Ben Bangert is a San Francisco Bay Area programmer, best
known for his open-source work creating and contributing to Python libraries
such as Pylons,
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I’m trying out Disqus for comments on the blog,
for one main reason, I just didn’t feel like implementing comments
myself. I am somewhat wary of services that seem integral to a blog,
like where the comments are, which is why I’ve been leery of using
services like this for some time.
What happens if Disqus runs out of VC and goes belly-up? I’ve seen this
with a few other web services, and no one using it is very happy when it
occurs. On the other hand, I did find some irony in the fact that one of
the features Disqus pitches users is, “Don’t lose your comments if the
On the other hand, I really appreciate the capabilities a central
service-based comment system brings. I’ve inadvertently used it on other
blogs, and was very pleasantly surprised to get updates and actually be
able to keep up on what was happening on the blogs I commented on.
Are other people worried about using services by new companies or am I
just overly paranoid?
I’d almost feel better about it if I could pay five bucks a year or
something, as I’d at least have some better reassurance that the company
is actually making money like I do with Flickr. Or maybe it’d be nice if
companies that are profitable to say so, though it occurs to me that
even that isn’t a guarantee, as someone could come along and buy them
up, then decide to terminate their functionality (like that one site
that people used and were pissed about when Six Apart bought them and
shut it down, but for some reason I can’t remember the name of it at