Can we talk? Thoughts on comments

Rob Beschizza at Boing Boing:

This evening, we’re going to be saying goodbye to Disqus, our current comment system here at Boing Boing.

We’ve opted for Discourse, the new forum system created by Jeff Atwood, one of the brilliant minds behind Stack Exchange, and a small group of similarly talented friends.

That’s a big move. I think it’s a good idea though, especially for the Boing Boing audience. Go check it out at:

Incidentally, I struggled a lot with how to handle comments here at Reckoner. You might’ve noticed that comments are only enabled for features; that’s intentional.

I thought about switching off comments entirely, I thought about having them open for everything, I even thought about a forum. In the end, I kept comments, but only for features.

I see it this way: I think that having comments on the web is useful, but only when we—as writers—have given you something of substance. Something that merits a conversation. Here, my hope is that the comments serve as a useful complement to the article. A place where you can ask the writer a question, or add some extra information on the topic at hand. So far, I think it’s working great.

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