I just found out about IntenseDebate about couple weeks ago, and I tried it on one of my blog. So far, I really liked it. It really brings in all the components that necessary to make blog commenting even more interesting.
There are several things that I really like from IntenseDebate.
- Tracking and Notification. It can track your comments that you made in every blog that uses IntenseDebate, so you won’t lose track of what and where did you leave your comments. It will also notify you if someone is replying to your comments or there are new comments in the blog post that you commented on.
- Threaded comments. There is nothing more confusing than finding where your comments is and the comments that replied to one particular comment. IntenseDebate solves this problem. It groups all comment replies in one spot, so you can find them easily.
- Voting system. This feature is to rewarding great comments that people made. Comments are the bloodline of a blog, so there must be something to reward user who left good comments. IntenseDebate will allow you to do this. On the other side, bad comments should be discouraged. IntenseDebate will also allow you to do this.
FYI, IntenseDebate will save your comments both on their server and your blog server, so you have to synchronize them on your first use after you installed it. And as of now, IntenseDebate plugin is still not supported if you host your blog in WordPress.com. Hopefully WordPress will find a way to enable this plugin to work in their system, so don’t worry WordPress.com bloggers, your time will come.
Installer link: http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/intensedebate.2.4.2.zip
I also want to announce that My Internet Corner is now using IntenseDebate to facilitate its commenting system. I hope your commenting experience will be more enjoyable after using this new system. There is actually another WordPress plugin that is as popular as IntenseDebate, which is Disqus. We’ll see how IntenseDebate work for MyInternerCorner.com. If it gives you problem, I might change it. Let me know what do you think about this plugin?