Many people are using Disqus, however, they show adds to users, and have a reputation for showing particularly click-baity ads such as “your information has been compromised”, etc. Therefore, I am inclined not to use or recommend them for fast pages.
I looked into this solution that uses aws functions but that probably requires too much setup.
Cure my own itch perspective: if anything, I’d use github issues as comments. A reader wants to reach out because they couldn’t run the post and reproduce the results, or they have suggestions? Open an issue. Seems natural.
Building a tool that other people use perspective:
Do folks really need comments? Even if we add a comment engine, should it on or off by default?
Are folks scared of posting github issues as comments and is this solution too complicated?
For non-open source blogs, people will need to create a repo for their blog comments to be stored in. This can be setup easily with github api, but adds complexity to the whole system.
Discuss will be easier to customize since some jekyll themes are already Discuss-aware and work with it.
So I’d definitely do this on my own blog with github issues (not necessarily utterances, but probably with it), but as a general option, I’d probably go with disabled-by-default, but optional Discuss based comments.
@hamelsmu, how would I turn on comments in a docx file? I tried adding it as frontmatter, setting the “comments” tab in the document properties to true, and creating a style called “comments” and styling the word ‘true’ as ‘comments’. None of that worked.
Thanks! Yeah, I found the same thread when I was searching, but wasn’t able to figure out a solution from it. I did note a suggestion in the discussion of using a python script to “produce full yaml from a docx file, and insert it into the resulting markdown file.” But it would take me some time to learn how to do that.
Of course I could easily work around this whole issue by putting the text in a notebook or pasting it into a markdown file, which is what I’ve done for now. But I’d really like to get students and teachers at my school using fastpages as a way to blog about what they’re learning. A simple MSWord solution would make that easier.
@jeremy, would you have suggestions about how to turn comments on in a docx file, or more generally, how to handle frontmatter in docx?
fastpages does not have a robust way to specify front matter for Word documents. At the moment, you can only specify front matter globablly for all Word documents by editing _action_files/word_front_matter.txt.
If you want different front matter for individual Word documents, you can convert Word documents to markdown files by running the blog locally using the development guide and edit the front matter in the markdown file. If you do this, you must delete the Word document after you convert it to markdown so the automated system does not overwrite your markdown file next time your site builds.