RR Site Note: Commenting System Update

Commenting display has changed. Read up if you care.

Given the high number of comments the site can sometimes get, I thought I’d make a post out of this.

RR has been using the older version of the Disqus software which I customized with a hack to enable highlighting of unread comments. Disqus moved to a newer version of their software last year, but we still stuck to the old one just so our readers had the benefit of seeing unread comments any time they visited the page.

Unfortunately, Disqus is now forcing all sites to move to the newer version of their software and highlighting unread comments is not possible. If you’re of the technically curious mind, it’s because they’re using an iframe to load the data instead of just rendering it using a script tag.

The newer version has automatic refreshing of comments as they’re posted but if you visit the site periodically instead of just staying on it all the time, you’re out of luck. Also, the default sort is by popularity instead of in chronological order but you can change that.

Personally, I hate it, but for now we’re stuck with it.