You asked for a preview feature on comments — and you’ve got it.

However, I’m thinking of switching to Disqus, which creates threaded conversations and lets commenters follow their comments and responses. But it may require commenters to create a profile, which could be a turn-off.

Discussions on your blog are now made more interactive and social.

Readers can rate comments to help make sure only good comments stay in the conversation. Rated comments contribute to a commenter’s clout, or reputation, on blogs across the web.

As an old dog, I’m wary of new tricks. But it’s “interactive.” And “social.” How can I say no?

Let me know what you think, especially if you have experience with Disqus or similar systems.

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  1. Discus might make sense if you were running on blogspot, but it makes no sense on a wordpress blog, since you can download wordpress plugins that thread comments.

  2. I personally don’t like the threaded-comments approach. Maybe it would be necessary on blog posts with hundreds or thousands of comments, but you don’t typically have that many…which is a *good* thing, since comments are generally pretty unreadable & often obnoxious when they reach that scale.

  3. Richard Nieporent says:

    Finally! Now what am I going to use as an excuse for my spelling and grammar mistakes?

  4. Mike Johnson says:

    “Readers can rate comments to help make sure only good comments stay in the conversation.”

    Ugh. Do you really want your readers to censor “bad” comments? That encourages a nice little echo chamber. And I agree with Foster about the threaded comments. Not needed.

  5. Dick Eagleson says:

    I’ll second Mr. Foster. Most places I’ve seen it, comment threading winds up being a bug, not a feature.

  6. I prefer the current format which allows me to see all comments on a single page. I find it tiresome to click on each thread to read it. Moreover, the neatness that threading promises breaks down when people start redundant threads or go off-thread within a thread.

    Comment ratings amount to a popularity contest. Those who say the “wrong” things will be penalized. Although most would agree that trolls should get low ratings, this blog doesn’t suffer from trolling, so unpopular views will be penalized. Is this the best way to deal with “wrong” ideas? I’d rather argue against a position than give no stars to a comment I don’t agree with.

    And I might agree with that comment later. Suppose a commenter says something that seems “wrong” at first and “deserving” of no stars. Then that commenter explains himself and suddenly his position makes a lot of sense. It might even be “right.” Do we give that commenter’s new post five stars? Ratings may tell us more about the rater than the quality of the comments themselves. They can help to build a like-minded community, but they don’t encourage the dissent that is inevitable from “free-linking and thinking,” to quote the top of this blog.

    I’m not opposed to all change. I’m looking forward to using the “Preview” feature after I finish this sentence.

  7. I think Amritas has it right. Other than the preview (thanks!), I think the comment format you’ve got works quite well.

  8. Rusha Sams says:

    You’ve got a good thing going now. I’m not so sure that threading would improve it. I, too, like seeing all comments on single page. Best of luck making a decision!

  9. wahoofive says:

    Ditto, ditto, ditto.

  10. Roger Sweeny says:

    And I make five.

  11. GoogleMaster says:

    Preview — yes, already used it. 😀
    Threading — maybe.
    Voting on comments like slashdot — no.

  12. BadaBing says:

    Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke.

  13. Reality Czech says:

    If it means moving comments to different pages, don’t do it.