Improvements to My Ballard’s comment system

A couple weeks ago, we asked folks in the forum for feedback on My Ballard’s comment system. Many of you asked that we allow users to help moderate comments, as well as link comment profiles with forum profiles. We agree, so we’re beginning to work on connecting the profiles. In the meantime, we’ve switched back to Disqus, a comment system that has some great moderation features, including the ability for you to flag inappropriate posts (just “mouse over” a comment and click the “flag” link that appears.)

Disqus also allows us to better moderate a small handful of users who are posting under multiple names at high frequency — often to inflame a conversation or impersonate someone else — which has become an increasing problem with our standard WordPress comments. Thanks for your understanding as we try to keep the peace, and as always, please let us know what you think.


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crownpill
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crownpill

Thanks, MyBallard. Detrolling is a worthy effort.

WildernessBarbie
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WildernessBarbie

Much appreciated! These changes will make this place a more welcome place for everyone… not just those with thick skins.

NWCitizen
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NWCitizen

Yes, thank you.

jeremymallen
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jeremymallen

Thank you GS for trying disqus again. Real people making real conversation and debate is a good thing. I hope it works out.

Sunset9
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Sunset9

Cool

Juliana
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Juliana

Sounds good to me! Thanks.

onederfullone
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onederfullone

Thank you for continuing to manage this site wonderfully

Pho
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Pho

Now just quit the Chamber of Commerce!!

How can you post those pics of families and kids on bikes, and then align yourselves with Ballard Oil and anti-resident business groups to sue the city of Seattle to stop bike trails?

The trolls here are what keep this blog honest.

Quit the Chamber, Swedes. Show Ballard you actually care.

Boardbrown
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Boardbrown

Cool. I never heard why you dropped the Disqus system in the first place. It's nice to have it back.

philly mom
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philly mom

This will be good.

Silver
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Silver

Hallelujah! And suddenly I can post comments on front page stories again!

MGHart
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MGHart

Ahh, here's one for the “Flag” button.

MGHart
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MGHart

Great blog, Swedes! Keep up the good work.

Jizzball
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Jizzball

Wow, just how incompetent can you guys be when it comes to the comment system. Switching back to disqus? I thought you went back to the standard WP cause you couldn't get disqus to work for you properly. Wasn't it over a year ago that you switched to disqus in the first place because standard WP wasn't working? And now it's going to take you however long to implement the system that you should have implemented over a year ago?

I'm sorry for being so harsh but it just seems like a blog with the massive amount of traffic and comments should have figured this out a long time ago. I understand that “Geeky Swedes” is just a nickname and doesn't necessarily imply that you can even administer a WordPress blog correctly. Since your business has grown, maybe you could actually hire someone to put the comment system in place for you.

At least disqus is threaded which is better then the WP comments that you were using and a must for the volume of comments this site generates. Never really seemed to stop people from posting under a million different names though.

Sorry again for being harsh, please don't flag me!

robertoda
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robertoda

I get the unfortunate feeling in this context “trolling” means “saying anything that makes passive-aggressive liberals uncomfortable”.

KS
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KS

Hey Swedes,

Reconsider just cutting comments or using an editorial board approach and post only relevant, substantive comments that contribute to understanding or appreciation of the subject of the post. Most of the comments offered about your posts really add nothing of value, nothing of substance. You have a like/don't like option which gauges the overall sentiment of your readers and you offer a Facebook share feature. Complaints about you or your business affiliations really are more appropriately the subject of a personal email to you. You also have a forum in which readers can endlessly discuss some of the more regular topics –old v. new Ballard gripes and bike trail litigation — which tend to rear up and can swamp comment threads on just about any subject.

Novalis
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Novalis

So comment on the comment system in the comment area..

Sorry, been saving up the comments, just for this occasion =)

Seems ok.

WG Barber
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WG Barber

I've always liked the comment system at homewares DOT org (sorry, disqus is stupid and you can't type links.) It has a lot of features that have been requested. What does everyone think?

MrCrankypants
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MrCrankypants

Thanks, Swedes. I appreciate what you do here and the work that goes into it.

ballardmama
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ballardmama

Thank you for offering us a good example of trolling for the conversation – yes, this post is what is meant by trolling. Rude, name-calling, immature and doesn't bring anything to the conversation.

gobigblue
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gobigblue

Pho,

why do you spend so much time on this site if you hate myballard and the BCoC so much?

gobigblue
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gobigblue

Jizzball,

Why don't you start up your own community blog site since you seem to be such an expert?

duderino
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duderino

This is what I fear most. Like it or not, this is the definitive neighborhood blog, sorta the only place to go. It would be a sad thing to squelch one school of opinion or another.

On the other hand, if those of us that like to troll or dissent or play devil's advocate could do it a bit more respectfully, the forums would be a better place.

Let's have this be a place of civil discussions, where the unicorns-and-rainbows crowd vs. the gritty-city-realists is not some rude childish battle, but rather a place where we can find some common ground, or at least begin to understand each other.

Oh wait, this is the internet. My Bad. Carry on…

Stubing
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Stubing

ha! like you have a thick skin there sweetie.

Mike G
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Mike G

This is GREAT! Thank you!