To better serve our readers, KansasCity.com will switch to a new article commenting service called Disqus on Thursday, Oct. 21. Disqus offers many new options to watch, follow and share comments — and promotes greater accountability among contributors to boost the quality of comments. As with any major change, we anticipate a little anxiety. To that end, we have put together a quick list of questions that might be running through your head about the upcoming change. We hope you’ll find the change relatively painless.
Will I need to register again?
No. If you are already registered with KansasCity.com your existing login information will continue to work. If you have forgotten your username and password, you can have the information resent to you. Click this link to start the process.
Will I need to log in to the site again?
Will I be able to sign in using my Facebook or Twitter login?
Can I keep my old avatar?
Will I be able to keep the screen name I post my article comments under?
Will I still be able to indicate my approval of comments using the “recommend” button?
Will I be able report abuse on comments I deem inappropriate?
So what are some of the new features we will get with Disqus?
You will be able to reply directly to comments by clicking the reply button.
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 can lock in your personal preference by selecting from among the options presented in the “Sort by” drop down menu that appears above the comments you are reading. This setting follows you across the site as you read articles and can be changed at your convenience.
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 email inbox, where you may read and respond by email.
You will be able to subscribe via RSS to a comment thread by clicking the “Subscribe by RSS” button at the bottom of the comment box. This 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 to your Facebook profile page, just by clicking the “Share on Facebook” link directly beneath the comment box. This is a per-post selection, so each time you comment on an article or reply to another comment, you will need to indicate your interest in sharing the post to Facebook.
What will happen to my old comment posts?
What about my profile and personal blog page?
If I run into problems or want to share feedback, whom should I contact?
For problems or feedback with article commenting, please e-mail email@example.com.