Okay, now that I've switched over to the Disqus comments system, you'll notice a few changes in the way you leave comments on this blog from now on.
First off, even though I've explained it once before, here again is the lowdown on what Disqus does for you:
Disqus moves the load of managing all you comments (which includes moderating and cleaning up spam) off the Blogger site and onto a remote, web-accessible site with an easy to use interface. In addition, once you sign up for Disqus, you can view and manage all the comments you make on any and all websites which also use the Disqus UI. Comments can be viewed at the main Disqus website, or via your own e-mail account. Being able to see and respond to comments without actually being on your blog is a boon, let me tell ya.
Now, what does all this mean for those of you visiting my blog? Not much, really. As before, anyone can click on the "Comments" link at the end of each of my entries and leave me feedback. Unlike the previous built-in Blogger comments that I've been using since the start of this blog, however, you won't need to jump to a new window or enter a funky security passcode to make comments once you're already in this section. What you will have, however, is a few options for logging in to make comments if you want to use any of your existing account profiles you might have under Facebook, Open ID, Twitter, or if you have your own Disqus profile (highly useful; more on that later).
The big change I regret, however, is that none of my followers who are also on Blogger will be able to use their existing Blogger ID and pic to login as before. This is a major bummer, I'm sure. But I do have a solution if you're willing to take the extra steps:
Basically, create a Disqus profile! You can do this either by going to the main site at http://disqus.com/, or by simply clicking on the Disqus login button in my comments section and following the instructions that pop up for registering as a new user. You won't need to convert your own blog to Disqus to do this. Just enter your username, password, and the screen name you want to use to access your profile. Once you have a profile, you can upload your own photo to appear whenever you make comments. And, also, have access via the Disqus website to any comments you make anywhere (not just this blog) under this profile from then on.
However, if you don't want to be bothered with any of this, or if you are a new guest to my blog, follow these rules:
1. Write your message inside the blank box located at the bottom of the "comments" page.
2. Hit the "Post As" button.
3. A pop-up box will appear asking you to fill in your e-mail (if you want to) and also asking for your name as you want it to appear in comments.
4. Hit the "Post Comment" button.
This easy method are for those of you who don't have existing Disqus, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, or Open ID accounts with which to establish your identification. So this is the default method. Alternately, you can choose to leave the name field blank and appear as "anonymous." I would recommend that you let me know who you are, though. Anonymous comments are most likely to get deleted by me.
Now, in addition to all the above info about leaving comments (which is really far simpler than I make it out to be, honest), the other new change is that the comments are now threaded. Which means that you can make general comments about the blog article you just read, or reply specifically to individual comments made by other people. I predict that this function will be used mostly by yours truly to reply to everyone -- but feel free to comment on a friend's comment, too!
Lastly, if you are in the comments section, be sure to hit the "Like" or "Dislike" button. You can do this even without leaving a comment, but especially if you are leaving one. You can also Like or Dislike individual comments made by me or others. Try it out sometime (I get bonus user points if you do! No, seriously).
My old "Reaction" buttons will remain where they are at the end of each blog entry, for those of you who read The Bimillennial Man from the main page and who don't want to bother clicking into the separate comments section to leave quick reactionary feedback.
See, I've thought of you all! Because you're special. Yes you are.
Let me know if you have any problems. I expect this may take some getting used to. I can't even rule out that I won't return back to the old system someday. But don't get your hopes up. Right now this new system is terribly convenient for me, so I'll be reluctant to go back unless it becomes a real pain in the rear for reasons I can't imagine right now.
We shall have to wait and see . . .
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