Well this sucked.
I wrote earlier on how Disqus’s Movable Type module breaks things beyond all recognition. I had to do some hand hacking to get the module not mess everything up.
Today, I decided, pretty easily, that I definitely will store all comments locally afterall. Even if that means a little bit more of hassle in my end. So I’ve exported Disqus comments to my end (ended up with a mysterious XML file), closed the site, and removed the forms.
At some point, Disqus started injecting Google Analytics and ScoreCardResearch scripts to my pages.
Now, I don’t have anything specifically against Google Analytics. I don’t know much about ScoreCardResearch, so I’ve noscripted the shit out of them for a long time. Seems like they’re some kind of a market research outfit. Still, if you have to do market research, fine, I guess.
But if some third party decides to unilaterally foist third-party services on unsuspecting users, that’s not very fun.
Besides, Disqus wasn’t that useful. Most of the random commenters that came that-a-way were particularly dedicated spammers. The ability to get a few comments every year is vastly outweighed by some random third party doing analytics on the site all the time.
So Disqus is gone from this site. I now have the capability to do local commenting using Drupal and Movable Type, so it’s about darn time I start implementing it!