We’ve looked at this one before – the changes for no good reason and the replacements vastly inferior.
Disqus is one of the worst outfits going yet somehow, from the Telegraph through to blogs, sites seem to want it to take over comments – and it’s a disaster:
# A shambles, but not unusual in the newspaper industry. My revenge has been to cancel my daily paper vouchers which will save me money if I choose to continue with attempting to understand these “improvements”. I wonder if the editor ever tries out his own newspaper?
# It’s a shame the new system doesn’t work properly. To leave a comment, I generally have to right-click obn thue Discus icon, select “This Frame / Open in a New Tab”, and leave the comment that way. Making a ‘Reply’ is impossible. Very, very stupid people at Discus, it seems.
That was the tenor of the comments and how did the Disqus troll Bubbles reply?
# Maybe if you brushed up on your computer skills you’d manage better.
# Funny how people think they have the right to demand & moan about a free service .
One reader directly replied:
# At £1.25/day and somewhat more at the w/end I am glad you regard this as free. I call it around £400 a year. About the same as my whisky expenditure but I need the whisky even more to cope with this fangled system.
Another reader was just sick of it – the incompetent changes, the arrogance of the clearly young, brash troll they’d sent out to “sell” it to the people:
# I just cancelled. Simples. Great way to lose customers.
Such changes have meant I cannot comment on a great many sites now, from Methodius to others on the blogroll who once visited here but I appear to have lost interest in them. I haven’t, it’s these pretend techies and their arrogant incompetence which is doing it.
Soon I’ll make a list of the sites which one can’t comment at and why.
One thing which did come out of it was that different people had different issues – one was fine with commenting but it logged him out all the time, another had no problems with that but he couldn’t comment. We all have different systems of different ages and newfangled schemes fail to take that into account – they don’t allow for people being at different stages of upgrading.
Now that would be fine if the Telegraph, say, left the old ponderous system in place for such people and the new geeks could use Disqus to their heart’s content but no – it’s all or nothing.
And then we’re meant to be excited by the technical incompetence.
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