Hurrah! It seems like Disqus finally got around to fixing the commenting on BlenderNation – give it a spin below! If it still doesn’t work, please try clearing any disqus.com and blendernation.com cookies and clearing your cache. If that still doesn’t fix it, please shoot me a note.
I’m giving the Disqus commenting system another try this week. I have a love/hate relationship with the default WordPress commenting system, and am curious if Disqus is going to make conversations and moderation any easier. The biggest attractors for me are ease of management, and the opportunity for everyone to post images in their comments (like for a weekend contest ;-). I’ve used Disqus in the past, but returned to WordPress when I ran in to some issues – hopefully these are fixed now. What do you think? Do you like this system, or do you prefer traditional WordPress commenting?
Update: I’ve seen an overwhelmingly positive response to this week’s test. Yes, there are some issues with Disqus but then again this is true for most solutions. I’ve seen the conversation rate go up which is the most important indicator for me that it’s a better tool for supporting discussions. I’ll keep Disqus on the site!
Did you know you can click on the header graphics on BlenderNation and leave comments? Give it a try! Also, you can always access previous headers using the ‘Art > Headers‘ menu. Finally, I’m always looking for new graphics. The rules for acceptance are a little fuzzy – mainly I’m looking for quality art work with a composition that works well in the header format (1000 x 288 pixels). If you have something that you think fits, please submit it here. Thanks :)
I saw a few comments recently that made me realize that it’s not clear how you can add a profile picture to your BlenderNation profile. Like many other blogs, we’re using a service called Gravatar to link your email address to your profile image. Just register there (for free, of course) and upload your image. The nice thing about Gravatar is that it makes it easy to change your profile picture everywhere at once. Enjoy :)
Dang, I missed it – BlenderNation had its birthday last week!! What started as an experiment has grown into a serious part of work – for the last seven years I have spent almost every single day sifting through Blender news and posting it here. I’m still enjoying it a lot, but as you can imagine it takes a lot of time to maintain this site.
That’s why I’m asking for a small gesture of support: if you’re ever ordering something from Amazon.com (the US site), please consider going through this affiliate link (you’ll also find it on the homepage). That’ll give me a small percentage of every sale, without disclosing any personal information. The credits are used for gifts for my family ;-) Thanks!
Merry Christmas everyone!! I’ll be celebrating these days with my family and BlenderNation will be back with more Blender news on December 27th.
Hey folks, I want to apologize for the lack of news during the last few days. I was in Paris for Minecon and between user meetups, the two-day event itself, the .party() and traveling back and forth, I didn’t exactly have any time or energy left. I’m all recovered now though, so things should be back to normal. Blend on!
After seeing more and more trolling on the site, I have decided to switch back from Disqus to the regular WordPress commenting system. In addition, you’ll now have to log in if you want to leave a comment. I’m sorry to make things more complicated, but that’s how trolls roll – they screw it up for everybody else.
Update: I’d like to re-design the comment layout and make it more compact. If you can help, please contact me. Thanks!