Feb 17 2012

Comments on Comments

Published by at 6:18 pm under Poetry Chaikhana Misc.

Yesterday, one of the blog’s regular visitors commented that she’d like more “Facebook-like” conversation threads, the ability to “like” individual comments, etc. I thought to myself, “What an excellent idea! There must be a WordPress plug-in out there that does that.”

Don’t you think it’s a good idea too?

Well… after several hours of research today, I can report that there are at least three good options available — and none of them is a good solution for the Poetry Chaikhana Blog.

Disqus
This is a hugely popular, well-tested, elegant solution. It just isn’t compatible with my current blog template.

Livefyre
This is also a well-crafted solution. The problem with it is that Livefyre doesn’t make it very clear to users how to post comments without first signing up for an account with them. It can be done, but it’s confusing. I want to encourage spontaneous comments, not discourage them.

IntenseDebates
Do I need to say more? My impression is that this solution is a little less elegant in appearance, but it is very well designed on a technical level. But who would want to sign up for intense debates? I certainly wouldn’t bring that into the Poetry Chaikhana blog.

So, after a lot of research, we’re back with simple comments — but, I hope you’ll agree, it’s still a wonderful blog in so many ways.

If any of you poetry-loving web geeks out there know of other solutions I should investigate, drop me a line… or a comment.

Ivan

2 responses so far

2 Responses to “Comments on Comments”

  1. Elizabethon 20 Feb 2012 at 3:37 pm

    “But who would want to sign up for intense debates?”

    I would … but maybe my appearance here is just one of those quirky mistakes, that the universe makes, every now & again :)

    but seriously, Ivan, might it not be the case that God had something interesting and quite lovely in mind, when she gifted human beings with not only right but also left hemispheres? Is playful-vigorous debate — in humble service to Truth — necessarily un-spiritual, un-poetic?

    In any case … I love the new look for the blog, Taksang Monastery, etc.

  2. aparrnaon 21 Feb 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Dear Ivan,
    I am not very tech-savvy so won’t be able to comment on the choice of solution.
    I would look forward to a more interactive comment thread. No, the idea is not to debate or indulge in discussions (we have enough of that spiritual fishmarket on facebook), but just a littttle more open. Yes, to ‘like’ someone else’s comment would be one. … To get to know the other person, could be another. Especially like I was introduced to Jim Atwel’s poetry on this site. Maybe other stuff. Dunno.

    And yes, love the new look. I had been going back and forth on the desire to go for a silent retreat for some time. But the only ones you can do in North India are Buddhist retreats (mainly Tibetan Buddhism). SO was just debating it within me. And then i saw this picture the other day and knew i had got my answer. :)

    Love and light

Trackback URI | Comments RSS

Leave a Reply