A few tips on making the new comments work

As you may now, we’re using some new comments software. The old stuff let us ban a maximum of 20 people, which was ridiculous. The new one is infinite. It also has a lot of other advantages. Some people have been having trouble with it, so here are a few tips.

1. You have to enable “javascript” on your browser. If you don’t know how to do that, well, you need to ask someone. It’s in the options sections of you browser.

2. You need to enable cookies specifically coming from Disqus.com – again, ask someone if you don’t know how.

3. The comments definitely prefer Firefox to Internet Explorer. Other than your office making you use Internet Explorer, there’s really no excuse for continuing to use IE at this point. Firefox is much better, and safer. Download it, it’s free.

4. One reader found out that if you’re using Internet Explorer, and are getting an error when click on the “Comments” link, just click the headline of the post and it will bring you to a page where you can read the post AND see the comments box (provided you’re logged in).

5. Once you create your account, ignore any requests to link your account to your blog. That only matters if you are setting up a Disqus account to use on YOUR blog, not to use the comments on my blog. After your account is set up, you should be able to post fine.

6. Make sure you check the settings on your account, once you set it up, and turn off your email notifications from Disqus if you don’t want to receive messages. I’m pretty sure that the notifications may be set to “on” by default, which is kind of dumb.

CyberDisobedience on Substack | @aravosis | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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