I happen to sign-up myself for all kinds of services, because I want to be ahead of everything. Mostly, I go by the nickname of “kriskras”. To be honest, actually this identifier is more of a second choice, since I usually check if “Kris” is available in the first place — I managed to get hold of my own name on Gowalla. So why do I give this information? Read along.
I want to talk about disqus — the commenting platform used on this weblog. Actually, in general, I’m very satisfied about the service. It has some powerful tools and features and well, it’s just a very handy way of centralizing discussions.
On my disqus account I manage two communities: the audiences for this personal blog and my technical blog. Besides that, I’m also able to track all the comments I have made across the Web. Isn’t that awesome?
Although I have never had any problems with disqus since I’ve signed up on 3 July 2008, I must say that lately some odd things are going on.
I can basically just edit, spam, flag, approve or delete each and every single comment being made on the Web Takes World and the Imagine Creativity tumblr blogs. There is a conflict of interest here, involving the three of us. However, they do not appear in my list of sites that I moderate (#2). Does my blog appear in their queues?
Here some additional facts.
As mentioned before I administer two communities. Regarding these comments, it turns out that they all appear in the comments queue of this particular blog (#3).
Somewhere in August 2009 disqus launched a new version, including peronsal URL’s. That’s how I managed to snatch kris.disqus.com. It seems though that they are no longer supporting this, because I can’t find it anywhere in my profile settings. For now it’s just an artifact, but maybe causing these conflict of interests, as “kris”, my personal ID, is also appearing in the names of the tumblr bloggers — I don’t think this is by accident. They’d better fix it as soon as possible and I wonder how many users are experiencing similar issues.
As for my other blog, A Legacy to Pass On, another matter makes me wonder. When I expand the community box I read that it has a total of 2 comments and 6 likes.
In contrast, the moderate queue on disqus itself oddly doesn’t show any comments at all.
Disqus, please look into both these matters because it’s harming your business. Sort out your community statistics as they are kind of messed up, so it seems.