Commenting On The Future Of Comments

By Spencer . January 19, 2009 . 11:25am

image Some of you may have already caught on to this, but we revamped the commenting system at Siliconera over the weekend.


I’ve been meaning to introduce advanced features like profiles and avatars in the comment system for a long time. However, I liked Siliconera’s open comment system where anyone can leave a comment without jumping over hurdles like registering for an account. Balancing these two features plus a host of technical problems like existing comments were issues, issues that Disqus solved so we’re adopting it.


With Disqus anyone can set up a profile that displays an avatar and tracks comments. You can even claim all your existing comments on Siliconera by hovering over your name from a previous or new comment and clicking on “unclaimed profile”. After you hit this button you’ll be taken to a Disqus page where you can claim your profile by entering the e-mail address you entered here at Siliconera.


Don’t want to set up a profile? That’s fine. You can continue commenting as usual, but it would be nice if you set a profile up in the future! When you set up an account you can build your reputation, start a friend list, and edit your comments.


My favorite part of Disqus is you can thread comments. Hit on “reply” instead of post and you can post a comment underneath a parent comment. Finally, no more “@ someone” comments in the middle of discussions!


This doesn’t happen often here, but if you see a comment that you feel is offensive, trolling, or plain old spam hit “flag” to alert us. See an awesome comment? Give out points it to boost that commenter’s repuation. Disqus allows for easier moderation which will be used to shape Siliconera into a place for intelligent discussion about video games.


I hope everyone enjoys this transition and I would love to hear your comments about it below.


– Spencer

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  • I don’t mind the change, I like it right now.

  • Mazen

    I usually don’t register in forums or comments or such I find it a hassle but since I respect this site ( nearly one of the two good video games sites in English) so I took the time to register and it was like 1 minute :)

    What makes this a real improvement is that people still can comment without registering so its not covering or blocking showing the popularity of the site which help it growth smother.
    good job Spencer.

  • Awesome, thanks!

  • bah! there’s another matty about! That’s alright. If you wanna see my mug go to AX09!

    *thumbs up!* I took a trip down Siliconera Lane and read my old comments from over a year ago. Man, was I a bad grammar person or what!?
    I still can’t remember how I found this place. I think GG: AC. I have Aksys to thank for that!

  • Icon

    Neat. Hope commenting doesn’t become a popularity contest now, what with avatars and profiles now being allowed.

  • Volcynika

    Nice, Spencer! Good little addition to have.

  • MadMirko

    While I gladly embrace this upgrade, please keep in mind that Siliconera is a great place to visit because it is NOT like every other site. Keep on being different!

  • I could not claim my original username, so this is the next best thing

    *edit nvm yay

  • My name was taken already. Much like Greg Proops on last night’s Flight of the Conchords, my middle name is now Underscore.

    • Kay

      No need to worry! You can change your display name in the account area of Disqus. :) Your username will stay the same though…

  • JeremyR

    Hmmm, makes sense

  • maxchain

    So far, so goo–how did it already have my icon ready for me? That’s… interesting.

  • Could not claim my account either. Oh well…

  • Nekobo

    Looking good so far~

  • thaKingRocka

    the change is cool with me. it was kinda fun to look over my history of siliconera comments. love the site. keep it up.

  • dotscene

    Commenting just got a whole lot better. :D

  • Rciwws

    Best of both worlds ftw

  • Rciwws

    Best of both worlds.

  • Very nice! Put me over the edge to register for disqus. Now I’ll need to go find some of my old comments >.<

  • daizyujin

    Ok good I was able to get my name. It looks ok, but a word of advise Spencer. Don’t let a reputation system get too embedded in the site’s culture. That kind of stuff is one of the things ruining Kotaku and many other sites. All of a sudden a person gets “rep” and they immediately start to let their head get inflated. I would appreciate you guys not posting stories about “ban-hammer monday” or what the hell ever it is called. It just comes off as arrogant and draconian. At least to me, I find it very offputting. It seems some sites go from banning people who are abusive to just banning people who disagree with them.

  • Okay, I just claimed my old comments and it was super simple. So far I’m loving the upgrade Spencer. Good job! ^_^

  • I’ve claimed my few comments, changed my username though as it feels weird (and not a good idea? : P) to use my actual name as a username…

  • daizyujin

    Ok I have linked all my old messages to the account. (I can’t say new account since there never really were “accounts” per say before.) It was surprisingly easy. The thing I can’t figure out though is how they knew my real name, given that I don’t remember ever having to enter it on Siliconera before.

  • Pesmerga00

    I like it. Makes replying lots easier.

    I agree with others, in hoping that reping doesn’t become a contest.

    • daizyujin

      Just like anything else this has a lot of potential. On the other hand rep is rather sticky subject, mostly because the concept of “awesome” is in and of itself subjective. The main thing I worry about is that even though I have personally had a few arguments like many others, Siliconera is by and large a very friendly community where people are easily accepted. I just don’t want to see that change. Unfortunatly there is always that person who feels they have something to prove by being an “alpha-blogger” or whatever.

      • Pesmerga00

        Exactly, that is one of my favorite things about this site. While there are often disagreements, and sometimes heated arguments, it rarely turns ugly. Unlike your aforementioned Kotuku (not to bash) Siliconera has one of the most friendly and helpful communities around. I highly doubt something as small as a commenting system will have a negative impact. It’s the users here that matter, and I don’t think something this small will scare them away. Likewise, I just don’t want to see it change.

  • Hurray, I never was a fan of the old commenting system.

  • Kay

    This is so new to me now~ I really liked the old commenting system. Well, there’s always time for change. :)

    I’ve always enjoyed reading comments on Siliconera. And I hope this new commenting system doesn’t change the way we post.

  • Aoshi00

    I was wondering what the overhaul was about when I woke up this morning, but I just went ahead to claim my username. I’m not familiar w/ disqus either, but it looks very organized and the avatars are nice (I was deciding btwn Aoshi, Crono, or Tare-panda, lol).

    Siliconera always has useful and informed comments from lots of knowledgeable readers, hopefully it would stay the same. It would be a trip down the memory lane reviewing my old posts :)

  • Pichi

    I can’t get my to work, so I’ll just stick to this. But nevertheless, good for those who like it. Glad I can still comment and have my history here!

    • Pichi

      Now I finally got it verified, so I’m happy now!! Wish I could have done it sooner.

  • Andy

    Ha ha, I think it’s an improvement. I just spent the last 30 minutes looking at my old comments. I don’t even remember writing half of them… I agree with the other people who say that by and large, trolls don’t stalk the comments sections here, which is probably one of the reasons I actually read the comments.

  • Good changes, the avatar system is good, and I’m dreaming again about a siliconera forum ^_^

  • Zefiro Torna

    Job well done on implementing this. Had no problems claiming myself, so to speak…

  • I can’t seem to claim my profile.

    it says it is unclaimed, and when I click on the ‘claim’ button it wants me to enter user name or email and my password. and no matter what I enter I get a message “we couldn’t log you in!”.

    can someone tell me what I’m doing wrong? ugh, I feel like such a stereotypical woman right now, not getting something electronic to work =___=

    • Actually, you need to make a Disqus account first. Once you have that then you log in and you can claim your comments by clicking on your name and entering the e-mail address you used here. Disqus will send an e-mail to that address and you should be all set. Hope this helps!

      • ah, it seems I misunderstood some things. it all worked out now though, thank you ^^

  • Cig

    Nice, thanks Spencer.

  • Lucky

    I’m having problems claiming my profile… It asks for a e-mail / password, and I put in the e-mail but I don’t have a password. <_<, it keeps asking me to login…

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