Which comments system should we use?

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Pavel Ignatov/Shutterstock

Yesterday we opened up a discussion about the rules of engagement, and our moderation team is carefully weighing your feedback. It’s been very helpful, and we’ve already made some changes based on the initial comments.

Several readers have suggested that the biggest problem with the discussion is Disqus, which I currently use to manage the comments. They don’t like the last “upgrade” (Disqus 2012) and say they can’t always access the comments.

Some readers believe Livefyre, another cloud-based commenting system, would be better. Others say we should revert to the native WordPress commenting system.

I’m open to change. So I thought we should put it to a vote.
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Time to get political? Yes, and here’s how

Consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren is running for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts and across the country, the Occupy Wall Street movement has taken hold as a grassroots consumer movement. Of course, there’s also Ralph Nader, who has made two unsuccessful presidential bids.

Add it all up and you can’t help but wonder if the time has come for consumers to get political.

Before I give you the answer, let’s consider a few facts about how businesses influence the legislative process. Corporate America and other special interest groups, including unions and trade groups, spent a record $3.51 billion on lobbying in 2010, according to OpenSecrets.org, which is more than twice the $1.56 billion spent just a decade earlier. That’s a whole lotta money.
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I voted

This isn’t a political blog, but … wait, this feels like déjà vu.

No, I’m not going to say anything else about the Juan Williams/NPR/Fox News controversy, except that I’m surprised my Orlando NPR affiliate took a a contrarian view on the issue.

Surprised, but not necessarily in a bad way. A majority of my readers (about 75 percent) said Williams’ comments didn’t cross the line, and many believed he shouldn’t have been fired.

But that’s not why I’m writing this post. In a seminar on travel blogging I gave a few weeks ago in Orlando, I mentioned that online journalists have a responsibility to encourage their readers to vote.
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