No, sorry, this isn't a post about flamers and comment etiquette (waves as everyone wanders back to Twitter).
Rather, I want to get some feedback on commenting. I am thinking of installing a third party comment system such as Disqus or Echo. I've waited 2 ½ years for Blogger to give us something decent and they haven't. Though I have heard rumors about a new Google comment system being launched soon. Have you heard that?
Anyway, curious what your thoughts are. My goal is to have a more interactive system that allows for direct replies to specific comments. My experience is that such a system creates a more engaging discussion.
Blogger's system posts comments as they come in. A lot of my comments are from overseas readers, and are posted while I am asleep. By the time I'm awake and available, the comment I want to respond to is buried deep up in the queue. If I respond, it feels like a fractured conversation.
So I'm curious, what is your favorite system? Any you really dislike? I know none are perfect (except perhaps Wordpress, but for some reason Blogger doesn't allow Wordpress plug-ins – spoilsports).
I also wanted to thank everyone who commented on my last post. I know it can be difficult to know what to say after reading something so raw and personal. I have a hard time responding to your comments on those posts, too. I'm not sure why. Maybe, like many of you confessed, I just don't know what to say.
But if you left a comment, know that you were heard and that I appreciate the support. It means a lot.
Okay, commenting systems. Which is the lesser evil? Disqus? Intense Debate? Stone tablets? If you've installed one, did it go smoothly? Are you put off by having to sign in to a system in order to comment?