I am introducing a new solution to bring the best of the both worlds to the comment system for NorthEndWaterfront.com. Commenters can continue to use the existing regular comment box or the new Facebook comment box. Now, you now have the choice of how you want to enter your comments on NorthEndWaterfront.com.
When I changed the website theme earlier this year, I started requiring “real names” for commenters instead of increasingly troublesome “anonymous” comments. At the time, I replaced the regular comment box with “Facebook Comments” that inherently uses real names. The reaction was swift. Some folks loved the ability to use their Facebook account to comment on blog posts. But, several others said they did not want to have anything to do with Facebook. In response to the latter concerns, I removed the Facebook comment box and reverted back to a regular comment system. This worked out pretty well.
After testing some new plug-ins, I have added back the Facebook comment box to the end of each post, while still keeping the regular comment box for those who do not want to use Facebook. Hopefully, this is the best of both worlds. More and more news and blog sites are using the Facebook comment system because it requires real names, consistent with our current comments policy. It is very convenient for those people with Facebook accounts.
If you don’t have a Facebook account or don’t want to use the Facebook box for some reason, then you can still comment on NorthEndWaterfront.com through the regular comment box that also appears at the end of each blog post.
Facebook requires real names when you sign-up and it is probably the best “real name” system on the Internet today.
Make your choice, use Facebook comments box or use the regular comment box. When using the Facebook box, users are given a choice whether they want their comment to appear on Facebook or not. If you uncheck the “Post on Facebook” box, your comment will only appear on NorthEndWaterfront.com. If the “Post to Facebook” box is checked when you enter your comment, it will appear both on the website and on your Facebook account. Again, your choice.
Facebook comments will appear immediately while regular comments will still require moderation.
One thing I have noticed: The first time you load the site, you might have to refresh your internet browser to see the Facebook box at the end of each post. After that, it should load automatically. You may also notice some duplicate comments.
If you have not commented before, please review the comment policy. As always, things could change down the road. I will continue to monitor the situation and adjust as necessary. Thanks for your support!
Feel free to let me know how the system is working for you either through the comments box or email at email@example.com. Happy Commenting!
Matt Conti, Editor