Register a Disqus Profile, Win a Prize

Dylan Burkhardt
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imageImproving the UMHoops community and commenting section is one of the primary missions for our team. Earlier this summer we implemented the Disqus commenting system and the results have generally been positive. As we near the upcoming season we want to continue to make positive strides in the community. In order to do that we’ve made a couple changes and also have a request.

The most notable change is that new comments will be posted in real-time. Newly submitted comments will appear instantly without the need to refresh the page. This might not have a large impact now but should be a huge boost for in-game discussion.

More importantly we want to encourage everyone to register for the comments section. Registering will allow you to make a meaningful impact on the community and also make our lives easier.

Registration is easy and all you need is a valid e-mail address. The four step process is simple: (1) Click Post As… (2) Navigate to the Disqus tab (3) Click ‘Register a new Disqus profile (4) Fill out the required information (username, e-mail and password) and click Register.

You can also link up various social networking accounts and will be able to maintain the same posting alias while tracking old posts and likes. When you sign up for your Disqus profile you will be able to associate old comments you’ve made based on your e-mail address. Having more registered users should cut down on drive-by commenters and spammers while allowing regular users to build a reputation. It will also allow us to moderate the comments more efficiently by having a group of trusted users. During the season we may even require that comments from unregistered users require moderation before displaying.

We want you to register so badly that we’re going to bribe you. Any registered users that comment on this thread will be entered into a drawing to win one of three free DVD copies of ESPN’s Fab Five documentary. The contest is open to new and old users alike, as long as you comment on this post with a registered profile before Friday at 7 p.m.

  • WingedKnight

    Great site, Dylan and co! Keep it up!

  • BlueRev

    Thanks for a great site!

  • Guest

    can’t get an image downloaded? o’twell

  • toblav

    No body asked and probably the same people care, but for anyone interested my handle on this site is a quote from Miracle Max (the Billy Crystal role) in The Princess Bride.

  • bluesurfer1

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Dr_ZC

    Here’s to a great season

  • Kylerjn

    Go Blue!!!!

  • dustindbo

    No Fab 5, FIVE TIMES

  • roserya1

    GO BLUE!!!

  • kainkitizen

    So about the DVD’s. Are they Homemade or something you bought from ESPN or from a retail store shelf?  Who’s going to the open house tomorrow???  I’m having a hard time with making a decision. I have 2 possibilities.  Go see the parents or go see the newly improved arena.

  • PutUpTheBanners

    woo Go Blue!

  • beingklauskinski

    GET IT!

  • toblav

    I posted before but it doesn’t show up now.  Does that mean I’m not registered?

    • You’re fine. The number of comments is paginating the page so there is a “load more comments” option at the bottom.

  • toblav

    My bad, I found the post.

  • mbee12000

    Love the site Dylan! Thanks

  • hpkscooter

    Go Blue!

  • bouje

    Woot woot free stuff!  How are you picking the 3 people?  

    Also I responded to your twitter mailbag and haven’t been on the site much since it’s not basketball season but my question is: Do we have a chance with McGary?  Is it like Dumb and Dumber?  

    Also does my profile show up next to my name in my post? Or is it just my name like in everyone elses? If it’s not just my name how do I change that? I checked my settings and don’t see anywhere to not have it show up as I have disqus profiles in other places?

  • dufflbag

    Thanks for all you do.  Go umhoops.com.

  • jefalmo

    Go Blue!

  • “Ernie” Zirakzadeh

    Great site — lots of loyal fans who post both thoughtful and funny comments in support of the team and against the opponents.  Also, the features like the “newsstand” are great come tournament time.

    Forever a Wolverine,

    Fuego

  • dufflbag

    Thanks for all you do. (2nd try)

  • hotshot14972

    It’s time for another big basketball season. GO BLUE!!!

  • Gareth Connors

    Sounds ok. As long though that whole debates do not move along at the speed of conversations. The good thing about disqus is that you can consider what you say in response and have time to edit. This ensures that spontananius (sic) blowhards can be identified and ignored.
    Additionaly, could not the ‘Like’ button’ have a counterpart ‘Dislike’ button? in unguarded moments all of us talk crap. A dislike button would bring us back to earth.
    It is important to measure both assent and dessent.

    • A dislike button could be useful. Right now Disqus uses one for the post but not individual comments. I guess they figure that I have thicker skin than all of you guys. 

  • Getting my entry in!

  • UMChrisB

    this season can’t get here fast enough.