Debatable Comments

Edited to note that I discovered that in order to comment, one needs to sign up for Intense Debate. So — never mind. Plugin Deactivated….

So I’m trying out a new comment plugin– Intense Debate. It was recently aquired by Automatic — the folks that produce WordPress. I saw it on another blog and signed up to be notified when the general public could use it. I got my notice yesterday and installed it.

I didn’t like the way it looked — different from the regular comments so I deactivated it. Then I got an email from someone named Michael at Intense Debate who noticed I deactivated the plugin and wondered why. Despite feeling a little concerned about Big Brother, I replied that it didn’t look like the old comments, some gravatars were missing and I was concerned about the rating system.

Michael replied that the rating system is part of Intense Debate, but could be customized in the future. He wondered why the gravatars were messing up and asked me to reactivate Intense Debate and deactivate Gravatars. So, being the obedient troubleshooter that I am, I did. No difference — the monster gravatars are not showing up in the comments.

Anyway, I’m going to give these comments a few days to see how they work. Let me know in the comments if you like them or not.

And if you don’t like them, I’ll gladly disable them again. But not before I give everyone a thumbs up.

2 thoughts on “Debatable Comments

  1. Jon from IntenseDebate here. Just wanted to let you know that commenters don’t have to create an account to post a comment in IntenseDebate. Some of the profile features are only available to users but anyone can leave a comment by simply putting in their name, email, and (optional) url just like the standard WordPress comments. We do offer an option to require users to sign up for IntenseDebate if you prefer, but this is not the default setting. Let me know if you have any other questions/concerns about anything regarding our product.


  2. Thanks Jon — but either I don’t know what settings to use or it is too confusing for an average person to comment. I tried to comment on Michael’s blog and it said my email address was incorrect (I’d signed out of Intense Debate as an experiment). The product is probably great, but just not for me. Thanks for the comment though.


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