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Say “Hello!” to Disqus 2012

We didn’t think it was possible for another tech product to trump the Galaxy SIII on its launch day, but one may have done it. Disqus released 2012 to Droid Life and other “select” communities, today! OK, that’s not actually cooler than the SGS3, but it’s still something we have been waiting impatiently for (behind the scenes). So yeah, Disqus informed us this morning that we were invited to turn on version 2012 to our entire community and we have done just that. Take it for a spin, tell us (in the comments) what you like or dislike about it, and then report any bugs or errors you see to Disqus so that they can fix them.

What’s new?

  • Up and down voting:  That’s right, you can now vote things up and down! You used to only have the ability to “like” something or flag it as inappropriate, so this is a major change. Enough down votes on that freshly posted troll comment and it gets hidden from view. Let’s not abuse this though, and try to use it only when seriously needed.
  • Community tab:  The Community tab is there to help you discover other hot topics on Droid Life. If you tap it, you will see the most popular posts with the most comments from within the last week or so. If you want to make sure that you are up-to-speed on all things DL, this is a great place to start. You also get to see a leaderboard of sorts for our top commenters. I dare you to try and oust me at the top.
  • My Disqus tab:  The My Disqus tab is new as well, bringing you a list of notifications from your current conversations. If someone has replied to a comment of yours, it should show up in a list here so that you can quickly jump back to it and share your haterade.
  • Star button (top right):  This has replaced the “Like post” button, but we want to make sure you are using it still. If a post is awesome or you enjoyed it, make sure to hit the Star button.

Other stuff:

  • Flagging comments:  No better time than now to remind everyone of this, but don’t forget that if a comment is completely uncalled for or obscene or spam or from a pure troll, flag it as inappropriate. That way, it pops up in our moderator panel and we can take extra measures if need be. For most things though, just use the down vote button until it is hidden.
  • Hide comments:  Or better yet, feel free to “hide” them if they are annoying you, but aren’t necessarily “flag” worthy.
  • Mini-images:  We aren’t sure what happened, but Disqus 2012 apparently does not take URLs to images and display them as a thumbnail for easy viewing. We hope they bring this back as it was one of the best features – especially for showing off home screens.
  • Live comments:  Disqus 2012 is also supposed to update in real-time, however, we aren’t noticing that as being live yet. We’ll see what we can find out from the Disqus team on this front.
  • Mobile version:  Not going to lie, the mobile version kind of sucks now. It used to be really good, so hopefully this is on their list of things to polish.

Let us know what you think, and be sure to report problems as you see them through that blue bar at the top. We already see a few issues that we hope are taken care of, but the more people that report them, the better.

  • waiting for email from disqus………………

  • The Socially Inept Cyberman


  • Homerj1965

    Can’t see anything in Chrome, having to go to safari to read the comments.

  • Asimons81

    I really like the new look. I’m looking forward to getting my invite so I can install it on my site.

  • Nicely done. Congrats to @disqus.

  • dsignori

    very cool !

  • Jim Dandy

    Real time works for mobile as well. 🙂

    • Sam Parker

      Absolutely. Feature parity on mobile has been a priority for us.

  • moo

  • LinuxFrenzy

    The new Disqus is much better then the previous one.It is so much faster in posting my comments but it still has room to improve a little bit more.

  • ramp1188

    dont worry i will just get my botnet to vote my comments up

  • WOW – huh a lot to learn in every days work – and new features can confuse some

  • OK – ill check here how this version works

  • Hey folks!

    – Realtime is currently a bit borked… we’re on a fix right now.
    – Our mobile support will be awesome soon — in the meantime, we haven’t quite optimized it well yet. Apologies for this.
    – Downvotes — we’re observing this closely. It’s not a perfect solution yet, but we have some cool ideas to implement.

    • Sam Parker

      Realtime is now fixed and working for all Disqus 2012 sites.

    • Daniel Ha

      pls – colored box around the commentor’s name – thats needed to structure the page

  • eddieonofre

    and the expand and minimize button?

    • Click the “Hide” link to the right of the commenter’s name.

  • eddieonofre

    where is the order by popular, newest, old, and more replied button?

    • The “Discussion” tab has a dropdown where you can switch between them.

      • eddieonofre

        Oh I see it now, thanks! it wasn’t as obvious

  • eddieonofre

    Just to test the new like up button, like this post

  • Looks pretty sweet

  • nightscout13

    Ya need dividers between topics

  • EvanTheGamer

    VERY slick!! Awesome!

  • nsauce7

    Scrolling via swiping up and down in the disqus area of the browser doesnt flow other area of the page or other pages on my gnex. It swipes but only in short bursts

  • Dave

    Hmm, not really sure how I feel about it…

  • Sam

    I think up/down voting could be a problem. I know it works well on sites like reddit where you have millions of users, but it really requires a large, mature user base and topics that aren’t terribly controversial to work as intended…and Android-related topics sometimes don’t fit that bill (people prefer different carriers, different manufacturers, different OS’…etc. and these things get heated.)

    I fear there will be a lot of downvoting based on whether someone agrees or disagrees with a poster’s point of view, instead of whether the point is valid and presented well or not.

  • realfoxm

    constantly refreshing… difficult to follow posts on my tablet. not sure about the phone yet but im sure its the same.

  • sk3litor

    i dont get all this new fangled tekmology

  • Palmer Nyako

    i run disqus from the shadows.

  • thefullritz

    No big deal from my end.

  • Fewer “U mad bro’s” can only be a good thing.

  • sk3litor

    “im new i dont know what to do”

  • FortitudineVincimus

    uhh.. this “news” does NOT trump the SGS3 news – pah lease

  • Guest

    Yep, mobile is officially garbage .

  • MrEnglish

    Reading privacy stuff first,then playing.

  • MattM1974

    Awesome! Already have a Disqus account.

  • dilharo

    elegant look!but the disqus brand is unnoticable

  • littleneutrino

    It looks nice.

  • Radgatt


  • Michael_NM

    Am I the only moron who can’t figure out how to post to the new disqus from his phone?

  • Testing this on my gnex with chrome and it seems to be ok.

  • jeffxallen

    I wish it had how many up votes and how many down. Not just the summation. But overall it is better.

  • Tester

    Just testing

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Oh shizz… I am going to get flagged a lot I bet

    • LiterofCola

      lol, naaaaah

    • EC8CH

      I lol’d

  • Looks ok, but the image feature was one of the best. I really hope that makes a return. Otherwise pretty awesome update.

    • Glad to hear you liked that feature. It’ll be returning.

  • PyroHoltz

    It’s a little busy but that’s just me…

  • picaso86

    I dont like the font to be honest… 🙂 rank me down!

  • Andrew

    Very nice!

  • Caleb Martin

    Looks pretty cool. What’s the star counter at the top right of the comment box?

  • My question is – how can I get it turned on for my blog??

  • Very nice

  • Needs better consistency with ICS guidelines….

  • Awesome =) my comment made it to the pic!. I’m hoping all other websites implement this, already enabled it on Nave360.com

  • Like that we are able to log in with G+ not only the other two.

  • LiterofCola

    It’s a pretty cool update, I look forward to using it. I can forsee one problem though, and that would be a user issue in the sense of “Comment A” endorses a popular viewpoint and Comment B” endorses an opposing, lesser liked viewpoint. With the new down-vote feature, it could be possible to down-vote Comment B away until it dissapears, thus eliminating any and all opposing comments? New to this, so not sure if that’s exactly how it works.

    • Hopefully they give us some new moderator controls as well so we can set some limits up. Right now, we have almost no control over anything except what is flagged or downvoted a ton.

    • Paolo_Ozaraga

      That’s a good point. Maybe Disqus could do something like Yahoo and keep the Upvotes and Downvotes separate (which is probably the only thing I would take away from Yahoo)

    • teleclimber

      argh.. typed a reply and “Disqus 2012” ate it. Awesome.

      Most voting systems on the web suffer from this problem unfortunately. They make it too easy to downvote something into oblivion so that there is no possibility of intelligent counterpoints. Instead the community ends up in its own “filter bubble” (google it) and reinforces its beliefs continuously.

      One thing Disqus could do is show BOTH the upvotes and downvotes, and keep the comment in view as long as there are enough upvotes to indicate this is a valid point to some people.

      What’s the point of a discussion if people who don’t agree can’t talk?

      • EC8CH

        “What’s the point of a discussion if people who don’t agree can’t talk?”

        Do the Helen Keller and talk with your hips!

      • LiterofCola

        Totally agree. And unfortunatley, with the feature abused it could cause problems down the road for people with opposing viewpoints.

        • teleclimber

          You got downvoted for insinuating you might have opposing viewpoints. This is off to a great start. (I +1’d to bring you back to 0)

          The other thing that really bugs me is that you can’t see who is downvoting. If someone is going to downvote, they should have to show who they are. I should be able to click on “-1 votes” and see the list of people who thought your comment was so bad.

          • LiterofCola

            lmao didn’t even see that ’till you mentioned it. Hilarious.

    • RedPandaAlex

      Yeah, there should be a way to distinguish between “I’m downvoting this because I disagree with it and wish that to show in aggregate voting” and “I’m downvoting this trolly spammy troll spam that should be banished from the interwebs forever.” Just because you disagree with something doesn’t mean you want that viewpoint suppressed.

  • I like the look and feel so far

  • Butters619

    Discus needs to bring back the colored box around the commentor’s name to make it a little less harsh on your eyes. Too much white!

    • EC8CH

      little bit more cowbell wouldn’t hurt either

      • fluxhappens

        i got a fever, and the prescription is…..cowbells

      • LiterofCola

        How was this comment reported for abuse?

    • I agree, too much white. Needs some separation between the different sections. Everything just runs together now.

    • theentropic

      100% agree with you. Unless it’s some kind of styling issue and Kellex can do that?

    • LamoniqueWashington

      ” bring back the colored box”

      That’s racist and no way to talk about the first “lady” (even if she looks like Patrick Ewing in drag).

      • Akilig

        Patrick Ewing in drag LMAO ! You are dead wrong for that, I would hit that. Crap….here comes my IRS Audit.

    • #whitespace

    • Droidzilla


    • Nemesis099

      I agree it would help to separate the comments better kind of like how long blocks of text need paragraphs.

    • eddieonofre

      I agree the color text box made it easier to know where a comment ends and another one begins

    • I agree fully – now disqus normal user for long and using blog-system for own ones

      yes – colored box around the commentor’s name

  • Its alright I guess, just don’t like the lack of the image issue/change.

  • Paolo_Ozaraga

    So far, so good. One of my biggest gripes about Disqus used to be the lack of a downvote option. I also like how they made it a little harder to flag people so you don’t inadvertently hit that button.

    • John

      Ya. If you upvote then refresh page, you’ll notice it doesn’t count towards the #

  • evcon

    Testing one two one two
    They need to clean it up, or at least add a little more padding between the different elements of comments, but overall I like it.

    • John

      Agreed. Hopefully they’ll tweak little things like that

  • RedPandaAlex

    Let’s see how this downvote thing works. Ahem.

    Motorola’s decision to lock its bootloaders is the right call.

    • theentropic

      Upvoted…. just because.

      • Disqus ripped off Reddit on this up/down vote business.

        • And Reddit ripped off somebody else.

          • Josh Groff

            Oh you mean real life, where most of these features are already built in?

          • Who exactly?

          • I don’t know who. But somebody… You really think that Reddit invented the whole vote up/down thing? C’mon…

          • You are failing to produce who started using it before them and based their entire site on it. I’ll just have a seat here and wait…

          • Well I told you I don’t know, but you pressed the issue and I had to look it up… Slash dot apparently used a vote up/down comment system before Reddit. Look it up, ask around. Cute that you added the part about basing the whole site off of it part, but that wasn’t part of your original argument. Now get up from that seat and go outside. http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1389748

          • Notice how this reply is 18 hours after the fact? Congratulations you did it man, you proved that you were right about something on the internet! Tabe 2012

          • Good stuff. You know why the reply is 18hrs after? It’s because I have a job, and a family, and a life. Believe it or not, I wasn’t sitting around for 18hrs trying to figure out how I could e-defeat you… Like I said, I told you that I don’t know – you could have left it at that but you felt the need to further push the issue. When I was on the computer again in the evening I saw the email for your response and took a quick minute to Google the answer and reply.
            The moral of the story here is not so much of me being right, but of you being wrong and looking silly in the process (because you just HAD to attempt to call me out and demand that I prove something). Enjoy your day, pal. No point in continuing this thread, right?

    • LiterofCola

      I gotta admit, that was funny.

    • Josh Groff

      I agree wholeheartedly, after all, security first.


  • Hi

  • theentropic

    The live updating is definitely not working, but if you flip the sort order in the discussion menu, it will pull all the new comments.

    • Good tip for a temporary fix. I’ve already reached out to Disqus, we’ll see what they say.

      • Also kellen can we get a pink theme of this? Blue is my favorite color but it does not fit on this website, and the pink has grown on me.

    • Sam Parker

      Realtime comments are turned on now.

  • Michael Forte

    Upvotes and downvotes makes it feel like Reddit.

    • Kyle Fullmer

      The voting is going to be a bad idea, as you’ll see nexus users downvoting razr comments and vice versa.

      • kixofmyg0t


        Every single thread is going to be about the “G-Nex” and everything else will be downvoted to oblivion. Starting with this comment.

  • John

    Live/real time updating still possible in this new version?

    • It’s supposed to be, but we aren’t seeing it. We’ll try to figure out what the deal is.

      • Sam Parker

        Realtime comments are turned on now. Please give it a try.

  • Does the new version have a locked bootloader?

  • I like the new Disqus, reminds me of ICS UI styling

  • Upvote below to test, please.

  • Cool!

  • EC8CH

    You flaggin’ my pant cuffs brah?

    • Cuffed. I was going to drop a “U, cuffed bro?” to welcome in Disqus 2012, but couldn’t bring myself to. Or did I just do it?

      • r0lct

        Like the first scratch on a new car you just got it out of the way.

        • LiterofCola

          lmao, love him or hate him, Mctypething certainly made things more interesting around here.

          • EC8CH

            Personally I preferred Jeff Bernard 😛

          • LiterofCola

            They both were entertaining in their own right, yeah.

          • Michael_NM

            JB was fun to have around. 😛

          • JustTrollin69

            what ever happened to Mctypething anyway?

          • LiterofCola

            I think he got banned

          • EC8CH

            yep… shortly after he came back from Christmas break

    • Butters619

      Haha called out.

  • Andrew

    Super cool stuff. I’m excited!

  • kklklk


    • Ray

      using gay as a negative term is not cool. (i think thats what they said in the commercial)

      • r0lct

        Unless you’re Cartman

      • BillyBob

        What if is used in a positive manner like: “you’re so gay”

  • Cool stuff

  • Samvelavich

    I think it all looks a bit more organized… just my take on it.. Nice update nonetheless

    • AnotherAndroidKid

      I would tend to agree.

  • Ray

    Looks good so far!!!!

  • Murthy Puvvada


  • sc0rch3d

    i’m gonna down vote myself just b/c i can!

    • sc0rch3d

      and you can upvote yourself?!?! LOL

      • AnotherAndroidKid


  • zapote21

    Its new? lol