Blog Comments Using GitHub
I’m building this site using Jekyll, the simple, blog-aware, static site generator. While it’s a great tool overall, it comes with a major drawback when it comes to blogging: There’s no out-of-the-box support for comments. Some folks even maintain the view that a blog without comments is not a blog.
I’ve been searching for a reasonable comment system for a while. The most wide-spread solution seems to be to use a third-party service like Disqus. However, this approach is not really an option for me, mostly due to data protection and privacy concerns.
Don Williamson put up a short investigation on how much tracking the use of Disqus involves. Luckily, he directly proposes an enticingly simple solution based on the GitHub issues API:
- Each post gets an associated issue on GitHub
- Users can leave comments on the post/issue
The advantages are compelling:
- No tracking
- Users keep control over their comments
- Markdown support
There are some obvious drawbacks as well. Users need to:
- Leave the site
- Have a GitHub account
While this certainly raises the entry burden, it also provides some protection against comment spam. Anyway, I’m gonna give it a try.
Thanks to Dave Compton for providing a Jekyll reference implementation.