Sometime 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?