Reputation Suicide, and Why I’m Quitting Disqus
I’m going to be switching comment engines soon. Right now, I use disqus, but I received the email below from them recently. The email served as the last straw for me with disqus.
This, in and of itself, might not seem overly objectionable. Sure, it insults the intelligence of anyone reading, but that’s hardly unique. So let me take you on a brief journey to demonstrate why I find them signing their emails “Disqus Publisher Success” to be a big, fat, middle finger of irony.
Disqus: Comments in Exchange for Disqusting Ads
Years ago, I grew tired of fighting the good fight against comment spam. I installed a handful of WordPress plugins that aimed to curtail the spam, but as my popularity with readers grew, so too did my popularity with people peddling mail order brides.
I can recall the endless annoyance I felt at waking up to see that someone had sneaked past the spam filters to pepper my comment section at 3:46 AM.
And then I found Disqus.
I recall hesitating at first because it replaced the standard comment section instead of just working with it. But, at wits end, I signed on anyway. And I felt happy because it pretty much solved my spam problem. It also added some cool features around promoting my blog in other places, and authenticating commenters.
I also saw that I could make a bit of money with ads if I so chose. At the time, I had no interest in monetizing my blog and I didn’t care for the ads, so I passed. I used to have ads on the site, so I obviously have no qualms about ads. I’d just want them relevant to my readers and tasteful.
So imagine my surprise a few years later, when I learned that disqus had, at some point unknown to me, turned them back on as part of some update. My readers at the time found themselves treated to things like this.