I do know what disqus is, and what services they perform. They do have a good reputation on WOT, too. When I wrote to CNN about this, I got no reply. Disqus did reply, very courteously, but said it couldn't have been done by their people. Odd, though, because at that time I could not even put my cursor in the field. After getting her response, I could put the cursor there - and nothing more. Something changed, but not what I needed changed. I have nobody to blame yet, other than the fact that disqus is involved somehow, knowingly or otherwise.
Disqus is involved, though, since only disqus-managed text fields - all over the web - are like this. All others online work fine, so the connection is inescapable.
I can't show the tampering itself in a screen shot. It may be revealed in the files I've just made, though only you have the expertise to analyze them. It may not be there; it could be some kind of "bot" put on my PC. I am totally in the dark.
I do know that these text fields have always worked perfectly for me. Until they stopped doing so. It's been well over a year since that happened. Reinstalling Firefox didn't help, not even after formatting C.
I have saved what I can of any attributes pertaining to the text field I was referring to. As of right now, they still don't work.
The page source is the file "index.html".
I couldn't save the Page Info because it has a series of tabs. Under the "Security" tab, though, it says, "Web Site Identity Not Verified". Which strikes me as very strange. You'd think they'd know THAT much at least. The tabs are General, Forms, Links, Media and Security. I have no ability to copy or analyze this stuff. If you know of a way I can save this to disk, I'd be glad to send the whole thing. I see no way it can be done.
The page I was on when I made the copies is:
If you logged on and went to it, I'm sure the text fields would work fine. I feel sure it is tagged to me somehow. Through my IP address, perhaps? There are lots of other peoples' comments, so it isn't systematic for one and all.
You'd probably have to sit at MY computer and try to access the field. Then you would have the same problem I have.
Then I saved the frame itself to disk. It is a file, "reply.html, and a folder, "reply_files", which contains the java file "lib.js". I don't know why it is called "reply," because the field was not an attempt to reply to a commenter but to make an original comment - for what that might be worth to you. But whether an original comment or a reply to one, the problem is the same. I can put my cursor into it, but can't type or paste anything.
Will these be what you need? If I simply sent a screen shot of the page itself, it would look fine. It only reveals that it is an image rather than an active text field is when I try to type or paste text into it.
I have put them all into a folder called "Text Field."
How shall I send them to you? As that folder, or as a .zip? Would that be safe for you? I won't send anything without permission.
Thanks for helping.