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UPDATED: Green Car Reports Switches To Disqus For Reader Comments

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Green Car Reports comments using new Disqus system

Green Car Reports comments using new Disqus system

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We love our commenters: You all are an informed, passionate, and very active group, and we thank you.

So, here's some news. As of this morning, we've switched our commenting system from the old homegrown one to the Disqus system you've likely seen on an increasing number of websites.

There are two important things to know right up front.

Existing logins work

First, you can continue to sign into the commenting system with your existing High Gear Media login name and password (or your Facebook account) as before.

In fact, this should be entirely seamless for most of you. Aside from a different layout for the comment area, not a lot will have changed.

Second, the new system applies only to new stories published as of today.

The 9,000-plus articles published through yesterday will keep their existing comments intact, and continue to use the previous comment system.

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UPDATE, Sunday, August 18: Thus far, the reaction to our new Disqus commenting system has been remarkably favorable.

Nonetheless, after we published this article on Thursday, August 15, readers pointed out a few bugs that we've now fixed.

(1) At first, two separate comment threads existed for articles and for the versions of those same articles that were reached via our Facebook page. (Thanks to our reader Neil Blanchard for flagging that one.)

We've fixed that so that an article has only a single comment thread, regardless of how it's reached.

Unfortunately, about a dozen comments were overwritten in the transition. Our apologies.

(2) A more complicated problem involved users who were signed into the old High Gear Media commenting system with their Facebook user log-ins.

Their user names displayed as fb_xxxxxx, but they then weren't able to log out. (Our thanks to reader John C. Briggs for alerting us.)

We've fixed that too, but it's slightly changed the rules for logging in.

Here's an explanation of how things now work:

  • If you were logged into the old High Gear Media comment system using Facebook, when you go to an article using Disqus, you will no longer be logged in. You have the option of logging into Disqus using any of its sign-on options, including Facebook. 
  • You can remain logged into both the old HGM Comments and the new Disqus comments at the same time.
  • If you login to Disqus via Facebook, it will create a new Disqus profile/account for you.
  • The users who had been logged into HGM comments via Facebook and then used Disqus now have a new Disqus profile using the name fb_xxxxxx. These users should create a new Disqus profile (using any of the login methods).
  • If users would like to merge their new profile with that old " fb_xxxxxx" profile (assuming they commented using Disqus already), they should click on the little wrench drop-down in Disqus and then click on "Edit Settings". This will take them to the Disqus website where they can update their username and other info. It will also give them the option of merging their old profile with their new profile.

If you see any further problems, please let us know. Thanks again for your patience during this transition.

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You can edit your comments

We made the change because the new system gives us several advantages.

(1) Most important, and as many of you have frequently requested, you will now be able to edit and delete your own comments.

You can also use basic HTML formatting in your posts--but please be aware that any comment with a live link in it will be held until a moderator can look at it.

(2) In addition to logging in via High Gear Media or Facebook accounts, you can now also use Twitter, Google, and new or existing accounts with Disqus itself.


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