We use Disqus to power the comments on several sites.
This week, Disqus sent a friendly email:
“Congratulations! After careful review, we’ve approved your site OSTaining for Reveal—Disqus’ monetization solution for publishers.”
Congratulations? I didn’t even know what Reveal was until that moment.
Then a few days later, on Friday, another email arrived to say that Reveal would be automatically enabled in 4 days time, unless we opted out.
After a bit of research (information about Reveal isn’t easy to find), it turns out that Reveal involves placing sponsored ads above and below your comments. This image below shows the ads:
It seems that the only way to opt-out is the link the bottom of the Disqus emails …
I tried to opt-out by logging in to Disqus.com and selecting a site …
… but Reveal only provides a blank box for now. I suspect there may be more options here after the roll-out of Reveal.
I’ll update this post next week with more details, but for now – use the email link if you don’t want Reveal. This page has a screenshot of some settings for Reveal, but I couldn’t find how to access them.