How to comment on RideApart like a boss

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Yesterday, Adey was sitting on my couch and was all, “Yo, how do I log into your new comments?” That made me realize it might not be as simple and intuitive as I thought. Or that Adey is dumber than I thought. Possibly both. Regardless, here’s how you comment on RideApart.

The big change is that we’re now using Disqus, a networked commenting service used by over 750,000 websites. Other sites that use it include BikeEXIF, Cycle World and Wired.com. Because it’s a popular social platform like Facebook or Twitter, some work firewalls will block it. Honestly, if your work is the kinda place that blocks things, then that it lets you read about motorcycles all day is kinda surprising.

We chose Disqus to make your lives easier. If you’re a prolific participator in online communities, then you’re probably already familiar with it. Disqus also integrates seamlessly with your social network of choice, allowing you to log in with your existing Facebook, Twitter or Google+ accounts. In case you’re the kind of person that would get fired if your boss saw your comments on HFL, you can also create a bespoke ID of your choice. “HotChick69″ is already taken, don’t ask me how I know.

Scroll to the bottom of any article and you’ll see this blank comment box:

Click anywhere in it and you’ll then see the login options:

Follow the instructions and whatnot (we promise they’re simple) and then you’ll be logged in and able to comment. It’ll automatically attach your Facebook or Twitter or Google+ profile pic, but you can change that in your settings too. It’s all there at the bottom of any article.

Just like on Facebook or Twitter, you can “@” reply to someone to tag them, an alert will then pop up for them next time they log in, telling them you’ve been talking about them:

You can add pictures to comments now too. They’ll appear as little thumbnails after you’ve uploaded them. Just click the little picture icon in the bottom left of the comment field to do this.

If you see pics in a comment, just click them to enlarge.

There’s other functions like up and down voting specific comments (so JonB doesn’t need to type out “+1″ anymore) and a few other things. I’m assuming you can figure it all out from here.

Want to add a link? Just drop the URL into a comment and it’ll be clickable when that comment goes live.

What can you do to be a valuable member of this community? It doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself, crack jokes or make fun of me or anyone else. It does mean that we expect you to contribute something of substance, something intelligent and, well, just contribute. We’ll remove comments that are personally abusive to anyone, comments that are annoying or comments that just plain piss us off. Speak to others on the Internet just like you’d speak to them in person.

We don’t mind swearing, when it’s appropriate, but there’s a few checks in place that move comments with swear words or a bunch of links or similar variables into a moderation queue, where they wait for our approval before going live. We try to get to these quickly, but do sleep at night and ride bikes during the day and fly on planes and stuff, so don’t get all “Where’d my comment go?! Rabble, rabble, rabble” if it doesn’t appear right away. We know it’s incredibly important to the world that you call someone “a hipster” and will get it approved in due time.

So that’s it. Simple enough that even Adey figured it out without too much help, hopefully more useful and rich for all you guys and open to everyone. Have fun, hipsters.

Want to try it out? Ask me literally any question about absolutely anything below and I’ll answer it to the best of my ability.

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.joshua.silverman Daniel Silverman

    How did you get your start in the motorcycle journalism industry, Wes?

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      I used to work at a magazine called Intersection in London and, together with David from Deathspray, made a special Men’s Fashion/Motorcycle special called (very creatively) Intersection Motorcycles.

      • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.joshua.silverman Daniel Silverman

        Also, would you rather fight a 100 duck-sized horses or a horse-sized duck?

        • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

          I’d take the horse-sized duck. Seems like my odds would just be better against a single opponent, even a much stronger one.

          • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.joshua.silverman Daniel Silverman

            Also after you defeat it, it can be ridden! Also manly points because everyone else on reddit takes the tiny horses. I’d go with the duck too.

        • Mark Desrosiers

          Hmmm. Well, a duck weighs about 3 lbs, so your faces 300 lbs of horse duck, or 900 lbs of duck horse. The horse ducks could swarm, though.

          • Campisi

            Nine hundred pounds of duck meat would be worth quite a bit more than three hundred pounds of dog food, as well.

        • Kathy Jo Porter

          I had to read that twice because I thought it said horse sized dick. My bad. Carry on.

      • http://www.facebook.com/OMG.Awesome Clint Keener

        Intersection is rad!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Owen.A.Lloyd Owen Andrus Lloyd

    So far so good, (Formerly known as BMW11GS)

  • 13SKRR

    Dude, where did you buy your couch?

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      My old roomates gave it to me when they couldn’t afford to give me my security deposit back.

      • nick2ny

        Where did you buy your old roommates?

        • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

          Craigslist.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephen.kellie Stephen Kellie

    comment succesful

  • rohorn

    Now I know why my “contribution” that included/required the use of words like “idiot” and “moron” got held for moderation, then deleted. At some other Disqus-ted Cycle site. With idiots and morons.

  • http://twitter.com/valendumb valen

    What’s a good, cheap restaurant in LA?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Sweeney/501437288 Scott Sweeney

    Is there some formal introduction required?

    “Hi I’m me and I used to be So and So” – Is this HFL Anonymous?

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Nah, I figure people who had handles before will use them again or that we’ll all just get used to our new identities.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Sweeney/501437288 Scott Sweeney

        Meh, I’m actually me now. Like Disqus btw, nice choice.

  • http://firstgenerationmotors.blogspot.com/ Emmet

    What’s your favorite alcoholic beverage?

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Laphroaig.

      • http://twitter.com/TheVeeTwin Damo Von Maciel

        Ever give Balvenie a try Wes? Brilliant stuff.

        • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

          Not sure. Harlan from HWood Electrics and I went to a whiskey tasting a while back and I didn’t find a single thing I liked better than what I’d been drinking already.

          • http://www.bikeexif.com/ Chris Hunter

            Tried Lagavulin or Dalwhinnie?

            • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

              Yup. Both are good, Laphroiag’s just my thing.

          • http://www.faster-faster.com/ Marc Fenigstein

            Try a Jura. My favorite is Prophecy. Laphroig 10 is my go to, but the Jura has all the smoke and peat, without the harshness. Of course, now that I’m a poor entrepreneur, I’ve switched to Ryes and stick with Rittenhouse 100 at $20/bottle. I am one step away from bathtub moonshine should it come to that.

      • http://www.facebook.com/OMG.Awesome Clint Keener

        I like that too. Gotta try Yamazaki 18 year. Tastes like BBQ sauce.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jontb Jon Bekefy

        +1

        • http://VoilaMedia.com Voila Media

          If you want to plus one just click the up icon bellow the comment :)

  • nick2ny

    How come you think this guys wheels are pointed to the left?

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Because I have eyes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ken.keene.96 Ken Keene

    Cool, any time frame the sponsor bar will stop covering up half the content?

    I’m using firefox. It looks great in IE… but I won’t be using that anytime soon.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      We’ve had a couple bug reports form users of non-standard OSs and Browsers. We’re all on recenti-ish Macs and similar mobile products, so can’t always spot where that stuff goes wrong. I’ll forward this to our developers and it’ll be addressed.

      Oh, and on second look, wow, that’s funky. Nothing on there appears to be working or looking right. Have you cleared your cache recently?

      • http://www.facebook.com/ken.keene.96 Ken Keene

        good point. Clearing the cache fixed it on first look.

  • orthorim

    So I got a notification on a follow up comment on my comment and I was going to say something back that was deeply insightful. Something like “Yeah, dude!!”.

    However, the entire article seems to have disappeared without a trace. All I have left of it is that comment notification. It was about the LA motorcycle show. What gives?

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      That article was a bit of a misjudgment and has been pulled as a result.

      • orthorim

        Thanks for confirming. I liked it, FWIW.

        • travellin

          It is still out there. Google cache is your friend.

      • Mark Desrosiers

        Yeah, it was an entertaining article. A bit gonzo in a good (not annoying) way, but I can see how mentioning a bunch of industry people could get sketchy.

      • Isambard

        who bitched? We deserve to be told!

        • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

          It’s not about that. I did a bad job with the article and it wasn’t what I intended for it to be.

          • Isambard

            Haha. Sure!

          • orthorim

            It was a strange article – on the one hand, there was a lot of attitude and almost no information. On the other, the teeny tiny bit about actual motorcycles at the show – namely that the new Hypermotard is very small and one sits right above the front wheel – was the best thing I’ve read about the new Hyper. I really want to buy this once it becomes available where I live and that micro-review added to my excitement.

          • http://twitter.com/burnindinosaurs David Howland

            Should have just retitled it “What Wes did last week” and kept it. I could see that the purpose got a little wayward but there were several sections I really enjoyed.

            Either way HFL needs more mention of cruiser face.

          • Campisi

            I wasn’t going to say anything, but it was a bit rough. Spell-checker programs are not editors.

      • http://www.facebook.com/amacgeraghty Adrian Macg

        I liked it. Too bad

  • TarquinWilding

    bv

  • http://www.facebook.com/amacgeraghty Adrian Macg

    Fuckin’ hipsters!
    In other news, thanks for loading this Disqus thing up. It’s pretty good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/OMG.Awesome Clint Keener

    My comment just classed up this thread. Boom!

    I liked the IMS rant, too bad you took it down.

  • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

    On average, once.

  • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

    Creep.

  • socalutilityrider

    I’m genuinely curious about this as a new rider: what is the deal with so many riders thinking you need a bike with a huge engine, even if you’re not that experienced? Where did this come from?

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Some people have tiny penises and think they can make up for it with material goods.

      • socalutilityrider

        @disqus_yOgSZZnkN6:disqus @wessiler:disqus Makes sense, since my 650 has tons of power left over pretty much all the time, even on the highway. My old 250 scoot was great around town and was doable on the highway. Also, these must be the same guys that buy huge trucks and lift them, but never use them for anything truck related.

    • Campisi

      I always assumed that said people were afraid of high RPM or something.

    • http://twitter.com/TheVeeTwin Damo Von Maciel

      My first bike was a Honda Hornet 919 and while that is not by any means a scream machine, it was way to much for a post high school. non experience having jerk like me. I promptly crashed it twice and had a few “lets out run the cops” moments.

      I learned from my mistakes, stopped being a squid and moved on to many bikes. There are 3 bike in my garage right now and my wife’s CBR250R is arguably my favorite.

      • socalutilityrider

        A friend of mine is taking the MSF course next week, and I’ve sold him on the CBR250R. I can’t wait to ride it.

    • HammerheadFistpunch

      Because America.

  • Nate

    First time commenting. Let’s give this a go.

    Wes, or anyone else: did you own a motorcycle when you were in college? Recommend it?

    I’ve already got my license and am positively itching for one.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Yeah, I had a Honda Hornet 600, then a CBR900RR. No car. It’s the way to go. Saves you ton of money and you get to be a total badass. If you need to go get a sheet of plywood from Home Depot, there’s always a friend with a big car or truck.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jose.manuel.12327 Jose Manuel

    Ducati Diavel or Aprilia Tuono?

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Do you like riding motorcycles?

      • http://www.facebook.com/jose.manuel.12327 Jose Manuel

        Of course i like to ride motorcycles…

        • SugarCream

          Well, then get rid of that freaking GS and get yourself a proper Tuono, biker…

          • http://www.facebook.com/jose.manuel.12327 Jose Manuel

            lol, Thanks Mr. Hyde! i will get a Tuono…

      • Porter

        Ok – now granted I have not ridden the Diavel. But, apart from the fact that it looks funny and it has a big rear tire, I don’t know what the problem is. Kevin Ash called it “one of the great motorcycling experiences of the decade” so how bad can it be?

        • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

          The extra cost and effort they put into making it work like a regular motorcycle makes it expensive and it doesn’t really do anything a regular motorcycle doesn’t. If you love that engine (which is great), the Multistrada 1200 has considerably more ground clearance and is way more comfortable over distance. If you just want a fun, fast naked bike, the Z1000 is like 10 grand cheaper.

          • Porter

            Well, the extra cost they put into making a 911 not drive like a lardass death mobile makes it expensive and it doesn’t really do anything that a Boss Mustang doesn’t do. But that doesn’t mean people don’t love it. And with good reason. I”m not really defending the Diavel – like I said, I’ve never ridden it. I just notice it gets a lot of hate from you guys (JT in particular) and that doesn’t really make that much sense when I really stop and think about what it is, and what it’s supposedly capable of.

            • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

              Intelligent analysis does not equal hate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mitchel.durnell Mitchel Durnell

    SoCal reporting in (prior handle ‘Mitch’). Airmada first outing went well. Now need all things in safety yellow. Upcoming TCX boots will fit the bill.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mototaal Iwan van der Valk

    Haha, too funny. “Ask me literally any question about absolutely anything below”. Rules out anyone who can’t get it to work.
    Not sure if this will be a real comment, I do not want to register with Dicuss since I don’t know them and do not want to authorise them on my accounts. Just to let you know that I will allow it once on my Facebook and de-authorise immediately after.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Does your tinfoil hat fit comfortably or does it get itchy after time?

      • http://www.bikeexif.com/ Chris Hunter

        Ha. The good thing about Disqus is that it does keep out most of the crazies and conspiracy theorists.

  • http://www.bikeexif.com/ Chris Hunter

    A great piece. I shoulda written something similar when setting up Disqus on EXIF.

  • Sohl

    What is the actual best thing about BMW motorcycles (the bikes themselves)?

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Heated grips on press bikes.

  • CP

    test

  • Modest Husqvarna

    Wes, are there any HFL stickers left over for those who shelled out “during that whole shebang”? (Formerly Prof. Mudflap)

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      I’ve got like 12 or so. Email me your address and you’ll send you a couple.

      • Modest Husqvarna

        I totally would do that if I could figure out your email address…

        • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

          wes at rideapart dot com

  • http://www.facebook.com/SashaPave Sasha Pave

    What’s the one bike you wish you never sold? Here’s mine:

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      I dunno. Right now I’m more focussed on figuring out what bike I want to build in my new garage. I want something that’ll get me off-road and camping, but that will also be fun to ride around town and on trails.

      • BillW

        You’ve got a garage now? Movin’ on up there, Wes! Congrats!

        • http://rideapart.com Wes Siler

          Dude, after 5 years in NY and London before that, you have no idea what a luxury a garage feels like.

        • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

          After 5 years in NY and London before that, you have no idea how great it is to finally have a garage.

          • BillW

            Oh, I have a pretty good idea. I’ve lived without a garage, and I’ve lived with a garage, and a garage has always been one of my priorities in selecting a place to live. While it’s no Garage Majal, I think you’d like my garage.

      • http://www.facebook.com/SashaPave Sasha Pave

        I think KTM hit the sweet spot with the 690 enduro. I’ve ridden one on some pretty snotty woods singletrack, wide-open death valley, 1200 foot dunes and SF commuting. But of course a clapped-out plated xr400 would do the same, just with a little less technology.

  • Campisi

    I am moving to California in a few months. What sucks about riding there?

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      There’s so much riding that you’ll never manage to experience it all in a lifetime.

    • socalutilityrider

      Any Prius driver. Hermetically sealed Lexus female drivers who don’t hear/see anything. The complete lack of ability of drivers in any sort of inclement weather whatsoever. Baja California plated cars that follow no rules and don’t care for your life whatsoever. Other than that, pretty cool.

    • HammerheadFistpunch

      The fact that you realize you’ll never be able to live anywhere else, once you get hooked on legal lanesplitting and the lack of a season called Winter.
      Also, increase your tire budget, since you’ll be riding year-round.

      • socalutilityrider

        THIS. Lanesplitting saves so much time. It’s crazy other states don’t allow it.

  • roma258

    What’s the last bike you bought with your own cash money?

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      A CBR954RR. It ended up sitting in my garage, collecting rust and insurance payments when press bikes started rotating through. When I realized I hadn’t ridden it in three months, it went on eBay.

      • http://twitter.com/TheVeeTwin Damo Von Maciel

        That is a shame. Most Honda fanatics agree the 954 was the best Fireblade. Always heard good things. I have riden a 929, 900 and the 1000RR, never got to try a 954.

        • http://twitter.com/VagrantCoyote VagrantCoyote

          Loved my 954, one of my favorite bikes. Had a 1000RR as well, but the 954 was more fun to ride.

    • Gregory Eaves

      A 2011 Yamaha YBR 125. Nothing like a 125cc with EFI~

      Made to Yamaha standards, by Yamaha workers, in China, designed for the Brazilian market… and bought in Korea. It had ~300km on the odometre and cost about USD $3’000.

      I put a 45 litre top-box on the rear rack, just to make it practical, as well as an HID headlight bulb and a “cigarette lighter” electrical outlet on the handlebars to power whatever device I place into the RAM mount.

      It has just over 10 horsepower.

      Vroom, vroom~

      -g

    • Campisi

      A 1993 Honda CB400 Super Four Project Big 1 (yeah, that name didn’t last too long). I bought it for about $1,600 in Korea and had an absolute blast. The experience completely sold me on poly-cylinder bikes, and makes me wish stuff like that was on the market here in the States.

      • Gregory Eaves

        Yeah, I’m considering one of the mid-1990s used Honda CB 400s. There are plenty of them on the used market in Seoul.

        There are also tons of pretty cool 400cc-sized Japanese imports, from the mid-1990s, with 30’000-40’000 kilometres on the odometre, all for about USD $2’000-3’000.

        Specifically, a lot of…

        Honda RVF 400 (V-4, 16 valve; very nice)
        Honda VFR 400R (its predecessor; very nice)
        Honda CBR 400 (Fireblade, inline 4; very nice)
        Kawasaki ZRX 400 (square headlight, standard seating position; very nice)
        Kawasaki ZXR 400 (Ninja, air tubes into gas tank; very nice)
        Suzuki GSX 400s Katana (Target Design fairing & gauge cluster; very, very nice)

        Then you have the “retro” single-cylinder stuff, mostly Honda CB 400ss and Yamaha SR 400, from the mid-2000s, with about 15-20’000km, all for about USD $2’000.

        I’d consider Seoul to be the centre of high-mileage, used, mid-1990s Japanese bikes (or maybe that would be Tokyo?). It’s quite awesome, to be honest. So many bikes to choose from. Buy one every year or so, and off you go. My single car parking spot limits me to about three or four bikes.

        -g

  • http://twitter.com/TheVeeTwin Damo Von Maciel

    Where can I rent a decent non-cruiser in the Monterey area for my September trip out there to watch the WSBK Race? (Riding a liter bike from Massachusetts isn’t and option)

    • Erporter

      http://www.dubbelju.com/Bikes-for-Rent.htm

      Fly into SFO or Oakland. Sweet ride down the PCH.

      • http://twitter.com/TheVeeTwin Damo Von Maciel

        Thanks man.

        When I was out for the MotoGP last year, I was crying for
        my RC51 or anything to ride the California roads. I love living in New
        England, but long flowing roads are hard to come by. When you do find
        them they are usually all torn up.

      • http://twitter.com/adrenalnjunky adrenalnjunky

        nice

  • sean macdonald

    why am i so sexy?

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      It’s the legs.

  • Erporter

    Kriega R25 or Alpinestars Tech Aero? Everyday pack for 35 mile commute, carrying a 17″ laptop and some other typical workday gear.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Alpinestars stuff is nicely made, but Kriega is peerless in its quality, comfort and design features.

  • http://twitter.com/KeyserBroze JB

    Hey Wes, it seems in some of your videos you look about my size (6’2′ 175lbs 42′ jacket). I have trouble finding jackets that fit through the chest without being too short. Got any recommendations on manufacturers and models? I’ve got a 44 alpinestars now and it feels like a potato sack

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Why are you wearing a 44 when you’re a 42?

      I’m 6′ 2″, 165lbs, size 40 jacket. When you order something, try it on and, if it doesn’t fit, send it back for a size that does. Astars stuff can fit great, but sizing varies between different items. Try RevZilla, they have a zappos like return policy so toucan get fit right.

      • http://twitter.com/KeyserBroze JB

        Point taken. I guess I better watch, decide and ride.

        How’d you get such a sick job? I’m in college and will be graduating in a year or so. The looming threat of ending up with a fucking stupid job is starting to creep in already. Any advice?

  • ChrisB

    Wes, have you ever ridden on a recumbent bike? If so what are your thoughts on them.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      I have not, but I would like to, they seam neat.

  • KevinB

    New site complaint: It’s super heavy and slow, and this is on an i7, 8GB machine with Chrome. Been visiting less often as a result.

    • Heatsoak

      Weird. Mac or PC?

      • KevinB

        Both. It’s slow on everything I have and it seems like my experience is not singular judging from the fact that this comment is still #1 with 13 votes. There’s just too much crap on every page. All these social media plug-ins and JS take time to load and all I really want is text and a few pictures.

  • KeithB

    Did this work?

  • KeithB

    Seems to!
    Thanks for the explanation.
    I guess I’m on the “must be as dumb” side…:)

  • cbibbs

    Woot

  • will

    What are your thoughts on the monster 696?

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Great first big bike. Real handling and brakes and tires and stuff, so you can develop real skills that will be applicable to bigger bikes. Like a stylish SV650.

  • Tommy Erst

    Where did disques get this picture of me and how do I change it? I think its from my livejournal account from 2001.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Try logging in with Facebook or twitter instead or click “My Disqus” up above and click around.

  • taba

    Can’t remember how I came across HFL a couple months ago, but you’ve since convinced me to pick up two CBR250Rs (for both homes).
    Thanks, Wes.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Nice, love those little things.

  • guest

    what happened to the international bike show article? It disappeared!

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      It just didn’t turn out how I wanted it to, so we pulled it.

  • boxy176

    comment

  • KriegaUSA

    Great system. Since we first encountered it here on HFL, we added it to [warning: shameless plug alert!] our own blog http://blog.kriega.us.

  • Alex Martinez

    Why are the articles on the front page not in date order? E.g., the Britten article from today is located below several older articles.

  • AHA

    Hate Discus.