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I uninstalled Intense Debate from my Blogger blog, and then this happened . . .





Over the years, the mass media have evolved to becoming highly liberalized, community-based off and online, and most importantly, interactive unlike what they used to be.

In Nigeria and most especially among the Yoruba speaking people of the south-west where I’m from, the mediums of the radio and television and their gadgets are tagged as “Ero asoro ma gba esi”.

When translated, it would very roughly mean: “machines that talk and cannot be talked back to” buttressing their perception of their one-way traffic functionality.

Thank God, all that has changed with the advancement in technology which allows for the integration of inventions like the telephone.

Commenting, therefore, has now become the all-powerful feedback mechanism available to both the media owners/practitioners and their audience members. And it is in line with the democratic participant theory of the media.

Without such, the whole process would have remained a one-way traffic affair as it used to be.

On the one hand, that wouldn’t have been good for the credibility of the news as well as the feature contents of the programs of the various media organizations.

Another drawback would be that the media users’ valuable perspective on the top stories of the day would not have been allowed to come through.

Today more than ever before, the good news is the audiences of mass media are now able to engage with both the media personalities and media contents being churned out, for instance, by the traditional media platforms of radio and television.

Now each program comes with a segment that allows for phone-in, text, Facebook and Whatsapp messaging for interactivity.

The forwarded messages are read out by the program anchor or presenter as the case may be who acted necessarily as gatekeeper filtering the messages with a view to eliminating those that do not align with the relevant national broadcast codes and editorial policy of the respective media house.

The same thing applies to the new media platforms of websites and blogs.

To facilitate this all-important functionality, however, websites and blogs come with default commenting section.

For those not in the business of news transmission, it is a way of measuring the success or otherwise of their content promotion campaigns and marketing strategies.

Commenting is also a way bloggers gauge if they are actually delivering on the expected end of adding value to life and businesses in the digital space.

So, every blogger looks forward to seeing comments on their blog someday. Sometimes, this takes much longer to happen and sometimes it happens pretty soon. Overall, it helps to validate the bloggers’ sense of self-worth and as a measure of their progress.

But the business of commenting on blog posts has never been as interesting as it is today. How do I mean?

Just as there are different blogging platforms – Wordpress, Blogger, Tumblr to mention a few, so are there different commenting solutions providers.

And there has been an ongoing trend of bloggers opting for the third party commenting solutions because they arguably offer better functionalities and features in terms of designs and customizations.

This cannot be denied, of course, by those blogging on Google’s blogging platform of blogger.

The complaint or the argument is that blogger’s default commenting feature isn’t cool enough for it lacks those great features that are visible in the ones provided by the third parties.

Despite, admitted, a lot of improvements have been made to it especially in recent times.

Still, most publishers on blogger prefer to go for the third party commenting solutions. The popular ones are intense debate, commento, and disqus to name a few.

Interestingly, I belong among publishers on blogger who had romanced one of this three mentioned. But my experience hasn’t been good, to say the least.

And unfortunately, this has happened twice. Persuaded by write-ups of influencers that what blogger is offering is inadequate, I opted for Intense Debate and I think it is a great platform as they offer a seamless checklist of services in that regard.

As a publisher, you can install, uninstall, or reinstalled their commenting script from your blog or site as you wish.

And I have no reasons to entertain any apprehension whatsoever there could be a negative after effect electing any of those great alternatives.

So, it happened that I got tired of it one day and I decided to uninstall the script from my blog template with the sole aim of going back to blogger’s default commenting feature.

The process went smoothly after downloading and uploading my theme to their page where the uninstall part is to be completed.

I copied the theme and pasted it to my template field and clicked save. And then I switched to my blog home page to see my blogger default commenting which I had toggled on in the blog layout.

Lo and behold nothing happened. I checked, double-checked, and even triple-checked if something wasn’t properly done but the right box has been ticked. The question that popped up in my head was what happened?

Could it be that Intense Debate script has actually corrupted my theme? It looked more like it and nothing else. And I felt really very disappointed.

As we speak, blogger default commenting section has disappeared from my older posts. It is only showing in the recent posts.

I’ve tried many different troubleshooting options that I know of but nothing has changed.

Now I’m even contemplating going for another third party commenting solution because I can’t stand my posts whether old or new not showing commenting link.

It’s like denying my blog users their inalienable right to have their say concerning my post which isn’t the case.

That’s about my disappointing rant about Intense Debate and I don’t recommend it for the use of any publisher because you just might want to go the way I went someday only to discover it has led to the disappearance of the default commenting feature of your blog.

This post is not done in bad faith but actually out of being responsible to others who might fall prey to the downside of using Intense Debate commenting solution like I have. Not doing this would’ve meant being irresponsible on my part to my constituency.

The choice is, however, yours.

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