Facebook, Winner of Addict Nation, and Disqus Comments

February 24, 2011

in Editor's Corner

I’m going to try and cover a bunch of things in this one post, so here goes!

First Things First! Addict Nation Book Winner

We only had three entries to the Addict Nation giveaway to my knowledge, so there was no need to do any sort of random drawing. I read all three and felt they were all awesome, passionate posts, and each were very different. Overall, I felt that Michelle from ItalianMamaChef’s post was truly standout. It is difficult to be so transparent and I am one who will wear my heart on my sleeve in the same way (maybe I am part Italian, who knows), and I have to give her credit for that. So congrats to Michelle at ItalianMamaChef for winning a copy of Addict Nation by Jane Velez-Mitchell! I will connect with you via email on the details.

If you haven’t watched Jane’s video about this book, I strongly recommend that you do. Addiction isn’t some far off thing that you don’t have to worry about, it is everywhere, and it affects everything and all of us as a community.

Winner! Italian Mama Chef, Post: A Nation of Addicts?

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Runners Up: Kadeejia Irvin, Post: Addictions & Tasha Schmidt, Post: Addictions

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Facebook – Check us out!

If you haven’t caught up with us on Facebook yet, please do! The connection there is different than it is here and on Twitter – you can leave messages asking questions, tell me if something is broken (ha) or just say hello. You can also feel free to share your posts there or connect with the group. So go join us!

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To Disqus or Not to Disqus

It’s been a long time since I thought about changing comment systems. As much as I love CommentLuv, I am getting sick of the WordPress problems, such as false-positive spam, or spam getting through, or whitelists not working. I have had it nearly up to my neck with it all!

On my brand new site, I am going to be using Disqus from the beginning; I know it works best that way. Disqus has its issues, from what I can remember, but what is clear from some of the other major blogs that use it (John Paul Aguiar, Chris Brogan, Jay Baer, Social Media Examiner, She Takes on the World) is that the comments tend to be more genuine. I don’t know if the spam problem is the same or not. Akismet stinks, and the problem with G.A.S.P. is that a surprising number of comments that I would consider spam were getting through.

So here is the situation: I may be installing Disqus on this blog again. That means that Comment Luv will go away. I would like to try and find a system that doesn’t require so much clean up on my part.

What do you think about that?

Ray February 25, 2011 at 6:30 am

Disqus is ok, but I don’t think it is perfect either. Not that there is probably a perfect system. I am getting tired of askimet too. It blocks a lot of legit comments. I don’t know what the perfect system is. I think some site admins don’t even look at the spam comment area of askimet, others don’t even care they just assume it is right. Who knows, one thing for certain is we will most likely have more of it to deal with in the future. I don’t forsee it going away or disappearing anytime soon.

sven@ strumpfhosen February 25, 2011 at 1:04 am

I have personally never used Disqus on a web-developer/administration level, but as a user (reading + posting) on several Blogs such as Notch’s Minecraft Blog (oops he disabled commenting!), I’ve noticed that it tends to have some serious issues handling large amounts of users/posts. The most apparent issue is the random disappearance of comments, particularly when multiple pages of comments were involved. Also, threading comments across multiple-pages is a nightmare, especially when you’re nested even just 3 deep and then have to jump to the next page – good luck following the previous train of thought!

Kadeejia February 24, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Huge congrats, Michelle!!!

Evelyn February 24, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Congratulations ladies!

I think Disqus will work for Biz Chicks. I have been thinking about switching to Disqus myself, but I hate to let CommentLuv go. We’ll see.

I noticed that with GASP too and I switched over to Conditional Captcha. I think with Disqus the issue with spam is minimal.

Take care,
Evelyn

KeepUpWeb February 24, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Hi Tia,
I appreciate the issue that you’re having with G.A.S.P. I’ve noticed quite a few spam comments creeping in lately. Today, I changed the text for the box to check hoping that it’s been robots reading the default text and checking it. I have no idea if that will make a difference or not. Since I’m not dealing with anywhere near the number of comments that BizChickBlogs is encountering, I don’t have any plans to replace it yet. I completely understand your decision to move to Disqus.

@Italian Mama Chef Michelle – Congratulations!

Fran Aslam From Online writer February 24, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Hi Tia:

Good post here by you, keeping up with the management to keep it going well, thanks well, as we all are a part of this site little bit, as we plan to come and get connected. Thanks for that.

Also congratulations Italianmamacheff for winning the book.

Take care

Fran A

Italian Mama Chef Michelle February 24, 2011 at 8:40 am

Wow! Thank you very much! I feel honored and humbled. I can’t wait to get the book and read it since I am almost done with my current book on the pile. Cool!

redkathy February 24, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Congrats on the win Michelle!

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