The system used for years that allowed readers to comment on our blogs is on its way out. This is a heads up for everyone to be on the lookout for the major change.
Also, if you want to read any old comments, do so soon, for they will be purged once the change is made.
Some of the other blogs already made the conversion. The Raiders blog is on deck, so to speak.
For more about the change, here’s what colleague David Pollak posted last Friday, as he he made the switch:
“The Bay Area News Group is in the process of installing software designed to make it easier to regulate the online back-and-forth that can sometimes get out of hand. As a consequence, all the comments posted in past years soon will be gone.
Going forward, registration is required — either through the Disqus system we’re using or your Twitter, Facebook or Google+ identity. You’ll be asked to sign up, one way or another, when you attempt to post your first comment.
That alone is designed to help keep the conversation more responsible. But there are also mechanisms in place that make it easier for me to regulate the content, plus the opportunity for you to vote comments up or down. Here are some of the other features, as explained to me:
“Readers can get email alerts when people comment on threads they’re interested in, and there are other features that make it easier to share comments on social networks and see which stories have active commenting threads.”
The change is coming soon. I will alert you when it’s official. In the interim, things remain the same for now.