In order to bring the comment system some much needed new features, I’ve decided to try out Disqus.
Disqus is the same system used by Engadget & Mashable, and makes it easy to respond directly to other comments, along with being able to “like” comments, respond to comments via email, and edit your comments.
Besides the old standard name & email standard guest posting, it’s now also possible to leave comments using your Facebook or Twitter accounts — you can also register for a Disqus account if you want to track your comments on the site, but no account is necessary to comment.
The plan is to try out the new commenting system over the next couple weeks and see if works — but my feeling is that the new features will balance out the disruption.
(P.S. I’m still working on getting the recent comments in the sidebar up & running.)