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Answers so far (and what these services ought to deliver):

  • Disqus Profile (full ownership on Disqus enabled sites, claiming authorship on others)
  • Intense Debate] (for blog publishers: tightly integrated into the WordPress blogging platform)
  • BackType Connect Plugin (for blog publishers: copies comments (that link to one of your posts) to your blog, no matter where they are on the web)
  • Gravatar (self-promotion, better visibility)
  • Google Sidewiki (adds another layer)
  • become a blog publisher

In addition, here are some other services:

  • co.mment (conversation tracker)
  • coComment (conversation tracker - still alive and kicking?)
  • Google Reader: "Like" item action (appreciation feedback)

Convenient solutions for ordinary netizens preferred.

For your reading pleasure:

Comment ownership is a complex problem. The commenter writes the comment, but the blog owner hosts it. So of course, the blog owner has the right to decide what he agrees to host or not. But the person who wrote the comment might also want to claim some right to his writing once it’s published.
("Who Owns Your Comments?" by Stephanie Booth)

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closed as too broad by Al E., ᴡᴏʀᴅs, jonsca Feb 6 at 0:05

There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. Please add details to narrow the answer set or to isolate an issue that can be answered in a few paragraphs.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

As essentially you're asking for a list of applications, this question should probably be community wiki. – nobody Aug 2 '10 at 15:27
How do you intend to take ownership of your comments on your content, if you are not a publisher? – thunderror Aug 2 '10 at 16:01
What do you mean by "comment ownership". A brief description should be part of the question. – KeithB Aug 2 '10 at 18:16
@Free in order for users to better answer your questions, please edit your question describing fully what you mean. There seems to be some confusion. Otherwise users will be shooting in the dark. – phwd Aug 2 '10 at 18:37
@Free Speech Advocate: Even after reading your recommend essay (and the title of your question of course) it is unclear to me what "comment ownership" is. And even if that had been explained on that page it can just vanish any time. I recommend putting an explanation inside the question. – neo Aug 3 '10 at 8:39
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Disqus is one of the solutions.

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that was quick and helpful. thx. – Free Speech Advocate Aug 2 '10 at 12:52
Hm. This service seems to require action on both sites of the equation. What if the site owner (where you want to comment on) has never heard of Disqus? ("Disqus Profile makes it easy and fun to post comments on sites using Disqus Comments.") – Free Speech Advocate Aug 2 '10 at 12:57
Unfortunately, any service of this kind requires action on both sides. – Alex Aug 2 '10 at 13:28
Disqus has always been really useful! – thunderror Aug 2 '10 at 14:16
@Free Speech Advocate: I'm not sure what you expect by this web standard. Should the host as well as the commenter be allowed to remove comments? I see the issue that it's still not possible to leave comments if the host does not like it because then he just doesn't implement it. As an addition it is very unlikely that this standard reaches a critical mass. – neo Aug 3 '10 at 16:32

Intense Debate would be another choice.

Edit: From what I understand, You need to just take ownership of your comments: Use Gravatar

You can also create profiles at Intense Debate and Disqus which would let you take ownership

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Is this service not about publisher's needs? – Free Speech Advocate Aug 2 '10 at 14:43
Well, yes. The closest I could find relevant to your question was backtype.com/plugins/connect – thunderror Aug 2 '10 at 14:59
Edited my answer. – thunderror Aug 2 '10 at 16:43

The best (in my opinion) current way (excluding a new web standard) is to use your own self-hosted blog.

Lets take for example this question and I wanted to make a comment so neither the site owner nor moderators can modify or delete my comment.

phwd's blog



How do you take ownership of your comments?


Intense Debate] (for blog publishers: tightly integrated into the WordPress blogging platform)

This guy is interested in unicorns.[This is my comment]

Copyright ©2005-2010 Pho Ward


Now notice here this would be my entire page from the blog title, heading, body and copyright information at the end. I have not included a comment section. [I have also added the same comment to WebApps as well to compare]

If Webapps does not have some terms such as "I own your comments" then I should have every right to ask for removal of my comment (or no modification). Now lets say a couple months passed and I want to retrieve the comment I made (it holds valuable information to me), but WebApps is out of service or has experienced a database loss. Who is to blame ? Does right of commenting extend to right of existence ?

Now adding in my solution, as long as search engines are crawling my content, my comment is as viewable as the post itself and untouchable by the WebApps. Maybe not the same ranking but still visible.

A good example of this implementation is http://daringfireball.net/

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