Why is everybody using Disqus?

It’s like a virus these days. Every blog I come across uses Disqus as a comment system (if they don’t use the Facebook comment system). So why shouldn’t you do this?


Ok, I get it, people are lazy, they don’t want to register at every site just to post a comment. You, as a blogger, don’t want to pay askismet or mollom for decent spam protection or don’t want to waste time moderation the comments.

But this is the price you pay:

  • You outsource your comments. On the web, when you get something “for free”, this means Disqus (or Facebook, or IntenseDebate or any other comment system) is owning your comments and can do whatever they want with it. In other words:
    • You provide Disqus the possibility to use your visitor’s comments as a source of ad-income.
    • If Disqus would quit, you might loose all the comments on your blog and comments you posted on other blogs. (maybe they’d provide a backup, but then you still need to integrate them in your own comment system)
    • Disqus might get out of fashion or a new “fancy” comment system could come up. Will you be able to transfer your Disqus comments to the new system?
  • People still need a profile somehow. Maybe some people (you know, those crazy privacy freaks) don’t want to leave traces of what they commented on query-able on the web for the rest of their lives (Disqus makes public profiles of people’s comments).
  • You still need to moderate.
  • Your website might slow down if Disqus is hardly reachable.
  • Everybody uses the same comment system! Come on! All websites get so predictable and look all the same.

So stop using Disqus or Facebook comments; Thanks!


    1. WordPress. A downside is the massive amount of spam that comes through (even with plugins such as Askismet). It’s getting harder and harder to filter what’s spam and what’s not. But when comments don’t have a “homepage url” it’s mostly genuine. I must say my opinion about Disqus changed a bit since I wrote the article. Technically it’s an improvement over a classic comment system, but privacy-wise I think it’s still a big no-no.

  1. WordPress. A drawback is the enormous measure of spam that comes through (even with modules, for example, Askismet). It’s getting increasingly hard to channel what’s spam and so forth. In any case, when remarks don’t have a “landing page url” it’s for the most part honest to goodness. I should say my sentiment in regards to Disqus changed a bit since I composed the article. Actually it’s a change over an exemplary remark framework, however protection shrewd I believe it’s as yet a major no-no.

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