Many of you may have noticed that I installed the Intense Debate comment system today. I am trying this out to see if I.D. reduce the amount of bandwidth the ROK Drop uses while providing more comment features for the ROK Head community. My site uses huge amounts of bandwidth due to the number of comments the site receives, which costs money. By hosting the comments on Intense Debate I will be using their bandwidth to load the comments instead of from the server that I use to host this site.
I am also hoping that the Spam filtering technology used by I.D. will cause less comments to get lost in the spam que which is a frequent complaint that I receive.
Here are a few details about Intense Debate to help ease you into its use. First of all it offers ROK Heads the ability to vote up and down on comments, which in turn builds reputation points for commenters. I’m still playing with it, but apparently there is a way to create a list of the commenters with the highest reputation on the sidebar. I.D. also has a spell check and a comment edit function which is something that has been asked to be installed in the past by ROK Heads. Intense Debate even has Smileys that I installed just for Tom.
The CommentLuv feature is for people with their own blogs that want to promote their last blog posting at the end of their comment. I will monitor how this goes, but if it gets too spammy I will remove it. Finally on the sidebar you will see the recent comments widget. Do users like this one or do you prefer the old get recent comments widget? Also are ROK Heads interested in having the comment system compatible with Facebook to where you are automatically logged in with Facebook and are able to comment with your Facebook ID?
Speaking of Facebook, users may have noticed that I also installed a Facebook “Like button” that displays at the bottom of each posting. If you like a posting you read on the ROK Drop, please click the “Like button” and promote the posting on Facebook. Also remember, you can follow the ROK Drop on Facebook now as well. You can either “Like” the Fan Page I set up or follow me on my Profile Page:
I am still playing around with some of the features of Intense Debate, but feel free to let me know what you think in the comments section and any further recommendations you may have.