This week we are trying to see if you would prefer a new comment system, such as IntenseDebate or DISQUS - those are the 2 biggest ones, in place of the current threaded comment system.
Please see below for more info on the options and then cast your votes in the following 2 polls.
Aftermarket Comment Systems
Aftermarket comment systems offer certain benefits over the default WordPress comments:
- they offer a single sign-on across sites that use them which means less email/name/url typing.
If you don't want to sign in, you don't have to - comments can be left without having an account as well
- they offer alternate sign-on methods, such as Twitter and Facebook
- they are threaded (actually, this is not really a benefit over our system, as we also have threaded comments)
- they let you track your comments from one central location
- they have slicker, Ajax-powered interfaces that don't require reloading the page after posting or logging in
- they offer up/down voting, so that bad comments are buried and good ones surface to the top
There may be other benefits, but I think the ones above have the highest importance.
IntenseDebate was acquired by Automattic - the guys behind WordPress itself - and is now their recommended comment system. A prime example of IntenseDebate usage is TechCrunch, so I will use a few screenshots from TC:
DISQUS is an independent company that, I believe, was one of the first to provide aftermarket comment services. It is very widely used, and is generally considered the best, though I had some trouble with both DISQUS and ID when I looked at them last.
I'm going to use Droid-Life.com as an example of a blog running DISQUS:
We are asking for your opinion and your help, in order to make your experience the best, so please vote in the 2 polls above and let us know! We appreciate it very much.