My recent change to the comment quicktag toolbar has brought about quite a bit of discussion about issues some folks are having with commenting here at SEB. For example, the comment editing plugin I’m using doesn’t work well for everyone who tries to use it.
As it turns out, the folks who develop WordPress also offer a complete commenting system replacement called IntenseDebate which I’ve been mulling over. It would essentially replace the built-in comment system and offer a boatload of features not the least of which would include editable comments, reply by email (something which folks already try to do and it only goes to me), threaded comments (WP will do this natively but I’ve not turned it on yet), email notifications (making three plugins I could yank from the install), logins using OpenID, the ability to tweet your comment, Facebook connect (allowing folks to participate from within Facebook), and several more. Plus your account would be good on any blog that’s also using Intense Debate.
Of course, it is an external service so if they have server trouble our comment system would be down until they’re back up and running. My biggest concern is that I like having the comments in my database, but it turns out it’s a two-way sync. Any comments left using the system are duplicated in my database so if we changed our minds and I uninstalled it we don’t lose anything in doing so. Or at least that’s how it’s supposed to work. It would even still allow guest commenting for folks who don’t want to register an account with them or don’t have a OpenID.
I’ve not used it myself as I don’t have many blogs that use it that I’ve ever bothered to comment on, but some of you may have and I’d especially like to hear from you. Either way, leave a comment and speak your mind on whether we should give it a go. It looks like it could kill several birds with one stone, but it’s not without its potential downside.
Update: Apparently I have used IntenseDebate on other people’s blogs as I’ve already got an account with them listing a whole three comments. Don’t remember enough of the experience to know if I thought it was OK or not.