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In our continual quest to make Pocketables a better place for both our readers and our writers, we wanted to let you know about a new commenting system that we’ve put in place. Going forward, Disqus is going to be handling all our comments, which has a couple distinct advantages for all of us:

  • Less spam. We’ve been getting tons of comment spam lately, which is good because it means Pocketables is getting noticed, but is also bad because it meant we had to implement stricter moderating policies. Disqus should drastically cut down on the amount of spam we’re getting, so your comments will appear faster (usually right away), and we’ll have more time to bring you awesome content.
  • More features. Disqus lets you log in with your Google, Facebook, or Twitter accounts, so you won’t need to type in your information over and also. Alternately, you can quickly and easily sign up for a new Disqus account as you leave your comment. In all cases, it’s easier to keep track of your previous comments, and see who has responded to your comments, as well.

We’ve already migrated all of your old comments to Disqus, but keep in mind that since this is a new commenting system, we’re all starting fresh. (For example, Disqus says that I’ve only left four comments on Pocketables so far, when I’ve actually left thousands.) Even though your old comments are all there, they might not show your custom avatar or be linked to your Disqus account.

Just so you know, there are some other kinks we’re still working out, too. It doesn’t help that Disqus has been having massive outages almost immediately after we switched everything over. But in any case, we’re aware of some bugs (like inaccurate comment counts), and we’re working on a fix. Bear with us in the meantime.

We think Disqus will encourage even more interaction between our readers and writers, and we’re really excited about some other stuff we’ve got up our sleeves. As always, we appreciate your feedback – so why don’t you leave some in the comments section below?