Bye Bye Intense Debate

As you may already have noticed, I abandoned Intense Debate and switched back to the default WordPress commenting system (with some nifty plugin features).

Sure, it may look less “sexy”, but at the end of the day, Intense Debate was chewing up too many of your comments or sporadically sending them to moderation for no apparent reason. In short, Intense Debate was too intense and too little debate. And I haven’t even mentioned the effect it had on post loading times.

But I am curious. Have I made the right decision in your eyes?

Do you prefer this commenting system to Intense Debate?

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I am also interested in getting your feedback in the comments (!) regarding which commenting features you like, and which features you think would improve the commenting experience even more.

About Aussie Dave

An Aussie immigrant to Israel, Aussie Dave is founder and managing editor of Israellycool, one of the world's most popular pro-Israel blogs (and the one you are currently reading) He is a happy family man, and a lover of steak, Australian sports and girlie drinks

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  • Jim from Iowa

    Intense Debate was buggy and, at times, frustrating to deal with. I hope WordPress is more reliable. One area of improvement I would like to see in the Comments Section, is an increase in the number of commenters who express agreement in the points I have made in my own comments. This would result in a much more satifactory IsraellyCool experience for me.

    • http://brianoflondon Brian of London

      Does this mean I’ll have the power to moderate them ;-)

      • Aussie Dave

        Yes, I am giving you a promotion!

    • soloman4israel

      dear jim greetings.
      ive just returned and my friend/neighbour has shown me all the new things on icooool im confused do we have to some-how re register also what is luv? i pressed reply and entered my name and it is shown but im confused with this new look and website? i do not understand so please i saw your name and hoped you would come to my rescue as always i hope you are well and still your old self.
      best wishes.

      • Aussie Dave

        No registration required.

        CommentLuv is just a feature that will show a link to your latest blog post if you entered your blog URL in the field.

        • soloman4israel

          dear dave greetings.
          thank you for helping i did think of contacting you but saw jims name i have been away from my job here for a while as i went back home and left my computer at the airport with a friend who came to see me off and say bye bye he collected me today and when we got back to my rented home here the first thing he said when he switched on my computer was iscoool has changed as he has my permission to use/view my machine
          oh no was my first thought as i have got used of relaxing and having some contact through the pages and was at first a little confused but now i will play around and look at the items he has listed to look at while ive been away
          thank you for your good thought to contact me and my best wishes.

  • Challah Hu Akbar

    I am personally a fan of disqus.

    • Aussie Dave

      I looked into it, and even tried to export my comments to it. But the export did not work well. Besides, I figure using the WP system will make the site load faster.

      • Challah Hu Akbar

        Yea, I did have some trouble with the export as well, but eventually things transferred. With regard to page loading, I never had issue of it slowing down the page.

  • Shy Guy

    Good riddance to ID. Now let’s play with the new system.

  • Shy Guy

    Gravatar test

  • juvanya

    oh thats why it looks so weird. I like ID better, but yea it did have a lot of problems and slowed the pages. But Im down to give it a shot

  • mzk1

    The old system was terrible (nothing personal), but this is chewing up more of my comments.

    • Aussie Dave

      It seems to have sent one of your comments to moderation only.

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