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New Commenting System (everybody calm down)

During the next 24 hours, you’ll notice a change to how you leave comments on Before you start grabbing the pitchforks and torches, hear us out.

We’re switching from WordPress’s built-in commenting platform (old and busted) to Disqus (new hotness).

First and foremost, you don’t have to give your real names and you don’t have to create a new account. You can still post anonymously, or using you handles under the old system. Just like you did with the WordPress commenting system, you’ll need to provide a name (real or imagined) and an email address (which you had to do before anyway). Your email address is not displayed to the public. I created a test post using a separate email address from my Disqus account and only the name I provide, “Cope”, was displayed.

From that point on, presumably, you’ll be able to keep track of all of your posts using that name and email address.

However, if you’re not shy about using your real name, you also have the option to use Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or an existing Disqus account, to login and submit your comments.

Additionally, you can share any comments or thread of comments on Twitter, Facebook, or via a link.

Give it a fair shake and if after a while you absolutely hate it, we’ll acquiesce and revert to WordPress (old and busted). Deal?

(God, I can’t WAIT to read the comments below. Wild Turkey at the ready.)

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Cope is a Virginia Tech graduate and veteran sports journalist with a career spanning television, radio, and newspapers. He's the recipient of three Virginia Press Association awards for his writing and design, as well as a CASE Gold Award for his feature writing. Cope has covered the Hokies since 1993 for various local and national news organizations. He's been with since 2007.

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25 Responses to “New Commenting System (everybody calm down)”

  1. rickandbach says:

    If we lose to UVA, I blame this

    • Cope says:

      Yeah, I’ll take the blame. But really, I’d blame the first all maroon home unis for the first time in decades. Has it really been that long?

    • Mr. Aimee says:

      UVA scored about 22 points over the season average.

      They played pretty good defense for awhile, but laying off Jontel Evans allowed the Cavs to always have an easy outlet for the wings to pass out of trouble.

  2. hokiegrad says:

    what was busted about the old system? I never noticed…

  3. 69Hokie says:

    As a side note – Just what is going on with the ACC???? Anybody can beat anybody!!!

    And Kentucky got beat again.

  4. Vindictive_Pat says:

    Just FYI, I have a different user name on Disqus, so goodraisin = Vindictive_Pat. No skin off my back though… carry on Techhoops!

  5. Will Stewart says:

    Thanks, Cope! Ignore this comment, I’m testing it out. (but read the next one)

    • Will Stewart says:

      So, just to be clear, when I entered my name and email address, I did so in a couple boxes with “or register with Disqus” written above them. Does that mean I just registered with Disqus by entering my name and email address there?

      • Will Stewart says:

        Ah, I see that it did register me with Disqus. You probably need to be clear about that, Cope. It acts like it’s not registering you with any service, but it actually does create a Disqus account. After posting my original post, I went to and discovered that I’m already registered/logged in there, and I can view/edit my Disqus profile, view my commenting history, etc.

        • Cope says:

          I think we were clear about that. You do not require a password. And just like WordPress, Disqus keeps track of all comments by a particular email address. The only difference is that Disqus does a better job of it.

          • Cope says:

            WordPress registered your email in our TechHoops system as well. All Disqus is doing is keeping track of which comments have been made using a particular email address. WordPress did the same things.

          • Will Stewart says:

            Thanks for the clarification. Just trying to figure out what the reaction will be if we use Disqus on TSL or other SportsWar sites. I like it. I don’t think it’s needed on TSL, because we get plenty of comments/registrants/etc., but it might be very useful on or other brand-new SportsWar web sites, when they’re just getting started.

          • Cope says:

            You’ll get roasted by most on TSL, so yeah, probably best to avoid that. :)

          • hokiegrad says:

            hmmm… once I’d logged out, it wouldn’t let me post again until I went to my email, clicked the link in the disqus email, and setup a password with which I can log back in now.

          • Cope says:

            First report we’ve heard of that. No one’s reported having to create a password yet.

  6. Blue Collar Hokie says:

    what the bleep is disqus? let’s find out

    can we cuss now?

    • Cope says:

      You can cuss, but we may or may not censor you. Personally, I prefer more creative means of swearing such as “milk farmer” and “frack.” Or even cotton-headed ninny muggins.

  7. Cope – you are such a techie


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