Bill was one of the first bloggers I followed, initially when he was with Japundit and later when he started Ampontan. I didn’t always agree with his commentary about Korea, but he was witty and he knew his shit. Above all, it was clear he loved and respected his adopted homeland, and his strident commentary about Japan provided a refreshing contrast to the bitching and moaning you sometimes read in the Western press and blogosphere.
One of the nice things about Disqus is that it makes moderation relatively easy.
Anyway, if anyone wants to help moderate the comments, just shoot me an email (or leave a comment).
I know some of you want an official commenting policy. Me, I’m not so sure—I enjoy a certain amount of chaos. What I’d prefer is something akin to what Bunny tried to do in season 3 of “The Wire,” i.e., give the more excentric sorts a place to be themselves so that normal commenters can feel safer. How one goes about creating a blogging Hamsterdam, though, I have no idea.
Hope you all like snow. If you’re driving, please take care.
Anyway, I’ll be experimenting with the template this weekend. The aim is to find a lightweight, responsive theme that automatically resizes for mobile platforms without the use of a separate plugin. The blog has been eating serious CPU (leading to frequent down time) and I’d like to rid it of some of the bloat.
Oh, and if anyone knows of a “Recent Comments” solution that works with Disqus, I’m all ears.
I’ve enabled the new Disqus 2012, which handles long discussions much better (see this example) and has got a lot more nifty features, all of which you can read about here.
In theory, conversations should be happening in real-time now. Be sure to check out the cool community functions, too. And if you’re logged in, the “My Disqus” has recent responses to your comments as well as a list of your recent activity.
Oh, and I’ve crafted two rotating banners. More to come when I have time.
Going to give Disqus another try—they’ve made some changes to it I want to check out.
It’s going to take a couple of hours to export all my comments to it, though. Sorry for the inconvenience.
UPDATE: Still uploading the comments. Might be a couple of more hours. Feel free to comment in the meantime, though—your comments will be saved.
UPDATE: Disqus is behaving in a rather frustrating manner, with effed-up comment counts and missing comments. Trying to figure it out. If I can’t rectify it today, I’ll abandon the effort. Will let you know when things are finished.
UPDATE: Disqus import behaving in an infuriating manner now. Going to give a try to Livefyre, which they use at a number of big sites. You might not want to comment until I’ve imported everything and seen how it works, unless of course you’ve already got a Livefyre account or want one anyway. Again, sorry for the inconvenience, but really, this is for the best in the long run.
UPDATE: Livefyre ran into import issues, too. Shit. On advice from email, comments, Facebook, etc., I’m going to give Intense Debate a try, but frankly, I think I’m going to end going back to Disqus and hope they figure out why I can’t import comments made since July 16, 2011 (the last time I tried Disqus, coincidentally, we seems relevant).