Giving IntenseDebate Comments a Shot

IntenseDebate CommentsSometime yesterday when the number of comments on the first post in our series on online church began to mount up and I found myself replying to 3 different comments with one comment of my own, I realized the default way WordPress handles comments was completely inadequate for the magnitude of the conversation about online church we’re trying to have here.  So, this morning I installed the IntenseDebate Comments plugin for WordPress.

Many of you have probably used IntenseDebate on other blogs and are familiar with it.  But for those of you who are not… don’t be afraid – it’s all good. (I hope).

You can create an account with IntenseDebate and that will make commenting easier, but it’s not necessary.

The best thing, IMO, about IntenseDebate is that it gives the ability to reply to a specific comment.  That reply is then shown indented immediately below the comment replied to.  This way of organizing comments makes it soooo much easier to go back and forth and have a deeper conversation on a specific point.

If you run into any problems commenting, please let me know.

For those of you who are IntenseDebate veterans, do you have any specific settings tweaks you’d recommend?

Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck and add him to your circles at Google+ as +Paul Steinbrueck.

9 Responses to “Giving IntenseDebate Comments a Shot”

  1. I've been using IntenseDebate for a while, and I'm very happy with it. I had an issue with it not syncing comments properly, but the support team was very responsive. I'm a big fan.

  2. Paul – good call. I was reading (yeah ok, catching up) on your Online Church opening post and thought how much better it would be to see the replies attached to the original questioner.

    I use ID and whilst I don't get many commenters I do like to see the flow and the devs are constantly adding to it – such as the plugins, etc. As with Steven's experience above I can only be positive so far and the once I had to contact them I got a prompt response.

  3. I wonder how intensedebate help in commenting.

  4. My first test doesn't keep the form content. I have to retype all info again.
    Is it due to cookies setting ?

  5. I'm using Disqus and I'm thinking in moving in IntenseDebate. As for now, what are your experience in IntenseDebate?

  6. It is much easier to comment using intensedebate.
    As long as I am logged in it saves a lot of form filling and writing out my name email address etc


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