How to Opt-Out of Disqus Reveal

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:

example Disqus Reveal ads

It seems that the only way to opt-out is the link the bottom of the Disqus emails ...

Email from Disqus about Reveal ads

I tried to opt-out by logging in to and selecting a site ...

Disqus admin area

... but Reveal only provides a blank box for now. I suspect there may be more options here after the roll-out of Reveal.

Reveal settings inside the Disqus admin

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.

Reveal settings in the Disqus admin
Don't get me wrong, we still like Disqus. We use Disqus on this Joomla-powered blog, and we've written tutorials on integrating it with Drupal and WordPress. But, they haven't done a good job with the roll-out of this new advertising feature.

About the author

Steve is the founder of OSTraining. Originally from the UK, he now lives in Sarasota in the USA. Steve's work straddles the line between teaching and web development.