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Posted on July 30, 2015 by Collin J. Doering

Currently as some may have noticed, the “See Comments” link under each individual blog post does nothing. This is because I have been struggling to find a good solution to handle comments. Of course many people choose to use Disqus. Unfortunately due to the proprietary nature of Disqus, I refuse to use it (See this). There are some open source solutions including:

Isso
  • Written in Python.
  • Supports modern browsers (IE10+, Firefox, Chrome, …)
Juvia
  • Written in Ruby
  • Not maintained

There are quite a few others, though I haven’t spent much time investigating them as many of them are incomplete or unmaintained. See https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=6818416 for a decent discussion of “Disqus Alternatives”.

I’ve tried Isso but because my blog is a Single Page Application (SPA) Isso doesn’t function correctly. Isso expects the current URL to be a direct link to the post html file that is being commented on, but in the case of my blog it is a virtual url (Eg. this post, http://blog.rekahsoft.ca/#/posts/about-comments.html doesn’t work with Isso but http://blog.rekahsoft.ca/posts/about-comments.html would but links directly to the html snippet file instead of the entire post page.Forgive my vague explanation, its been a few months since I last played with Isso. Its too bad I couldn’t get it to function because from all the open source options, it seems to be the most mature solution.

Another option that came to mind is to use a sub-reddit for my blog and post new threads for each blog post as a way for people to submit comments. I don’t like this as the content would then not be hosted on my servers and it would require users to create a account on Reddit. Not to mention the process wouldn’t be simple to automate so I’d have to go create a new reddit thread in my sub-reddit every time I submitted a new post.

The last option I’ve considered is just foregoing comments all together. Personally, I rarely leave comments on blogs and if I’m interested in getting a hold of someone I generally prefer to use email.

What do you think? Feel free to email me at collin.doering@rekahsoft.ca with any comments and/or suggestions. Anyways, over the next while I hope to find a solution, but for the time being use email or IRC if you wish to contact me.