Comments Update

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As many of you know, the comments on old posts have disappeared since the switch to Disqus commenting. After a great deal of effort, it is now clear that they cannot be transferred. That leaves us with few options. Here are my plans, although I am open to suggestions.

I want to move this entire blog onto a WordPress platform that uses WordPress comments going forward. Old comments, however, cannot be transferred there. The old posts will remain here with all of the old comments. I want each post to have Disqus comments inside the post and a link to a pop-up window with JS-Kit (=Haloscan) comments. That way, all the comments, both from the days of Haloscan and JS-Kit and from the days of Disqus, will be preserved.

Right now, I don’t know how to do that. I have a programmer trying to figure it out. If it turns out to be impossible, my inclination is to revert to JS-Kit to preserve 5-1/2 years of comments even if it means losing the last few months of Disqus comments. In fact, I’d like to switch back immediately so all comments over the next few weeks — until we move to WordPress — are in JS-Kit.

What do you all think? These are your comments as well, so please let share your opinions.

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

One comment

  1. guest 06/27/2010 10:53 PM
    the only way it might be impossible is if the platform doesn’t support importing of comments, otherwise it might be difficult, but not impossible.
    HAGTBG 06/27/2010 10:54 PM
    I agree with you Gil.
    hirhurim 06/27/2010 10:56 PM in reply to guest
    The difficulty is in linking the comments to the right post.
    Arie Folger 06/28/2010 03:04 AM
    I find the WordPress platform excellent, and heartily recommend it.
    Shlomo 06/28/2010 08:15 AM
    “These are your comments as well, so please let share your opinions.”

    If only that had been your approach last time the comments issue came up.
    Richard Kahn 06/28/2010 10:32 AM
    For the record, I prefer this comment platform to JS-kit
    Ariel 06/28/2010 11:58 AM
    The reason I recommended Disqus was because of their great import options. They were able to import from Blogger, something IntenseDebate could not do. WordPress can also import comments from blogger, and then you can use either IntenseDebate or Disqus for comments. I’m not sure why you can’t import the comments though, Disqus claims they can import from JS-kit also.
    The Talmid 06/28/2010 07:30 PM
    i didn’t like JS-KIT, but I hate Disqus. I miss the old comments. Please revert to JS-Kit immediately.
    Steve Brizel 06/29/2010 09:26 PM
    The comments on the old posts are part and parcel of the archive and represent the diversity of views on the blog, I reccomend reverting back to Haloscan.

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