Ok, Rogue Elephant (and others). You got your wish.
The default commenting system on this site was a hindrance to discussion. The Blogger platform developers have been promising a new commenting model for the last year or so and I had been waiting for it to be implemented before deciding what to do.
Along the way, I’ve gotten a bunch of emails, tweets and chatroom comments asking for a better way to provide feedback and engage in discussion over posts here.
DISQUS seems to have the best balance between ease of use, moderation and features. It also allows you to connect via Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo and several other services.
Over the next day or so, the existing blog comments will be imported into the DISQUS system so if you can’t find your existing comments, be patient.
There is a higher likelihood of spambots getting through the DISQUS filters that the old Blogger system. The old system used a difficult Captcha code sequence that virtually eliminated spam. DISQUS is pretty good, but not that good.
It’s a fair tradeoff. I’ll have to moderate more, but if that’s what it takes to foster discussion, so be it.
Give it a try. Feedback is welcome.