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Friday, March 11, 2011

A new way to comment - you likey?

I searched flickr for "suggestion box" and found this funny little example of wordplay. Get it? :)
I don't agree with what it says, of course, but the wordplay is cute! Photo from Little Big Joe.

As you may have noticed by now, we switched our commenting format from Blogger's built-in feature to the Intense Debate widget. I had intended to introduce it to you before just throwing it at you, so I'm sorry I'm just now getting around to that!

Let's face it; if it's not easy to leave comments on a blog, people generally won't. And of course that's the LAST thing we want! We kept having non-Blogger readers tell us that they wanted to comment but couldn't get Blogger's feature to work, which played a role in switching...I certainly hope we didn't make the problem even worse by switching. I'm wondering if anyone is having any trouble using it and thought I'd explain the features and see what we can do to help you out if maybe you've been trying to comment and hitting a wall. 

One reason we made the switch is that it allows your most recent blog post link to show up in your comment, thereby gaining your blog some extra publicity! Blogger doesn't currently offer this feature, and we thought it would be a nice way to give you the extra respect you deserve because we appreciate all your comments so much and love promoting our readers' blogs. Just make sure the CommentLuv box is checked and that you have entered your blog's address. Even if you don't check this box, DO make sure to at least enter your blog or web site address...people will then be able to click on whatever name you put in and go to your site!

Another reason is that you can also reply directly underneath someone's comment if you want to now (which means so can we). You can subscribe to email notifications when someone replies to your comment or when someone comments after you. You don't wanna miss our brilliant, sometimes witty, comments back to you directly, right??!

And you can now log in to comment through Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, or Open ID. People without Blogger accounts were having a hard time commenting even anonymously, so now those readers have other options. If you normally commented here through your Blogger/Google account, just use Open ID instead and put in your blog address to log in! Easy peasy. Whichever route you choose, it can lead other curious commenters to find your blog or site. I wish they'd add a Blogger login button, and I have emailed requesting this, but ID came from the WordPress folks, so I don't know if they will...but it's only fair! You also don't have to log in at all if you don't want to; you can just fill out whichever fields you want to as a guest, and people will still be able to click over to your blog if you enter its address. And you also still have the option to remain anonymous.

Intense Debate doesn't seem to be quite as popular as Disqus, which you've probably seen and used on other blogs, as many of them seem to be using it now. I weighed the options and just felt Intense Debate's look and format were more suitable for our blog. I know I used to have issues with Disqus when I’d try to put my name in as “Jenarcissist @ the closet narcissist.” It didn’t like that many characters. But it took me a while to figure out that was the problem! So maybe your issue is something like that.

If you're having issues, hopefully you can somehow let us know the steps you're taking, either through a comment or an email, so we can help you figure out what's going on! We LOOOOOVE your comments...thrive on 'em!

Will you try it out real quick for us? What do you like/love/hate about it?