Thursday, December 25, 2008

A word about the new Haloscan comment management system

Those of us on the Orly Team are all gratified that our blog has grown in popularity since it was begun a few weeks ago. 

Originally, the blog was set to reject all anonymous comments, and require openID to post comments. I personally believe that is too restrictive, and I know it is frustrating. 

A couple of weeks ago, I changed our blog to allow anonymous posting of comments. This quickly started to get out of hand, with many abusive and otherwise inappropriate comments. We were spending increasing amounts of time dealing with anonymous commenters, and were unable to tell who was who. 

A couple of days ago, I installed the Haloscan comment management system. In its current implementation, Haloscan is less onerous than the initial blogger/blogspot system we were using, since it allows js-kit, haloscan, openID and facebook logins for those wanting to comment. We have decided for time being to disallow anonymous comments on this blog. 

Some report having trouble with the new Haloscan comment management system, but many have been able to log in and post comments with no problems. I tested some of the options personally and found it to be quite easy to use.  If you find you are unable to log in for some reason, or otherwise unable to leave comments, I apologize, but please contact us and we will try to assist you. 

Robert Stevens.