Facebook comments

Here at Chicago now, they've implemented a new comment system and given bloggers the option of whether or not to use it. There is now the possibility of using "facebook comments" or "wordpress comments".

The downside to this is that this isn't an "either or" option. You can only have one system turned on. I believe I'm going to switch to the facebook comment system, because I'd like to link my own comments to my facebook page and get better facebook penetration to help grow the blog.

I also think in terms of attracting new commentors, the fact that most people have a facebook account makes it easier for people to jump into the community here and post.

There are a couple downsides to facebook comments which I'm carefully considering. The first is that it can hurt anyone in the existing community who doesn't feel comfortable posting under their real identity. I'd hate to actually lose commentors over the switch.

The second is that there are only two tiers in terms of replies. A reply to the post, and a reply to the reply. You can't have deep nesting like you can with wordpress comments.

I'm going to go out on a limb and guess the comment system is more stable with facebook comments since it seems fairly unstable with wordpress ones.

Thoughts?

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  • The current comment system sucks. It seems like it is being run off a system in somebody's basement. However, they way some people write 5000 words when 50 will do, I am not sure a new comment system will actually improve the overall blog...

  • I'm down.

    Also, on a completely unrelated tangent, I'm irked about the courtney lee for nothing signing. Really, we didn't have any "nothing" that we could have traded for courtney lee? Were we all out of shitty draft picks?

  • In reply to pinkizdead:

    i think I figured out what the Bulls are doing with the SG position. I think they are going to use Butler at SG. If they do this they would have Hamilton, Butler, and Hinrich (when Rose is back) at SG. If that is the case, in their minds they don't need another SG, they have the spot filled. If they could get Brewer back (or even if they sign Delfino) they have Deng's backup filled too. That may be why they haven't been making many moves.
    PG: Rose, Hinrich, Teague
    SG: Hamilton, Butler, Hinrich
    SF: Deng, Butler, FA (Delfino)
    PF: Boozer, Taj, Radmonvic
    C: Noah, Darko?
    Not a lot left to sign. Maybe they add Malcom Thomas and a nother PG. If i'm right,. they have their team filled already.

  • In reply to PaBullfan:

    Butler's going to need to develop a serious offensive game if he is going to play SG for more than spot min.

  • In reply to bpmueller:

    Yeah, because we've been getting such serious offensive production from our 2 spot the past couple years.

    I think it's extremely unlikely the Bulls sign as many players as PaBullfan is suggesting. They have 12 guys under contract. Best bet is they pick up one more big (Darko) and run with the minimum of 13. No chance we get Delfino.

    I agree that it'd be nice to add Malcolm Thomas. He wouldn't get any playing time, but he'd probably learn a lot by being on the bench, practicing, etc. Doubt it'll happen though.

  • In reply to bzoooty:

    The PG could be a non guarantee to someone like Mike James or something, because once Rose gets back he could be let go. Griffin was talking up Thomas the other day, that is the only reason I think they might add him. I do think they will end up with 14 in the end. You could be right though. My main point was that if they play Butler at the two, they would have no reason in their minds to go after guys like Lee or Mayo. They think they have it covered.

  • Did anyone watch Lillard play the Hawks? He looks like a combination of Rose and Westbrook. Next superstar PG!!!!!

  • I typed a comment last night three times but I was typing too fast? What?

  • 1 vote for against - I don't have nor want a facebook account.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Totally agree, I have no interest in joining any social media group and further violating my privacy.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    I Agree. I will never have anything to do with Facebook.

  • In reply to Edward:

    Alright! Thanks for backing me up on this one Bigway, Edward, & Bullsfan23! Men against social networking!

  • In reply to Edward:

    more and more of the internet actually REQUIRES having a facebook account, and i think this trend should be resisted whenever possible (even in our little bulls blog corner of the giant interweb).

    i'm mostly a lurker here but i do comment occasionally, which i will not do if you switch because i do not (and will never) have a facebook account. plus the blog will lose some of its best commenters IMO (ChiRy, BigWay, Edward).

  • Facebook comments are the absolute worst. Please keep the wordpress default.

  • Obviously my blog doesn't compare to Doug's traffic-wise (or in any other way), but a recent article I wrote had 44 FB 'likes' and only 2 comments.

    I have to believe that since most people nowadays have FB accounts, switching over to FB comments will mean more conversation on the blogs.

    Just my stupid opinion, of course.

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    The facebook system is a little easier. I always forget my chicagonow login/password. And for those who aren't too worried about someone knowing their facebook ID, it would be a good way to match a "face" to some posts.

  • Not a fan of Facebook comments, but that's only because they appear on my Facebook... duh. I don't see why people need to know every blog I'm on in the News Feed. Facebook is too intrusive these days. Some blogs only allow Facebook comments now. Please don't ever allow that Doug. I'm a fan of Disqus.

  • I am having trouble signing on to say nnnnooooo!! KEEP WORDPRESS!!

  • I would almost certainly not comment, if I was forced to use Facebook to do so. Just don't like putting that account out on the web.

    However, I only comment here about once every three months anyway, so don't go by me. Heck, if I want to say something to you Doug I usually just @ you on Twitter.

  • My concern with facebook comments is flooding my friends' news feeds with my comments on a blog that they may or may not care about. I've never actually used facebook to comment on a blog, so I'm not sure if that's the case or if it's something that's easy to turn off. But instead of trying to figure all of that out, I'll just vote for Word Press.

  • I agree the current comment system is flakey, but it's still better than facebook comments.

  • I have no use for facebook, keep it the same Doug.

  • Okay, I hear you guys, we'll keep the comment system the same.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Whew.

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