Livefyre out. Back to Vanilla commenting system.
Livefyre commenting system promises to make a revolution in blogs by managing their comments with many benefits:
- more discussion thanks to real-time
- more comments and feedback thanks to an easier login mechanism
- and more trust, with a reputation system accross all blogs
Despite these nice ideas, it has several drawbacks
- you depend on another site. It can be down or slow.
- you can’t manage user accounts any more
- the real time technology is likely to be blocked in most companies by their firewalls
- log in can only be done via what Livefyre provides, i.e. Facebook connect and twitter. Facebook is blocked in many companies and everybody doesn’t have a twitter account.
- the thread level is not backed-up in WordPress. The day you quit Livefyre, you lose the hierarchy of the discussion. And some formatting too.
- it is not open-source software.
That’s why I’m back to Vanilla WordPress comments.
However, I think it’s good to see who posts, and I have disabled anonymous comments. And I try to make login as smooth as possible. I think OpenID is good, but it needs to be done properly, otherwise you end up like 37signals.
I made a hack on my WordPress theme, in order to have a « one-click » login.
When they click the icons or follow he link they have the <a href=/blog/2010/10/fini-les-mots-de-passe-sur-wordpress/">Janrain engage login box, like before</a>. My hack simply removes the login page.