Fred at A VC, wants me/all of us to use Disqus. But Fred doesn’t make a living blogging, so I think he misses some important points.
I think Disqus makes a lot of sense for the commenter, but as the Author, I don’t like it.
One of the problems with Disqus is that someone who is an ass to my competitor, may be a star on my site. I don’t want my users getting the boot if they behave when they are at my place.
The Second problem with Disqus is that I don’t get the e-mail address of all of my users. So when one of them does something that results in the FBI at my doorstep I can’t just have them fill out a form and be on their way, I instead have to explain that I don’t have it, and send them to Disqus at which point they hault my business until they have been satisfied that I’m not lying.
The Third problem is I get 0 benefit from the keywords in my comments if I use Disqus. If I write a brilliant post about a the effects of being bi-polar and never mention Manic Depressives, but the commenter does, I just scored points with Google. Disqus steals that from me.
Fred if you want me to use your product you are going to have to address these 3 problems because I will take ugly comments that make me money over shiny comments that don’t. Think Google Vs Ms. Dewey.
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Also I prefer my users respond on their blog, because harsh as this sounds if you are making a short point ugly comments are fine, and if you are making a log point you should do it on a blog, so that you benefit, I benefit, and our collective audiences benefit.