IntenseDebate installed on my blog for a while now--according to their stats, just over a year. I've liked several of their features quite a bit:
-The ability to respond to comments via email.
-The nested exchanges of responses.
-The lack of spam comments.
However, there are a few things I've found seriously annoying:
-The extra sign-in for most people to comment.
-The lack of "comment here" on my main blog entries--you have to click through to the article.
-The lack of flexibility to turn off commenting when I want/need.
-The fact that it doesn't always show up on some browsers, or work whatsoever.
I've been seriously tempted to just shut it off, but there's one main thing that's been holding me back: doing so erases ALL of my comments. SO not cool. I do have the comments still--they're saved in my account online, and in my inbox. But still, it'll look like no one's commented on my blog for the past year. Yeah, that's just awesome. But, I'm afraid the time has come to make my blog a little more user friendly, and get rid of the random commenting add-on. Even if it means losing the earlier comments (there are 700+ of them, yikes!). So, if you see some changes on my blog, you'll know what's up. And hopefully it works! And I do have my old comments, and cherish them, so please don't think I'm all willy-nilly deleting them!
The reason this warrants a blog post is I'm wondering if anyone's done this before out there? Had the same issues? I'd love to hear about it, and would love suggestions or comments :)