UPDATE 2: C&L Is Changing Commenting Platforms
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October 25, 2020

UPDATE 2: We will hold the migration until November 4th. We heard you and agree that change before Election Day isn't a great idea. - Karoli


After receiving numerous complaints about Disqus from our readers as well as our own unhappiness with them, we are pleased to announce that next week we are switching to Insticator. Here's a site which uses their service so you can see how it looks.

Also this week we are eliminating the need to login to Crooks and Liars directly to comment, but it does mean you will need to create an account with Insticator.

We know that any type of change to any website you visit regularly is unsettling for a bit but we need to make this change for the betterment of the site, as well as the community at large.

All of our guidelines and terms of service on commenting still apply, especially these:

Will not engage in racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism or other intolerance.
This includes referring to any person as a "whore", "c**t", "b*itch", questioning their sexuality or any other terms we deem offensive.

If your only means of disagreeing with an individual (rather a fellow commenter, C&L team member or any other individual) is to engage in this type of hate speech, then C&L is not the community for you.

Not post comments that are obscene, hateful, threatening or wishing acts of violence against other.

Will not engage in “flame-baiting” or trolling.

It's not a big change since all commenting platforms are similar in many ways but we feel this company will best serve our growing community going forward.


This is Karoli. I want to address some of the main concerns I see you all have.

DO I HAVE TO LOG IN WITH FACEBOOK? I personally think FB is evil. I would never make you use FB to sign into comment on our site. NEVER. It will be an OPTION for anyone who wants to use it, just as Twitter or Google will be. I would not approve of anything I myself would hate. I promise you that.

WHAT ABOUT MY DISQUS ACCOUNT? You can also sign in to the site with your own Insticator account, and with one click, you can link your Disqus comments to your Insticator account.

Like Disqus, Insticator is super easy to use. Again, I'm putting my own reputation on the line here, but after 23 years of building online communities from CNN to WebMD to C&L, I'm here to tell you that we aren't trying to pull anything evil here. We have been getting tons of complaints about Disqus on our support side and no matter how hard we try to troubleshoot them, they're not coming from this side. We're not trying to track your behavior or be in cahoots with Facebook.

We simply want you to have a good commenting experience that works for you and works for the site.

ARE YOU REALLY GOING TO LAUNCH BEFORE ELECTION DAY? We heard you on that and are considering whether to hold until 11/4. I don't know the answer to that yet.

Keep giving us your feedback. We're listening. But do it with the assurance that we're all sitting on the same side of the table. We want a robust community. It's why we're here.

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We are currently migrating to Disqus

On May 14, 2022, we started migrating our comments from Insticator back to Disqus. During this transition period, some posts will have Insticator and some Disqus. For more information on the transition, as well as information regarding old C&L accounts, please see this post.

We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service for information on our posting policy.