I need your opinion, because this is something that will affect you.
There have been some rollicking good discussions at my posts lately, with long conversations developing, sometimes organically moving away from the post itself and taking a life of their own. Right now, because I have WordPress comments, all the comments show up in linear form without differentiation. It turns out there is another way and I can probably plug it in. It’s called Disqus, and I found it because the Captain converted to it. Disqus allows commenters to “reply to” specific comments, so that the comments sort themselves into topic threads and real conversations. You can see it at work in the comment thread to this post at the Captain’s Quarters (although what you’ll also see is that, as of 7:30 P.S.T., few people are using the “reply to” feature).
What do you think? Would you like to have the comments here work along the Disqus lines? Let me know.
UPDATE: Turns out it’s a moot question. Emails with a Disqus representative revealed that it doesn’t work with WordPress, if you’re doing what I’m doing, which is using a WordPress, not a self-hosted, website. Sigh…. I like doodling around with new technologies. I’ll keep my eye on it and revisit the subject if WordPress ever relaxes its rules about this kind of third party provider.