After twenty-four hours of our comments being borked worse then a beta version of a web app, we’ve decided to make a bit of a change and move away from Disqus. Â It was a hard decision to make, and I was really hoping to keep the status quo. Â I mean, I’d prefer to never have to change anything on the site so I can focus of doing the things that our readers appreciate–mainly bringing you articles, podcasts, and tutorials. Â Time spent trying to figure out glitches in a system that we have no control over is a little frustrating. Â We decided to move to Intense Debate. Â Now, I know what you’re thinking… doesn’t that open up the same kind of problems we had with Disqus in the future?Â Yup, but the positives outweigh the negatives. Â The functionality of these third party comment systems is something that should beÂ mandatoryÂ in all comment systems these days. Â It’s a lot easier to drop in a plug-in than it is to develop the plug-in from scratch.
If there is one thing this whole experience has taught me, it’s that we need a completely open login system. Â OpenID is on the right path, but I don’t think it’s nearly ready for the prime time.
I apologize for any issues that this may have caused over the last couple of days, and I really hope this change brings some more stability to our comments. Â If you notice anything funky happening, drop me an email so I can make sure we get the kinks worked out.