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Mon Feb 17 2020

Creating a Team of Comment Moderators with FastComments

A one man army only scales so far. What do you do when you're overwhelmed by the number of comments you have to review?

Read this post to see how to invite comment moderators to FastComments.

Wed Feb 12 2020

FastComments Default Avatars Using Gravatar

What's an Avatar?

An avatar is the profile icon associated with every account and shown next to every comment.

What's Gravatar?

Gravatar brands themselves as "A Globally Recognized Avatar". It's a service where you can define an avatar for a given email. Any products you sign-up to using that email can then use that avatar. This removes a step for people signing up to FastComments since their avatar is setup automatically.

So what's the change?

FastComments will now pull default avatars from Gravatar. You or or users don't have to do anything to get this feature.

If your existing users have already defined their own avatar - no worries - we aren't going to overwrite their custom avatars. Also, users can still overwrite the Gravatar avatar in FastComments.

Wed Feb 12 2020

Using FastComments in Multiple Places On The Same Page

FastComments is flexible. It attaches to a regular element on a page so it works with any web framework.

Read this post to see an example of multiple instances of FastComments on the same page.

Sat Feb 08 2020

Migrating From IntenseDebate To FastComments

Read this post to demonstrate how to fully migrate from IntenseDebate to FastComments.

Wed Feb 05 2020

FastComments Gets Localized

Localization is no small step - and it's arrived at FastComments. The embeddable comment widget is now fully localized in English (en-us), Spanish (es-es), and French (fr-fr).

You'll notice that we haven't slowed down, either. Generally when most applications add localization support the bloat starts to set in. In our case the client-side script has actually decreased in size as we've done some housekeeping and other optimizations at the same time.

If you'd like FastComments translated in your language, or you've spotted a translation issue, let us know.

Wed Feb 05 2020

How to Disable Image Uploads In Your Comments

With FastComments you can disable image uploads in the comment section of your website for either the entire site or just a particular page.

Mon Feb 03 2020

Configure How Long to Keep Unverified Comments

By default FastComments will keep your unverified comments for three days.

What does "unverified" mean?

When a user comments and leaves their email FastComments will send them an email asking them to verify their comment. This helps fight spam, and highlights the comments that their authors really want shown.

If you enable Anonymous Commenting they won't even have to leave their email!

But now you can configure how long to keep these comments - maybe you don't even want to automatically remove them! This is all configurable ia Moderate Comments -> Edit Moderation Settings

Mon Feb 03 2020

Threaded Pagination Comes to FastComments

FastComments now supports pagination without collapsing content! Also, if you want to read a long thread quickly FastComments has a "Load All Comments" button on long threads (like here).

This means that if you have hundreds of replies on a page we aren't going to bog down your site by loading them all up at once. One the user scrolls down to your comment section, and reads past the 30 comments we load initially, they can click "Show Next 30 Comments" to quickly load the next set and continue reading.

It's also well optimized, as usual. If you're into that kind of thing read about it on our engineering blog.

This requires no additional setup from you! Existing customers will get this feature. Enjoy FastComments.

Sat Feb 01 2020

How to Allow Anonymous Comments With FastComments

By default FastComments requires an email to comment if you are not logged in. We use this email to automatically create an account for the user and let them verify their comment. In order to allow anonymous commenting you just have to create a customization rule. Define the domain, and optionally page, that you want to allow anonymous commenting on.

Thu Jan 30 2020

Image Uploads Come to FastComments

A picture is worth a thousand blog posts, right?

Wed Jan 29 2020

How to Hide Your Comment Feed Under a Link

Don't want to show a comment feed at the end of your pages, but want to let users comment? We got you.

Tue Jan 28 2020

How to Prevent Spam in Your Comments

There's no way to 100% combat spam. But FastComments helps a lot.

Mon Jan 27 2020

What Notifications Does FastComments Send?

Learn about how FastComments might - or hopefully might not - bug you.

Sun Jan 26 2020

Migrating From Muut Comments To FastComments

Read this post to see how to fully migrate from Muut to FastComments.

It's simply a matter of removing the small snippet Muut gives you and replacing it with our own. You can even run Muut and FastComments on the same site temporarily to test and tweak the look and feel. We can help with that.

Sat Jan 25 2020

Migrating From Commento To FastComments

Read this post to see how to fully migrate from Commento to FastComments.

Gotchas

Commento doesn't give us full URLs. What they provide is just the domain name that a comment thread belongs to - like "fastcomments.com/some-page". This means that the FastComments importer has to assume what the protocol is, and it defaults to https. If you run the import and are not seeing your data you may want to check that your site is properly secured.

Fri Jan 24 2020

How to make a comment system like Hackaday.com

Here we'll explore creating a comment thread that looks like the one on Hackaday.

If you click the link to this post the overall page styling as well as the FastComments Blog will change.

Thu Jan 23 2020

Migrating From Disqus To FastComments

Read this post to see how to fully migrate from Disqus to FastComments.

If you're using the Generic Site Integration with Disqus then it's simply a matter of removing the small snippet they give you and replacing it with our own. You can even run Disqus and FastComments on the same site temporarily to test and tweak the look and feel. We can help with that.

If you're not using the Generic Site Integration then the instructions will vary based on your platform - again reach out to us.

Wed Jan 22 2020

FastComments Gets Avatars

After launch this was the most asked for feature, so here it is.

If you are logged in and comment, or view your existing comments, you'll see there is now an empty profile picture next to your name.

Wed Jan 01 2020

FastComments Bug Bounty

If you can find any bug with FastComments we'll pay you! We also offer subscription credits.

View this blog post and comment to report a bug.

Mon Dec 30 2019

FastComments Demo

View this blog post to see a demo of FastComments. Feel free to comment and play around.

If you leave a comment and don't verify it via email within three days it'll automatically be removed. This is one of FastComment's powers to fight spam.