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Welcome to the discussion: Commenting on stories changes at

To better serve our readers, the has switched to a new article commenting service called Disqus.

Disqus offers many new options to watch, follow and share comments -- and promotes greater accountability among contributors to boost the quality of comments.

As with any major change, we anticipate a little anxiety. To that end, we have put together a quick list of questions that might be running through your head about the change. We hope you’ll find the change relatively painless.

Will I need to register again?

No. If you are already registered with your existing login information will continue to work.

Will I need to log into the site again?

If you were logged into during your last visit, you will remain logged into the site following the launch of Disqus commenting.

Will I be able to sign in using my Facebook or Twitter login?

Yes. You will now be able to log in and comment using your existing username and password, or use your login and password for Disqus, Facebook and Twitter.

Can I keep my old Avatar?

Avatars will not be migrated to the new commenting system. We have created a default Avatar for readers that log in using their username and password. If you want to display a unique Avatar, you will need to upload one to Disqus, Facebook or Twitter, and then post on using that account instead.

Will I be able to keep the screen name I post my article comments under?

Yes. Your screen name will remain unchanged. If you decide to log in and post comments using your Disqus, Facebook or Twitter account, your screen name will match that service instead.

Will I be able report abuse on comments I deem inappropriate?

Yes. This method of community moderation for comments will remain consistent as we transition to Disqus.

To flag a comment for abuse, scroll over the comment and the word "Flag" will appear; click on that and confirm you are flagging the comment for abuse.

The comment will appear in an abuse queue reviewed by News-Democrat staff members, who will decide whether to delete the comment or allow it to continue to appear.

For more on the rules regarding comments, click here.

What if I'm not seeing comments?

You may need to clear the history cache on your browser and restart it.

Will I still be able to indicate my approval of comments using the “recommend” button?

Yes, but this button has been renamed “Like.”

Will I be still able to “reply” to comments?

Yes. The ability to reply to specific comment posts will remain a core of

So what are some of the new features we will get with Disqus?

You will be able to select how comment threads are organized. Some people prefer to read the newest comments first, while others prefer to read the oldest comments first. Others prefer to sort comments that have the best rating (highest number of “likes”) or are the most popular (highest number of “likes” and replies). The choice will be yours. You can lock in your personal preference by selecting from among the options presented in the “Sort by” drop down menu that appears above the comments you are reading. This setting follows you across the site as you read articles and can be changed at your convenience.

You will have the option of subscribing via email to a comment thread by clicking the “Subscribe by email” button at the bottom of the comment box. New comments will be sent directly to your email inbox, where you may read and respond by email.

You will be able to subscribe via RSS to a comment thread by clicking the “Subscribe by RSS” button at the bottom of the comment box. This link will include step-by-step instructions on how to set up the RSS subscription.

If you are logged in using your Facebook account, you will be able to share your comments on specific articles to your Facebook profile page, just by clicking the “Share on Facebook” link directly beneath the comment box. This is a per-post selection, so each time you comment on an article or reply to another comment, you will need to indicate your interest in sharing the post to Facebook.

What will happen to my old comment posts?

We are taking this opportunity to start fresh. Past comments will not appear with stories, as of Tuesday morning. Only new comments posted that day and beyond will appear.

What about my profile and personal blog page?

After much consideration, has decided to discontinue these services. Several factors contributed to this decision. Fewer than one percent of users have set up a profile or personal blog, and there wasn’t an easy way to find friends’ profiles. Most users rely on Facebook as their primary profile site.

Our hope is that the additional Facebook login option will provide our readers with the best of both worlds: the ability to comment on with their Facebook account information and the ability to share selected posts to their Facebook profile page.

If I run into problems or want to share feedback, who should I contact?

For problems with article commenting or to give us feedback on the change, please email