Disqus Is Horrible

Is there anything more useless than the stupid Disqus, a.k.a a blog-commenting system that makes sure your blog will never get any more comments?

Time and again, I see bloggers adopt Disqus and then sit there all lonely on their blog where nobody even tries to leave a comment any more. Nowadays, when I see that a blogger has gone Disqus, I immediately classify their blog as a place where I will never again attempt to comment. There is all the hassle and then your comment will not appear, or appear three days later, or appear in a wrong place.

College Misery is a case in point. See for yourself what happened to this popular site when, for some mysterious reason, its founder decided to adopt the most useless gadget in the universe.

Seriously, folks, if you want to have readers, don’t use Disqus. But if you want to scare everybody away, then adopt it as soon as possible.


17 thoughts on “Disqus Is Horrible”

  1. I agree. I hate it, although I do get good comments. I read that if I take it off I lose all my previous user comments because I use Blogger. So I’m between a rock and a hard place.


  2. Ugh, yes. My school newspaper recently adopted it to discourage the huge amounts of negative (constructive IMO) feedback that had been popping up on the articles and columns. Now, there are at most five comments on a very controversial article whereas just a week ago there would’ve been hundreds. Quite a shame!


  3. Yeah, Disqus sucks, and I have a log in. I use it on my Tumblr blog, because that’s the only way to add comments on a Tumblr blog (otherwise they have no native commenting thing on their “social media” setup), but I don’t care for it. It takes forever to load, for one thing. That’s why my Tumblr blog will always be nothing more than a frivolous toy. I don’t use it on any of my Blogspot blogs, though I just keep those for archiving purposes.


    1. Livejournal is created to prevent anybody who is not a Livejournaler from commenting. They are a very isolated weird little community. And since the Russians bought them, they are also a haven for pedophiles.


  4. I found your blog by searching for “i hate disqus”. And I do, it’s horrible, invasive and annoying in every way.

    What I hate most is that it collects a record of all your comments in one place. Why would I want that? Why do I want the comments I make on a business blog to appear next to the comments I make on a personal blog or a photo blog or a video game blog? It’s just dumb.

    Now WordPress.com has gotten in on the action, I have to use an alternate email address to post this comments because if I use my real one, WordPress will force me to log in to my account so it can record the comment too. Ugh.


    1. You know what I hate even more than Disqus? “Comment Luv”. It literally casts an up-vote in your name for every comment you post. You can’t undo this action with a down-vote. As a rule, I never rate, vote on, or “like” my own posts anywhere. Comment Luv requires me to violate this principle. :~


      1. Once upon a time there was an old version of CommentLuv that was simple, unobtrusive and offered a nice little perk for commenters and bloggers alike. Then the author got the great idea to turn it into a big giant bloated mess, and I started avoiding it. On the geek side of things, it also make a mess in your wordpress database that is impossible to clean up afterwards.

        As a general rule I avoid all unnecessary plugins/third party stuff on my blog(s), overall I think the drawback far outweigh any benefits.


  5. Add me to the club of folks who dislike Disqus. I hate jumping through hoops so that I can comment on a post and I worry about security. I definitely don’t like logging in using my social media accounts.

    I’ve been using Postmatic on my blog as an alternative for comments – http://wordpress.org/plugins/postmatic. Folks seem to be responding well to the ability to respond to posts via Email.


  6. We weren’t fans of Disqus either, so we developed an alternative, native WordPress commenting solution – Epoch. It’s realtime, cache friendly, and improves site performance. It’s free, too. Check it out at http://wptavern.com/postmatic-brings-100-realtime-commenting-to-wordpress-with-epoch-plugin

    Here are some of the benefits of using Epoch:

    Both loading comments and submitting comments are incredibly fast. Way faster than Disqus. Faster than any comment system we’ve seen.
    For the first time someone can say this: running native WordPress commenting will actually increase your site performance.
    It is fully CDN and cache compatible.
    Commenting is realtime and updated without page refresh, all the while being incredibly gentle on the server.
    Epoch offers three ways to integrate with your theme.
    a. The first tries to continue using your existing comment template but giving you the performance gains.
    b. The second overrides your comment template but inherits typography and colors from your theme.
    c. The third totally replaces your comment template ala’ Disqus or Jetpack Comments.
    Since it uses native commenting it is completely private. No farming of user data. No profiling. Your data stays on your server.
    It’s compatible with dozens of other commenting plugins to add things like social login, toolbars, attachments, subscriptions…
    Epoch and Postmatic are integrated to play well together. For example when leaving a comment in Epoch, Postmatic can pop up an optin modal prompting the commenter to subscribe to new post notifications with just one more click.


  7. Disqus totally SUCKS! I opened an account over a month ago – STILL no confirmation email. They Lie through their teeth. Maybe because I st up a disqusbs.com site they’re pissed. Must be Uber Liberals!!


  8. Off topic a bit, but I’ve come to hate Disqus too. Way too easy for readers is certain media venues to flag perfectly good comments for removal due to bias. Moderators can be biased as well. I mentioned all of this on the Disqus site itself and suggested that Disqus – a wonderful venue for the sharing of ideas – should ask entities – like ABC news, for example – to go easier on comment deletion, which – if unwarranted – is a slap in the face to what Disqus stands for. My comment on the Disqus site got deleted! God forbid someone should leave a comment that criticizes one of Disqus’ paying customers.



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