A while back I experimented with using commenting systems that were external to wordpress (which this site runs on) to help enhance the conversation here. In particular I wanted to be able to let comments be threaded, so when one of you replies specifically to another comment that reply can be seen connected to the original comment. This would enhance the management of several different individual conversations under one blog post.
When I originally explored going this I quickly gave up as the various systems didn’t quite do the job. However, it looks as though Intense Debate have got their act together and their commenting system is now vastly improved and increasingly geared up to integrate seamlessly with wordpress.
So…. I’m going to have a little experiment with Intense Debate commenting. From this publication of this post there will be a slightly different commenting system below each blog item and I’d appreciate a little bit of experimentation and feedback on your behalf as whether you like it and want it to stay.
Over to you folks.
Update – You may have noticed that I have turned off Intense Debate and moved to using the inbuilt threading that apparently was already there!!!! Thanks to Karen B who pointed it out to me. I believe the advantage of doing this is that it allows us to maintain editing of comments and WYSIWYG writing. Let me know what you think.
So for example, this is a comment
And this is a threaded reply
It's a good service. Hopefully they worked out some of the bugs. They have some fun new bells and whistles I see.
And this is me testing whether I can get openid to work with intensedebate…
Whereas this is an entirely new comment
Hmm. Been over to ID to have a look. May also experiment and see if it does all teh wondrous things promised. Thanks for tip-off about it anyway, Peter
indeed, this is not bad at all! Shall see if I can use it too!
Peter, I think WordPress is now offering threaded comments in case using an external program doesn't work out for some reason…
I've not checked it out too closely, I have just seen the announcements when I've logged into Lent & Beyond admin recently.
Thanks Karen. I’ve had a go at WP threaded comments and I think I’ve got it working!!!!
You’ll have noticed that I’ve turned the threaded system off for the moment. I’m experimenting with trying to get the inbuilt threading in WordPress to work!!
Excellent – I believe I have achieved threading comments inside WordPress whilst maintaining WYSIWYG and re-editable comments. Do we approve?