The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

November 15, 2010
Bee to change online comment system next month

JV TOM NEGRETE.JPG is shifting to a new comment system on Dec. 1, which will trigger some significant changes to how users connect and air their views.

Bee Managing Editor Tom Negrete details the switch to the Disqus system on The Scoop, a blog focused on what's new and evolving on The Bee's website.

Some of the good stuff: The new system will allow users to sign in using their Facebook or Twitter logins, select how comment threads are organized and receive and respond to comments via e-mail. Registered users won't have to reregister.

Some of the not-so-good stuff: Comments on older posts in the current system are going to disappear about a week after the new system launches. Personal profile pages and personal blog pages are going away, too. If you use an Avatar, you'll have to reload it for the new system.

The State Worker is consistently one of the most active comment sites on, so we wanted to make sure you see what's coming. Click here for more details about the new system. This link takes you to the Disqus homepage and a live demo link that gives you a sense of how the new system interfaces with social media.

PHOTO: Bee Managing Editor Tom Negrete / Sacramento Bee file photo

On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on and other websites. We've heard from hundreds of you already and we're listening. Please continue to add your thoughts and questions here. We also encourage you to write Letters to the Editor on this and other topics.

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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