Reappropriate is now running Disqus comments

Because I was really frustrated with comment spam and the virtually non-functional default comment box that comes with WordPress, I’ve now transitioned the site to Disqus comments, a popular third-party commenting system.

All existing comments have been imported into Disqus, so your comments haven’t been deleted, and may now appear in your existing Disqus dashboard if you already have an account. Disqus supports nested commenting to help organize conversations on the site, and also allows you to upvote comments you agree with (and downvote comments you disagree with). Also, HTML tagging is available: just add the HTML tag to your comment, and the comment will display your HTML formatted comment after it is submitted (note: we discovered that even though you can add some styling to your comment prior to submitting through keyboard shortcuts, formatting added without HTML tags will disappear upon submission). Finally, users should appreciate the ability to edit posted comments: you can find the link to edit your submitted comments below any published comment.

While guest commenting has been enabled (meaning you do not need to register with  Disqus to submit comments), I strongly encourage you to create a Disqus account to take advantage of Disqus’ many other cool features. You can create an account, or sign-in with your Disqus account or one of your social media accounts in any of the Disqus comment boxes on this site.

Please let me know if you have any issues working with the Disqus system. Comments submitted using Disqus will appear in the sidebar to the right, but the plugin will take a few minutes to refresh and see your new comment.

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Awesome new header art for Reappropriate!

No, thine eyes do not deceive! Thanks to the incredibly talented Alison Roberts (who also happens to be my cousin), Reappropriate now has awesome new header art featuring vampire Jubilee!

If you are as much in love with this Jubilee art as I am, you should definitely contact Alison for your own commission work! You can reach her at apal.roberts [at] gmail [dot] com!

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12 years of Reappropriate | #AAPI #Feminism

Nico Minoru-themed layout, 2006-2007.
Initial planning code for Nico Minoru-themed layout, launched Sept 18, 2006.

Today is the final day of AAPI Heritage Month for 2014, and after a great month of celebration and education, I thought I’d take a minute to reflect: as of this year, Reappropriate will have been online (in some form or fashion) for 12 years.

It’s incredible to think about how long this site has been with me. For nearly one-third of my life, Reappropriate has been a part of it. This blog been a source of incredible inspiration, and also at times of profound frustration. 12 years after I launched Reappropriate, I have the opportunity today to stand back and wonder: was it worth it?

I think so. I hope so.

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Whoa – new layout?

Hey all, just a quick note to let you know that this is a new layout I am rolling out. There are a few changes left to make that are better done not in the live preview mode of WordPress, so please bear with me.

The site is live and functional, but some things may be a little ugly until I get everything sorted out. Thanks for your patience!

 

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Better Social Media Integration (and a New G+ Account)

This blog had been previously using the Sociable WP plugin to power its social media integration. However, I wasn’t too happy with this plugin’s general lack of customization, and what seemed like a crazy long load time. So, I spent some time over lunch today writing a manual integration of Twitter, Facebook and GPlus for this blog.

In summary, you should now have an easier time sharing Reappropriate posts through your favourite social media sites. If you have any issues, please let me know.

Also, because I needed to test Google+ integration, I got a Google+ account for this blog: gplus.to/reappropriate. Please add me if you happen to also be on the site.