Rocks Off knows how much you guys love the Captcha commenting system. Who doesn't enjoy struggling to read the nonsensical phrases, and sharing the odd combinations it generates to prove that you aren't an evil robot.
We hate to break it to you, but the Captcha is going away. The Houston Press blogs are switching to Disqus to make commenting, interacting with our writers and other readers, and community building on the blogs much easier.
We'll give you a minute to regain your composure. The switch is being made today, and comments may be down for a few minutes here and there.
Disqus is the same system used on many Tumblr blogs, as well as CNN.com, TechCrunch, FoxNews.com and more. We've decided to make the switch because Disqus offers some really cool features, including...
Instant gratification: Comments go live as soon as you hit send, which means bantering back and forth on a story's points or merits will be more like an online chat and less like waiting for your comment to be approved by an archaic spam filter. Disqus also lets you comment via your smartphone, so you'll never have another l'esprit de l'escalier moment.
Threaded conversations and gold stars: No more confusion over who you're responding to. In addition to commenting on a post, you can comment on other readers' comments, inline. You'll also be able to share your clever statements on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites, and "like" comments of others.
Get comments via email: You can subscribe to comments on any blog post and also be notified when someone replies to your comments, instantly, via email. You might never get any real work done again.
Commenter profiles: Be as anonymous or as open as you want to be. Disqus allows you to create a profile for yourself, or log in through Facebook or other sites you already use. Profiles also allow you be a part of various Disqus communities.
So give the new system a whirl and let us know what you think. As always, we look forward to hearing from you in the comments.
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