The long awaited and some what dreaded transition by The Bay Area News Group from the antiquated but beloved WordPress linear commenting format to the more modern and accessible Disqus platform has been met with less than cheering accolades among many long time posters .
This occurred unceremoniously midday, Wednesday, Sept. 25.
While younger members laud the ability to post pictures and avatars, many of the old guard are less than impressed with the bells and whistles of the new format, citing confusing reply threads, extraneous pictures, and an overall lack of cohesiveness that was the hallmark of the previous, sequentially commented forum.
Adding to the angst of the transition is the major infiltration of Ibabuzzes Oakland Athletics site by Raider bloggers endeavoring to familiarize themselves with the format and login procedures seemingly without a hiccup, only to have the actual Raider blog changeover beset with freezes, glitches and flat out no go's on day one. Several times.
Some, this author included, have suggested that an existing and excellent site, SandBPride,already existed for enlightened and even controversial Raider conversations, complete with pictures (and even GIFS) , and that also provided this venue for the same media opportunities that attract some and distract or deter others.
Who knows how things will fare at the new Disqus Raider site, but it may be that fan posts will happen here, without visual clutter,catering to the old guard from that iconic Raider blog.