How do I use Disqus to allow comments (bids) on an on-line silent auction?

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I have set up a silent auction using blog pages on my website. The different posts on the blog pages correspond to different items being auctioned. Bids are to be submitted using the Disqus commenting system. I have set up an account with Disqus and have successfully gotten the comment blocks to show up for each auction item (post) on the blog (auction) pages. However, I think I need to use absolute time (timestamp) to accurately know when bids are submitted. I've chosen this using the ADMIN function at Disqus, and have saved the settings, but it still looks as though the relative ("3 minutes ago") is being displayed. Can you help me with this, or tell me how I might view the absolute time that a comment has bee made? I am in the testing phase and would also like to change the appearance and text of a few of the Disqus features that show up. Can someone help with these items and help me test the functionality of the auction? I had some great help from John last week, but have not heard back from him recently. any help would be greatly appreciated, the auction is supposed to start the day after tomorrow.
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Disqus does not offer a great range of flexibility. I would suggest using www.js-kit.com. They offer a much greater range of flexibility and customization. You can copy the code & paste in the box where you originally put in your Disqus code.
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Hey Littleus - do you have a site where the JS-Kit code works instead of the Disqus code? I'd really like to see how it looks :)
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Look at my http://littleus.yolasite.com in the blog section. I leave a brief comment under "Catching up - Part 5.
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Wow, it looks so cool! Nice to know that it can be done - thanks Littleus :)
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You're welcome! =) Definitely nice knowing that there are other options in addition to Disqus.
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Thanks littleus, I tried at js-kit right after you suggested, and as of yet, no e-mail from them to complete the registration process. With my schedule, I may have to go with what I have now. Perhaps you could take a look and see if you think the Disqus comment is functional and easy enough for an auction audience? if so, thank you, and you can look under Silent Auction at http://angels4meg.yolasite.com
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The only thing I would add Ella is a short explanation at the top of your blog the process of how they go about placing a bid. Explain that they need to go into the post in order to leave a bid. You can drag a text widget over and place above your blog.
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Thanks for looking Littleus. I have a "directions" page that I was hiding during the "review" period, but it is up tonight. I do not have time to deal with getting the JS-kit comment going (and I never did get an e-mail from them...?). Can you offer me any tips on monitoring the incoming Disqus comments (BIDS) and making sure that when the Auction is over (in ten days) that I can access all comments that were submitted? I have never done a website before, and I've never use comments either....Thanks!
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I'm sorry to hear that you did not get any e-mail from JS-Kit. I can't remember if you actually needed a verification email.

In the meantime... to access your comments on Disqus.. you can go to Disqus directly and log in there and you will be able to moderate all your comments.

One thought I had though... some silent auctions I've been to, you don't see what the other bidders have put down. With using Disqus, then everyone will be able to see the bid. I just wonder if it would be better for them to send you an email form instead?

Jotform.com is one that I use. If you don't need to customize your form (change color, etc..), then it may be possible to insert the simple code into the area where you have the Disqus code. I don't know though if it is. It's something I would have to check out. Or, else.. if that doesn't work, you will need to set it up on your blog page. Let me know if you're interested in doing it this way. I can research this a bit further.