At the prompting of Toast, I’m mucking about with a new, threaded commenting system: Intense Debate. Among other things, Intense Debate allows you to follow someone’s comments across all blogs that have this system installed.
All comments to date have been converted to this system. The most any of y’all should notice is that the comment user interface is slightly different; for instance, it supports Gravatars, something this blog’s theme didn’t do. So far, the only thing I’ve noticed that it adds a little lag time when the page loads.
Feel free to treat this post as a testbed for the new system. Or not, as the fancy strikes you.
[Update @ 31 Jul 2008 2143 PDT - officially, the following tags are supported in comments: <a>, <b>, <i>, <u>, <em>, <p>, <blockquote>, <br>, <strong>, <strike>, and <img>. Some appear to be supported better than others (I'm looking at you, <p>...).]
[Update @ 1 Aug 2008 2032 PDT - I was requiring 'first' comments to be approved; unfortunately, it seems that I.D. doesn't recognize previously approved comments. Sorry, y'all. I'm turning that feature off. The verdict so far? Meh. I don't know that threading and reputation are worth the somewhat lackluster feature set and the performance drag... I'll give this a little while longer, but I'm also going to take a look @ Disqus. I suspect I'll find similar issues there, whereupon I return to the standard, plain vanilla WP comments. It's an interesting idea, but the platforms aren't mature enough - at the very least, this one isn't mature enough - for my liking.]