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News server switching to Disqus for online discussions

Prague, 4.4.2015 23:48, (ROMEA)

As of 31 March 2015, a new system is being used by news server for readers to comment on our articles. Before now we have been using Facebook.


  • Better graphic design
  • E-mails advise you of new posts
  • Protection against spam
  • Option of ranking posts
  • Option to report inappopriate posts
  • Social networing elements
  • Easier moderation

Commentaries posted through Facebook, however, are very difficult to moderate, so we have decided to switch to the Disqus platform. This is also used in the Czech Republic by the news servers Aktuálně.cz, and the Czech News Agency.

Signing into the new system is very easy and can be done through Facebook, Google+ or Twitter. If you do not have an account any those social networking sites, you can easily register with the system by using your e-mail address - detailed instructions are below.

All visitors to news server who respect and uphold the rules of discussion summarized in our Discussion Code may join new discussions. We are announcing an amnesty and all readers whose posts were previously blocked will be given a second chance.

Given that ROMEA, o.p.s., the publisher of news server, bears legal liability for the content of discussion posts, we reserve the right to delete them should the Discussion Code be broken. Discussions will be continually checked and inappropriate posts will be removed.

If a particular user repeatedly violates the terms of discussion on, he or she may be permanently blocked. The previous discussion posts written through Facebook will no longer be available through news server

The database of previous posts will not be deleted and will be saved. However, it will no longer be visible.


How to use the Disqus discussion platform:

You can sign up in several ways:

  1. Using a valid e-mail address, user name and password (after posting your first comment a verification e-mail will be sent in which you must confirm that the e-mail you are using is valid)
  2. Through Facebook
  3. Through Google+
  4. Through Twitter
  5. Directly through Disqus

If you choose to sign up through Facebook, Google+ or Twitter, you will first be asked to create an account on the Disqus platform. When signing in you must choose a user name and password for Disqus, after which you will be able to use Facebook, Google+ or Twitter to sign in.

This is what your first login through Facebook will look like:

  1. First click on the menu next to "Login" or directly on the text box to post a comment

  2. Then you click on the Facebook logo

  3. If you are not already signed in to Facebook, use your e-mail and password to do so.
  4. You will be warned in a new window about everything that Disqus will be able to access from your Facebook account. By clicking on "OK" in the dialog box, you consent.
  5. Now you can register for the Disqus platform. From Facebook you will have your name and e-mail automatically filled in. Choose a password and click on "Register".
  6. A request will be sent by email from Disqus asking you to verify your e-mail address. Just click on the blue button in the e-mail to start posting.

Registration through Google+ or Twitter is similar.

If you are not using any of these networks, you can register and login by creating an account directly on the Disqus platform.

Registration and login through Disqus

  1. Click directly on the window where you want to post a comment (the text box that reads "Join the discussion...")
  2. Social networking icons will come up and next to them a small window marked "Name". Click on "name" and another window comes up. Fill in your e-mail address and name and choose a password. Then click the arrow in the grey frame.

  3. A request will be sent by e-mail from Disqus asking you to verify your e-mail address. Just click on the blue button in the e-mail and start discussing.


User name or e-mail address already used

If, when attempting to login/register with the Disqus platform you get the message that "This e-mail address or user name is already in use", it means either you or someone else used that e-mail to register, which means you are using the wrong password to login. In such a case (if you are the owner of the e-mail address in question) you can request a new password by going to Input the e-mail address or user name that you used to register into the appropriate field on that page and an e-mail will be sent to you instructing you how to proceed in order to change your password.

Discussion doesn't come up

There may be several reasons why the discussion concerning a particular article on does not come up:

  1. If the discussion is not shown just for one specific article , but does show for others, that means that discussion is not permitted for that specific piece. The editors have reasons not to permit discussions benetah some articles. If the discussions do come up for other articles, then there is no error.
  2. If the discussions don't come up for any article, it could be for one of the following reasons: 
  • You may be using an browser that does not support Disqus. You should not have problems with the most updated versions of any of the following browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer 8+ (in standard mode) or Safari.
    If you are using an older version of the Firefox browser or an older browser like Internet Explorer 6 or 7, the discussions might not come up correctly. In that case we recommend updating your browser to the most recent version.
  • Since these discussions are being read from an external source, it can happen that the connection to your internet service provider might be blocked when it comes to reading this kind of content. This typically concerns networked computers being used in a workplace. In such a case, you must turn to your IT department for assistance.
  • Discussions might also not come up because you have something installed in your browser that blocks the reading of content from other sources. For example, in the Firefox browser, these are accessories such as AdBlock, Greasemonkey, and many others. The same applies to Chrome and other browsers.
  • In order for the Disqus discussion platform to correctly function you must permit cookies and Javascript in your browser.
  • The discussions may not work correctly or at all if you have installed one of the following in your browser: Avast Web Reputation, Avast Onlie Security, Avast Antivirus 2014, Ghosery, KB SSL Enforcer, IE Protected Mode.

These instructions were inspired by instructions for using Disqus on Aktuálně.cz and

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