Editor's Note to our online readers: The Bradenton Herald’s website, Bradenton.com, is switching to a new article-commenting service called Disqus.
Disqus (pronounced “discuss”) offers many new options to watch, follow and share comments — and promotes greater accountability among contributors to boost the quality of comments. Barring technical difficulties, the change is scheduled to occur around 10 a.m. today.
Here is a quick list of questions that should help you with the transition:
Will I need to register again?
No. If you are already registered with Bradenton.com, your existing login information will continue to work. If you have forgotten your username and password, e-mail email@example.com for assistance.
Will I be able to sign in using my Facebook or Twitter login?
Can I keep my old avatar?
Avatars will not be migrated to the new commenting system. If you want to display a unique avatar, you will need to upload one to Disqus, Facebook or Twitter, and then post on Bradenton.com using that account instead.
Will I be able to keep the screen name I post my article comments under?
Yes. But if you decide to log in and post comments using your Disqus, Facebook or Twitter account, your screen name will match that service instead.
Will I still be able to indicate my approval of comments using the “recommend” button?
Yes, but this button has been renamed “Like.”
Will I now be able to “reply” directly to comments?
Yes. The reply will appear directly below the comment to which it refers, and will be slightly indented from the original comment.
Will I be able to report abuse on comments I deem inappropriate?
What are some of the new features we will get with Disqus?
- You will be able to select how comment threads are organized. Some people prefer to read the newest comments first, while others prefer to read the oldest comments first. Others prefer to sort on comments that have the best rating (highest number of “likes”) or are the most popular (highest number of “likes” and replies). The choice will be yours.
- You will have the option of subscribing via e-mail to a comment thread by clicking the “Subscribe by e-mail” button at the bottom of the comment box. New comments will be sent directly to your e-mail inbox, where you may read and respond by e-mail.
- You will be able to subscribe via RSS. The link will include step-by-step instructions on how to set up the RSS subscription.
- If you are logged in using your Facebook account, you will be able to share your comments on specific articles on your Facebook profile page, just by clicking the “Share on Facebook” link directly beneath the comment box.
What will happen to my old comment posts?
We are taking this opportunity to start fresh. Comments posted using the previous system (Pluck) will be visible for only one more week.
What about my profile and personal blog page?
After much consideration, Bradenton.com decided to discontinue these services. Fewer than 1 percent of users had set up a profile or personal blog.
If I run into problems or want to share feedback, whom should I contact?
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.