I’ve chosen Intensedebate as tool for managing the comments of the blog. For some time now I’ve been contemplating on how to make the comments of my blog more visible and manageable. I’d like to find an easy way to highlight good comments and commentators. My blog posts are only part of the blogs content – the readers comments are just as important – and it should show when you visit the blog.
I believe the community around this blog should be able to vote for both good comments and blogposts. The latter will have to wait, but logged in users will now have the opportunity to give love to good comments and commentators. And not so much to crappy comments (not found yet on this blog). If you’re not interested in logging in, that’s ok too – you can still comment, but not vote among comments and commentators 🙂
I felt it was time to encourage readers and commentators to operate with their real identity, not anonymous nicks. Anyone can still comment anonymously, but you’ll get more features awaileble and more influence on the blog content if you identify yourself and log in. But it’s still your choice.
So far the choice for me was either Intensedebate or disqus. I actually fell for Intensedebate’s easy import/export functions, wich allow me to still own the comments of the blog. So if I, for any reason, should want to stop using Intensedebate and move to some other comment managing tool, I can easy export and transfer all comments back to my blog database.
Time will show if this was a lucky choice or not. If not, I can always go back. Comming days I’ll try to implement some new features that highlights the good comments and commentators even more.
How do you feel about this?