If you have a static site like jekyll, hugo, github pages, etc. and you want to allow users to comment or submit user-generated content, staticman is the best solution.
Unlike Disqus which is third-party, owns your data, and injects a ton of garbage JS assets into your site, staticman is free, open-source, and lightweight.
The workflow is very cool. When the user submits something, staticman submits a pull request to your static sites git repo. If you approve the user content (e.g. a threaded comment), you merge the PR and it becomes live and static as part of your site.
Don't take my word for it. These people also love staticman:
- "I reviewed the best commenting systems for a static website some time ago. Out of several decent options, I have decided to use Staticman as the commenting system of this website."
- "In the months after removing Disqus from my site in favor of a static-based commenting system, Staticman has matured with feature adds like threaded comments and email notifications"