Mr. Spock, Friends & Blog Comments

Kirk & Spock

For those who don’t want or can’t listen to the audio above:

After almost 11 years of blogging I have used and or wrestled with a million different commenting systems. Each time I have made a switch it was with the goal of making it easier for people to comment, deal with spam and try to build community.

Every system has their pros and cons.

This week two different people told me that DISQUS is creating issues for them and because of this they are unable to comment so I am curious if there are others who are having trouble.

What Kind Of Friend Do You Want To Be?

Earlier this month I ran a post about friendship called What Kind Of Friend Do You Want To Be?

It included the goodbye between Kirk and Spock. Since Leonard Nimoy died today I thought about it again.

Live long and prosper.

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13 Comments

  1. southmainmuse March 1, 2015 at 10:39 am

    That was what made the original Star Trek cast so engaging. The friendships/brotherhood that existed despite all their differences. And how that bond grew the longer the actors worked together and their characters’ personalities developed. And commenting or the lack of commenting does say something along the subject of friendship, to me. I try to leave comments on the posts I read but sometimes technology glitches make that near impossible. I’ve never had problem with Discus on my laptop, but sometimes trying to leave comments with Discus or Blogger with my phone it kicks me out every time. And blogger on my laptop. And after trying a few times, I’m done.

    • The JackB March 2, 2015 at 6:53 pm

      @southmainmuse:disqus Yes, the bond between them made all the difference. It made it more enjoyable.
      I am not very patient any more with the technical glitches. If I have to try more than once to post it is far less likely I will than it used to be. Just don’t have the time or patience.

  2. Not A Stepford Life February 28, 2015 at 9:14 am

    I’ve just used the wordpress commenting. No fancy thing. Maybe if/when I get more traffic I’d have to look into something else.

    RIP, Mr. Nimoy.

  3. Irene February 28, 2015 at 1:20 am

    I was thinking of you because of Mr. Spock and the quote in the post.

    • The JackB February 28, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      @ionfooddrinklife:disqus Spock has always been one of my favorites.

      • Irene March 3, 2015 at 1:43 am

        Although sad, I am glad there was so much on social media about his passing (rather than about that dress). Like I am sure many of our generation, It feels like a major part of childhood is gone. I’m impressed with your bits of Canadian knowledge so I am sure that you know there is a Vulcan, Alberta and the Vulcanized $5 bills are still considered legal tender 🙂 (the blue one with Laurier on it )

  4. Julie Barrett February 27, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    I am ALWAYS thankful for that 🙂
    You know why I don’t usually comment but 2 cents to say I have not had any trouble. I DO have trouble sometimes with LF and always with WP.com login since I can never remember my password and It Is Truly Annoying to write out a comment and not allowed to post it.

  5. Lewis LaLanne - NoteTakingNerd February 27, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    I’ve been using Disqus since about 2010 and have yet to have a problem with it on my site.

    And when it comes to commenting on other people’s sites, I actually sigh a breath of relief because I know I don’t have to fill out a bunch of fields in order to post my thoughts.

    The only time I remember having any kind of qualm about any of the commenting systems that ask you to log into them was when I wasn’t using Last Pass to auto fill my user name and passwords into these forms when I showed up at the site.

    If you can’t remember your passwords and user names all the commenting platforms like Disqus, Intense Debate, Lifefyre, etc. will be a pain in the ass. If you are someone who likes to comment every once in a while or all the time, do yourself a favor and get a Last Pass set up so that you never ever have to worry about log in problems ever again.

    Last Pass is an app that stores all your user names and passwords that you ask it to. It will even ask you if you want it to automatically fill in the user name and passwords for any sites that have them.

    Ever since I’ve had those fields pre-filled every time I’m asked to log in, I’ve never had a problem with Disqus. Can’t recommend Last Pass highly enough for people who hate the log in process. 🙂

    As for any other issues, I can’t speak to them because I’ve never had them. Disqus has been a cream dream for my site. 🙂

    • The JackB February 28, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      @MyNoteTakingNerd:disqus I have thought about using something like LastPass but I never have signed up because I always wonder about security. Always feel a bit uncomfortable giving one ‘site’ all my info, but one of these days I may do it anyway. Got too many passwords and I am sure security is built in to the password tools.

      • Lewis LaLanne - NoteTakingNerd March 2, 2015 at 9:45 am

        I hear what you’re saying about being uncomfortable.

        If that were the case for me, I would only use it for stuff I don’t care too much about – my disqus user and password, user and password for the electricity company’s site, and other minimal consequence stuff that’s a pain to have to remember. And if you ask it to, Last Pass will generate random passwords (34kkenm827pocs) for you for each of the sites you store there so you don’t have to worry about if someone sees your passwords there, they’ll pretty much know what your bank password is because they “Holyfiedisthegreatest” being used over and over and over again.

        A tool like this frees up quite a bit a psychological RAM that I think can be used towards more important things like the memorization of lines from episodes of Star Trek and what year certain boxing matches took place, what the outcome was and what specific things happened in what round. 🙂

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