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Commenting Policy has Changed (update)

Commenting Policy has Changed (update)

We’ve implemented a new comments system today and once we’re happy everything’s working properly we’ll be disabling anonymous posting.

The majority of the Internet still allows anonymous comments but we’ve made the change to improve writing quality and help prevent abusive comments. Our 24 October post below gives more details and explains why.

This brings us in line with national sites like The Independent and Guardian who made the change earlier this summer.

Please feel free to comment, or if you have any problems send an email.

[Facebook Connect login is now enabled. Anonymous posting is discouraged and may be removed by independent moderators.]

Implementing Disqus at What’s in Wapping [24 October 2010]


It addresses spam, improves the quality of postings and helps to deal with borderline abusive comments which we have a responsibility to prevent.

We want to encourage constructive feedback, open discussion and accountability which are fundamental to a small community website like What’s in Wapping.


Discus lets you use existing logins so there’s no need to remember any more logins or passwords. As well as Facebook and Twitter (almost 50% people in the UK have one or the other) you can use Yahoo or OpenId‘s (created in many ways including via a Google account) to post comments.

If none of these are suitable, you can create a Diqus Profile that doesn’t require sensitive information such as date of birth. You’ll also be able to use this to comment on the increasing number of Internet sites who are adopting similar commenting systems.

The Independent

Disqus comments on What's in WappingOne of the first national news sites to introduce a new commenting system this summer was The Independent.

Feedback has been very positive and they’ve seen an improvement in the quality of commenting which is what we want to achieve at What’s in Wapping.

For more information please read Jack Riley’s post for the Independent which explains their decision and gives useful information on how it works.


Very soon. We’re in the last stage of testing and will implement it as soon as we’re happy everything’s working.

You’ll still be able to post via email initially but we encourage you to make the change quickly as unvalidated email postings will be disabled shortly after.

Personal Data

What’s in Wapping will not have access to your personal data from any of these external systems.

Questions or Comments?

The Independent explains it better than we can and should answer most questions but if anything’s unclear please ask as we want this to work.

Feel free to comment constructively on our decision but understand that we have an issue that must be addressed if What’s in Wapping is to be successful.

Best regards


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  • http://www.magento-themes.jextn.com/ magento themes

    It is nice to get more information regarding Disqus.I like to use it.Its more updated now.Thanks for sharing this information.

  • http://www.paulbrockphotography.co.uk Brock

    another test…ah hah that’s better!

  • http://www.whatsinwapping.co.uk What’s in Wapping

    Disqus and “Intense Debate” (the other external comments system being implemented by big sites) aim to bring together peoples online comments across the Internet. You can change your display name and claim comments across various profiles by going here: http://disqus.com/profile/

    Any online profile you create isn’t site specific though so it means any display name would be used everywhere.

    If you choose not to link your twitter, google, facebook etc profiles then comment name will use the display name setup in that particular account.

    Do understand what you’re saying though, so will look into if there’s a way round it – the only purpose of implementing it on this site is to prevent anonymous/abusive commenting as Wapping’s not quite up with the nationals yet :)

    Thanks for the feedback and please post anything else your find (facebook integration is still being worked on)

  • Anonymous

    Any way I can just display a short name rather than a full one?…would be nice to keep ‘Brock’ as the display name on here…..

  • http://www.vickieflores.com vickie

    Thanks Paul …looking into Facebook Connect as it’s not working, so removed it for now

  • http://twitter.com/Paulie_pie Paulie K


  • http://twitter.com/paulbrock Paul Brocklehurst

    testing testing :)

    Edit: error message being given when trying to authenticate via Facebook though…

  • Ben

    It’s a useful website, so good luck with the new approach and I hope people who post start thinking a bit more before they write. It’s a shame but online websites seem to bring out the worst in people for some reason.

  • http://www.baynes.co.uk Mark Baynes

    Sounds a very good idea and will be just one of the things that increases the quality of the site. Keep up the good work!

  • Macpsych

    Great idea, Vickie and entirely appropriate.

  • http://www.paulbrockphotography.co.uk Brock

    fab… keep up the good work Vickie!