Developing Toxicity-fighting technology at Disqus

Posted by Lauren Maruschak on August 02, 2017

Earlier this year, we committed to fighting hate speech and began taking the first steps toward curbing toxicity on Disqus. As a Product Analyst, I focus on developing technology to facilitate good content. Our goals for this technology are to enhance community management tools for moderators, give users more power to address abuse and toxic comments within the communities they participate in, and improve the internal tools that our Abuse team uses for reviewing reported content that violates our Terms and Policies.

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Protecting users' privacy on Disqus

Posted by BYK (Burak Yiğit Kaya) on February 27, 2017

Here at Disqus, we love our users. We also respect our users and their privacy too. Over the years, we’ve introduced stronger privacy controls such as honoring the Do Not Track setting in browsers, implementing Content Security Policy headers to protect you from any possible XSS attacks, and supporting a solution for loading Disqus over HTTPS. Our Home and moderation interfaces are already HTTPS-only, and now we are proud to announce that our commenting system, Engage, is also HTTPS-only.

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Disqus hacks the roadmap: June 2016 Recap

Posted by Tony Hue on July 11, 2016

Last month, we hosted an internal two-day hackathon at Disqus HQ. Unlike your typical anything-goes hackathon, “Hack the Roadmap”—as we dubbed it—aimed to enable anyone at Disqus to explore projects and ideas that may be immediately relevant or considered in our future roadmap.

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The paper plane proof: our uplifting story of client-side JavaScript bucketing

Posted by gabalafou on June 25, 2015

Contributors: Ernest Wong, Charles Covey-Brandt, and Michael Maltese

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Organized Nerd Fights: How We Hack

Posted by gabalafou on August 01, 2014

It's like 10:30 pm and I'm still in the office.

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A love affair with Cassandra

Posted by George Courtsunis on December 16, 2013

Cassandra is a highly scalable distributed database that we use in a variety of applications. It powers such things as loading the Disqus comment system, to our real-time Promoted Discovery product. We love the tool and have decided to help users of Cassandra get better connected to the community by hosting the Datastax Cassandra SF Users meetup at Disqus HQ.

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Disqus Hackathon

Posted by Jeff Pollard on November 05, 2013

In office team dinner during the Hackathon.

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Scaling Django to 8 Billion Page Views

Posted by Matt Robenolt on September 24, 2013

As we’re approaching 8 billion page views per month and 45k requests per second, we’ve learned a couple things about delivering comments to a lot of different people. Disqus is very well known for using Django for almost all of our web traffic, and that continues to be a thing today. As with any web framework, there are inherent trade-offs: rapid development vs performance, familiarity for new developers vs something custom, etc. Disqus likes to lean towards rapid development and familiarity over performance, and something fine tuned for our exact needs.

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Trying out this Go thing...

Posted by Matt Robenolt on May 23, 2013

Last Thursday, May 16th, we shipped our first Go project into production.

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Making Disqus faster

Posted by Anton Kovalyov on February 10, 2010

Hello. I am Anton Kovalyov, I work as a software engineer here at Disqus and this blog post is about one project I was working on. It extracts all the static parts out of our embeddable code which makes our widget much faster than it is now. We are still testing this update but you already can try it out. For more details on the project and how to enable it for your website, continue reading.

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