I’ve been recommended to use Disqus to replace the basic commenting system in my WordPress-powered blog. So, I’ve been using it for a year on one of my blogs, and I do have mixed feeling about Disqus… read on.
First of all, what is Disqus, anyway? Here’s a brief explanation from the official site:
What is Disqus? Disqus is all about changing the way people think about discussion on the web. We’re big believers in the conversations and communities that form on blogs and other sites.
In other words, Disqus can help encourage discussions in blogs in a non-spammy ways. It has a great premise and I think it would work just fine – with an asterisk.
Disqus main benefit is the fact that it can eliminate probably 90% of comment spams on your blog. One of the main reasons Disqus is able to do that: It requires visitors to sign up with Disqus to be able to leave comments.
Plus, you can get rated for your comments – this will be a good social proof, especially if your blog has strong community engagement (read: Good comments-to-posts ratio… i.e. A blog post with 20 comments is cool; a blog post with 1 comment isn’t so cool.)
Discus can help you combat spam, but you can’t escape spams! To me, it’s annoying to have such sign-up-based application filled with users who deliberately send manual spamming. Most blog comment spams are from apps’ bots, so it’s generic; with Disqus, you will get real-human spams on regular basis.
I’ve got comments like “check out this site” in a spammy manner (link + description, not adding value to my blog.) Sure, links are part of web discussion, but having a page of mine getting comments from Disqus users containing links and some salesy pitches sucks, honestly.
Should I use Disqus?
Those being said, I lean toward Disqus to manage comments and discussions on my blog. The standard WordPress comment system + Akismet (the spam killa) works for most of my blogs, but I do need to moderate most of the incoming comment spams that are able to bypass Akismet.
So, what do you think of Disqus – is it a great way to engage your readers, as well as combating comment spams?