appreciate it.
Edited 11 months ago
It'd be great to be able to see who likes which comments, and be notified of replies. I'll give you this in the feedback as well.
I'm having trouble finding the feedback button.
Like Snazztastic said, all of the Disqus commentors are very familiar with Disqus and we're well set up with it, and making a switch like this is hard. I know I personally was really used to the features on Disqus that the new Spartz accounts don't have, such as giving notifications when someone replies to a comment. I know you guys are working on adding features that a lot of people want, but Disqus already had a lot of great features and from what I've noticed, nearly all the features you're adding are the ones Disqus already had.
I can tell you guys worked hard on this system and it does have a lot of potential, but like readytostart said, you can't fix what wasn't broken. The only major thing I'd like to see is being able to see both Spartz comments and Disqus comments instead of having to switch back and forth. I know you guys are working on transferring Disqus comments over to Spartz accounts, but I'm not clear on what that entails. Plus, any comments made by people who haven't made a Spartz account will be lost.
That's everything I can think of that hasn't already been mentioned. I know this system's new and I appreciate how much work you all are doing to make this a great system, but I can't help but miss Disqus.
It would be great if we could be notified when someone replies to our comment.
Also, links we post in the comments don't work, we have to copy paste them.
Oh, yeah, and a message box would be lovely. So we can send messages to people we follow if we feel the need to send something.
Hey you forgot something.... the weird face your siblings/parents make when you twitch at the end... :)
This happens to me every night
If by ugly I mean cute*
Yeah, okay, the lack of acceptance sucks. You're right about that. However, this is completely the wrong way to deal with it. How is posting a passive-aggressive rant on this website going to change anything? You need to talk to your friend because it sounds like you have some serious issues.
If you have tried to talk to him/her, this is not a secret.
OOOOOOOOOH THEY FIXED IT SO WE CAN LIKE AND REPLY! byebye old disqus :D
8D I hope they switch all the old comments over soon!
Yes, but you can't edit. Which sort of REALLY sucks.
Or at least I don't know how to edit.
Nope, no editing yet, but I'm sure it'll be there before they make everyone switch.
I hope so, because I edit my comments very, very often.
You can edit on other sites. :C That worries me, what if they're turning off editing on here D:
You can edit on all sites! Also apparently I need to make it easier for you to be notified when somebody replies to your comment :)
Thank you! :)
Yes, yes you do, I never saw this until just now browsing through all the stuff I commented on :P
I'm glad you posted this! I didn't realize editing was so important to you. You should be able to edit your comments now!
Edited a year ago
Yeah, you do need to get off. I'm on a lot, but I also volenteer at the shelter (almost) every day. And I have to say, since I started doing that rather than sitting on a computer all day, my brain has actually improved. Because when I try to remember something, I have to rely on ME, not God Google.
DANGIT! MY TEXT DIDN'T WORK
I added the strike tag for ya!
Yeah, they're right. That is unhealthy. I'm not sure exactly what you get from your computer that you don't feel you're getting elsewhere, but any kind of dependence on an object to the point that you feel you wouldn't be alive without it is not at all healthy. You need to break that habit and I feel like you could do so by building up a happier life without it. Start slowly weaning yourself off it. Try to make other plans so that you're not spending all your time on it - talk to your friends or save up money so you can go out. If your plans fall through the first time, that's okay. Just try again.
Put more time into your education or work. That might help you feel fulfilled and it'll give you something else to concentrate on. Do you have any hobbies? You do now. Try things out - sports, something creative, whatever you want. Whatever you do, don't just crawl back to the computer and waste all your time on it. Life is meant to be lived. I really hate the expression 'YOLO' because it's so often used as a justification for risky or otherwise unwise decisions, but you're living like you're gonna live forever. You're not (lol, that sounds kinda morbid. Sorry about that) so carpe diem!
If you're really struggling to break your habit, maybe you should talk first to the people around you and see how they can help you out, then maybe even to a professional. Internet addiction is a real thing and it's more common than a lot of people realise. Breaking that habit is probably going to be horrible at first, but life has a lot of things to offer that you can't experience behind a screen. The next time you're deliberating over an opportunity, just take it and see what happens. I think you'll start to depend less on the computer if you start feeling more fulfilled without it.
However, none of this stuff is likely to solve your underlying problems. Suicidal feelings are complex; I know that from experience. You need to be keeping the lines of communication open. If a computer is all that's preventing your suicide, it probably won't take much to push you over the edge and it would be really nice if we could stop that from happening. Talk about how you feel so that the people who care about you are aware and can offer their support. If necessary (and I think it probably is) talk to a doctor. You may be referred to the appropriate services (for example, therapy). Don't just keep this quiet and continue relying on your computer to make you feel better. That's no real way to live. Your post is troubling because it implies that you're barely clinging on. You need to act soon so I advise you to read what I've written and take action as a result of it.
Good luck, OP.