Minor Disturbance in the Force

Our thanks to those who let us know that the site went “dark” with a 500 error there for a bit. What those errors mean is that some local code shat the bed, which is exactly what happened here.

Thankfully, our Imperial Tech Wiz was on the case to fix it and we’re back up. Much thanks and praise to him for that!

Thing is, it appears that the comments apps for site hosted comments appear to be drying up, with everybody moving to FarceBorg/Disqus, and the old apps never being updated at all as a result (which is what caused the latest interruption).

Obviously, SuckerBorg’s FarcePlant censor network will never be an option, but we may have to face a choice in the future. Let us know if you have an opinion on the subject. Personally, we’d go for a much more limited comments functionality if it meant keeping out of the Borg, if such a thing is an option, but for now the pipes seem to be piping and the pumps seem to be working again.

Once again, thanks Deej!

Thatisall.

10 comments

  1. 1
    angrywebmaster growls and barks:

    I’ve been using Disqus for a while now, No problems with it. I use the free version since I’m to cheap to pay for it.

    I also had a problem last weekend with my site. Turned out to be a plugin of course. Our hosting service found it and removed it. It was also one that seems to have orphaned, and it tied in to twitter in some way.
    :em03:

    By the way.

    Did you notice that Canada has committed an act of war?
    :em06:

  2. 2
    DJ Allyn, MPSE growls and barks:

    angrywebmaster says:

    Did you notice that Canada has committed an act of war?

    Our “loss”, your gain? :em05:

    Misha says:

    Obviously, SuckerBorg’s FarcePlant censor network will never be an option, but we may have to face a choice in the future.

    I have an idea that will emulate Discus, but will host the comments on the server here. I’ve tested it with the upcoming version of WP and it works fine.

  3. 3
    angrywebmaster growls and barks:

    interesting. What’s the plugin?

  4. 4
    VonZorch Imperial Researcher growls and barks:

    If you have to change far better Disqus than FarcePlant.

  5. 5
    DJ Allyn, MPSE growls and barks:

    angrywebmaster asked:
    interesting. What’s the plugin?

    It’s called wpDiscuz.  It has a lot of features that can be turned on or off.

  6. 6
    LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E. growls and barks:

    Okay, let’s see how this works. I note an emoji below that was the code but not the pic. I’m good with that so long as the comments are made.

  7. 7
    Iron Bear growls and barks:

    Don’t move to Disquis, please. I quit commenting at Insty when PJM moved to DIsquis. I’d hate to have to make that choice here.

  8. 8
    DJ Allyn, MPSE growls and barks:

    Iron Bear said:

    Don’t move to Disquis, please. I quit commenting at Insty when PJM moved to DIsquis. I’d hate to have to make that choice here.

    As Misha said above, there may not be a choice in the near future. WordPress is about to drop a major upgrade that might do away with the self-hosted comments altogether.

    This here is an attempt to try a work-around so that when the time does come there will be an alternative to FaceCrack or Disqus.

    From what I am seeing so far, this might actually work. It has a built-in spam filter, you still have to be registered here to comment.

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    Iron Bear growls and barks:

    This here is an attempt to try a work-around so that when the time does come there will be an alternative to FaceCrack or Disqus.

    From what I am seeing so far, this might actually work. It has a built-in spam filter, you still have to be registered here to comment.

    Good.

    Big problem with Disqus, among many others, is that Ghostery and uBlock Origins see Disqus as a tracker abuse agent and a malware vector. When “Restricted” is chosen for Ghostery to block trackers, Ghostery completely blocks Disqus. As in: vanished. Not there.

    So it’s less that I won’t comment on sites that use Disqus these days, and more that I just flat won’t even see Disqus comment strings on sites that use it. They just won’t be there.

    And based on what I’ve seen happen to the general quality of the commentariat on sites like InstaPundit and others who’ve switched to Disqus before I started using Ghostery…

    I won’t miss them any.

    So if you can find an alternative to Disqus, do so and run with it. I won’t enable a comment app that Ghostery sees as a user tracker and blocks completely.

    It makes me wonder too much just what Disqus is doing behind the scenes that makes my tracking blocker vanish it completely, capisch?

    Plus, I’ve noticed a definite massive drop in pings on my malware blocker after I restricted Disqus. I’m thinking it’s not a coincidence.