Regular readers will know that here at MotherJones.com we use a third-party platform, Disqus, to host our lively comment threads at the bottom of every blog post and article. Overall, Disqus has been a great solution for us: Commenting activity is at a record high and spam has all but disappeared. Of course, this being the internet, we still have some trolls. But as much as we hate what comment trolls can do to the discourse, most of you end up being pretty nice once we get to know you.
We think this upgrade will make everything—from logins to commenting to following the conversation—just a little bit easier. If you're someone who picks up new interfaces quickly you can probably stop reading here. It's still Disqus, after all, and it's mostly the same.
Logged-in folks will notice the Community and My Disqus tabs at the top of the thread:
The My Disqus tab displays all the replies to your comments in one place, along with the recent activity of commenters and conversations that you've signed up to follow. The Community tab allows you to see the most active discussions on the website, as well as the top commenters. I'd expect old standbys like Marcus_From_The_North, Clemans, and Nancy P to show up there.
It's easier to follow specific threads.
It was always possible to subscribe to a thread via RSS or email, and buttons for those options have just moved from the top of the thread to the bottom, but you can now choose to "Star" a comment thread. When you click the little star button at the top of every thread you'll receive notifications about that discussion on your My Disqus page and in your email inbox. More on managing notifications here.
It's easier to share on Facebook and Twitter.
Every single comment now has a "Share" button next to the "Reply" button. You can also share an entire discussion via the button at the very top of the thread.
Well, that's it. Let us know what you think…in the comments. Thanks!
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