Added Disqus to SMS Text News

Over the past few months a lot of people have emailed me about the comments system on SMS Text News. The main issue has been the system’s simplicity. While it certainly works, it’s rather difficult to follow and discussion is a bit of an arse if you really want to get into the meat of an argument.

Recently we added the ability to ‘subscribe’ to get updates when someone replies to a comment stream. Nice, but it hasn’t materially changed things.

Enter Disqus. You might have come across it already, you might even be a member. It’s a comments/forum system that you plug into your site.

We’ve added it today, temporarily — as a trial — to see how it works out. It does require you to quickly register but once you’re done, it remembers who you are and offers quite a lot of nifty features.

Check it out. Try replying to this post and see what you think?

UPDATE: All previous comments, although not displayed at the moment, haven’t been lost. They’re just hidden whilst we try Disqus. I recognise this is a bit of an arse but I’m hoping that the ease of use with Disqus might outweigh this annoyance.

Also: If you’re registered, your comments go live right-away. No need for me to vet them since ‘we know who you are’ and can easily disable naughty people from posting.

48 Responses to Added Disqus to SMS Text News

  1. Ricky Chotai April 22, 2008 at 5:24 pm #

    testing testing

  2. Ricky Chotai April 22, 2008 at 5:27 pm #

    Ahh I have had a play but cannot find an option for email subscription?

  3. smstextnews April 22, 2008 at 5:29 pm #

    It's in the settings Ricky — mid-way down, I think. I got the alert of your comment by mail (although perhaps that's an admin function, … surely not!)

  4. smstextnews April 22, 2008 at 5:30 pm #

    Here's an actual reply to *your* post

  5. Ricky Chotai April 22, 2008 at 5:53 pm #

    Ewan it seems to be all working now! I have set up a mini profile and I am following SMS Text News :S. Whatever that means?

  6. smstextnews April 22, 2008 at 5:57 pm #

    I think it means that you're set to 'follow' — that is, get updates from anything I write (my username on Disqus is 'smstextnews')

  7. andrewgrill April 22, 2008 at 6:10 pm #

    Any way to capture blog spam should be good.
    Look forward to being an “authorised” commenter

  8. smstextnews April 22, 2008 at 6:13 pm #

    Agreed. The question Andrew, is whether this is a really useful way of joining the community together, or whether it becomes rather annoying. Thoughts?

  9. andrewgrill April 22, 2008 at 6:20 pm #

    10 mins later I'm still filling out my disqus profile…..

  10. smstextnews April 22, 2008 at 6:22 pm #

    And a hot looking profile it is, Andrew

  11. Dan Lane April 22, 2008 at 7:04 pm #

    The threaded replies are great, but I'd really like OpenID support!… why doesn't it have OpenID support?!

  12. Daniel Ha April 22, 2008 at 9:28 pm #

    Looking good. 🙂

    Btw, we're working to import all comments into our system. I appreciate the (massive) patience regarding this, but we'll try hard not to disappoint.

  13. TerenceEden April 23, 2008 at 2:50 am #

    Looks good – couple of points.

    1) If one wants to see the old comments, visit the mobile version of the site. This is achieved by appending ?mobi to the URL (…)

    2) This means, of course, that the Disqus comments are not available on the mobile site (yet?)

  14. smstextnews April 23, 2008 at 3:19 am #

    Ah you're right Terence, I will need to check out how that works on the mobile site 😐

  15. smstextnews April 23, 2008 at 3:24 am #

    I wonder if that's something they're working on. Let's ask Daniel (above)

  16. TerenceEden April 23, 2008 at 3:25 am #

    Any chance of placing the “Add new comment” underneath the existing comments?
    It should encourage people to read the existing discussion.

  17. smstextnews April 23, 2008 at 3:25 am #

    Daniel — openID support on its way, at all?

  18. smstextnews April 23, 2008 at 3:28 am #

    Is there not a button for that?

  19. Daniel Ha April 23, 2008 at 3:33 am #

    OpenID is supported through the Clickpass service.

    You can see it on the login page:

  20. TerenceEden April 23, 2008 at 3:56 am #

    Not that I can see. I meant that users should have to scroll through the existing comments before they get to the post new comment form. Might encourage people to read what's being written 🙂

  21. James Whatley April 23, 2008 at 3:56 am #

    Right, I'm in. Not sure I like it, but let's give it a go.

  22. Mike April 23, 2008 at 4:55 am #

    But some of us need to remain anonymous for employment reasons. Can Disqus make you an authorised commenter whom Ewan has vetted but not public?

  23. Mike42 April 23, 2008 at 6:34 am #


  24. smstextnews April 23, 2008 at 9:54 am #

    Could you not use a personal or hotmail account to register, Mike?

  25. njar April 24, 2008 at 7:18 am #

    It's RUBBISH..

    (my last post)..

  26. Simon April 24, 2008 at 7:45 am #

    I came to this article to ask the exact same thing…OpenID please

  27. Roger Kondrat April 25, 2008 at 8:23 am #


    Good to see you join Disqus. I have been using them for over a month now and it has been good. I am in touch with them and discussing different ways the product could be innovated to improve the user and website owner experience. They are really great guys.

    Also regarding previous comments, they do not need to be covered up even if you use the WordPress Plugin as there is an option to just add afterwards or only to new posts. Additionally you could tie in directly to their API and make the system practically transparent. I have not used the api myself as the plugin is largely meets my current needs but I do plan on using their api in the near-term once they release some of the new features we had discussed.

    That being said, no one needs to register as you implied in order to comment, but as you pointed out there is a great deal of value to those who do register which means you won't need to vet their comments and they can comment more often and with greater flexibility.

    This was the really attractive part for me, not having to worry about who was saying what because any of the bad apples were already barred.

    If you have any suggestions for improvements drop by my site and leave some comments under the any of the few posts I have on them as I am always interested in what they can do to improve and I am pushing pretty hard for some key changes.

    I hope it goes well for you.

  28. Roger Kondrat April 25, 2008 at 8:29 am #

    I am with Ewan Mike there really is no reason why you cannot remain anonymous and be registered as well. When you comment on STN (short for your site) are you not already adding your email and name?

    The only difference here is that instead of Ewan vetting you every time you can be pre-approved. What name you use with Disqus, and the email are entirely your decision. So just keep them separate from your usual commenting. Sort of an alias. Most of us have them. I have two but I never use them anymore… Too much work but they are there if I ever need them again.

  29. Roger Kondrat April 25, 2008 at 8:37 am #

    Terence there is this capability. Ewan it is in your settings on the Disqus control panel when you login, under Tweaks.

    I have my site set up the way you suggest Terence.

    Also I think the .mobi site will be fine with Disqus but as I said at the bottom of this list of comments to Ewan and that is he will need to use their API to sort out proper integration issues such as the .mobi site.

    Using the WP plugin which is surely what Ewan has used for this test does not allow enough flexibility visually for mobile sites.

  30. Roger Kondrat April 25, 2008 at 8:38 am #

    Guys OpenId is inplemented into Disqus… Check out Clickpass for your OpenID. 🙂

  31. Simon April 25, 2008 at 9:59 am #

    I've just tried logging in with my OpenID, but once I've done that it still asks me to register in order to “connect” my account. Doesn't this defeat the whole purpose of OpenID?

    You should be able to pull a username, email and photo from the sreg data…

  32. TerenceEden April 28, 2008 at 3:45 am #

    Gah! I've set my Date/Time preferences to absolute – but it's showing AMERICAN date format.
    “TerenceEden 04/23/2008 09:13 AM” There is no 23rd month as far as I'm aware….

  33. Ricky Chotai April 28, 2008 at 5:08 pm #

    Following etiquette what is it? It seems you cannot remove the following feature, I suppose it would be nice to have an option to decline someone! (NB this is not aimed at the people following me)

  34. Ricky Chotai April 28, 2008 at 6:08 pm #

    Following etiquette what is it? It seems you cannot remove the following feature, I suppose it would be nice to have an option to decline someone! (NB this is not aimed at the people following me)

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