I have been writing this blog for over five years, and although I didn't plan for it to work out this way, the simple truth is that the comments section has become the heart and soul of this community. My little missives might help get conversation going, but Slopers have created their own momentum, and I want to foster and promote that as much as possible.
Having said that, I am pleased (and a little nervous) to be introducing a new comment system of my own design. Why am I doing this? There are many reasons, and over the course of time, those will become more clear. Suffice it to say that I want to do everything I can to keep the comments section lively.
Now I know there are some "costs" to doing this. Requiring people to take a few moments to set up their name and avatar is the least of my worries. I recognize there are some features that people are going to miss right away, although most of the basic features are certainly intact. Please be patient with me as I add these back; in the end, you are going to have a much, much better comments system than before.
For those not as acquainted with the culture of the comments section, please read this overview. I choose the weekend to launch this system so we'd have a little time to address any serious issues. I thank you in advance for any patience that may be required, and you have my pledge that it's going to be worth it.