As I’m sure you’re aware, on our busier days we’ve had trouble keeping up with the traffic and Logarchism bogs down and starts giving you error messages. We’ve been looking for a usable solution to this problem, and found something we expect to improve your overall experience at Logarchism.
You may have noticed things changing over the past few days. It’s been a lot of behind-the-scenes preparation for our capacity solution. Late tonight, we will enable a new commenting engine, called Disqus (pronounced “discuss”), at Logarchism. Here’s some of what you can expect to see.
First, the good stuff. You won’t have to change anything about how you access Logarchism. Your existing usernames and passwords remain, as should your custom avatars, if you have them. Comments will appear on an article in realtime, without you having to refresh the page. This will be especially beneficial on nights like the debates and election day, when comments will be coming thick and fast from many of you at once. And, because our comments engine will be offloaded onto another set of servers, we should have plenty of capacity to handle the discussions.
There are two downsides to this service. One is that they do not have a graphical comment editor, so you’ll have to hand code your HTML for things like bold, italic, blockquotes, and links. For those of you having trouble with HTML coding, there are plenty of people here who will be happy to teach you how to do it. The other downside is somewhat minor in the long run, but a temporary annoyance nonetheless. For up to 24 hours, the comment archive will be unavailable as Disqus loads the nearly 40,000 comments in our archive onto their servers.
We’re rolling Disqus out tonight in order to give us time to work out some of the (inevitable) bugs on Monday and Tuesday, in preparation for the first Presidential debate on Wednesday. If you run into any issues, please send them to us using the Contact Us button.
We’re excited about this improvement, and expect it to lead to a better experience for you, our loyal readers.