2012 Upgrades – Goodbye Anonymous Commentators

In 2012 I am making a number of key upgrades to my blog. Many of these are based on survey’s that I have conducted getting feedback from blog readers on what they like and what they don’t like. One of the biggest pieces of feedback I received from readers was frustrating with anonymous commentators that would start fights or insult them without providing their real name. This was a very tough decision to make since I have always been a fan of letting just about any comment through giving my readers the voice they deserve.

So I decided it was time to go the way of some of my own favorite blogs like AVC, Engadget, and many many more and upgrade my comment system. I am using the Disqus comment system which is one of the most highly-rated and interactive comment systems out there. Not only are anonymous commentators a thing of the past but my comment stream will become much more interactive and usable. It’s a major upgrade and it’s already been great using it on my post from earlier today.

Since I started this blog back in 2007 I have always been passionate about giving a voice to my readers. I am still more passionate about that than ever, but in doing so I want to provide my readers with a comfortable environment to share their thoughts and ideas. Heck, let’s face it, I’m giving full disclosure and sharing my first and last name along with many of my private business dealings from domain sales to development income, the least you could do is let me know who you are!

The exciting thing about using Disqus is that you can login using just about any service you currently have an account with like Facebook or Twitter. This means that you don’t have to share your real name so you can still remain personally anonymous since Twitter accounts, Open ID, etc. can be used without exposing your name, location, etc. There are some very cool features for following the comment stream and responding to specific comments that I think will make commenting on my blog a lot more fun.

This is one of many upgrades coming to in 2012 based on feedback from you, my readers! With the first upgrade in place on January 2nd it’s onto the next – enjoy and happy commenting this year!

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  • Guest January 2, 2012, 7:15 pm


  • Guest January 2, 2012, 7:16 pm

    I though anonymous comments didn’t work?

  • Morgan Linton January 2, 2012, 7:20 pm

    Hehe, looks like I need to learn how to update my settings in Disqus! Looks like anonymous comments are coming through now so “Hello Anonymous Commentators” until I fix this 🙂

    • Ryan January 3, 2012, 2:30 pm

      You can change this in your Disqus General settings under “Who can comment?” There are three choices:

      1. Anyone: this includes guest commenters
      2. Registered only: this excludes guest commenters only
      3. Registered/verified only: This means that even registered users have to verify their email address if they haven’t already (so no fake email addresses can be used)

      It should be noted that our guest commenting doesn’t translate exactly to anonymous commenting. If you’re using the same email address, you can’t change your name at will – if you do, it’ll change the name on all of your previous comments, so you can’t really have different aliases. Even if people get around it, we provide some powerful moderation tools that’ll help you block those users.

      If any questions come up feel free to reach out to me, or any of us @disqus:twitter 

      • Morgan Linton January 3, 2012, 7:55 pm

        Thanks Ryan – really appreciate your follow-up here! I’m going to switch this to “Registered Only” to start and see how this goes!

  • Mgsucks January 2, 2012, 7:32 pm

    morgan linton is a douche!

  • Guest January 2, 2012, 7:42 pm

    im still herrr

  • Jrb January 2, 2012, 8:11 pm

    Why don’t you just moderate your comments and delete the ones you don’t like?

  • Survival Blogs January 2, 2012, 11:00 pm

    Morgan, good call!

  • Mynameifguest January 3, 2012, 6:19 am

    Disqus is simply one more way for BigCorp to aggregate data, to track activities and connections, and to profit from information that some day we all will wish we never handed over.

    • Morgan Linton January 3, 2012, 7:59 pm

      Yeah but it really does kick-ass as a comment system…

  • EnufISEnuf January 3, 2012, 6:27 am

    As I am soooo tired of being tracked, behaviorally targeted, aggregated, studied, marketed to and left to wonder what harm may eventually come to myself, my family, my friends or acquaintances by virtue of some computer algorithm determining “someone in the basket of apples is a bad apple” I will be doing my best to avoid, not use, stay away from Disqus and many other “expose your data/behavior BUT TRUST US” entities as possible. And, yes, I know that unless I am using a proxy and myriad other “defenses” all that “data” is still hanging out there to be aggreated . . . but, really, one more aggregator? Of all my social behavior, my connections, my associations, .  . ? Really? Adios, ML, I hope it works out for you.

    • Morgan Linton January 3, 2012, 7:58 pm

      I’m sorry to hear that but you know my first name, last name and where I live. All you have to provide is a Twitter account or Open ID, both of which don’t expose your name or where you live…just seems fair 🙂

  • Trico January 3, 2012, 6:42 am


    I see you were able to correct the comment order situation.

    That was fast!


  • Anonymous Coward January 3, 2012, 6:59 am


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