I have registered with Disqus numerous times, each time forgetting why I disabled or cancelled my account the last time I had one. I never keep an account for very long. The reason is that the moderators of comments are far too restrictive.
As an example, Trump's handling of the response to Covid-19 appears designed to allow the highly contagious and deadly virus to burn through the populace, where it disproportionally impacts those who are not likely to support his reelection chances. This constitutes an unspeakable and unconstitutional act by a president to use a foreign agent to kill the people of his own country. A comment such as this, in response to a story about Trump directing the Federal government to withhold PPE to the initial hot spots (blue states and cities), gets this comment deleted.
Another example is a comment about Trump and Republicans knowing that they can't legitimately win an election, but instead must cheat through gerrymandering, voter suppression, illegal use of dark money, rigging of voting machines, or making it difficult for voters in minority-dominated communities to vote at the polls. A comment about this might be in response to news about the disastrous Georgia primary where the illegitimately-elected Republican Georgia governor is actively trying to suppress the vote of minorities in places like Atlanta. Such a comment would get deleted, almost immediately.
I have no use for any site where moderators are quick to mask the truth in the name of fairness or balance, or to avoid controversy. Election cheating, white supremacy, and viral genocide for political purposes are wrong. Comments that express these truths should not be removed. White supremacist comments that support these wrongs using personal attacks, name-calling, and so forth, should be deleted. Deleting both comments is too restrictive and normalizes the election cheating, viral genocide, and white supremacy by preventing comments that correctly shed light on these wrongs.
I therefore have no use for Disqus and will never again feel compelled to create an account to provide a comment that is more likely than not to be deleted even though it simply expresses truths without resorting to name-calling, personal attacks, or vulgarity.
Review by Wiwila2 months ago
There are so many fake accounts and bots who give upvotes and downvotes. Disquis is no longer a discussion platform but a cheerleader forum.
Review by Doktress2 months ago
Bunch of whiny trolls with nothing better to do with themselves. Do your self a major favor and steer clear of this pansy driven troll market slam packed with spam and hacked accounts.
Review by TerryWGR Hmar2 months ago
Ever since our local newspaper starting using disqus for comments it is a chore literally to read comments or write comments. The web page keeps refreshing every few seconds and takes forever to reload. After a while you just want to give up. Comments are necessary especially now with decisions being made with regard to COVID19 within our state that effect all of us. This service is freaking horrible.
Review by Boardmanz2 months ago
Discus quite often bans from their site anyone that has a conservative point of view whereas they allow liberals to say what ever they want without banning them
Review by HelixSystem Carrancho3 months ago
Disqus has nonexistent customer service. They clearly do not care about their users. They do not have any known way to contact them; they do not respond to emails about problems you have with their commenting program.
Disqus insists on using google's reCaptcha mechanism which can literally block a user from ever accessing his or her Disqus account. Despite endless complaints, Disqus persists in using the extremely aggravating google Captcha device. They do not care how much chaos and trouble google's Captcha stuff causes the end-user.
Disqus also uses many cookies and stores them on your browsing equipment, some of the cookies actually store your comments, email, account details in unencrypted format. One has to wonder WHY they do this. They also store your typing in real time, whether you actually post the comment or not. WHY?
It's a shame Disqus is so heavy handed and irresponsible, because the Commenting System itself is very nice (when it works). It has many glitches that should've been fixed years ago, but have not. Nonetheless, the Disqus commenting system is one of the better ones, which is why people grit their teeth and put up with the aggravations. Wish Disqus CARED about its users and would fix the problems and get rid of google's Captcha!
Review by Annouska3 months ago
Not sure what the problem is, but on news sites anyways, Disqus can't seem to handle more than three people leaving comments at the same time. You can spend minutes trying to leave a brief comment; the page jumps all over the place; the comment won't show up; as you're typing, a word in the second half of a sentence will suddenly appear at the beginning of it......annoying as all get out. I could understand the inability of any platform to handle hundreds or even thousands of comments coming at the same time, but like I said - it happens when just a few are commenting.
Another issue involves "word policing" and "policy violation". Often, words that are seen in headlines and stories can't be used in comments. Often, comments that don't violate stated policy whatsoever will get deleted. Disqus claims that none of this is its fault, that site owners make the rules and do the moderation, yet site reps have told me that Disqus is in charge of those things, so I don't know who to believe. Heck, in one comment in this thread, someone praises Disqus because she and moderators can ban people, like it's her reason for living. At any rate, I don't recommend Disqus. Imagine trying to have a conversation with someone who acts distracted, keeps cutting you off, keeps interrupting, keeps telling you to wait, negates what you're saying, etc.? That person would be rude, and in this instance, that "person" is Disqus.
Review by Loirenna Mohamelo3 months ago
Since I read a lot of comments from people here claiming that this website often bans or censors conservatives, I want to share why I deleted it. I came across some commenters who have over 30,000 comments, mostly showering liberals with vulgarity. So I made a few comments to them. They weren't nice, also not nearly on the same level as the comments I was responding to. They would get deleted every time. I don't know if individual moderators all have their own weird system for deciding who to censor, but the system needs to be looked at.
Review by Malaizja Melewski3 months ago
Any news organization should avoid using Disqus. Disqus is a platform that pisses off this commentator. There is no easily visible way to change an email address as the user (administrator). There is no way to "Contact Us" button visible on their web pages. I have little interest in taking more than 10 minutes to look around their site to update my information.
Review by GrimmTHL Anesan4 months ago
Been on disqus a long time today they removed all of my posts. Aside from having a conservative lean mine are not mean or nasty. But good enough done with them, they are obviously in the political fight of their lives (dems) and have to stoop to
underhanded tactics, like this shutting down of the President's rally's. This will probably be removed as well. Long live free speech!
Review by Oduduwa Poty5 months ago
I'I'm vegan. I'm a bicycle commuter, I support social causes...I don't use the word to describe myself usually, but for the purposes of this discussion, I guess I'm fairly liberal.
However, I did once say that I thought the article at abc was a little too harsh on Trump, so I was banned within minutes. I know it's just other users being petty, but it is also an ABC organization that allows that. Maybe to save money, but they really should consider not creating this environment.
I'm not going the route of creating another account and finding a way back in. The truth is, I'd rather spend my time on Strava, LinkedIn, slashdot, or basically anywhere that has a clue.
Ban people for breaking rules. Not for going contrary to your opinions. Look I'm not predicting disqus will fail...uhm sorry ABC you probably will, but for other reasons. these echo chambers are popular. They can just be popular without me, because I'd prefer another way, where people can treat each other with respect, and occasionally hear another opinion or two.
Review by Dessa5 months ago
Undeserved censorship of critical thinking christian
i suspect my media was deprogramming too many left hand pathers / divisive 'christians'. here are my links
I was shadowbanned from disqus today which is odd because, although I'm conservative, I do my best to be friendly and respectful. Disqus doesn't even acknowledge that it shadowbans, although it does acknowledge that individual sites can shadowban.
Doing some research, I see that being shadowbanned for a conservative POV is not at all unusual.
I really don't even mind the shadowban but I was in the middle of several conversations that were abruptly terminated with the shadowban and there was no acknowledgement of a shadowban.
I will not continue to use disqus on my websites. I feel stupid for not detecting this apparent bias on the part of disqus in the past.
Review by StephanieThomson6 months ago
I comment on a blog that uses them. 2 days with no updates or notifications. Many people have complained at their customer support. Call their number in San Francisco and no answer. I guess I will stop wasting my time commenting at the blog as I receive no feedback.
Review by Gottschalk6 months ago
Disqus was embedded in Breitbart and many other platforms. When Disqus didn't like comments that didn't fit with their libtard ideology and realised they couldn't control (censor) them anymore, Disqus removed itself from these bulletin boards. What a hateful approach to life.
Review by Anamta6 months ago
Until today I was unaware that Disqus held a deep political alliance with postmodern progressives. And all this time I thought they were a business promoting free discussion about the information posted on sites that host Disqus. Disqus now appears to be an abomination, a business that censors free discussion. Apparently, they are missing a key emoticon on their homepage, a red hammer and sickle icon.
Review by Raajendra6 months ago
I have two Disqus accounts. Each is connected to a different email address. As I tend to stay logged in on sites that use Disqus, I forgot my passwords. Today I found that I had been logged out on one of my frequented sites. I went to Disqus to ask a question and found that in order to ask a question, I have to KNOW my password. I then requested a password reset email twice, finally got one 20 minutes later, and read "expired" when I tired to use it. I then request another password reset and got, "down for maintenance". I finally decided to delete my Disqus accounts and found that you cant do that - without a password. This is like hell, a needless, endless circle of pain. I can't log in, I can't reset my password, and I can't close my accounts. Maybe contacting my state attorney general would do something?
Review by GoatRider6 months ago
Disqus has been a great resource for those who follow the TOS- until recently.
It is now deleting posts that express sourced opinions with which some anonymous person does not agree.
Googling "Disqus" and "censorship" or "Disqus" and "complaints" suggests this is a problem of a scope that would interest an investigative reporter. Conciliatory requests for explanations are met with silence.
My opinion of this resource is now a 180 as a result of this lack of transparency.
Review by Niehaus7 months ago
Moderators on individual websites ban users with the most sophisticated, intelligent arguments; this renders the site virtually useless- as only persons with viewpoints that the moderator agrees with may post thus turning it into a "preach to the choir confirmation bias only club".
I was banned from "Not Sorry Feminism" article "Leave Women Alone" dated "Monday, August 18, 2014" by moderator "Lindsey Weedston Mod", she routinely bans any poster who disagrees with her.
There is no appeal- nor is there a way to contact the moderator.
Review by ItsNylo Golchuk7 months ago
Toxic af. Would not use this social network. Just let it die like so many before it. Not worth your time in any way.
Review by Flapjack Essson8 months ago
This website is inherently racist, and doesn't allow you to flag OVERTLY racist and misogynistic comments. The world would be a better place if these white supremacist pieces of $#*! were dead.
Review by Foxtraveler8 months ago
It is true that humans have a big impact on the earth. We also have a responsibility to reduce pollution, mass consumerism and waste. We can turn down the heat, reduce, recycle, and use public transport. But regardless - the global climate has never been stable, and never will be stable. The article lost credibility with me when he claimed that Greta Thunberg speaks "prophetic words". The only correlation between climate change and Greta Thunberg - is that both are unstable. I wonder what caused all the climate change a few hundred years ago? Until Greta came along I was sort of on the fence with the whole climate change belief system. But after listening to her and seeing how the media and certain celebrities support her like she is a cultish guru - the more I see it as a complete hoax. After all - illusions of grandeur aside, she is a child who dropped out of school and does not even know what she is talking about. It makes a complete farce out of a complex subject
Review by Mickcel8 months ago
It used to work but not anymore. ABC news has comments section run by Diqus but you can only read the first few comments and then there are long streaks of black, then nothing... fix it please. This has been going on for a couple of months.
Review by Nicckle8 months ago
I'm a Conservative . I post Conservative comments
Believe it or Not - I got banned for saying. "Get a Job".
Review by Sheredan8 months ago
Shares ALL datas with greedy 3rd parties, like Name/ age/ [email protected]/ IRLinfos/ pages u open, etc etc
If despite all this u decide to give it a go, then be ready for a hell of a spam in your mailbox everyday...not to forget they'll delete any comment/thread they dont like (criticism about disqus acting like a spyware is number 1 reason for deleting posts/threads).
Stay away, far away from it : just read the "privacy politics" page, u'll get a glance of the -non existant- "privacy"...