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New Commenting System

I’ve just upgraded to a new commenting system to make it easier for you to comment. You can log in using Twitter or Facebook or any of the other options.

Image credit: Livefyre

I’m hoping to this will make more of you feel comfortable enough to come out and chat :) It’s also helping me cut down on spam. I’ve had on average 350 spam comments a day to go through (even with Akisment!).

Please let me know what you think of it and if you have any problems.

Right now, it’s set so that I have to manually approve all comments, but I will probably change it to auto-approve. (Edit: It’s been changed to auto-approve.)

It’s also having a problem importing my older comments (my blog has been around for just over 4 years, so I’m not too surprised), so I will be waiting for a tech to look at things and get that resolved. It seems like new comments are fine (so far), but some of the older comments may not be.

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    • http://thenotice.net/ Rae // theNotice

      Ooh, I hope Livefyre ends up working well for you, hon! (And that your comments issues are sorted out soon — I have a year of missing comments on tN, and it drives me absolutely nuts.) 
      I’ve been thinking of switching over as well, but I haven’t seen it with CommentLuv integrated anywhere, which I really don’t want to give up. I guess we’ll see! 

      • http://www.temptalia.com/ Christine (Temptalia)

         @Rae // theNotice I’m pretty sure, but don’t kill me if I’m wrong (!), but Livefyre has essentially what is CommentLuv built in. I think it’s called LinkBack or something and it’s under settings!

        • http://www.Phyrra.net/ Phyrra

           @Christine (Temptalia)  @Rae // theNotice Looking for it! :) Ty for the tip.

        • http://thenotice.net/ Rae // theNotice

           @Christine (Temptalia) Thanks for the heads-up! :) I’ll have to poke around their site — I wonder if there’s any way to get it to link just to blog posts, rather than all content pages. *ambles off* 

      • http://www.Phyrra.net/ Phyrra

         @Rae // theNotice Ok so I turned it on and I have it enabled. Let’s see if it works!

        • http://www.Phyrra.net/ Phyrra

           @Rae // theNotice Odd, it links to my images.

      • http://www.Phyrra.net/ Phyrra

         @Rae // theNotice It does allow for commenting, but I need to remove a php call to fix it calling content.

        • http://thenotice.net/ Rae // theNotice

           @Phyrra You lost me at php :P I can blog, take photos, code a stylesheet, but… php? Nope, just goes right over my head. 
          Thanks for the info, though — I will definitely keep it in mind if/when I switch over!! 

    • KimberlyisHere

      I didn’t get a ‘box’ to comment it. I just figured out to ‘click’ on this open area. And it took some figuring out how to sign in so I could chat with you. I hope my comments help you out. :) Oops, now I don’t know how to send it. Working, working….

      • http://www.Phyrra.net/ Phyrra

         @KimberlyisHere Hmm, and I’m having trouble with it not sending me comments via email.

    • beautybabbling

      Good luck with the new commenting system and getting everything sorted out!

      • http://www.Phyrra.net/ Phyrra

         @beautybabbling Thank you!

    • Sparklecrack Central

      What I like about LF:
      It works great in Opera (my browser-of-choice), it doesn’t twitch around or go all funny if I backspace-delete a bunch of text. Disqus does that on several blogs that use that system, and it’s frustrating – I think that’s a Disqus thing, not a blog-specific thing.
      It lets me send my comment to Twitter and Facebook, if I want, and lets me mention folks on either of those platforms and they’ll be notified about it. Don’t know if I’ll use that a whole lot, but it’s nice to have it there.
      What I don’t like about LF:
      When I first signed up, there was no obvious indicator that I would automatically be subscribed to all comment notifications – not just replies to my comment, not even just further comments on this post, but ALL comments on any blog where I left a comment, that used LiveFyre’s system. That was a slightly unpleasant surprise to wake up to nearly a dozen emails in my inbox, about other comments and replies on this blog.
      I worry about the backlash against that, if people start marking those emails as Spam in AOL or Gmail, and then those servers could block email from blogs that use LiveFyre (or just block LiveFyre emails.) Then the LF sysadmins get to go through the whole don’t-blacklist-us song and dance – which, with Google/Gmail, is a long and tedious process. And meanwhile, people whose blogs use LF, who were not spamming or doing anything malicious, are still getting negative results – in that some people may get upset at the blog, instead of the commenting-application. Changing that default-setting is all on LF’s part (from what I understand), it isn’t something that the blog owner can control. I really feel like LF’s UI needs to be a lot easier to understand, and that they definitely shouldn’t have that setting set “On” by default. It’s easily enough fixed, but it could cause a whole lot of headaches until it is fixed.

      • http://meghankrane.com/ meghankrane

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      • http://www.Phyrra.net/ Phyrra

         @Sparklecrack Central Thanks for weighing in and letting me know :)