I love Disqus for what it tries to offer: a seemless commenting system that links all the comments across the land into a nicely bundled profile. It makes liking good comments easy and it also saves people the trouble of having multiple logins for what amounts to about twenty words.
That said, Disqus has a problem. It gets spammed. When there is spam on Disqus, it’s usually obvious. I said twenty words because comments left by humans are usually short unless they’re arguing a point or ranting. And humans don’t tend to sell $32 iPads on an article about Android phones. I read a lot of blogs and this is the only kid of spam I see on Disqus. I see it at least twice a day on high profile blogs. That may not be much, but it’s there and it’s getting through.
Having never used the Disqus system before, I am not familiar with the moderation settings. Does the comment host need to approve each message? Is there a ranking so that if a person gets enough likes or previously approved comments, they are trusted? Is there no Akismet like scanning of comments before hand? Without Akismet, this blog would get at least 500 spammy comments per day.
So, what’s going on back there, Disqus, that allows spam through that is so obvious?