I am thinking of switching away from disqus and going back to hosting the comments ourselves.
disqus has many limitations and I think if we have comments back in our control I can customise to suit our needs better.
On average we get 10,000 comments a month so it can be a real challenge to manage such a volume.
I know removing upvotes was not a popular decision. The reason we did it was to stop the spam bots but as a side effect we noticed it stopped people gaming the system. We may bring back voting in the new platform.
some things we are looking at:
Multiple featured comments like you see on The Guardian
Ability to message people to give warnings, explain deletions or bans.
Can I have constructive suggestions for ideas to improve comments.
I help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for a member of the Slugger team, I am not that interested in daily politics, preferring to write about big ideas in society. When not stuck in front of a screen, I am a parkrun Run Director.