On Monday, March 15, 2021 we will be turning off Disqus and activating our new comment system, wpDiscuz. Many of you have ventured over to our test site to kick the tires and give us feedback, and we appreciate you taking the time to do so. Once we switch over, all Disqus comments will be removed from our discussion pages, but your comment history will remain intact on your Disqus feed — you just won’t be able to use Disqus to comment on CA News any longer. We made this decision based on ongoing technical issues with Disqus that they seem incapable of fixing. It left many of our members unable to post comments on our site (as well as on other sites), and required a workaround on our part that defeated other functionality in the commenting system.
In order to prevent users from being caught in limbo once we switch over, we want to get everybody signed up for a CA News user account here on the live site between now and launch day. The graphic below demonstrates the procedure to create a new account. To avoid any identity confusion and to enable login functionality, we ask that you sign up using the Disqus screen name, email address and the password associated with your Disqus account. Note that we cannot see your password once you set it. We share your concern for online privacy and we will never sell your info to third parties. The only emails you will receive from us will be administration-related. If you already registered an account on the test server, we will migrate it over to the live site for you — you do not need to register a second time.
If you experience difficulties signing up or logging in, we are here to help — drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be glad to assist you getting set up. For those of you who don’t have an avatar image, we offer a free service to create them for you. Just email us any photograph and we will convert it to an avatar and assign it to your account. Note that photos will be cropped square, so some of the image may be cut off. Also, because the avatars are very small, any text content in the photo may be extremely difficult to read — images without text work best.